Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Beauty of Blogging

The beauty of blogging happens in the wake of friendships formed. Kindred spirits connect in this mysterious place we affectionately call "bloggerland". One such friendship has resulted in an exchange of art between my friend, Bella Sinclair, and myself!

Since Bella doesn't tat, but does fabulously whimsical illustrations (that I adore), we calculated our exchange in time. The amount of time it takes each of us to do a piece. We decided that one illustration + the time it takes her to make a photo case = the time it takes me to tat one snowflake. Once that was settled then away we went making our projects for our "art exchange"!

Her goodies came in the mail on Saturday and I was waiting until she got my gift to post the photos so I didn't spoil the surprise for her. I can't WAIT to show you what she sent! It literally brought tears to my eyes when I saw these illustrations!

Just take a look at this!
It's called "Snow Maker"
Look at the little tatted snowflakes falling from
the shuttle! Look at the cute little kitty cat
playing with the ball of thread.
I ADORE kitty cats.

Bella has never seen someone tatting in real life.
She asked for some photos of someone tatting.
I didn't have any and my friend, Gina, obliged.
She emailed photos of her tatting so
Bella could work on what the hands look like.
Thank you, Gina!
Look at this close up.
Not bad, aye?
She totally surprised me with this BONUS
illustration called "Puddy Tat!"
Isn't it the cutest thing ever?
Look at that tatted kitty cat!!!
Bella Sinclair, I see tatting designs in your future!

Well, that wasn't all!
Here is the photo case she included in the exchange.

What's inside, you ask?
Well, here, I'll show you!

The photo holder folds out like this.
She made this!

Now, what to put in it?
Why, tatting, of course!
The butterfly is from Umintsuru in Singapore.
I won it in a giveaway from her.

Oh, so lest we forget, this was an exchange, after all!
Would you like to see what I sent her in exchange?
It was my previous WIP that I had
been teasing you with in previous posts.
I finished it and off it went to
Bella in Japan!
I'm counting it as a motif for

Motif # 24 Quantiesque Snowflake

You can see Bella Sinclair's post about the exchange here.
She has drawn the cutest illustration to show off the snowflake!
I'd like to invite you to go visit her blog!
I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Her illustrations are darling!

Thank you so much for stopping by to see the adorable illustrations I received in a wonderful exchange! Bloggerland truly is a beautiful place when we consider all the friendships we make through our visits to one another's blogs and sharing our creativity and admiration. It's a very special experience and I treasure all my bloggy friends! I hope you stop over and see Bella's wonderful art, but before you do, I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment if you feel so inclined. If you would like to enter my tatting giveaway for One World One Heart be sure to enter by leaving a comment on the giveaway post by February 11, 2009.
Thank you!

66 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Kathleen Grace said...

The illustrations are wonderful! And the photo holder is beautiful, what a lovely way to store and show some of your gorgeous tatting:>)

MelMel said...

Wow, both of you are so very talented and what a lovely friendship has formed....Thats really special.xxxxx

Tia said...

OMG! they are sooo Cute! I poped over to her blog & the illustration with Quantinesque is amazing....

Barb said...

Those drawings are too cute! The idea of her tatting from the clouds and dropping snowflakes is just so creative. And she is lucky to have received such lovely goodies from you!

Lori said...

what a great swap!!! those illustrations are THE cutest things i have ever seen:)

Donna said...

Isn't it wonderful the way friendships can form that have threads that reach far and wide? I love the illustrations. They are just about the most sweetest things I have seen. And I love your tatted snowflake. It is wonderful how you were able to calculate the exchange. Two talented friends, sharing their talents!

connie said...

oh my those illustrations are precious. They would make lovely note cards for a tatter. Perhaps Bella would consider doing that?
What serendipity that a talented tatter and a talented illustrator would meet!

tattrldy said...

The drawings a sooo cute! I'm off to see her site to see the rest. Thank you for sharing such a fun exchange. (An your snowflake looks great, too!)

Quiltldy said...

I am going to have to get out my tatting shuttle and get back into it. I just love the Quantiesque Snowflake! Can I trade you for one... or the pattern would be even better :) :) I'm sure I can come up with something quilty you would love :) You do such beautiful work!

Needledreams said...

Wow! That is sure a treasure to have those illustrations! I never saw a photo holder like that. Sure is perfect for tatting too!

Your Jon's motif looks so pretty too.

Toni said...

Wow!What a beautiful gift you recieved!!
I want to take the time to thank you for visiting my blog!!
Blogging is truly amazing.I am so thrilled to be a part of it!!Meeting new people is amazing and very rewarding.You learn alot too!I never heard of tatting until I visited your blog!It looks like alot of fun and something I definatly would be interested in learning to do.
Looking forward to getting to know you better!!
P.S.~~~~Thanks for your well wishes for my daughter.She is better,but we are now on our way to the doctor with my son.He`s been sick ALOT over the past few weeks.Hopefully the doctor can tell us why.
Have a wonderful day!!!

laura_rose said...

