Monday, February 14, 2011

Ode to Hand Dyed Threads

I love Hand Dyed Threads!  I buy them all the time.  Then when they arrive I set them aside to wind.  After a few have accumulated I have a 'winding' session.  Last night I was peacefully winding away when a song popped into my head.  I took the song lyrics and adapted them to Hand Dyed Threads.  lol...I had fun doing this and hope you enjoy it... and feel free to sing along!

Ode to Hand Dyed Threads



The long and winding thread, lets me tat more and more
Knots never disappear, hand-dyed threads galore
They always lead me here, let me tat some more

The wild and vivid dye, that has been rinsed away
Has left a tired tear, dying all the day
Why leave me tangled now, let me knot away

Many times I tat along, and many times I've cried
Anyway you'll never know, how many times I untied

But still I do come back, to the long tangled thread
I left my shuttle there, a long long time ago
But though my hands are sore, let me tat some more!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Treasure x4

Whoo Hooo....My Little Luckie was featured in an Etsy Treasury today! 

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d5727bc14df8eefddd335f2/good-luck

AND...my little Tatted Heart Earrings were featured in another Treasury today too!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d5762a34e456d916dd8aac8/a-parade-of-hearts

AND then later the Spring Flowers Bookmark I tatted up was included in another Treasury!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d5890245ced8eefcd3bb24c/spring-is-coming

Oh My !  And another one!!  For one of my crocheted bookmarks!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d58b3e6d3868eef0fe8fec7/c-as-in

This made my day!!  Be sure to go look at the treasuries and click on Luckie and the Earrings to keep the treasury active!  Thanks!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Lucky Luckie

For my 22nd Motif of my first go round of the 25 Motif Challenge (yes I will be doing it again I think after I get the next 3 done), is a tatted shamrock....held by Luckie!  I tatted up a miniature dimpled ring shamrock to go with Luckie's "St. Patrick's Day" green theme.

Motive # 22:


Luckie has a little present for you. He found a Shamrock and wants to give it to you for good luck!

Luckie stands at only 2.25 inches tall and is crocheted from acrylic threads. He comes wearing a green vest and carrying a tatted shamrock. His facial expression has been embroidered and slightly shaded to give it extra depth. His name is Luckie (pronounced "Luk-key") which means 'shamrock' in beareze. He will arrive in a clear display box with an artist signed picture Certificate of Authenticity.

My miniature bears and friends have been made to be displayed as collectibles and were not created to be toys, therefore are not meant for children! Please handle them gently!

Luckie can be purchased from my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/listing/67918723/miniature-teddy-bear-ooak-artist-thread

I'm already working on the next bear and it will have some tatting too!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Finally!

Believe it or not it's taken until today to get my little lost bear found and redelivered to her new home.  She just got there today...Finally!

So I'm in catch up mode and trying to get things back to normal around here.  I woke up early this morning and put the extra time to use putting together the parts for 2 bears.  I still need to give them accessories and finishing touches but it's progress.  I have an idea of a way to combine some tatting with one of them and plan to make the other a St. Patrick's Day themed bear.  I will post pictures of them on my Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/peachtreecottage ) and here when they are completed.

On the tatting front I've completed two more bookmarks.  One is the Black Magic design by Mary Konior made into a bookmark and the other was designed by Tattrldy (http://wandasknottythoughts.blogspot.com/2010/09/odds-and-ends.html).  I liked it so much I just had to try it myself.  I think they both came out rather nicely.

I had a photo session for the bookmarks today too so here are their pictures.  I tried some new set ups to see if it would show them off any better.  I'd love any feedback on that because I'm trying to improve my pictures.

Motif # 20


Motif # 21:


I made some Deviled Eggs earlier today...off to have a snack on 'em! Yummmmmm!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Why I've been quiet lately...

There have been 2 basic reasons why I've been so quiet lately...both things out of my control.


First, I sold one of my little bears, Frostie.  That's a good thing :-)  However, she got lost in the postal mail system.  First she was sent to the wrong address, then she was marked as 'missent' meaning she was sent to the wrong post office (which she was), but the bar code on the label wasn't marked out so every time she got scanned it said to send her back to that wrong post office.  They kept putting her back to the sorting center, which scanned her and sent her back, etc etc.  I thihk you can see the processing loop she ended up in.  My customer was upset (I don't blame him!).  One day the post office would tell us where she was, the next they would say they couldn't find her...it was a royal mess!

So stressing out over that and trying to get that mess worked out and find her had to take priority and took up alot of my time.  It was determined that she might be permanently lost so I then had to work on making a replacement, which took up the rest of my time. 

Well late last night I finished up all the parts for the replacement...only have to stitch her face and assemble her to have her completed...so of course Murphy's Law stepped in and little Frostie showed up back in my mailbox today!  Thank heaven she's been found and not stranded out in the cold any longer.  Tomorrow she will be taking an overnight trip to her new home and all will be right again.

Not sure what I'm going to do with the replacement parts.  I'll probably hold on to them and use them later in the year for another bear.

That was reason one, now for reason two...as if all that wasn't enough, I've been feeling run down lately, have little to no energy and can't keep awake...end up nodding off in naps...ugh...that doesn't make for getting things done.  I'm sure part of it is stress related due to worry about Frostie, but maybe some of it is fighting off a cold or something...dunno...I just haven't 'felt right' for a few days.  Maybe now that will fix itself!

Hopefully now I can get caught up on my emails, postings, bear making, tatting, living, breathing, etc. lol