Saturday, 25 December 2010

Happy Christmas!

I'd just like to wish all my customers, fans and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for all your friendship throughout the year.

I shall be announcing a new line of tatted items at the beginning of January so come back soon for more details. I can't wait to show you!

Have a wonderful day,
Heather xxx

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Time for Christmas decorations!

Brrr it's getting colder out there. Well I've done my second Christmas Craft Fair this year. It wasn't too bad but the previous week's was better, mostly because we had more people come through the doors! My next fair is on the 5th December in Canterbury. Come along if you are in the area. The details are on the right.

I've been creating loads of new pieces for these fairs and I've just started listing them on Etsy. The first of which is a gothic necklace. The motif is from my Rosetta coaster. I used a thinner thread and many tiny deep red seed beads to create a dramatic effect. I love this design as it feels very Tudor to me. Find it here.   


I've also been listing my new range of tatted Christmas tree decorations. It's a simple design but it works well as a snowflake. Here you can see a white with gold seed beads, white and variegated blue. I've used a metallic thread for the loop at the top. They are quite small but will look look wonderful on any tree and the ones with seed beads sparkle in the light. They are proving quite popular as I sold quite a few at the last fair and am presently working on three separate orders, all for these snowflakes. I have many more colours combinations that I shall have listed by next Wednesday including some alternative ones. Most will be individually listed but if you would like more feel free to contact me and I can create a custom listing for you. These that I've shown can be purchased here.                                       

 


Christmas orders

I've set the deadline for posting orders to the UK as the 20th December and to everywhere else (including the US) as the 10th. This is to make sure your order gets to you by Christmas. Please bare this in mind when ordering.

Black Friday

Keep an eye on my shop tomorrow as I shall be doing something special for Black Friday / Cyber Monday. 

That's all from me for the moment.

Keep warm,
Heather x

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Deal Craft Fair

Good afternoon everyone.

I took part in a fantastic Christmas craft fair yesterday in Deal, Kent. There were handmade goodies as far as the eye could see and we had loads of customers come through. I decided to sell my smaller, cheaper products such as earrings and pendants. Here's part of my stall:


I forgot to take a picture right at the start so some of my pieces had already been bought by then.

I've also been working on something new.... Christmas tree decorations, which seemed to go down really well with people. I've got quite a few to remake so I can list them on Etsy. I hope to do that by Tuesday. Here's some of them:


I also had a lady ask for a custom order which I am working out a prototype for right now.  

All in all it was a great day. I now have to make more stock for next Sunday as I shall be selling at the Craft Fair at Westgate Hall in Canterbury (10am - 4pm). I've never been in this venue before but I've seen a picture and it looks like we may be in a large room. After that I've then got two weeks until another craft fair at the same place. I've listed all this in the Events section on the right.

Have a nice Sunday,
Heather x

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!





What a great film this is! I've decided to watch The Nightmare before Christmas today muahaha! This is usually what happens this time of year; we sit down and watch something spooky, although I've seen quite a few horror films recently.

Four weeks ago BBC Four started a documentary by Mark (The League of Gentlemen) Gatiss about horror movies called 'A History Of Horror'. He went from the early days of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff to (my personal favourite) Vincent Price and then finally to the 60s and 70s of 'The Night Of The Living Dead' etc. It was a brilliant series and I urge you to catch it if you can. For those in the UK here is the link to the BBC iplayer. I'm hoping it will be released on DVD soon.

BBC Four also decided to run several horror movies during this period. I caught 'The Witchfinder General' starring Vincent Price and the Hammer Horror Film 'The Brides of Dracula'. These are very cool films and I loved the plastic bats in the latter!

Speaking of Hammer Films, they've just started up again with the remake of the Swedish Vampire Film 'Let The Right One In', entitled 'Let Me In'. I'm interested in seeing this as I love the original.

They've also announced that they are creating a film based on the ghost story 'The Woman in Black' by Susan Hill and it will star none other than Daniel Radcliffe. I can't wait! I saw this as a stage play quite a few years ago and I remember being truly scared but I think that was due the sound effect of the thunder. I also finished reading the brilliant novel about a month ago. I strongly reccommend this book!

Oh we've also bought and watched the 1963 film 'The Haunting'. A great film but don't see it alone and in the dark!

