Saturday, May 24, 2008

Friendship Exchange

Every once in a while a wonderful thing happens in someone's right now I am lucky lucky LUCKY!!!! Have you checked out Melissa's blog lately? It's awash with the most beautiful Crazy Quilt Square right now and it's MINE all MINE....BWAH hA hA hA hA....Okay I am trying to contain myself but I am going crazy with how beautiful it is. I know other people are so tactful and eloquent when they talk about exchanges but I can't help it....lucky lucky me!!! Thank you Melissa!!! I'm so HAPPY!!!!

Oh, SO back to'll notice that the title says "Friendship EXCHANGE" which would connote that Melissa is getting something in return... and she is... but I have to tell you a little something I think I'm getting the better end of the deal as Melissa is an extremely talented needle artiste.Anyway, it all started with a conversation about an ice cream cone here.

So, Melissa wanted a little pink ice cream cone for a little girl named Bekah for her CQ squares and she said she'd make a CQ square in return and to make the time invested more equal I said I'd tat something more because it only takes a couple of hours for me to make that ice cream cone.

I know...I don't want want TATTING... you want PICTURES of Tatting... you want EYE CANDY... so here it is.

Here's Bekah's ice cream cone.

Melissa wanted a pink one for her. So pink she got. Pink is my favorite color anyway so I really enjoyed tatting it up. It's made with DMC Cebelia both the solid pink and brown are size 20.

So to make the crafting time even I made Melissa an offwhite bookmark out of Mary Konior's black magic pattern from her "Tatting With Visual Patterns" book. I LOVE that book and I LOVE that pattern and I think this pattern looks so classy in's a little lighter than ecru and definately not white. So, I present to you

Motif #4 Melissa's Friendship Bookmark

I hope you like it Melissa. It's to go with her bible that she's making a beautiful red bible hand bag~cover for have you seen it? Here's some of it. It's still in progress and it is just beautiful so far, so I'm hoping this will make a nice addition as a bookmark.The bookmark is made with Coats & Clarks size 70 thread color #61.

Now, we cannot forget the 25 Motif Challenge. I'm counting this bookmark as MOTIF # 4 just in case it wasn't obvious from the super huge font I used just above it.

As always, Happy Tatting everyone and thank you for stopping by today. I hope you all enjoyed the pictures and the exchange story it's one of the spontaneous beautiful things that "just happened" and I consider myself very blessed to have "met" Melissa and I feel blessed to have "met" so many of you online...and you know who you are.

Comments are always welcome and appreciated. I read each and everyone of them and they all mean so much to me. Thank you for visiting.

Luv and Stuff,

TattingChic :)

UPDATE: Melissa received the ice cream cone and bookmark and just LOOK what she did with the ice cream cone! It's so cute.

26 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

The block Melissa made for you is gorgeous... you lucky, lucky girl!

The ice cream cone is perfect, and the bookmark is fabulous! I really intend to make that one some day, but for now, I'm sticking to the fast and easy bookmark!

I think it's a toss-up as to who's getting the better end of the exchange!

Steph's (tat) Stuff said...

I love that ice cream cone pattern. It would look really cute with some seed beads to give it the appearance of sprinkles. I've been meaning to do that one for a couple months now, but then something else catches my eye and I forget all about it. And that bookmark...A-W-E-S-O-M-E. I really need to get that Mary Konior book. I have yet to see something ugly out of it.

TattingChic said...

Diane, thank you for coming to visit and comment. You always say the nicest things. Yes, I am LUCKY and very very appreciative. I hope she like the bookmark for her bible and ice cream cone for Bekah's block. You're so sweet, Diane.

Thanks for stopping by, Steph. I'm glad you stopped by. If you like the idea of sprinkles on the cone there is a pattern with that in it and Dantatter did one already you can see it here
if you cut and paste that address then you can see her cone in the comment section of that photo on eTatters. Yes, Mary Konior's book is definately a must have.

Melissa said...

WOOO HOOOOOOOO!!! Love it! The Cone is perfect and I'll totally put some sprinkles on when I sew it to the block she's going to ADORE it I'm telling you! AND I LOVE the bookmark it's SO dainty and elegant!!!!!!!!!! Such a treasure and I'll get to think of you each time I open the spot it marks! I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!

TattingChic said...

OH, GOODIE! I'm glad you like it Melissa. I'm going to walk over to the mailbox and mail it today. Can't wait for you to get it and vice~versa. This has been a lot of fun fun fun.

Catherine Holman said...

Wow! Both pieces are absolutely beautiful! You are both so lucky.

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Catherine. I'm glad you came by to visit. Okay, I guess we both are lucky, but truth be told, I still think I'm luckiest...hee hee hee. ;)

singtatter said...

Yummy ice-cream cones, love the previous variegated-coloured one better! The bookmark is so lacy and dainty. I would normally do bookmarks with darker colours though so that they look more contrasting against the pages of the book.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Wow! You DID luck out! But I would say you are both getting a great deal. What a fun thing to do!

Oh...and just in case you didn't notice...I too have a hard time controlling my enthusiasm in posts at times!

I think it's refreshing.

Clyde said...

WOW what an exchange. I think you both did well and will enjoy what you receive.

Kathy said...

What can I say, you are both so very lucky! A beautiful CQ block and beautiful tatting treasures to cherish.

Hay tattingchic, not sure if I told you I am getting two shuttles. I am so excited. First I need to make a journal cover for a friend who wants it for a graduation gift and one more cq heart for my mother's friend.
Have a great holiday! Thanks to all who served to keep this country free!

TattingChic said...

