Friday, December 25, 2009

A Very Merry Christmas to You!

Christmas Day is known for being a magical mix of joy and wonder for a child or it can be a tragic time of sorrow and pain for the lonely soul. Here is hoping that the true meaning of Christmas will touch your heart regardless of where you are in that mix of emotion surrounding Christmastime! Since Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ, suffice it to say, I feel it is appropriate to share that I believe in His healing power and love! It is real. Just as the sunlight that warms my back in the daytime is real! He is there for me! I am so grateful for this! I am so glad He came to this Earth to teach us how to love, how to live, and that Joy and Healing are possible through His Grace and Power despite life's challenges! I truly believe in this and it has never ceased to bless my life!


Thank you for letting me share this Christmas thought with you.


In my celebrations for Christmas this year I've done
more thoughtful introspection
than my usual outward Christmas decoration.

Despite this I did manage to get up a Christmas Tree!
A very little Christmas tree, mind you, but a tree, nonetheless!

Here is a picture of my tatted tree~top angel!
You may recognize her from last year's Christmas post!


I have had 5 tatted Christmas ornaments
that I thought I had lost during my last move.
Luckily, I found them this week!
I was so very happy to finally find my "lost"
tatted Christmas ornaments!

I tatted them 15 years ago!

May I share them with you?


Here is the first of five that I designed.

This is inspired from a vintage tatted edging pattern.
I chose this pattern because it reminded me
of little tatted crowns around the ornament!

There is a tatted ring around the top
and the base of the Christmas globe
to "anchor" the threads that are sewed
between the picots in a zig-zag fashion.


Here is ornament #2

This one is from a motif found in one of the
vintage Priscilla Tatting Books!
The patterns are in public domain now!

Yes, the tatting completely surrounds
the glass ball! I had to insert the ball when
I was almost finished joining the two motifs
together and literally tatted the last part
of the second motif around the ball!


Here is ornament #3

This ornament has two motifs inspired
from an edging from one of the
Priscilla Tatting Books.
It is a pattern from the turn-of-the-century
(the last century that is).
This pattern also was chosen for
it's "crown-like" look!

The middle chain of rings are split rings
used to anchor the threads sewed to hold
the motifs onto the globe.
I also thought they added to the
Victorian "feel" of the ornament.


The 4th ornament is a pair of snowflakes
that are also tatted around the glass ball.

The pattern for the tatted snowflake used on this
ornament is from a Better Homes and Gardens
book called "Christmas Ornaments"
This book was published in 1991.
A peek of some tatted ornaments are pictured
on the cover of the book, above!
There were 3 tatted ornament patterns
in this book. I used the pattern
simply called "six pointed star".

Another book that inspired me was published in 1992
by Arts and Crafts for Home Decorating.
The book is entitled "Decorating for Christmas"!
It had a Tree Top Christmas Angel
made of crocheted doilies on the front cover.
The same angel that inspired my tatted angel above!

Here's another look at this tatted ornament!


Thank you for letting me share with you!


Oh, did I say there was five ornaments?
I did, didn't I?
Well, that's just see...
there was five ornaments.
I'll show you that fifth one another time.

For now, let's just enjoy Christmas!


The little tree sits on a tatted "tree skirt"
It's actually a vintage tatted doily I found in an
antique store years ago.
I've also shown it in a blog post here before.


Now, let's take another look at that tree!


What are YOU doing in this picture?
How did you get up in the Christmas tree?

It looks like Stiofán wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas, too!

Mischievous little leprechaun that he is!


Thank you for stopping by so I can show you my Christmas tatting and share my Christmas thoughts and wishes with you! May you have a blessed Christmas Day and a wonderful Holiday Season! Since Christmas is a time for gifts both given and received, I thought I'd let you know that I appreciate the gift of your friendship! I am so grateful for all the bloggy friends whom I have come to know here in blogland! Thank you for enriching and blessing my life! Whatever you are doing this Christmas Day I hope you feel peace and joy! Me? I'll be tatting up some hummingbirds that are long overdue!
If you have the time to say hello, I'd love to hear from you! Comments are always welcome here at TattingChic!