How very creative of you both! I found your snowflake when 'exploring' your site and am intrigued! Do you have instructions please? All my tatting (and Christmas bobbin lace for that matter) adorns other people's Christmas trees...yours is gorgeous!

TattingChic said...

Hi Kathleen Grace, Aren't the illustrations and photo holder fab?

Hi Melmel, thanks for visiting. You are right, it is special, thank you!

Hello, Tia. Glad you stopped by Bella's blog, too. Thanks for the comment.

Hi Barb! Yes, she is very creative, isn't she!? We are both very lucky.

It was a great swap, Lori! The illustrations are darling, huh!?

Hi Donna, it is wonderful, I agree. Thank you for your sweet comment.

Hi Connie! I have no idea if Bella Sinclair would consider making notecards. Well, you have her blog link! Go ask her! ;)

Thank you, Tattrldy! Enjoy your visit at Bella's blog! Thanks for stopping by.

Thank you, Quiltldy! The pattern link is available by clicking on the word "Quantiesque" above the photo of the snowflake. It will take you directly to Jon Yusoff's pattern page with this snowflakes pattern! Happy Tatting!

Hi Wally, thanks, the illustrations are a treasure, indeed! Thank you! Glad you like the snowflake, too!

Thanks for stopping by, Toni. I hope your son gets better soon. Thanks for your very sweet comment.

Hi Laura Rose! The pattern for Jon Yusoff's Quantiesque Snowflake is available by clicking on the word "Quantiesque" located above the photo of the snowflake on the blog post. Happy Tatting! It's a very popular pattern right now.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow. What an awesome exchange. All of it. The snowflake, the illustrations .... and the heart and the illustration with your snowflake. Very clever to do an exchange!

Draffin Bears said...

Oh TattingChic aren't you both the lucky special ones!
I just visited Bella and saw the beautiful snowflake and tatted heart you gave to her.

The illustrations she gave you are just so darling. Love them.

Also that little folder case will be wonderful as a brag book to take around and show off your lovely work.

Enjoy your weekend.


Deborah@ The Painted Nest said...

I LOVE YOUR WORK(ART) IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I'm an artist, but I also do alot of needle work. I have always wanted to learn how to tat.I'm adding you to my BEAUTIFUL LINKS others really should see your handwork.LOVE ITTTT!!!! Blessings, Deborah

Bella Sinclair said...

What a sweet, sweet post! This was a lot of fun, wasn't it? Your work is too exquisite and fine to be kept in a book or drawer. I think I need to frame them. And what a thrill it is to see you use the case for tatting!!! I hope the glue is strong enough to restrain that butterfly. It looks like she's itching to fly.

Hugs to you!

Mary Ellen said...

Wow, what a cool exchange. She is a very talented illustrator, and I loved her description of your tatting: "Strong stitches of fine thread"

It kind of reminds me of these blogging friendships.

Tattycat said...

Well done to both of you! You did a great job on the snowflake and the heart. I love Bellla's illustrations. Thank you for introducing them to me. The angel tatting is perfect!

Nermal and Kitty said...

What a great exchange you two had!
I think you're both winners. What fun to have developed such a great friendship. Nerm

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Thimbleanna! It was a great exchange, thanks for stopping by so I could share it with you.

Carolyn, I'm so glad you stopped to visit Bella's blog. Your comment is very sweet, thank you!

Hi Deborah! Thank you so much! Your comment made my day! I would be honored to be added to your "beautiful links"! I'll have to come see your needlework on your blog.

Hi Bella Sinclair! Yes, the exchange has been fabulous! I've really loved it! Thank you so much!!! You are a dear bloggy friend! ((hugs)) back to you!

Hi Mary Ellen! Yes, Bella's description of tatting is quite accurate! It is a remarkable strong bit of lace, it's true! Thank you for visiting!

You're so sweet, Tattycat! Thank you! I appreciate your comment. Well, I appreciate all your comments and visits!

Hi Nerm! Thank you! What a sweet thing to say! Come visit again soon!

Jen r. said...

How cool! They are beautiful! I love making new friends! It looks like you found a good one! Love the snowflake!

Pat Winter said...

What fun illustrations, and the exchange creation is cool!
Yes, both of the lights sold immediately. I am making more...any particular colorway?

Clyde said...

