Sunday, June 29, 2008

Just Shuttling Through Life...

Have you ever heard that saying before? Neither have I! I believe the saying is something similar to that, you know, when someone asks you, "How ya doin'?" and you are kind of feeling blah, but you don't really want to get into all the details of it so you say, "Oh, just shuffling through life." Well, okay, I don't think I've ever responded with that, but I do remember my Mother saying it a time or two so I'm borrowing it just for today and taking poetic license with it. Yup, that's what I'm doin', just shuttling through life.

I guess I just have shuttles on my mind, lately.

The first and most important shuttle is the one that takes me around town. You remember the accident last month? You know, the one with the car (oopsy). My car was totalled and I finally got one of these...a used car. Yay! I'm no longer car-less.

I love shuttles, more specifically I love tatting shuttles (and cars are okay,too). There's something about them that is very cute and precious to me. In one particular post in the past I showed you some of the shuttles I (don't) have. Now let me show you my faves.

This is the wooden box I keep them in.
It has a beautiful carved design with a metal inlay.

I got it in Vegas. Yes, Las Vegas, folks.
Most people don't know this, but Las Vegas has some
fun antique shops.
This one was for sale for seventy-five bucks (USD for my international friends)
and I only had a twenty in my pocket. I told the
lady that I would love to keep my special tatting shuttles
in this box...she was so thrilled to meet someone
who tats that she sold it to me for twenty dollars!
Not bad, ay?

Okay, now, let's peek inside, shall we?

The first one I'll show you is a real sterling silver tatting shuttle.
It has a holly design around the edge and
a little "S" etched in the center.

Second, is beautiful etching of a daisy and some initials
etched on a regular old stainless steel "Boye" brand
tatting shuttle.

I had a wonderful tatting student who
etched beautiful designs on ostrich and emu eggs
and she etched this on a shuttle just for me!

Here are some beautiful wooden shuttles that I have.

See the tiny laser etched tatted doily
in the center of each one?
I think these are so pretty.

These are shuttles made of products courtesy
of Mother Nature herself.

From Left to right,
Horn, Mother-of-Pearl, and Bone.
Thank you, Mother Nature!

Next, are some shuttles made during
the World War II era.
They are made of some special material like
mellanine and celluloid.
The one on the far right looks home-made.
If you look closely you can see the nails
sanded off in the center that hold
the post in the middle of the shuttle.

This one is a special one.
This is a commemorative wooden shuttle
made for the 30th anniversary for the lace guild I belong to.

And last, but most certainly not least,

these are four beautiful ceramic shuttles that

I got from Lady Shuttle Maker

at her Etsy shop.

Aren't they pretty?

Thanks for letting me show you some of my special tatting shuttles. I wouldn't show them to just anybody, you know.


It's always fun to do a show and tell with you. Thank you for visiting and I hope you come again to my little corner of blog-land. It's been fun, but I think I'm going to shuttle off somewhere else, now. Before you go, remember that I'd love to hear what you have to say, so comments are always welcome! :)



42 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Melissa said...

Oooooo I love the box and the silver shuttle the best!!!

rainbows and raindrops said...


Carol Schockling Lawecki said...

Nice shuttle collection. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Glad you got a car again!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Melissa. I'm not sure, but I think the sterling silver is my fave, too, but it's so hard to choose a favorite for me.

Thank you, Wickedtats! You have some lovely toys, too. You sure got some great thread in PR when you went.

Hi Carol! Thanks for the comment. Thank you, life is SO much better with a car.

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

What a beautiful box and shuttle collection! That sterling shuttle is amazing too, but I love Sherry's modern spin on the shuttles. They are always so colorful and unique.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Awww thank you for the ad. Your collection is lovely...even without the ceramic ones (wink).

I love the wooden ones with lace etching...and what a pretty box to keep them in.

Here's to "shuttling" through beats being stuck in the mud...and here's to the day that we can fly high and go "mach snot"
...that's a quote from hubby!

Bonnie said...

Your wooden box is lovely! It was fun to see your shuttle collection. Thank you for sharing. Glad to hear you have a car again.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Lovely shuttles! Surely you have more! ; ) The box is beautiful! Don't you love it when a bargain comes your way?

Tracy said...

