For those of you who read my last post (Pay It Forward), I'm happy to report that all that positive energy sent towards Ellen (Jemyl), made a huge difference. I noticed that a lot of her jewelry sold and she had this to say on her blog today:
Well, I am so grateful for the jewelry sales and all the good words and donations that wonderful people have given, ordered and posted. Y'all have no idea how much your expressions of support mean to me and how y'all have touched my heart. Tonight I was able to catch up my Lions club dues. Yesterday I initiated a transfer from my PayPal account to my bank enough money to be able to catch up my mortgage, i.e. bring it current, and get a good start on the home insurance. I still can't fix the garage roof or afford a homeowners' type policy. That is way, way above my means this year. It also looks like I might just be able to buy a bed control so that I can move the position of my bed at long last.
It's so nice to see evidence of the kindness that is out there. One of the things that keeps me going when things get tough is the support of others. Some days I lean on my coworkers, but I have also developed a new community of support online. Bloggers in general respond to need when they see it. Certain niches have been very supportive to me. The Native American community online is very much like an extended family and I know I can count on them in tough times. Whenever people see me tatting, they tell me about their grandma, aunt, or other relative who used to tat and then they comment that "tatting is a dying art." I'm so glad that's not true! It's possible that tatting was fading out at some point, but it's alive, well, and growing like mad with the help of the internet. The online tatting community is helpful and amazingly generous and I love being a part of it.
I've been trying a few more things lately with my tatting. I made these cute flower earrings using a small flower pattern from Lyn Morton's book. The thread is a variegated pink and I added some light pink beads for some "bling." After they were done, I decided they needed a little something extra and added these cute ceramic flowers to the center. My other project didn't turn out quite as well as this one. After seeing a post about using Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to make pieces that resemble those done with a resin coating, I tried adding a small tatted star to a metal square and filled it with the dimensional magic. It was looking like it was going to work, but it stayed cloudier than I expected and didn't firm up completely. The coating didn't settle very evenly either. Oh, well....