Friday, November 30, 2012

Shhhh Don't Wake the Kitty

     This is the yang of yesterdays post.  The heart was done in Lizbeth size 20 threads.  It measures 2", not counting the crystal drop.  

18 of 100 motif challenge

Thursday, November 29, 2012

What About Dogs?

     Is there anyone in tatland, who has dogs?  I see mostly cats on everyone's blog.  Don't get me wrong, I love cats but I'm allergic to them and the hubby is not fond of them.  

     Our baby (90 some pounds soak-and-wet) is a yellow lab named Jake.  He just turned 10.  He's definitely not the brightest light bulb, but he is a lover.  He's afraid of the ice and is a freezy-cat.

     Here he is after eating a grilled hot dog.  I had to drag him out on the ice, to go ice fishing.  He's in the security of his sled and sleeping on his favorite pillow.

     Now to the tatting.....

     This is one of my earrings (they were too heavy to wear), done in Lizbeth size 20 threads.  It measures 2", not counting the crystal drop.  

17 of 100 motif challenge. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fall Leaves

     Needed to use up a little thread on my shuttle.  These are J. Paulson's leaf pattern, done in Lizbeth size 20, Falling Leaves.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dusty Bracelet

     This is the matching bracelet to go with my earrings and necklace.  The doodad was one of Grandma's single earring.  The bracelet was done in pearl cotton #12 and the motif is about 1" across.

 16 of 100 motif challenge.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Water Casting

     Water Casting is the result of hot, molten silver being dropped into a beaker of water.  Once the molten silver hits the water, the surrounding water starts to boil.  The boiling water forms bubbles and spheres in the cooling silver.  The result is a unique, one-of-a-kind silver cast.  The silver is 97% pure with trace amounts of copper and zinc (hardens the silver).

 Cascading Water Fall.
1" long on a black, satin cord.

20 X 30 mm on a black, satin cord.

 Puckering Flower:
20 X 15 mm on a black, satin cord.

32 X 25 mm on a black, satin cord.

Pearl in the Oyster:
10 X 15 mm on a black, satin cord.

Water Fall:
10 X 25 mm on a black, satin cord.

All are for sale on West Pine Creations.

Friday, November 23, 2012


     A pin from a 2nd hand store, done in Lizbeth size 20, Caribbean.  The pin measures about 2".

15 of 100 motif challenge.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


     I found this beautiful pin in a consignment store for a couple of bucks.  It was done in a dusty, green color; pearl cotton #12.  The pin measures 1 3/4" X 1 1/4".

14 of 100 motif challenge

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


      This was my husband's grandmother's necklace (there was matching earrings as well...what fun!!).  The ecru was done in number 50 thread and the peach was pearl cotton #12.  The pendent measures 1 3/4". 

13 of 100 motif challenge

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Can't Keep Them All

     I'm a Tattasaurus, with a tatting problem...I can't stop tatting.  I just love it!!!  I tat during my morning tea, tat at night, tat while we are on the way to the store, even design patterns when I'm suppose to be sleeping. 

     A lot of my tatting is given away as gifts and put into Christmas cards, some I sell at my fall craft shows, and a few on West Pine Creations.  I don't try to make a living at it If I sell a piece, great...that means I can buy another ball(s) of STRING!!

      On those rare occasions, I can't part with a piece of tatting.  That's what happened with this pair of earrings.  They started out as a single pendent and ended up as pair of changeable earrings.  They are tatted with pearl cotton #12 on an old pair of clip earrings.  The clips were glued on and easily removed.  The earrings also double as a pendent.

     Here's the link for the items for sale:  West Pine Creations.

      There was also a pendent, I made a little while back that I had a hard time parting with.  You can't keep them all...BUT, since I have the earrings, I need a matching necklace.  So, I kept the necklace and working on a matching bracelet.........I need the set.

12 of 100 motif challenge

Monday, November 19, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Make-It-Yours Tatting Kits

    I initially made my tatting kits for beginner tatters.  Lately, advanced tatters are wanting them, so I needed to change out the size thread and size of picot hook.

     I've came up with a Make-It-Yours tatting kit, where you can chose what's in it.  You can chose between a small kit or large kit (extra empty bobbin, extra bobbin of thread and a larger case...nice for longer trips and room for tatting needles in the large pocket.)

     You can choose which size picot hook (from US size 1 thru 10) and the color of beads on the tatting essentials.  Choose which style of tatting shuttle and the size of thread (from 3, 10, 20, or choice of color). 

    Make-It-Yours tatting kits can be found on my face book page:  West Pine Creations.


 Small tatting Kit (outside)



 Free butterfly earring pattern in each kit.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Fruity Pendent

     Found this pendent at a yard sale.  The pendent was tatted in Lizbeth, size 20, Tropical punch and is  1 1/4" X 2 1/2".

 11 of 100 motif challenge. 

For sale on West Pine Creations 


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fall Leaves

     This is another doo-dad found in a geocache.  The pendent was made in Lizbeth, size 20, falling leaves.   This is 3" in diameter.

10 of 100 motif challenge. 

For sale on West Pine Creations

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Varrriation of Yesterdays Ball

     This ball has a slight difference, since it was a 2.5" ball.  It was made with size 20 crochet thread.

