Monday, August 16, 2010

This Weekend's Projects

Now that I always travel with an "on the go" tatting kit, whenever my husband and I go somewhere, I manage to get at least a little tatting done.  On our way to and from the Craft Lake City event Saturday, I tatted up some motifs from the Tatting Patterns and Designs book by Gun Blomqvist and Elwy Persson.  They are Star #3 on page 47.  I decided to have some fun and use green DMC thread for the shuttle and dark red Guterman thread for the chains.  In the book, they are hanging like a heart shape, but I decided to turn them sideways to make some fun earrings.  Since I just lost a beautiful beaded earring this weekend because only a single thread was on the earring hook and it managed to slip off, I added a couple of rings so these ones will stay on the earring hooks.  For the photos, they are hanging from an etched glass bowl.  It may look like dust in the picture, but it's actually an etching of our last name.

I've seen some really cute hair accessories online and at Saturday's festival.  Several bloggers have done tutorials on making zipper roses and I thought I'd give it a shot.  I actually ended up using both sides of the zipper so this flower would have a fuller look. It's not pretty enough to try to sell, but I planned on keeping this one for myself anyway.  The upcycling trend really appeals to my frugal nature.

Watch for some changes this week in my Etsy shop.  Now that I'm determined to make a serious go of things, it's time to make some adjustments to the name of the shop and the look of the graphics.


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