Integrity Doily

I was asked once what shape my name was.
What color is it?

Think about it what color would your name be? What shape?

I decided my name would be a yellow triangle. I don't even like yellow, not really. But that's what it sounds like. It has sharp sounds like a triangle and is unique and bright, it kinda sends up alert flags when you see it for the first time. How many times have I been sitting waiting for roll to be read off and I simply raise my hand when there is a long pause? All my life. I'm good with it.

So when I set a goal to design a doily in tatting for Personal Progress I listed out what that value meant to me in my journal, what color it was, what shape, what it represented, what it was composed of.

Guys, Integrity is purple. It's the royal color, of loyal and royal bloodlines, it's one of the most sought after values in the world. It is the heart of all other virtues and values. It's living your truth, it's living God's standard in everything. I know of one person who had it down solid in their life: Jesus Christ.

Integrity is purple, and it's a triangle. Why a triangle? It represents the Godhead, it represents our relationship to God among other things. To me it is also a knot, an unending knot. A Celtic knot. So in the very center of the doily I created a Celtic knot to build from. Then I encompassed it.
I worked at it.
It took on a triangular shape again. I have it in my head to keep building on it but first I need to write down the pattern already there. For the time being it met the parameters I set for myself to complete the project in time. Now, just like the value it represents I need to keep working at it.

Ceramic Shuttles

Since my first go at making my own ceramic shuttle went so well I decided to try it again.
This time I made 3.


They all work but one is definitely suited for larger thread as the tips don't touch enough for thread size 20 or smaller.

I love the sound they make though. Next time I plan to try a slightly different shape. 


Halloween printable

I needed a new Halloween sign for my mantle  (The neon orange one just didn't go with the grunge we put up this year) and so I threw this together with free vector graphics this morning. It features the last part of Edgar Allan Poe's poem Spirits of the Dead.

Two versions, Large text and smaller text.

Ah, that's what the mantle was missing. I might rearrange it a bit yet and put in the one with large text, but at least all the components are there.


More preschool coloring

Since my last post my 4 year old has drawn me many pictures, she usually does, but some of them have come with the request for me to color them.
Here's the latest: A whimsical lil frog
She also left presents on my bed last night, a picture and a small paper folded and taped shut where she demonstrated that our practice on the letter e's correct formation was totally worth it.


A little Fairy magic

My little Tattie Princess continues to inspire me. The other day while waiting for her older brother I handed her and her little brother paper and pencils to keep them occupied. She drew a sweet picture which I immediately loved and her little brother almost as quickly drew over. I had taken a snap of it on my ipod though before he did. So I used my new wacom tablet to recreate her drawing and add some color etc. I printed out a copy to hang on our little art wall and am excited to see her reaction when she gets home.


Happy 4th Birthday to Tatties! (a birthday giveaway)

Oh goodness me! Four years have I been leaving little 1 inch thread snippings all over the house to vacuum later as I have created butterflies, animals and flowers. All in the name of lace and pretty things.

An artist by heart and education, a mother by choice, has left me to find an outlet that I could easily pick up and set down without much mess and danger to the children. My sister taught me tatting and I happened to use it one day on my newborn instead of a ribbon bow and fell in love.

Tatties are low profile, and adhere to the scalp with a water soluble agent, some favorites:
ky gelly / surgical jely
karo syrup
glue stick
white glue

They can stay on for days, and easily wash off with water and are totally reusable.  Much less cumbersome than the headbands that always made my baby angry. :)

In celebration Tatties will be giving away a Mother & Daughter Tattie Butterfly set (Necklace and matching Tattie) in Hot Pink. 
Tattie jewelry is lightweight and elegant in tons of tiny knots.

I'm going to be a big girl this year and use Rafflecopter.

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Giveaway starts May 3rd 12am Eastern and will be taking Entries til May 8th 12am.

Have Fun! and Good luck! I will announce the winner on Tattie's facebook page and this here blog. I will also contact the winner directly as best I can, having a legit email associated with your profile would be good. If I do not receive contact and necessary info for sending the prize for 48 hours I will pick another winner.
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Piggy Pig Pig Pattern

The pig pattern I set in motion a looong time ago has re-surfaced. I finally gave it some love and test tatted the pattern and typed up a pattern for it. The pattern comes in two versions for how you choose to work: contiguously or in rounds.$3 Contact me via email.
In Rounds



Tatting Bs

I've been working on bookmarks,
Tatted in Lizbeth size 20 colors #647 &#656 Mary Konior Pattern

My original Pattern Tatted in size 10 Aunt Lydia's light Peach

and a baby carriage (The finished product of TIAS).

and next I'll be tatting some Boots.

hmmmm that's a lot of Bs for some reason. Did I tat something that doesn't start with B?


