"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Recent Etsy Purchases

I got a lovely new batch of HDT's from Krystledawn, aka Dr. Von Threadmore.

On the left is "Vineyard at Dusk". In the middle are the solid colors from this colorway. Krystle, I love, love, LOVE this purple! I'll definitely buy it in more sizes when you do it again. On the right is "Sea Glass", which I already had in size 80, and now have in size 20.

Just so you know, Krystle doesn't wind her skeins this sloppily. I was too tired to put them away properly, and Squijum got ahold of them while I was sleeping. Fortunately, Krystle secures her loops well enough that he couldn't create a tangled mess, as he undoubtedly wanted to. And they are still clean, and now safely stored.

I also bought a pair of Krystle's lovely earrings, tatted over rings, with discs of shell dangling in the middle.

Aren't they pretty? I sometimes find myself not buying other tatters' work because I think, "I could do that". What I've been trying to do lately instead is to think, "I could do that, but will I?" After all, there are so many things I want to tat that I know I won't get them all done in my lifetime, so why not support my fellow tatters?

If you don't mind, I'd also like to share a recent purchase that has nothing to do with tatting. Well, I suppose you could add tatting if you wanted to, but they really seem complete as they are.

These are reusable fabric gift bags from VZ Wraps. As you can see, they come different sizes, in prints for all kinds of occasions, and the workmanship is excellent. You put the gift inside, then wrap the attached ribbon around the top and tie it in a bow. If you like giving gifts with a nice presentation but don't like killing trees, this is the answer. The bag then becomes a part of the gift, and hopefully the recipient will "pay it forward" by reusing the bag when they give a gift. These bags are airport security-friendly, too; if you're bringing a gift in your carry-on, it would be easy to take it out upon request without ruining the "wrapping". I gave my sister her graduation present in one of these, and it was a big hit.

I have no financial ties to either Krystle or VZ Wraps, other than being a very satisfied customer and wanting to spread the word.

Still working busily on the placemats....


  1. I've asked myself that a LOT over the past decade - I could make, but will I? Do I want it bad enough to make? If I can afford it, why not use the time making it making something else I like? When I was younger and had no money, that was the only way I could get something I liked - by learning how to make it. That's why I'm self-taught on so many crafts. I also couldn't afford to pay someone to teach me.

    Fabric gift bags - I keep buying little remnants of fancy fabrics for that exact purpose! In fact, I was just thinking the other night that I need to get to sewing on them.

  2. I must say it is one of the greatest compliments when a tatter buys my tatted items.

    And I am so glad you like the purple! I do to.....and I forgot to save myself some!