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26 November 2010

...Jon's Magic Moment Snowflake.




I used Jon's Magic Moment Snowflake pattern. I used my daughter's..errr ... I mean Dr. VonThreadmore's HDT size 20, color ..um I forgot! (Hey Kiddo..which color is this one..picture is darker than actual color) I think that means I should label my threads!

After I blocked this tatted piece, I went back and looked at Jon's version. I realized that I may have over blocked it. Her center spokes are more curvy and mine are straight. I like hers better!

I want to comment my thoughts and feelings about Jon's patterns. I really like her style for the continuity of tatting. While I am able to tat in "rounds" I find it very annoying to cut and sew in ends because then my once nicely flat work becomes a bit distorted from sewing in the ends. It is very possible that I need to learn better in the technique sewing in ends...but ends do annoy me regardless. Jon's way in many of her patterns online that she shares graciously, you start at the beginning and take this journey of traveling around the bends, curves and end up at the end to join with the beginning, completing  the journey. 

I am looking for more patterns...either online or books of this style of tatting. If you have any to recommend, I would welcome them!

Oh! Before I forget.. if you know of a tatted cross bookmark pattern in ornate style.. please direct me!



23 November 2010

...Hark The Herald Angel

I just finished putting this lil ornament together. I am delighted with the result!


This pattern is 
and I created the edging. The angel is backed by red felt.




This doily turned out so lovely, the colors did too! I used the "Arches" doily pattern by Yarnplayer!
I used Lizbeth 20,  #130 ISLAND BREEZE and  #658 Ocean Turquoise Lt.
This was fun to do! Thanks Yarnplayer for sharing this beauty!

I am glad to have a picture of this for I will miss looking at it. Soon, it will be on it's way to a dear friend in South Korea! 


Another exciting event! Yesterday I was one out of five lucky recipient of a giveaway! At innocentia's, there was a giveaway for kids clothing patterns from DMK Easywear Patterns. I am pleased to have received the e-patterns of Reversible Tunic Top/Dress pattern! Thank You Citra! Thank You, DMK!

Isn't this sooooo dang adorable? It is sure will be on my two Lil Angels!
Right Krystledawne?



OOOHhhhh one more thing.. well two actually! Two latest pictures of my 4-legged kids!

Mr. Peabody, the Genius 

Abigail, the Beast!

Pssssssst.... there are five days left to give this "Who Dunnit" Mystery giveaway a try!
May God bless you and yours for the Thanksgiving... remember our Military families!

20 November 2010

... Three Cute Giveaways at Other Bloggers' Blogs!

EagleWings is having a giveaway of 4  redwork towels that she had done to celebrate the 100th Follower on her blog!


 They are so dang cute!!!  I love those vintage birdies! For more information to this drawing go to this link!

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The next giveaway is from Johanna Parker Design , she is in the spirit of the season!  Her snowman candy cane stand , the adorable guy made the "Party Picks" section of Phyllis Hoffman's Celebrate Christmas Magazine!


You can see his picture and the details for this giveaway at this link.


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Lastly... A Primitive Place is having a giveaway of lovely Christmas boxes! Go to this link for more information. It ends on Sunday, Nov. 28th




They are such cute things! Good luck!

19 November 2010

...Redecorate the Mini Chocolate Box!

A little while ago one of my blogging friend Isdihara put out a challenge. A challenge that involved a mini box of chocolate like Whitman's.. to decorate the box with tatting. (for more details click here)

I honestly thought against doing it.. just because of the timing and the first entrant!

Well this past week, I had a mini box of chocolates and ate them up... actually gobbled them up. Shameful I know!  I stared at this empty box and decorated it with fabric. I tatted up the edging and the butterflies....

TaaaaaaaaaaDaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Cute huh?










So.... I guess I am gonna enter this cute lil box.. but I sure can't out-do Carol's!

P.S. the deadline for this is 30th of November.. so if you're interested, go to this link!

18 November 2010

...This Lil Gem is the giveaway...

...for the winner in the "Who Dunnit" Mystery! (The Entry for this "Who Dunnit" will end on the 28th of November 2010, midnight EST.)

click here to go to "Who Dunnit" and play along! Good Luck!






I actually managed to UN-TANGLE that disaster and tatted with it to make this lovely coaster/ doily. The pattern was shared by Jon and this is the link to her pattern on  her blog.  click here
I used Lizbeth #20, color # 128 - MARCH BREEZE (Thank you Krystle for your un-wanted threads!)

15 November 2010

...The "Who Dunnit" Mystery


Who Dunnit!


Evidence : Once was a ball of Lizbeth #128 - MARCH BREEZE thread in size 20. The above picture represents every tatter's nightmare.
The last known location of the said thread was located on the end table beside the chair, which is usually occupied either by the Tatter of the house or a four legged child.