Have a fun day,
Heather x

Friday, 15 October 2010

Giveaway Winners!

Giveaway winners!

First of all I'd like to thank everyone who entered my giveaway. I used Random.org to pick the winners.
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The winner of the pair of coasters is......


Kajivar

The winner of the brown bracelet with gold seed beads is .......


Theresa of Faerie Moon Creations

And finally, the winner of the large black necklace with gold seed beads is.......


mollymoodesign

Congratulations to these winners.

Now on to the final part of my Anniversary Extravaganza

SALE!

I'm having a 25% OFF SALE throughout my entire Etsy shop here.

Hurry, this sale ends on Tuesday 19th October 10am (UK time).

Thank you again to everyone who entered,

Heather x

Monday, 11 October 2010

Giveaway update and free shipping!

Hey everyone. I think it's time for an update on my Anniversary Giveaway.

I've had over 40 entries which means that my brown Lillian bracelet with gold seed beads is now up for grabs! Thank you to everyone who has entered so far. We are still a long way away from the biggest prize so keep going.


Now onto the next thing: As part of my Anniversary Extravaganza, i've started a FREE SHIPPING section in my Etsy shop. Here are some of the pieces on offer:





There many more on offer. See them all here. This offer is running for a limited time only so grab them while you can. What's more, buying any item (both in this section and from the rest of my shop) automatically gives you an entry into my giveaway.

Heather x

Friday, 8 October 2010

Anniversary Extravaganza

Tatania Rosa
Anniversary Extravaganza!

Come one, come all to my Anniversary Extravaganza!

Giveaway!

I'm having a giveaway. What can I win? I hear you ask. My first offering is a pair of black coasters:


These gorgeous coasters, worth $15 will add an elegant addition to your table.

Once I receive 40 entries I shall unlock another prize:


This sparkly bracelet in brown with gold seed beads (worth $29) is the perfect item for a party, a ball or maybe to wear with a Steampunk outfit. This will be custom fit just for you!

Now for the big one. If I reach 100 entries I shall unlock this dramatic necklace:

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Prepare yourself for something exciting!

Prepare yourself for something exciting happening here tomorrow! As some of you probably know I started my Etsy shop last October so I shall be celebrating my Anniversary with you all for the next week or so. My actual anniversary is the 16th but I wanted to do this slightly earlier in case you wanted something for Halloween!

I shall be running a competition to win some stuff but I'll spill the beans tomorrow. This is also a way of saying thank you to all my blog followers and Facebook fans for your support. It is greatly appreciated.

In the meantime, here are my latest pieces:

First off I've created a new lace-up cuff. This one was tatted in a gorgeous dark purple and features black seed beads, jet Swarovski Crystals and a purple satin ribbon.


You can buy it here.

I've also created a bridal headband that can be purchased here.


This can also be worn as a choker:


Don't forget to check back here tomorrow!

Heather x

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Something gothic this way comes - Part 3 The Unveiling

I can now reveal that my new range is
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Headbands


This is the first in my new line of tatted headbands. It has been created in black cotton thread and features many tiny gold seed beads. I've added gold roses around the band and it ties up under the hair with a black satin ribbon that is woven through the piece. You can buy it here.


This is great for fancy dress, Gothic gatherings, Halloween, Renaissance Faires or just to add something to you outfit when going out to parties.

At the moment I'm working on a Medieval bridal headband that I hope to finish tomorrow. All I can say about that one is that it is very sparkly.

Look out for more coming soon.

A few updates

I'm still on track to reveal this new piece to you all in a few hours time but until then here are some items I've been listing in my Etsy shop:


First off a pair of simple, yet elegant silver / grey earrings. These would look great with practically anything! I'm thinking of tatting them in other colours, maybe purple but I'm not sure yet. You can purchase them here.


The next is a pair of black and dark purple Celtic earrings. The design comes from my Isolde bracelet. As you can see I've been experimenting with petals and I think they work. I'm planning on creating some white and lilac earrings and possibly two different blues. Here they are.

The last pair of earrings uses my Christina pattern. I created them as a custom order for a customer and I've now listed them for anyone to buy.


These are very cute and would make a very nice present. They would also compliment your favourite little black dress quite nicely. You can buy them here.