9 of 100 motif challenge 

See West Pine Creations for Make-It-Yours tatting kits.  Choose the size/color tatting case, tatting shuttle, tatting essential (color beads and size of hook), size of thread.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Christmas is Almost Here

     This is a design I made up a couple of years ago.  It uses a 2" ball and pearl cotton #8.

 8 of 100 motif challenge  

Monday, November 12, 2012

Glass Scrolls

     The glass pieces were given to me by my sister.  These were on the tables at a wedding reception.  She knew I could do something with them.

 18 X 16 mm round, green glass.

 18 X 17 mm round, yellow glass.

For sale at West Pine Creations. 

Nice to see, someone took me up on a tatting lesson, during my last show.


Friday, November 9, 2012


     I found this doo-dad in a geocache.  There were three pieces with it.

     What is a geocache, you ask.  A geocache is some type of a container your find with a hand-held gps.  The geocache can be as small as a small film can to a large ammo can.  You must trade something of the same or greater value.  Most of the time there isn't anything worth trading.  But the hunt is what's it's all about!!!!  Go to and look up caches in your area.  You will be surprised what is near your house.  You don't need a gps for all of them.  Just look at the maps and the clues. 

     Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers.  This one was done in Lizbeth, size 20, Falling leaves.  It measures 3" across. 

7 of 100 motif challenge

Here are a few of my sunflowers, when we lived up on the mountain, on West Pine.

If you look closely, just above the flowers, there's the moon.

Up Coming Shows:

Cambridge, ID (fairground): 10 & 11 Nov (9 am to 4 pm)
Council, ID: 1 Dec (9 am to 4 pm)
Weiser, ID: 7 & 8 Dec (10 am to 7 pm/10 am to 4 pm)

Come see me and learn to tat.  I'm the one with silversmithed jewelry, humming bird feeders and of course...tatting!!!! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Latest Find

    I found this pretty little brass box, for a $1, at a yard sale.  It happens to match the brass box, I bought earlier in the year for a $1.  The new box has a beautiful, brass flower motif for the handle.  I reglued it and looks great.


Filling it with Tatsmithing pendents.

 Both are filled and ready for my first show.



Wednesday, November 7, 2012


     I came up with these butterfly earrings, while using up thread on a shuttle.   The butterflies are done in Lizbeth, size 20 thread.  I am giving away the pattern, in my tatting kits.


This one became a bookmark.

6 of 100 motif challenge

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Snowflake Pendent

     This was one of Grandma's, single earring.  It's blue topaz, sat in sterling silver.  I cut the post off and smoothed it down.  Being the nerdy chemist, it looks more like an atom than a snowflake.

     The thread was pearl cotton #8 and it is 2" in diameter.

 5 of 100 motif challenge 

I've entered a tatting contest, please vote.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Abalone and Paua Shell Jewelry

My favorite...but, can't keep them all.  The accent balls, represent water bubbles.  The cabs looks like water waves.  10 x 12 mm abalone cabs.

 10 x 14 mm green paua shell with sterling silver and green cats-eye beads, 16 “ chain.

Polished shell.

10 x 12 mm paua shell, 16" beaded chain with sterling silver and peacock pearls.

For sale on West Pine Creations.  

I've entered a tatting contest, please vote.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Leafy Pendent

     I bought this pendent, about a year ago, with the intentions of tatting around it.  Seeing Rachel's wonderful work, I thought I'd give it a try.

     I like to incorporate the tatting to the colors and designs of the piece.  The thread is Lizbeth, size 20, seed beads and Swarovski crystals.  

    The challenge on this piece was the split-chain, in the second round.  For this, I like to go to Linda's site.  She has it in video and pictorial.  Linda designs the most beautiful doilies and 3-D flowers.

4 of 100 motif challenge.

Up Coming Shows:

Indian Valley, ID: 3 Nov (9 am to 4 pm)
Cambridge, ID: 10 & 11 Nov (9 am to 4 pm)
Council, ID: 1 Dec (9 am to 4 pm)
Weiser, ID: 7 & 8 Dec (10 am to 7 pm/10 am to 4 pm)

Come see me and learn to tat.  I'm the one with silversmithed jewelry, humming bird feeders and of course...tatting!!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November Special

     The special this month is FREE shipping on all of my books (in US and Canada)They can be found on West Pine Creations, for the ordering info.

 My first tatting book.
Tattasaurusing: Baubles & Motifs
9 bauble patterns and 12 motif can be made from the bauble patterns. Has 20 pages and all patterns are diagrammed.
Patterns include: 7-pt starburst,8-loveyly hearts bauble, simply small, universal bauble, and more.

 My second tatting book.
Tattasaurusing: Baubles & Motifs II
8 bauble patterns and 9 motif can be made from the bauble patterns. Has 20 pages and all patterns are diagrammed.
Patterns include: White rose bauble, frilly bauble, 7-damsels, tulip bauble and more.

This booklet contains 11 "Tatsmithing" patterns. The tatted designs mimic my silversmithed designs. The booklet progresses from the easiest to the hardest designs. The "Tatsmithing" pieces can be worn as pendents, earrings, broaches, or anything you desire.

The designs are: "Basic Design", "7-Sisters Standing Tall", "Stout Agates", "Tall Agates", "Itty-Bitty", "Elegant Jade", "Doublet", "Rosey", "Writing Stone", "Heart Earrings", and "Cross"