Christmas (((Hugs))) and merriment,

and Stiofán, too!


65 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Carla said...

Wonderful creations!

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Merry Christmas, TattingChic! I'm glad you found your beautiful ornaments!

Lynn B said...

I love your tatted decorations. Happy Christmas!

Aarti Badamikar said...

lovely ornaments!!!
Very Merry Christmas to you and Happy Holidays!!! :)

Bonnie said...

Your Christmas ornaments are beautiful. I wanted to make those also, but I couldn't find a pattern and am not cleaver enough to do it on my own like you did.

I especially like the first paragraph of your post today. Beautifully said.

Merry Christmas to you and your family, TattingChic!

Tatskool said...

Your ornaments look like they will be hierlooms. Glad to see Stiofán is getting into the festive spirit.

Hope your day is going well. Merry Christmas. I so enjoy your friendship.

singtatter said...

Wow, every piece is a winner!

Merry Christmas, TattingChic, and best wishes to everyone at home!

Steph's (tat) Stuff said...

Lovely tree, TattingChic! Merry Christmas to you and that naughty Stiofán!

Gina said...

Lovely ornaments! Merry Christmas!

AngelDoll said...

Merry Christmas Tatting Chic,
What a lovely post and beautiful tatting! LOVE IT ALL! Thank you very much for sharing your amazing work amazing and your lovely photography and Christmas decorations!
BLESS you for sharing your love...may the magic of Christmas fill your day with all the nicest of things!

Crazy Mom Tats! said...

Merry Christmas to you - remember HE's the reason for the season.

Love the ornaments - they're beautiful!

I hope your day is happy and blessed.

tatting-marie said...

Your thoughts are beautiful and a wonderful way to spread the Christmas message.
Thanks too, for sharing all your lovely Christmas ornaments. Your Angel tree topper is simply "Heavenly"! May you and yours and all that are reading this have the most "Wonderful Christmas Ever" with a good and healthy and a "Happy New Year" to follow!!!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Such lovely ornaments. And I believe that's the prettiest angel tree topper I've ever seen!
Merry Christmas to you, Tattling Chick! :)

Fox said...

Wonderful ornaments for your tree!
Wishing you a wonderful day and a very Happy Holiday!
♥ Fox : )

❦TattingChic said...

Dear Carla, thank you so much for visiting and your lovely comment. I want you to know that I appreciate that you speak another language and take the time to comment in my language and I appreciate that. I wish that I could do the same for you and all my other international tatting friends who comment in my language, but I'm too proud to use an online translator because we all know they don't get the Syntax right and it will make me sound like a mentally challenged person talking in your language! LOL! So Merry Christmas and Buon Natale, dear Carla!

Hi Diane! Thank you so much for stopping by. I am so glad I found them too, thank you! Thank you for kindly saying they are beautiful! I appreciate that! Merry Christmas!

Hi LynnB! Thank you! I am so glad you love them! LOL! Happy Christmas!

Welcome to my blog, Aarti Badamilkar! Thank you for taking the time to say hello and comment on the ornaments! I do appreciate it! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, too!

Bonnie!!! It's so good to "see" you out and about in blogland! It's been so long! You are missed!
Bonnie, thank you for visiting my blog! I just wanted to say that the nice thing about making the edging that fits around the globe and sewing the thread zig zag like between the edging or edings and the rings on the top of the globe and the bottome of the don't have to be super clever, just make the edging and close it like a ring where ever it falls on the globe will let you know if you need to make another one for the bottom half of if it fits directly around the middle of the globe you only need one. If this doesn't make sense tell me and I'll try to explain it in another way, but the ones that are "sewn" on are easy peasy and take little thought except for how many picots the top and bottom rings will need. you only need a ring that will fit around the top part of the ornament (the crown???...they call it???). Well I hope that helps.

