Monday, November 28, 2011

Works in Progress

 This evening I'm giving you a sneak peek at what is going on in my workshop!  These are several works in progress that, Lord willing, I'll enter later this week in an event. 

I think the necklace above needs something.  What do you think? Pearls, maybe?
 I call this one 'Lady Dedlock' from Charles Dickens' Bleak House.  It reminds me of her dark outlook on life.
 A pair of earrings - now to decide between pearls and crystals in the centers, and rose gold or sterling silver ear wires!
 This was a large motif that I shrank.  Not sure how this will fit in, but it was fun to make.
And the best for last!  This one will have lots of sparkle in Swarovski crystals, besides satin ribbon ties. 

I'll post finished pictures later!

Giveaway the week after Thanksgiving...(closed)

Hello!  I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.  This week I'm giving away a necklace with lots of glass pearls and a magnetic clasp.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me what you are making for supper tonight! I'll draw the winning entry Saturday morning.

Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

And the winner of the Thanksgiving Giveaway is...


To claim your necklace, please e-mail me at alanatatter (at) gmail. com

Thanks for joining in the giveaway this week.  Tune in again Monday to see what I'm giving away next week!

Have a blessed weekend!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Just in time for Christmas...

...I decide to make my life more complicated!  Now I can be found on Facebook, as well.

Laces By Alana Tatter

On a different topic, the Lord richly blessed Thanksgiving in our family.  It was a sweet time of fellowship and enjoying the blessing of good food!  Our menu this year included:
- Dry-brine Turkey (20 lbs!)
-15 lbs mashed potatoes
-2 spiral cut hams
-my personal version of Green Bean Casserole.

Green Bean Casserole
3 (15 oz) cans french style green beans, drained
1 small can mushroom pieces, undrained (sorry, I don't remember the can size!)
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, divided
1 cup evaporated milk
1 large onion, sliced very thinly
1 T. garlic powder
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt

In a small frying pan, melt 1/4 butter.  Saute the onion slices over medium high heat until lightly browned and drain. Reserve for topping.
In a large saucepan melt 1/4 cup butter.  Stir in flour and cook 1 minute.  Add evaporated milk and mushrooms.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.  Add Parmesan, garlic powder, and salt.  Adjust seasonings. In a 2 quart casserole dish, dump green beans. Pour sauce over and stir to coat.  Arrange fried onions on top. Bake at 350* for 25 minutes.
Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Black Friday - Cyber Monday Giveaway Necklace! (closed)

This year, everyone who buys from my shop during Black Friday - Cyber Monday gets a chance to win this necklace!

We're having a big family get together today and tomorrow, so if I don't get your comments posted in a timely manner, I am sorry!

Happy Thanksgiving, and happy shopping!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Giveaway! (closed)

As everyone is so busy this week preparing for the holiday of Thanksgiving, perhaps it is wise to take time to remember the Giver of all 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endures forever. 
~ Psalm 136:1

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."
~John 14:6

In order to have a chance to win this lovely cotton necklace with bead weaving, please post a comment telling why Thanksgiving is special in your family!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

And the winner is....

Drumroll, please! 

The winner of my first giveaway is: 


Congratulations!  Please send me an e-mail at alanatatter(at) with your address and ear wire preferences, and I'll get your earrings shipped out Monday! 

For everyone else, you will have another chance next week, so tune in Monday to see which necklace I'm giving away!

Have a blessed weekend.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

In the shop now...

Visions of Spring!  Okay, it is a little early, but somehow this one just came together recently.  You can see more of it here:

Sneak preview:  Over the weekend of Black Friday-Cyber Monday, I'll be offering free shipping to the US, plus, the following Tuesday I'll be raffling off one necklace from my shop!   In order to get a raffle ticket, all you have to do is purchase one item from the shop that weekend.  So you get free shipping AND a chance at a free item. 

Have a blessed day!  If you are on the eastern seaboard, you might be enjoying a dusting of snow today!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A necklace for a wedding....

Last April one of my favorite necklaces on Etsy was purchased by this lovely young lady to wear on her wedding day!  With her permission, I'm posting this picture of her wearing the necklace on the special day. Isn't her wedding gown stunning?  And the bright spring flowers just go so well.

Remember, the drawing for the free earrings is coming up on Saturday, and since this has been so much fun, I'm considering doing another one next week - perhaps a necklace?

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Round The Mountain

This week I'll be taking some of the suggestions I've been getting (thanks everyone!) and making new designs for the shop.  
Meanwhile, you might enjoy looking at this website; the group of artisans from the Southwest Virginia area are varied in their interests and tastes.

Have a blessed day!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Name Change and My First Giveaway! (closed)

Well, after much thinking and praying, I've changed my Etsy store name.  My work can now be found at My new focus is on custom wedding laces and jewelry.  To mark this transition, I am starting a giveaway!  Post a comment on this message telling me what you would like to see in my store before Christmas, and I will choose a random comment this Saturday, November 19th! 

The earrings are white cotton thread, have glass pearls in the center of each heart, and the ear wires are rose gold plated.  If you'd prefer sterling silver plated, please let me know in your comment! 

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!