Hi Singtatter, thanks for stopping by and making a comment. Just in case you didn't read the post thoroughly or click on the links for reference, Singtatter, these are for an exchange. The pretty pink cone is by request for Melissa's for a cute little girl named Bekah and it will match her CQ block and represent a strawberry ice cream cone. And the offwhite bookmark is also to coordinate with the beautiful red biblecover~handbag that Melissa is embellishing with beautiful ecru tatting and this is all done by request. I think Melissa has excellent taste in picking colors. SHE loves the colors and that's what matters! I did them for her cuz she's such a sweetie pie of a friend, thus a "friendship exchange". Did you see the beautiful block she made me, there's a link at the top of the post to click on to see go look if you haven't already.

HEY Sherry, thank you for your encouragement of corny enthusiasm....I LOVE it. I'm glad you find it refreshing.I'm so glad you stopped by. It's always good to have your comments and your comment was so sweet, thank you. I'm glad you are settling in so far away. I need to write you a private email to catch up on somethings.

Hi Clyde, thank you so much for stopping by and your very nice compliments. I'm excited about it. Melissa is so talented and her block is so pretty I can't believe it.

Hi Kathy, thanks so much for your kind words.

How are you enjoying your clover shuttles? I hope you post the journal cover and CQ heart before you give them away as gifts and I'm lookin forward to seeing what you do with those shuttles.

Tracy said...

Melissa's blog is absolutely gorgeous! She's very gifted with CQ techniques! What a terrific gift. And so is your's for her...that bookmark is just lovely. I love the simplicity and elegance it carries. And that ice cream cone is too much fun..too, too cute! This is definitely the place for some good eye candy! ;o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

TattingChic said...

Tracy, your visit is a bright spot in my day. Thank you for all your kind words. You're a gem...a pinkpurl...LOL.

Dantatter aka Susanne said...

The CQ is awesome, the ice cream cone is yummy and the bookmark is beautiful.

Renna said...

Man, I have got to learn to tat. Your things are beautiful!!!

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog about my dog.

TattingChic said...

Susanne, thank you for your nice comments and thanks for suggesting that I tat an ice cream cone in the first place...LOL...I think you started something.

Hi, Renna, thanks for visiting my blog and making a comment. If you ever want to learn how to tat that would be totally cool! There are many online resources now and you can always let me know if there's something I can do to help point you in the right direction.....and, yes, I am sorry about your dog. It's hard to lose a member of the family.

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

That pink little ice cream cone is just too sweet! The beautiful bookmark makes me think of Queen Anne's lace--so nice!

TattingChic said...

Grizzly Mountain Arts, thank you so much for your comment. That's so nice that it reminds you of queen anne's lace. Maybe that's why I enjoy tatting this pattern so much as that is one of my favorite flowers. I love it's lacy look. It was one of my Mother's favorite's, too!

zarina said...

I have done the black magic as a bookmark but have not posted onto my blog. Plus, I ended it wrongly but luckily it is not so obvious.

Maggie Ann said...

I can see why you are excited...your new CQ block is exquisite! And so is the beautiful bookmark you made her! =) p.s. thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment...its a treat to get to 'meet' you. I haven't done any tatting recently, but really enjoy it when I do. You encourage me to do some tatting. ...the 'challenge' is encouraging. so many delightful things to do, so little time!

TattingChic said...

Hi Zarina, I'm glad you're still doing visits even though you're on "crafting blog sabbatical" I hope school is going well for you. I had the magic thread break (whilst trying to hide the ends) on the previous Black Magic bookmark I made so I was glad this one went smoothly, especially since it was for a nice friend.

Hi, Maggie Ann, Thanks for stopping by I hope you make some repeat "pop-ins". I went and re-check your "vintage 1906" blog and found your tatting and it's just beautiful. I hope your do start tatting again...Let me tell you the 25 Motif challenge is just 25 tatted motifs done in one year they can be as big or small as you want them....they can be 25 true small motifs or you can make a bookmark, doily,or edging for one of the you could do it. If you don't have much time just do little motifs...Oh, I would love to see it all you have to do is let Sharon know at the "25 Motif Challenge" blog and then she's aware and you post on your blog. You keep the count. It's EASY. Well, just some pressure...LOL. Your tatting is beautiful. I'm glad we found each other's tatting.

celestina marie said...

Just love the quilt block. Beautiful!! and your ice cream cone and book mark are something very special.
hugs, Celestina,
la rea rose

TattingChic said...

Yes, Celestina, isn't the quilt block gorgeous. I'm blessed, indeed, with such a talented friend. I hope she likes my bookmark and the cone (well, that was a request). Exchanges are so much fun. Thank you for your kind comments and nice visit today. Come back soon!

Gina E. said...

Hi TC,
Thank you for visiting my blog and confirming that my cloth is crocheted, not tatting.
Your tatting is just beautiful; I've always thought I'd like to learn how to do that, so I could tatt the edges of doilies and cloths that I have embroidered. Sadly I'm on the wrong side of 60, so I've left my run too late..arthritis, tired eyes, and so on!

TattingChic said...

Hi Gina E, thanks for visiting, I enjoyed your blog, too, so many beautiful vintage linens and things. Too bad you feel too tired to learn to tat. I have arthritis in my back so I sort of know your pain. I did once teach an 85 year old woman to tat who had been looking all her life for someone to teach her. I was 28 at the time...she was astonished when she walked into the classroom at the craft store where I taught...she thought that the tatting teacher would HAVE to be older than took a great deal of convincing her that I was indeed qualified and had been tatting for 14 years at the time...LOL she was one of my favorite students. She had arthritis,too I remember. Thanks again for the visit.