What a wonderful exchange and the art-work is amazing. A special gift for both of you.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Good Day Tatting Chic. Both of the illustration are joyful and beautiful. And your tatted snowflake and heart is also truly beautiful too. A great swap and between two talented ladies with a reflection of a lovely friendship. Hugs Judy

Mona van dijk said...

your blog is so cute and bubbly..I have a feeling you are made happy with the small things in life ..the most important things in,sharing it shines through your writing.

you have a treasure on hand a lovely illustration !

Kate said...

How lovely that your friend incorporate tatting in your illustrations. And they are utterly charming!

Great photo holder too. :)

Dave Robertson said...

Hi Tattingchic, just stopped in since I discovered tatting yesterday and am really intrigued. Your work looks swell!

at Rings & Things

Rosemary said...

Two talented ladies!!!
What a great thing to happen. Frindship and art!!!
Thanks, I like the raven's new name too.
Hope you have a great weekend in the rain.

TattingChic said...

Hi Jen, thanks for the sweet comment! That is true, it does look like I found a good one (friend, that is).

Hi Pat, glad you stopped by. I have a colorway in mind. Maybe I will email you a pic of what I have in mind, aye?

Thank you, Clyde! It is special. Glad you came to visit.

Thank you for your sweet comment, Judy! It's so nice to share with people who appreciate this sort of thing...people like you and many others who visit my blog.

Very perceptive, Mona van dijk! I do appreciate the simple things in life. People don't know that 'til they get to know me because I can have expensive taste, too! LOL!

Hi Kate. Didn't she do a nice job on the illustrations? So sweet of her! I will treasure these pieces forever and the photo case, too!

Hi Dave Robertson. Thank you for stopping by to say hello. Nice to "meet" you. Please come again. Your bead shop looks intriguing.

Hi Rosemary! Glad you found the perfect name for your adorable crow princess! Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment.

yoon see said...

Yeah, your works are always so beautiful. You are lucky to have so many great friends surrounding you:)

Vicki said...

I want to say hi, and thanks for finding my blog. I really don't know anyone who tats, but have always been intested in it, so purchased the book when I saw it. Your tatting is amazing! Do you have a suggestion on where I can look for beginning tatting designs? I need some that are fairly easy and small so I can have success (LOL). Thanks so much for your comments.

Barb said...

What lovelies you both created, and a great idea to exchange art with someone.

Blessings on your day,
Barbara Jean

oh, yes, you had signed up for my bird nest giveaway already.
But, i do know what you mean about forgetting where you signed up and not. Better accidentally twice, than to not sign up at all! =0)

Kathy said...

You both have been blessed with a wonderful talent. Everything is just beautiful.

Susanne said...

Beautiful illustrations and some great tatting, you are both very talented artists.
You are a lucky girl.

forgetfulone said...

Wonderful! Isn't bloggerland full of fabulous people?! Both the illustrations and your tat-ing are so crafty and unique.

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Yoon See. Your comment is very sweet.

Hi Viki! There are lots of free tatting patterns on line. I'll bet if you google "beginning tatting patterns" you will come up with a wealth of them. Also, there is eTatters and it is a social networking site that is free to join. The badge is on my right sidebar. Just click on that and off you'll go! Thanks for stopping by! If you do go to eTatters be sure and say Hello!

Hi Barbara Jean, thank you for your kind words and thank you for understanding about the giveaway entry thing.

Thanks you, Kathy! Your comment is so sweet and means a lot.

Hello, Susanne! It's always a pleasure to have you stop by. Thank you for your sweet comment. I do feel fortunate, thank you.

Welcome, Forgetfulone. You are right, bloggerland is a wonderful place. Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it.

Valerie said...

it's always fun to do exchanges, isnt' it? i appreciate your sharing with all of us in tatland too, tattingchic. and this is what i call real friendship. congrats to you!

Vicki C said...

What a fun post! Those illustrations are so cool! Also loving the little photo album.. and that little tatted butterfly... darling!

Ira said...

What a beautifil snowflake. I don't seee the real one for few years. I love you tatting. Grat work.
Thank you for visiting my blog

Just Between Us Girls said...

Thank you for stopping in. I love it when you visit. Such sweet kind words you give to me. You have a great friendship there lucky girl.
Love the illustrations.

KarenHarveyCox said...

That illustration of the little girl tatting is brilliant. What a wonderful way to share your gifts. That case for your tatting is perfect.

Pat said...

Thanks for your visit today.....and isn't it nice that we both enjoy this work we do with our hands...and hearts! Patcarain

TattingChic said...

Hi Valerie! What a truly sweet comment! Thank you so much!

Thank you, Vicki C. I'm so glad you stopped by!

Thanks, Ira. Glad you like the snowflake. Yes, like you, I haven't seen a real one for years. I'm okay with that. The tatted snowflakes work for me right now just fine, LOL!

Hi Pat from Just Between Us Girls, thank you so much for your sweet words! I enjoy your visits, too!