Hi there, Tatskool! Yes, Stiofán is a sneaky fellow I am finding out! It's okay, he is rather helpful and I do enjoy having him around! He is jealous of Blaithnid's Christmas Hat over on Lady ShuttleMaker's blog and is rather insisting that I get him one in a quiet way of course, but I can tell he wants one. I suppose I'll have to go shopping so he has one for next year! LOL! Merry Christmas and I enjoy your friendship as well!

Thank you, Ellen! I am glad you like the ornaments! Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!

Ha ha! Stiofán says Merry Christmas back to you, Stephanie, and so do I! Thank you for visiting and saying hello!

Hi Gina! Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you, too!

Thank you, Cheryl! I do appreciate your sweet comments! You are a sweetie pie! Thank you for your bloggy friendship and may you and yours have very Merry Christmas!

Hi Crazy Mom Tats! Yes, He is the reason, isn't he?
Thank you for stopping by and my day already is blessed because you came by to say hello! I feel that way about each of the comments on my blog. Corny, but true!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Thank you, Tatting~Marie! That is such a lovely comment it feel like a hug! So sweet. I am sure that my readers who see that will feel embraced by your radiating spirit of love! Best Christmas wishes to you and yours, as well!

Merry Christmas, Becky! I always enjoy your visits! You are so kind to say that about my Tatted Angel tree topper!

Thank you, fox! Same to you!

A Happy Bluebird said...

Merry Christmas! Your tatted angel is beeeyoootifulll! And I love the ornaments - #2 is my favorite. And the vintage piece you've used for a skirt is really pretty too . . . I guess I just love all the tatting - thanks for sharing.

❦TattingChic said...

Ha! You know what, Cindy? I think ornament #2 is my favorite, too! I was so DANG proud of that thing! I had tatted all the way around it and that was a feat! I did it! It's also one of my very most favorite motifs to tat! I absolutely love the lacy, delicate look of that vintage pattern! I also like #3 because of the look of it and I love the edging and had finally found a use for it. It was a more complex pattern to tat, but applying it to the ornament was much easier than #2!
Well, thank you for stopping by and leaving such kind words! Merry Christmas to you, too!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Merry Christmas! It has been so special seeing your beautiful tatted ornaments and tree topper. They are awesome! Hope your day is as special as you. Twyla

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

What a beautiful tree and decorations! Thank you for sharing them with us!

Merry Christmas,TattingChic!

Dave and Jo :)

Jessica said...

Merry Christmas, friend. :) I love all of your tatted festive creations. I'm glad you found your pretty ornaments! I'm commenting using one hand to type (I'm rocking my little one and she is occupying my other hand :) but I read your comment on my blog and when little miss busy body lets me respond properly (and correct my post!) I will. Hugs!

❦TattingChic said...

Thank you, Twyla! I am so glad you stopped by! I'm glad you like the Christmas goodies I shared! Merry Christmas!

Hi Dave and Jo! It is wonderful to have fabulous people such as yourselves to share them with! Thank you for stopping by today and Merry Christmas!

Hi Jessica! Awww...your little miss busy body as you call her sounds pretty adorable! You don't have to correct the blog post, just thought you'd like to are not alone in thinking that Mother Theresa wrote that...most of the planet does! LOL! Merry Christmas dear friend to you and yours!

sewmuchfun4 said...

Merry Christmas Tatting Chic! Thank you for sharing your beautiful ornaments and your beautiful thoughts on Christmas.

I love hummingbirds so I can hardly wait to see!

:) Ann

H J said...

Merry Christmas!!!

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Merry Christmas, TattingChic!

It was lovely seeing your gorgeous angel again! And how wonderful to find those beautiful missing ornaments. I didn't realize you had 'moved' at some point and then couldn't find them.

It had to be pretty tricky to tat over some of them and make them fit. Of course, I love all things Victorian! Very pretty designs.

Your tree is beautiful, as are your Christmas sentiments!
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and for being such a thoughtful and generous person all year long!

Everyone looks forward to reading your blog, and we missed you for awhile there! But you were commenting on others' blogs, so I figured you were okay.