That's all from me for the moment,
Heather x

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Something gothic this way comes - Part 2

It's coming! Would you like to see another sneaky peek? Here you go:


All will be revealed tomorrow.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Something gothic this way comes - Part 1

I'm going to be very secretive in this post.

A few days ago I had an interesting idea for a tatted piece. I started planning it out and soon realised I had all (or nearly all) the required materials to make it up. Great! I got to work immediately. After a while I had to transfer the tatting from my normal sized shuttles to my lager ones due to the length of the piece, which is fine but it slowed me down as there is no hook attached to the end of the shuttle to connect the picots. Several knots, seed beads and hours later I have now finished the base and am feeling very happy with the result. Here's a glimpse:


I'm not going to spill the beans just yet but I am going to say that it has a Tudor / Renaissance / Gothic vibe about it and will look great at parties! I now need to buy a few bits and bobs to finish it off and then I'll show you. This piece was really fun to make and I hope you like it when you see the whole item.

Heather x

Currently reading: 'Assassin's Creed: Renaissance' by Oliver Bowden
Currently listening to: Vedergallningen (Vengeance) by Garmarna

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Musing on a sunny Saturday morning

Well this week has been an emotional rollercoaster for me. I've been working on several projects. One has been posted, another is half way there. I've bought some more seed beads, I cant wait to use them! Ideas are coming out of my head quicker than I can make them. In other words, I'm a very busy girl.

A few days ago something happened that was a great shock. I'm afraid I can't go into details but that night I ended up consuming copious amounts of chocolate. The experience has left me feeling very angry but at least I now have two different companies investigating. I can't do anymore about it so I've tried to put it to the back of my mind.

On a brighter note, I've now reached 1000 'likes' on my facebook Fan page here. Thank you to everyone who has become a fan. It is greatly appreciated. I'm thinking about doing something special for you all next week but you will have to wait to find out what that is.

Here endeth my 100th blog post.

Heather x

Currently reading: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Currently listening to: Kitty Jay by Seth Lakeman

Monday, 30 August 2010

So many ideas, not enough time!

Hello to one and all. How was your summer? I had a very nice time up in Herefordshire then in Devon. I've taken loads of pictures so I shall do a holiday blog soon.

Apart from that what have I been up to? Well, I'm working on an alchemy request at the moment. I've tatted up the prototype and am just waiting for some gemstones. I'm really excited about finishing this piece! When it's done I'll post some pictures here for you all to see.

I've started working on two 3D pieces. This is one of them. Can you guess what it is yet?


I'm also been working on some Celtic earrings and bracelets, one of which is listed on Etsy here. This one is silver / grey and medium purple. A black and purple set will be available soon.


I'm also tatting a wedding coaster. Check out the rest of my coasters here. I've added a few 'choose your own colour' listings in case you don't want black.

Heather x

Currently reading: The Woman In Black by Susan Hill
Currently listening to: Shadow Of The Raven by Nox Arcana

Sunday, 18 July 2010

New idea and new items

Hi everyone. Hope you are having a nice weekend. Lots going on over here.

I've been thinking about new markets I can get into. There are a few ideas bouncing around in my head, one of which I'm trying out at the moment. The other I had the idea for last week and have done the first piece. Here is part of it:


Ta da! I've decided to enter the world of coasters. I recently bought thicker yarn which is ideal for this as you can create a fairly big motif  in a short amount of time. I don't think I'd ever attempt this on my usual finer thread but who knows. I shall be listing sets of 2, 4 and 6 and I'm also planning on doing white ones for weddings. What do you think? I'm going to create a few more tomorrow and then I'll start listing them around Wednesday.

Now on to my newest listings. My tatted choker is for sale here on Etsy



as is the salmon pink version of my Mina earrings.


I'm working on some other colours using this design. These shall be listed soon.

That's it for the moment. Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Heather x

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

By Jove, I think I've got it!


My many hours of trying to design a choker have ended. I think I've finally got it!


Ta da! One gothic choker:


This piece has practically taken forever to get right. You may remember a prototype I showed you some time ago. Well I realised that the satin ribbon wasn't working well with the sewing machine; it kept shifting. This got me thinking about other types of ribbon. I needed something stiffer. I decided on velvet for the front and satin for the back, which creates a nice soft feel for the neck. This pattern was my first attempt at Celtic tatting. I weaved together two lots of tatting as I went. I do have an idea for a bracelet but whether it will work is a different matter. I think I'll cross that bridge when I come to it! As you can see I've sewn in beads at the base to add to the gothic feeling of the piece.