Beautiful box, Tattingchic--and what a bargain! That is a sweet story. And I had no idea Vegas had any antique places! ;o) You have a wonderful collection of shuttled--such a nice variety of materials they are made of. Those wooden shuttles are very special, I think. So glad you have wheels again! :o) Off to London tomorrow evening--can't wait! Look forward to catching up with you when we're back in a week! Happy Days ((HUGS))

Unknown said...

Thanks for the shuffle through the shuttles. It is always fun to see other tatters collections.

Unknown said...

Hi, Grizzly Mountain Arts. Sherry's shuttles are fun, aren't they? You guys have some absolutely exqusisite shuttles!

Yes, Lady Shuttle Maker, I love the wooden ones, too! Here's to that "mach snot" thing....although, I have no idea what that means...LOL. You'll have to explain it to me sometime.

Thank you, Bonnie. I've really enjoyed sharing on my blog. Everyone has been so nice it's really great sharing with wonderful people such as yourself. It is nice to have a car, I'm very grateful for it.

Thanks, Diane! LOL! I have a little more, but not too much. Most of my shuttles are Boyes and Aeros...get it? I have a quiver of shuttles. Yes, I do love a good bargain. :)

Welcome back, Tracy. Vegas definately has it's own thing going on, but they do have antique shops just like everybody else. Have fun in London! You and your hubby are going to have a blast!

Clyde! You are welcome for the shuffle through the shuttles and it is always good to "see" you here!

Tattycat said...

The box was a wonderful fine and how lucky you are that she was a tatting fan. The shuttles are all very beautiful. Thank you for sharing your treasures with us.

Charmingdesigns said...

Thank you soooo much for the little tatting. I admire your diligence for tatting! Your shuttles are beautiful!! Laurie

Unknown said...

Hi Tattycat! The box was a great find, yes. Thank you for coming to see my shuttles. :)

Hi Laurie, I'm so glad to hear that you got the card with the little tiny tatted heart. Thank you for your kind comment, I really appreciate it.

Jon Yusoff said...

What a beautiful collection of shuttles and interesting stories attached with each one.

I have not built up any collection of shuttles. I don't know if I ever will, although I love seeing all the beautiful ones from other people's collection. I always think - why would I need new shuttles when the ones I have now can do the job very nicely?

What does that make me - a scrooge?, LOL

{oc cottage} said...

So, so pretty!!

M ^..^

Unknown said...

No, Jon..LOL...I think it makes you a person with a lot of good old fashioned common sense. I just can't resist a shuttle when I see it in an antique store.

Thank you, Tales from an OC Cottage. :)

Emily said...

What a fun collection of shuttles! Makes me wish I was a tatter!


Hello, What a truly fine collections of antqiue shuttles you have collected. Lucky you. I love collecting old things too. I am sure they bring a smile to your face every time you look at them all. Hugs Judy

Kathleen Grace said...

What beautiful tools! I had no idea that shuttles could be so pretty. Little works of art in themselves. Thank you for sharing these with us:>)

Unknown said...

Thank you, Emily. It sounds like you have your hands full with your baking from what I read on your blog.

Hi Judy, I'm glad you stopped by again. I do like collecting old things, too and yes, I do love my tatting shuttles.

Hello, Kathleen Grace, ya know what? Shuttles actually used to be a lot more ornate. Back in the 1700's royalty did what was called knotting (considered by many to be the mother of tatting) and the shuttles were often encrusted with jewels. Can you imagine how beautiful they were?

Ais said...

Yes, yes very nice...beautiful box ...nice shuttles...what are you trying to do... get me jealous?! *Just kidding*

TattingCHic ...I love the silver and the wooden ones too. Beautiful.

I love your showing us stuff. YOu make it so interesting and fun. I read on like a little girl looking at candy with her mouth watering. :D

Lace hearts said...

Oh, aren't those lovely. And I love the box you keep them in.
Now, what would be a good first shuttle for me to get to try and do a first tat? I looked online, and there were even shuttles I could print onto card! I guess ceramic wouldn't be good for a beginner, but I'd love your advice.
Thank you so much for stopping to comment on my last post. Your comment meant a lot. It was a tricky post, but it's helped immensely.

Kathy Raker said...

You found yourself a lovely box and a bargain too.

Unknown said...

Oh, thank you for your very nice comments, Ais! Ya know, I feel the very same way when I am looking at tatting.