Below are the known suspects:

Mr. Peabody
~ known aliasses: Mr. P., Peabody,  Wittle Boy, Slow as Mollasses, Dribble Doodle, Mossey, Eeyore, Boy, Good Boy, Genius, Ole Fellow, Bud, Boy (or Here Boy)
~ race: Basset Hound, tri color
~ weight:  heavy
~ age:  unknown
Frontal View



Side View

                                                              





Abigail
~ known aliasses: Abbie, THE Beast, Abbigailer, Abbiebobo, Loud Mouth of the South, Good Girl, Squirrel Huntress, Miss Loud Mouth, Fearless, Hunny Pie, 
~ race: American Beagle, tri color
~ weight:  light
~ age:  4

Frontal View


Side View





So... Who dunnit?


Please, I would like for all to post your opinion as to which is the guilty party and how you came to this conclusion.   For all who have chosen the correct guilty suspect, their names will be added to the hat for a drawing of a hand tatted coaster size doily in the the above color of March Breeze, using Jon's Merriment-pattern!

Also when you submit your entry in the comment section, please leave a way for me to contact you if you are named the lucky entrant.

The Entry for this "Who Dunnit" will end on the 28th of November 2010, midnight EST.

Thank You for joining in the fun!

10 November 2010

...Time to Heal, to Comfort, to Reach Out

Many of you know of my recent loss, so I have been busy just to keep my mind from focussing on the loss. I will say it isn't easy because the memories keep flooding in. Then I am warmed by them. I keep thinking of my dear Grandma for how she must be feeling. I went to search for a tatted pattern that would show Grandma how much love that we all have for her too.

I found this pattern for a tatted rosary and went to work on it. I was so thrilled that I had learned to do the split rings from my friend Sharren at our "girls" get together in Toccoa. While I tatted this lovely rosary, I cried, I prayed, I remembered all the beautiful memories. I will be carefully wrapping up this gift for Grandma and sending it off to her. I pray that it will bring comfort to her...

...great exercise for practicing those SR's! (Split Rings)



Grandma... I love you.


    An Irish Blessing:

    May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, And rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

05 November 2010

...Grandpa, I Miss You Dearly


My Grandpa  
05 February 1919 ~ 05 November 2010

Grandma & Grandpa


...come February, I will dedicate a blog entry to my Grandpa. Right now, it is hard... the void is so deep.



For now I will leave this entry with many Irish blessings to honor my Grandpa


May the blessings of light be upon you,
Light without and light within.
And in all your comings and goings,
May you ever have a kindly greeting
From them you meet on the road. 

May you live long,
Die happy,
And rate a mansion in heaven. 


May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you. 


May your heart be warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day in every way
And forever and ever after. 


May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too.
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you. 


May the joys of today
Be those of tomorrow.
The goblets of life
Hold no dregs of sorrow. 


May your neighbors respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you
And heaven accept you. 


Here's to beefsteak when you're hungry,
Whiskey when you're dry,
All the women you'll ever want,
And heaven when you die. 


Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no
one can steal 


Until we meet again, may God
Hold you in the palm of his hand. 


I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,
And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth,
At Bethlehem I had my birth.
(Refrain:)
Dance then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance said he,
And I'll lead you all wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the Dance said he.

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black.
It's hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried my body and they thought I'd gone,
But I am the dance and I still go on.

(Refrain:)
They cut me down and I leap up high.
I am the life that'll never die.
I'll live in you if you'll live in me.
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.

from "Lord of the Dance" (folksong) 

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face.
May the rains fall upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
MAy God hold you in the hollow of His hand. 

Mothers (fathers) hold their children's hands for just a little while...And their hearts forever.



...Finally! My Dream Kitchen Curtains Completed!

I had began this cute project over a year ago. I bartered with this one Farmgirl at MJF Connection. She had piles and piles of these old hankies that needed a good home.  My home! I already had in mind how these lovelies were going to be used.


So what does a gal like Karrieann do with some of these?



 Well, I hand stitched them into a quaint curtain for my Kitchen door.
That is what I did!



I love how they look! (This shot is without the use of flash)


What took so long to get these beauty up?  It took me this long to get the needed curtain rod! I live in this small town and only one store carried these rods. At times they didn't have the size that I wanted and I forget to get them at times! Last night these hankies were placed into their place of honor. This is the door that get used more than any other doors and will remind me daily of the generosity of people, people who have kind heart. Thank you Farmgirl "antoinette"!


* Revelation 3:20
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, 
I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

04 November 2010

...This one is my Biggest!


YAY!!! I am so so happy with this one. 







 Sadly, this one belongs to a Farmgirl for the barter! I know it is going to a wonderful home.

I added one of my tea cup and saucer to the picture to give a better idea to the size of this lovely doily!

...Fresh off the Blocking Board!

I was in a need of making a Christmas Themed bookmark for a swap on MaryJanesFarm Connection.
I searched for a lovely pattern online and found it here at Free Tatting Patterns, with the lovely red threads that I received recently... knew that this would be a perfect bookmark for that special Farmgirl!


I used J & P Coats Metallic Knit- Cro-Sheen... no idea what size it is!
I had fun and this was quick to do... two days for myself.

The picture does not show the sparkly metallic in the threads very well.. but it is pretty!