Wednesday, November 7, 2012

a happy surprise

I'm not referring to the election results (although those were very nice).  No, I'm talking about a surprise gift that came in the mail last weekend.  Check it out:


I'm not a tatter, but I can appreciate talent and skill and LadyTats Lace has it in spades!  Look at the beautiful bookmark she made just for me!  Doesn't it look like flowers on a vine?  I keep lifting it up to examine another segment of it, marveling at her handiwork.  She even topped it off with a delicate silver leaf at the end.  All this cleverly made out of thread--I can't get over it.  Heck, I can barely knit a straight stitch with yarn and size 7 needles.  How she did this is beyond me.


Of course a gift so fine deserves a proper "christening," so I grabbed a brand new hardcover book to properly use my lovely new bookmark.  Doesn't it look good between those pages?


I haven't received a surprise gift in ages, and something so carefully crafted, too.  Thanks, Ladytats

Spill it, reader.  What wonderful surprise has someone given you recently?

19 comments:

  1. My grandmother was a tatter, but I don't think as a child she ever offered to teach me. Wish that had happened.

    Love the tatted bookmark, it's really LOVELY!

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  2. My Gramma Grace could tat. I have some of the lovely lace she made. She also embroidered beautifully (we all slept on pillowcases adorned with flowers, lambs, fawns, kittens, etc.), crocheted, and quilted. My hands ache just thinking about it! That bookmark is exquisite.

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  3. This is the first I've heard of tatting. It's a beautiful bookmark.
    My work keeps surprising me with all the great compliments they've been giving me this week. Of course, any day now I know they're discover who I really am. :)

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  4. I first saw tatting this summer at the state fair. Boggles my mind how they do it. Wish I knew how. Gorgeous!
    My last surprise gift was a dozen roses from my husband. No reason at all except that he loves me. I love surprises like that.

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  5. You are welcome Green Girl.
    as for all of those who wish to learn... I always say, "If you can tie your shoes, you can tat." The tatting stitch is 2 half hitch knots, 1 left and 1 right. very easy. But if any one would like to learn, there are classes online, Craftsy.com has a very good set of lessons, cost is I think about $35.00, there are also youtube videos,or you can contact me and I may be able to find you a personal teacher in your area. If you go to my blog, my email address is in my profile.

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  6. Oh how pretty! I don't think I've had any surprises lately. Do you want to email my husband about that? ;-)

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  7. It seems tatting has seen a resurgence lately, or I've just noticed more materials in the crafts aisle. I inherited some needles and 'thread' in a box from a great aunt. I tried my hand at crochet with little success (mainly not much patience) and I'm afraid tatting might fall under the same umbrella.

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  8. That is awfully sweet and it really shows up well in that book. I guess that is something you want to keep careful track of. I do admire people who have the patience to make this.

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  9. That is beautiful!

    A good surprise - Last week I left myself some homemade chocolate chip cookies in the freezer, forgot about them, and found them again today.

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  10. Lucky you I have a thing about bookmarks love them and yes I have a number of them I use till they wear out then I store away, even though my daughter will say throw it away mum but no I just store it away instead...

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  11. That's a beautiful bookmark. I guess my last surprise was our Disney annual passes for our anniversary gift. I have already been 3 times in 7 weeks!

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  12. That is a lovely book mark.
    Oh by the way my surprise gift was my first digital camera from wifey :-)

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  13. Tatting is one art I've never managed to learn. Your bookmark is beautiful!

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  14. Wow. That is lovely. And what a nice gift to brighten up the upcoming winter days...

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  15. So pretty!
    Im nearby in Iowa-Nice to meet you, neighbor!

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  16. I just got a very lovely thank you card from a student. That is gorgeous!

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  17. We just received our first snow on the tops of the Sierra, a few hours drive east of here and beautiful to see.

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Spill it, reader.