Hey, Lace Threads, I'm glad to hear the comment helped, that took a lot of courage to put all that out there. Thank you for your comment, as well.
As far as a shuttle for a beginner goes I would suggest whatever is cheapest, LOL! I prefer a bobbin shuttle and Susan Bates brand makes an inexpensive one. Also Clover brand makes some very inexpensive plastic post shuttles that are inexpensive as well and many people prefer these over post. If you find them both and they are in your price range you could try both to see which suits you as it really makes absolutely no difference which one you use. I know that has some of both, they may have a more expensive Aero brand bobbin shuttle, I just get mine at "Michael's" a local craft store, but you may not have those where you live. Oh, BTW, you inspired me to do a "vision board" again, I've done it before and it helped me immensely, had to get rid of it during move. (*gasp*, I know)

Thank you, Kathy! :)

Lace hearts said...

Thanks, TC.
I've noted all those recommendations and will look into it. That's really useful. Thanks so much. I'll let you know how I get on.
I'm going to post my vision board once it's done - I've never actually done one before, and it's amazing how it does focus you. How lovely that I inspired you, after all the inspiration you've given me!

kari and kijsa said...

Absolutely beautiful! That box is incredible!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Tatskool said...

That was a lovely post, so enjoyed seeing your shuttles. I have the wooden ones too but haven't seen them with the tiny doileys before.

Barb said...

What lovely treasures you have. That is a great collection.

You scored on the wooden box.


Linda said...

What a lovely box...perfect for your wonderful shuttle collection. You have an amazing collection, I especially like the silver one. Hugs, Linda

Paula said...

Oh those are just gorgeous... and the box you keep them in is too... you really got a sweet deal on that!
I love the 30th anniversary one.. what kind of building is that?

Anonymous said...

Those shuttles are beautiful, and that box is a find. The story behind it makes it even better.

Barb said...

Are you still shuttling along?

Have a wonderful 4th.


Nerm said...

I love the box (I have a thing for boxes)BUT... you really should display these beautiful shuttles. Maybe in a shadow box or something. Thanks for the show. Nerm

Susanne said...

Soooooo many pretty shuttles and such a nice box for them, wow.
Hard to pick a favourite but those wooden ones with doilies in the center are my favourites.

Unknown said...

You're welcome, Lace Threads. :)

Thank you Kari and Kjisa, you two have a blessed day, too!

Thanks for visiting, Pamela. I was fortunate enough to happen upon those two wooden shuttles at a lace show in the Los Angeles area one year. The Lace Museum had a bowl of them and I snatched them up.

Thank you, Barb, yes, that box was a great find. I'm very lucky, and yes, I am still shuttling through life right now, LOL! ;)

Thanks for your comment, Linda. That silver shuttle is the most expensive one I've ever far...LOL!

Hey it's Farm Chick Paula! Hi! The building on the 30th anniversary is a small lighthouse.

Hi SummerSadie, thank you for your nice comment.

Thanks Nerm and Kitty. You know I have seriously considered a shadow box for my shuttles, but I actually use them so the box is perfect as it is more accessible than a shadowbox.

Thank you, Dantatter, I'm so glad you came to visit. Ya know what, I don't think I can pick a favorite. I think one is and then I pick up another one and it's my favorite! LOL! I've come to the conclusion that the one I'm using is my favorite...LOL!

Happy 4th of July everybody!

Anonymous said...

That is all soo pretty! Sorry that I'm not coming so often. :-( My loss.

Unknown said...

That's okay, Verito, I'm glad you came today! You've been missed.

Anonymous said...

The first time I saw a demonstration of tatting and lace making was at the Lynden County Fair in Washington state. I was amazed! How you can remember where to put the shuttles is beyond me! Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

Ah, Paintinpatti, it sound like you saw bobbin lace and yes, there are a lot of bobbins and I, too, am amazed at how they do that. Thanks for your comment. I'm so glad you stopped by!

BumbleVee said...

wow...these are all beautiful shuttles..... it would be lovely to collect them even a person never did learn how to tat....

Have to admit....I have never seen one "in person"..... must keep my eyes peeled in future.....

Unknown said...

Hello Bumblevee! I'm glad you like the shuttles. Many handmade tatting shuttles are little works of art in their own right. Thank you for your sweet comment and visit today! :)