To some, Christmas is 'over', but to me it's just beginning! I'm sure you feel the same way, even in sunny CA!

Heather said...

Merry Christmas to you too, Tatting Chic... lovely sentiments and your ornaments are definitely a treasure "not to be lost"... they are superb! Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words....Hugs.

KINHA said...

Hi my friend



One Craft at a Time said...

Merry Christmas to you too Tatting Chic!!! I love your ornaments. They're beautiful. Those are on my list of things to do this next year along with a million other things.


Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Lovely post! Wonderful reminder!!

Merry Christmas~!

TAT19540 said...

Hope you had a great Christmas Tatting Chic! Your ornaments, angel and tree look gorgeous. Yes Antioch is a great place and it use to be alittle more 'homey' before Walmart. But it still has some very unique shops and is fun to go downtown when the horse drawn carriage is running for the holiday season. My husband's family has been here since 1880, so my husband still remebers it as a smaller town.
Do hope you enjoy this very blessed season and I enjoyed your comments about Christmas.

yarnplayer said...

Merry Christmas to you, too! Beautiful thoughts, and beautiful ornaments. Glad you found them - thanks for sharing!

Bella Sinclair said...

I hope you had a very wonderful Christmas, my friend. Thank you for the lovely reminder of what this season is all about. And I hope you are having a very good Boxing Day.

I do remember that incredible angel tree topper! Waaaa, she is a glorious sight. And your ornaments! Wowwwwwww. Those are truly nostalgic and elegant and romantic. I adore those gentle colors. And the first one looks like little angels encircling the ornament. What a beautiful tree.

Thank you for your friendship! xoxo

❦TattingChic said...

Hi Ann! Thank you for stopping by so I could share my Christmas thoughts and ornaments with you! I promise to show the hummingbirds when they are done and on their way to the recipient...and she knows who she is! Ugh! She's been waiting forever for them!

Thank you, HJ! Welcome to my blog
and Merry Christmas to you, too!

Hi Kathy! Thank you so much for your kind words! Yes, you know, I had planned to show my ornaments last year! I was so disappointed when I could not find them. I was heart broken. So, when I just found them this week, in fact, I was over joyed! It was also the perfect time to be able to find them.
I want you to know that I always look forward to your comments on my blog. I always notice how kind and thoughtful you are...not just to me, but to everyone with whom you leave a comment! I have missed blogging, too, but was involved with other things for a short time. I love blogland too much to leave it completely! LOL!

Thank you so much, Heather! I appreciate your visit. I do treasure those ornaments, thank you for your sweet words!

Merry Christmas to you, KINHA. Welcome to my blog!

Hi there, One Craft at a Time! I am right there with you with the "to-do" list a million things long! LOL! Thank you for visiting and I look forward to seeing what tatted ornaments you come up with

Thank you so much, Cathy~Tadpoles and Teacups! Merry Christmas to you as well!

Merry Christmas TAT19540! Wow, your husband's family has been in Antioch for a long time! Thanks for sharing a bit of your family history with me! I appreciate your visit; do come again!

Hi there, Yarnplayer! Thank you for your kind words! Merry Christmas to you, too!

Hi Bella Sinclair! I did have a lovely Christmas, thank you! I certainly hope you did, as well! My Boxing Day is just swell! It's even better now that my blog post has been officially visited by the lovely Bella! LOL! Oh, I never thought of that "angels encircling the ornament" I just picked up the ornament and I can see what you mean...on the top row, right? That is so cute because I chose that edging for the crown like look of the edging when it's facing upward on the bottom row! How cool is that! You've given me a new perspective! Nifty!

Needledreams said...

Everything looks so lovely! Enjoy the rest of the holidays!

Sarah said...


Linda said...

Merry Christmas, TattingChic. I'm glad you found your beautiful ornaments! I loved seeing your lovely topper again. I have thought about it so many times this year and I'm glad you gave us another view of it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts on Christmas. Your words are as beautiful as your works! Here's wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010. Happy Holidays! Linda

Thimbleanna said...