Karen, aren't the drawings just darling!? That also says a lot coming from you~being a fellow artist. Thanks for your very sweet comment.

Thanks for visiting, Pat Carain. It is a work of HEART, too! Glad you came to visit! :)

Reen said...

Hello TattingChic. Yes, i do agree with u, The beauty of Blogging. I've made many friends from blogging and one of them is U.

The illustration is beautiful and so is your Quantiesque in white.

Rue said...

What a talent she is! Those drawings are wonderful! Of course I knew yours would be fabulous too :)

Oh and thanks to you, I just spent 30 minutes messing with wordle... LOL


tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Are those drawings darling or what!!!!
What whimsy!!!!!

M ^..^

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

What a great exchange! I love the drawings AND the snowflake!

I'm still muddling along with my attempt at tatting. I've got the "flip" down and the "double knot" with the appropriate thread sliding through it. Now I'm working on learning to do the picot.

Counting Your Blessings said...

That illustration reminds me of some little books that my mom had when I was young. And, of course, I love how you tell the story to us. :)

Blessings... Polly

Elyse said...

GASP! i love the illustration. so sweet and these blogging stories about friendship get me everytime.


TattingChic said...

Awww...thank you, Reen! That is sweet of you to say! Glad you like the illustrations and snowflake.

Thanks, Rue, and, oh, hope you had fun while you were wasting mean...playing with wordle! :)

Hi M ^..^! Glad you like the drawings. Thanks for stopping by!

Congratulations, Karla!!! You've "flipped"! Woo Hoooooo!!! Good for you! I'm so proud of you! That's the hardest part about learning to tat! You've made it!!! You're a tatter!

Hi Polly, thanks for the sweet comment!

LOL, Elyse! Those little blogging friendship stories get you everytime! You crack me up!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful idea! Both of you are so talented in your art. How great that you found each other and exchanged these marvelous gifts.

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

What a GREAT exchange. The drawings are so darned cute! And you are amazingly talented. Someday, I'm going to learn to tat...

Marie Antionette said...

How wonderful her illustrstions are.So life like too.You are so lucky to recieve them.The little case is adorable.
I'm glad you found such a frienship.You deserve all the best,because you are one of the best.Hugs Marie Antionette

Marie Antionette said...

Thanks hon for stopping by,We must thank Pearl for that very long tag and tonsil question.LOL Hugs Marie

Milkberry said...

That is awesome! Both of you are very talented!!! Genius I tell ya!

Vintage Tea said...

Lovely illustrations!

Victoria x

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Penny! It is great to have found each other and done that exchange, thanks.

Hi, Patricia from Vintage Linen Treasures. Thank you for visiting. Oh, that would be neat if you really did decide to learn how to tat!

Thank you, Toni! We must have been to each other's blogs at the same time, LOL! Glad you like the exchange items.

LOL, thank you, Milkberry! You're sweet.

Thanks, Victoria!

Jessica said...

Even more lovely in person.

This is Jessica from

I've just joined etatters. Thanks for the suggestion!

Lace hearts said...

Blogging is so wonderful when things like this happen. It's lovely to read about it. I've been thinking recently I'd love to do an exchange with someone. Your exchange worked so perfectly.

TattingChic said...

Hi Jessica! Yes, I remember you! Thsnks for stopping by the blog and saying hello. Glad you like the illos.

Thank you, Lace Hearts. I've been fortunate with both blogging and exchanges so far. It's kind of fun when it just sort of happens. I can only do an exchange when I'm in the right frame of mind for it. So, I've had to turn some exchanges down, for instance I won't do more than one at a time... can't have too tight a budget, stuff like that.

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

I love the illustrations & the picture purse! Your snowflake is perfect! What a wonderful exchange.

Thank you for dropping by while I was ill, your thoughts meant so much to me :)

Kathi :)

Farm Chick Paula said...

Wow- she really is talented!! And I love the little photo case for you to display your work. Congrats to both of you!

PawsN2Stamp said...

Wow, she did an awesome job in her illustrations!!! How fun for both of you!!!

I am a kitty lover, too, having four of my own.

Carol Lawecki said...

Hi TattingChic, You must be the sweetest, kindest, most loved blogger. I love your blogs and enjoy reading about your adventures.

The little drawings you received from Bella are just too sweet for words. I love them! What a nice exchange for you both.

Have a fabulous day!

TattingChic said...

Hi Kathi! Thanks for stopping by. I noticed you posted recently and it's good to have you back in blogland.

Thank you, Paula! That's sweet of you to say.

Hi PawsN2Stamp! So nice to see you again! Aren't kitty cats the sweetest!? I really need to get one!

Hi Carol, that is probably the sweetest thing anyone has ever said. You are very kind! Thank you! :) ((Hugs))!!