Tuesday, September 10, 2013


This summer has been really busy for me.  In July, we went to Navarre Beach, Florida and had a wonderful time.  We stayed in a condo right on the beach and I could sit out on the balcony and just watch and hear the ocean roll in and out.  That was glorious!  Then, in August, I just got back from Maine where I was born.  My family still lives in Portland.  My sister from Wyoming and my brother from Pennsylvania came also, so we were able to all be together.  It was a great time!  I came back, eager to get into my own routine again.

Ever since we had our store, I have tried different ways to get rid of the excess inventory.  I think I have come up with a solution.  I found a big consignment store right near my home that rents out shelves and booths and I am going to rent out four big shelves to start getting rid of my "stuff."  So, I have been busy pricing everything rock bottom so it will sell.  I sure hope this works.  I have everything from crafts to teapots to scrap booking stuff to rubber stamps.  So, it should grab somebody's attention, I hope.  My booth is located at the Peddler's Market in Highland Plaza.

I have also been making many wedding guest books over the summer.  Each one is different from the other, since all the handmade lace is different.  I let them choose the lace centerpiece by sending them  pictures of what I have.

I also have been making some other things, like the little gift bags below.  And something that has interested me lately is metal stamping on rings and bracelets.  I am trying to conquer this art, but it does take a lot of practice.  So, you can see that I am all over the place--plus I still teach voice and piano and have now over 30 students!  And I am very thankful for that.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


We have had a very rainy summer so far.  That is unusual because it is usually very dry.  I am not complaining, though.  Our lawn is nice and green and beautiful and the temperatures are not so hot.  I have been creating lately--I really never quit.  I am making my tatted trees for the holidays.  I'm starting early because I always seem to run out and never have enough of them for a Christmas craft show.  Maybe I can do one this year.  Hope you are having a great summer!

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Time is going by swiftly and all of a sudden, another summer is upon us.  I have been really busy with my family, singing, teaching and working at Elmcroft.  And I am also working on more crafts for my Etsy shop.

I am making another wedding album to send out tomorrow.  I have sold three wedding albums so far and really enjoy making them.  My tatting is added as trim around the album, along with vintage lace and trim.  It is so enjoyable to make things for weddings!  They are such joyous occasions.  Recently, I had a friend come into work and announce that she got married the night before and had on a beautiful wedding ring.  Now, that was a shock!   She had been single for many, many years and into her '50s, and she found the love of her life--someone she had known way back 30 years ago.  I hope they have many more years of happiness together.  This July, it will be 45 years for Terry and I.  How many people can say that?  Well, back to making my wedding album.  I have posted one that I have sold on here.

Saturday, April 13, 2013


I have uploaded my "TATTED TREASURES II" video from my Youtube Channel.  It is a video of all the arts and crafts I have made in 2012, plus I am singing "Yesterday" in the background that I recorded.  Hope you enjoy it.  If you have any questions, please comment.  Thanks!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

LATELY . . .

The problem I have is that I like to make lots of things.  I try to add my tatting to whatever I make but sometimes it isn't possible.  I am making things for a very cute local store and they are selling my jewelry.  So, guess what I am making?  I am also making tatted items for their new wedding line, which I love to do.  Today, I am taking some wedding items there and we shall see how they are received and if they sell.

I have also taught a tatting class there and have another class next week.  I wish more people would like to learn tatting.  Everyone always says how beautiful it is, but I guess they think it is too hard to learn.  In a way it is a good thing, because it stays a unique and beautiful craft and not everyone tries to do it, like making those popular scalloped scarves.  :).   I have made those also--about  40 of them--and sold them all at that little shop.  But lately, the yarn has gotten much more expensive and very scarce.  I think I have spent more time looking for specific colors than I have knitting the scarves.  Are these scarves popular where you live?  Anyway, I need to get back to tatting.  Although, I did sell two tatted bracelets last week on my Etsy site.  They were for little girls ages 8 and 10.  I sure hope I made them small enough for their little arms.  Well, I need to go and finish up my items for my wedding line.  I will be back!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


I have always loved rubber stamping. In fact, we owned a store that sold rubber stamps and offered all kinds of classes. Lately, I have been experimenting with vintage style ribbons (since I love vintage) made from torn muslin. I have hand stamped these ribbons and they can be used for all sorts of things. They are on my Etsy and I have listed all kinds of uses. You can see them at

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Today, I added a new tatting video to my Youtube Channel.  About a year ago, I added a tatting video called "Tatted Treasures" and it has over 18,000 views.  My new video has many of the projects that I have been working on in the past year.  It is called "Tatted Treasures II".  Please let me know if you like it.  Thanks!

Thursday, February 7, 2013


I am having fun lately working on a new wedding line for Little Lace Lady by Linda.  A local store has asked me to create pieces for a line for their store and I am coming up with all kinds of ideas.  My latest is a bridal purse to add to my other purses.  Each purse is one of a kind because I use vintage lace and each lace is different.  Much of the lace is hand made and I add my tatting to the items and it seems to blend very well.  I am also going to work on jewelry to go with the line for brides, bridesmaids and flower girls.  They will be pearls combined with other beautiful beads.  Hopefully, this will all work together.  I just created a wedding album (and I have added pictures of it on here) and am working on a larger version with a pen attached.  I will let you know my progress and show pictures as I complete my line.  I am also putting these items on Etsy.  Just having fun in the winter months!

Saturday, February 2, 2013


So I have been thinking weddings, weddings, weddings lately.  I came up with a new vintage lace and tatted wedding guest book.  But it could also be used for any other celebrations, whether it be baby, anniversary, birthday, etc.  I made one in white also so you could see what it would look like.  I really enjoy making these and I hope I will be making lots of them!

Thursday, January 24, 2013


I am trying to keep everything going lately.  Teaching music and doing my crafts keeps me very busy.  Lately, I have been creating more jewelry and purses.  This is the newest purse that I have been working on.  I love the combination of lace and tatting.  I taught a tatting class on Tuesday, and that was so fun.

Favorite Web Sites