What a beautiful angel and ornaments! I hope you had a very happy Christmas!

rochambeau said...

Merry Christmas Tatting Chic. I'm a few days late, but the sentiment is here! Very nice angel and ornaments!!!
Happy early Twenty ~ Ten!


yarnjourney said...

Thank you for the lovely Christmas post! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! All your holiday tatting is exquisite.

❦TattingChic said...

Needledreams! Hello again, Wally, it's good to "see" you! I hope you are feeling better! Thank you for visiting and for your sweet comment.

Thanks, Sarah!

Hi Linda, thank you! I'm glad you like the Angel. That is so sweet of your to share that you've thought of tatted angel tree topper throughout the year! I'm so glad you like the ornaments, too! Happy New Year to you, too!

Thank you, THimbleanna! I hope your holidays have been very happy as well!

Thank you, Constance! OMGoodness, is it really going to be twenty~ten??? YIKES! Oh, I'll spare you my bemoaning and just hope for a great year for all of us!

Thanks, Yarnjourney! It's always lovely to have you visit! Thank you and Happy Holidays to you and yours, as well!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Such beautiful ornaments!!! I adore the beautiful tatting tree in the post below too! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Happy Day!!!!that you found those beautiful ornaments. They are So Very Stunning. And I LOOOOOVE the color of the green ornament that so beautifully compliments your gorgeous tatting.
I also SO appreciated your message of hope and love about the Savior at the top. How true it is. : )

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Merry Christmas, Tatting Chic! I hope yours was a happy one. Your tatted ornaments are all lovely... from the tatting on the balls to the lovely angel. I enjoyed seeing them. Here's wishing you a blessed remainder of this holy season as we await the wise men's arrival at Epiphany as well as the issuing in of a new year.

Hope yours is blessed...


Sheila :-)

'Tart said...

Dear TattingChic,
Merry, merry Christmas (a little late!) to you. Your ornaments are beautiful, just delightful. And I'm so glad for your joy and positivity.

Reen said...

Hello TattingChic.
Happy Merry Christmas to u n family. (ooops! hope its not too late)
and also (in advance) a Happy New Year.

❦TattingChic said...

Hi Karen, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed both my ornaments as well as Carla's tree from Italy, too! I hope she saw your comment as well! Merry Christmas and hugs to you, too!

Thank you so much, M.L.! I really appreciate all of your kind words! I love that color of green, too and that is the color of green that I love to celebrate Christmas with...that and pink instead of just looks prettier to me! Thank you, again about my testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ! I can see we both share a love for him and I'm so glad that I was able to share that with a lovely soul such as yours! Thank you and (((Hugs)))!!!

Hi Sheila! Thanks for your sweet words! Yes, Epiphany that was the name of the celebration later in January that I was trying to remember! LOL! Thank you!

Thank you, Tart and welcome to my blog! OH, it's not to late for a Merry Christmas that's for sure!

Thank you, Reen! I'm so glad you came by to visit! It is always nice to see you and it's not too late!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Gorgeous! Your work is incredible. I'm so glad you found your "lost" ones. What treasures you have. This is something I've never tried but always wanted to. Your angel is the perfect touch to your beautiful tree. I've enjoyed my visit today..hugs ~lynne~

Rachel G said...

Those are so pretty! You do such good work. Defiantly some great ideas for my gifting next year! Love the angle! Do you have to stiffen them like I do my crochet tree toppers?

Becca Holso said...

Hope your Christmas was wonderful and greatly blessed! Love, love, love your tatted decorations =)

Charmingdesigns said...

Thanks good buddy. I love the encouraging words!! I LOVE those tatted balls, Prettiest things I've seen!!!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Your Christmas Angel topper is BEAUTIFUL!!! I also love your preety ornaments! You are so talented! Hope your Christmas was heavenly! Wishing you a wonderful New Year!


Nerm said...