 Bleeding hearts
Adapted from Lori B.'s Pattern

Ball Flowers in blue...

I still want to tat a bumble bee....

 I also finally got my exchange tatted up and sent off. I got the loot on the top and sent off the stuff on the bottom. I love exchanges, it always comes with good ideas, beautiful work and often presents. :)



Here is a catch up post of the last three days of the TIAS over at Jane's Tat it and See game.

I had a busy week/ weekend and did all my catch up last night. Now, to patiently wait for day 10.
I'm guessing it is a baby pram or bassinet for the wee baby royal due this year. If it is I will probably add it to a onesie for one of my pending baby nieces.


up to...

Here is Day 6 of the TIAS.
Can I just say how much I love this HDT? It is so pretty. I love the transitions. It's so natural and smooth. Green Gal from Australia gifted me with it during one of our tatting exchanges. I want more. :)

And I finally stopped oogling at my Mary Konior book Tatting with Visual Patterns and set to work on her pattern Anniversary to make a bookmark.  I love it. I'm making a second. :)


Watermelon and TIAS 2013 Days 2-5

This year's TIAS has been an opportunity to learn some new techniques that I didn't even know existed. One in particular, the Catherine Wheel join I think will be just the thing I need to try on my Tattie watermelon slice pattern. Here is one of my early attempts at its design. I have yet to try the CWJ on it though. As is, it was recognizable so I figure I am on the right path. :)

 And here is the progress on the TIAS game hosted and designed by Jane Eborall.

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4 featuring the CWJ
Day 5 and another new one to me the Lock Chain. Though it is hard to see in the pic.


TIAS 2013 day 1

This year with Rita finished and day1 of the TIAS already posted and my shuttles still full of Greengal's size 20 HDT I decided to go ahead and get going with this lovely varied pink thread.

Here's to an uninterrupted TIAS this year. :)


Last year I started Jane's TIAS ( and got stuck on about day seven. This was in part due to the SCMR, but as I have not had issues with them in the past I think it has more to do with my worry over my youngest son's health as he had just been diagnosed with cancer. By the time he was operated on and the remaining kidney and its softball sized tumor was removed the game had closed and I'd set aside my UFO (unfinished object) to put our lives back together. After a few months we received the final diagnosis that the polycysticlocularnefroma was totally benign. God has blessed us profusely and as the past year has wound to a close I cannot express my love for God's mercy and the joy I have had in being able to continue to raise this little boy and have been able to avoid all the extra fuss actually having cancer would have brought into our lives. As it was, it was quite enough for me to handle. Prayers are answered, miracles happen.

So as we come around to January again and I am excited to start this year's TIAS it was time to pull out he UFO and finish it. I watched a few videos on youTube on self closing mock rings and then got it on my first go around. I enjoyed tatting up the rest of the pattern to completion and am happy to present to you, Rita the Pink Goat. Since it has a horn it should probably be male huh? Oh well.


Ceramic Shuttle

I am so ridiculously excited about this.

It's been a long time in process. I didn't have much hope when I started it but thought it was worth a shot anyway. The kids and I were hand building some clay LAST YEAR in August and I roughly fashioned a tatting shuttle.

 See that lil thing in the middle of the tray...
Fast forward a month till I fired it to bisque and then fast forward a year and a few months till I got around to glazing it and re-firing it. Since I didn't expect it to work I didn't do a particularly careful job of finishing and smooth it. I was more concerned about placement of the tips because that is important in tatting and when you glaze it, that's really important in it not fusing together.
Wanna see?!
It all came out so well! The tip tension is perfect and it makes the most adorable "tink tink" sound when I wind the thread on and off it. It holds a lot of thread and is very comfortable to tat with.

It is A LOT of work and I was lucky to have it come out so well on my first try. I am so thrilled with it though. I'm kinda  itchy to try it again. :)



We really like the fun of Halloween around here. I am pretty sure it is my 4 year old's favorite holiday. His favorite story is the Legend of Sleepy Hollow after all. So adding another Halloween design just seemed the thing to do.

 I made a few different designs of skulls and the preference was not unanimous so I listed them all on etsy. Kept one for myself and made a Halloween brooch.