Once again I have to say what an artist you are with your shuttle and thread! Those ornaments are fantastic-no wonder you were sad to think they were lost. That angel is spectacular also. I hope you had a blessed Christmas and I appreciate your sharing your thoughts with us all. Nerm

❦TattingChic said...

Thank you, Lynne! Yes, it is good that they are found! I hope you do try tatting sometime. The books for learning are not nearly as confusing as they once were and many tatting tools and items are much more accessible! Nonetheless, I'm glad you visited and hope you do come again!

Hi Rachel G! Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you like the ornaments. As far as stiffening the Tree Top Angel goes, yes, I do stiffen her, but do I stiffen the way you do??? Well, I don't know how you stiffen stuff so I can't really answer that! ;) I do recall using a product called "Stiffy" and draping the doilies over a plastic wrapped styrofoam cone.

Thank you, Becca! Here's hoping your Christmas was wonderful and greatly blessed, too! So glad you stopped by!

Thank you, Laurie! It's always fun to see a hello from a "familiar face", LOL! Thank you for visiting and leaving such kind words about my work!

Thank you, Maryjane! I appreciate your nice comments and encouragement about my tatting! Thanks for the visit!

Thanks, Nerm! I do appreciate your visit and kind comment! It good to have found them again for sure!

julia said...

Your angel and ornaments are unbelievable!!! Hope you have a great 2010!

Jeanneoli said...

Your tatting ornaments are gorgeous. Hope you had a fabulous Christmas!!

Betzie said...

Those are some of the prettiest ornaments I have ever seen!!! Just so so pretty. Does it take you a long time to do just one?
Beautiful...hope you had a joyful Christmas!

❦TattingChic said...

Thank you very much, Julia!

Hi Jeanneoli! My Christmas was nice, thank you. I hope yours was lovely as well! Thanks for the kind words about my Christmas tatting!

Hi Betzie! Thank you and I hope you had a Joyful Christmas as well! You asked if it takes a long time to make just one. Well, I made these over 15 years ago so I was much slower then than I am now. Now it takes me 4 hours or so to make one complicated honestly depends on how many stitches go into a pattern and how complex the techniques are. The short answer to your questions is "Yes, it does take a longish time to make ornaments like this" There are easier ways to go about it such as tatting less complex, but pretty patterns and pinning them to styrofoam balls!

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Gorgeous post!! All of it!!
I lovey our ornaments, they are stunning!! As is that beautiful angel that I remember so well from last year!
I hope your Christmas was wonderful! Happy New Year!

Cheryl Miller Mosaics said...

Hey, Chickadee! Your work is so beautiful, so delicate. And thanks for your wonderful words about Christmas--you and I are on the very same page. Happy New Year to you & yours!!--Cheryl

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

I love all of your tatting decorations! They are stunning.

Happy New Year!

The Victorian Parlor said...

How beautiful!!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Happy New Year!



ByLightOfMoon said...

Your Tatting ornaments are fabulous!

Thanks for sharing them, what an inspiration!

Smiles, cyndi

❦TattingChic said...

Thank you Amy! I appreciate your kind words about my tatted ornies! I have also appreciated your visits this past year!

Hi Cheryl! Here's to being on the same page about Christmas...(Raises glass of diet coke held high to you)!! Big (((Hugs))) and it's so good to "see" you again! Thanks for visiting!

Awww...gee thank, Penny! Coming from someone with a fabulous design eye as yourself...I am flattered!

Thank you, Kim! I had a lovely Christmas and hope you did as well and Happy New Year to you, too!

Thank you Cyndi and welcome to my blog! You are welcome to come back anytime. Please do! Happy New Year!

Carol Lawecki said...

Happy New Year TattingChic!! Wishing you and your family all the best in 2010, Good Health and Happiness for everyone! (HUGS)

Draffin Bears said...

Happy New Year TattingChic,

I hope that you had a lovely Christmas. I loved your post, your tatted Angel and bell ornaments are beautiful.

Happy holidays and all the best for you in 2010.


Kathy said...

Gorgeous! Absolutley Gorgeous!