Due to it's length I may have to create something to store it in, as the jewellery boxes I have are too small. At the moment I'm thinking of sewing up a long thin pouch with a flap and ribbon to tie it up. I had thought about bending it into a circle and therefore store it like that in a lage square box but I think the beads at the base need to be flat. I can't seem to find anything that would do so I'm back to making it. I'd love to know if any of you out there have any suggestions.

Once the pouch is made I can list this!

Have a great Tuesday,

Heather x

Saturday, 22 May 2010

What's New!

Hello everyone and Happy World Goth Day!

First of all I'd like to say a big thank you to Claire from Created and Felted for including my Fleur earrings in a blog post about her wedding pouches. I've put the link on the left so you can all have a look. They really are the cutest pouches :)

I've been working on a couple of ideas and new patterns this week, some of which are now finished while others are still a work in progress. I'm closer to working out the best way of creating my choker. I know this has been a long time coming but I promise you it will be worth it.

I've been thinking about new colour combinations for my jewellery. I recently bought dusky pink and chocolate brown balls and, having done a test piece, I think I might be using them together. The pink may even work with the black.

There are some other things in the pipeline but I think I'll talk about those at some other point.

Now on to my new listings:

The first piece I'd like to talk about is a new necklace design, well a reworking of one of my other designs. I decided to tat just over half of my Katherine piece and then created three more, joining them as I went. This is similar to my Helena necklace (that uses the Eleanor pattern). I included jet Swarovski Crystals (two bicone pendants and two faceted drops) around the central part. Below is the result. What do you think?


I'm thinking of doing this in other colours and maybe two colours together. Any suggestions? You can buy the piece here and in pounds here.

The next is a pair of earrings. I decided to create a black pair using my Fleur design:


These would work well with a goth outfit or an evening dress. Check them out here and for those of you in the UK here.

On a completely different note, did any of you in the UK see the last episode of Ashes To Ashes last night? I was in shock by the end. I don't think anyone could have worked out the twist. I was actually crying my eyes out after I had looked at the comments people were making on twitter. Don't worry, I wont give away the ending if you have yet to see it. It ties up all the loose ends nicely and was an amazing finale. I'm actually tempted to go back and watch it again.

Have a nice weekend,
Heather x

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Do you love sparkly jewellery?

Do you love sparkly jewellery? I certainly do! As you've probably noticed, I seem to have developed a love of Swarovski Crystals. They are so wonderful to work with and come in many interesting shapes.

The first item I'd like to show you today is a sinple yet stylish gothic bracelet called Narcissa:


I started off with the inner part of my Guinevere cuff and, instead of adding the extra layer, I decided to sew jet Swarovski Crystals onto the tatting. This is so sparkly and would work really well with an evening dress or gothic outfit. You can buy it here.

The next new item is a bridal necklace called Helena. The design comes from my Eleanor Royale necklace. I turned it 45 degrees and took out some of the floating rings. I then added Swarovski Crystal pendants to hang around the central part. One bicone crystal completes it at the center. I really love how it turned out. This would look so beautiful with a white Medieval dress. See it here.


I recently listed some tiny earrings using amethyst, light rose and clear crystals. My newest one in this design is for all you goths out there. I used siam crystals on a black tatted base. Check them out here.


These would work really well with a corset. I'm working on the jet version at the moment. I'm also in the process of tatting a gothic necklace. I'll show you some pictures soon.

x

Friday, 7 May 2010

Twitter Giveaway - The Winner

Wow that was a very enjoyable giveaway. Thank you so much to those of you who took part.


The winner is ............... Brandi Highfill

Well done Brandi! You can congratulate Brandi by clicking the link above :) If you had your heart set on the necklace and didn't win, fear not, for I am having a special 15% OFF SALE across my whole Etsy shop here just for my twitter followers. Please mention this code 'TwitterSale' in the notes to seller during checkout and I will refund you through paypal. This sale will last until 11pm Wednesday 12th May (UK time).

Thank you again to everyone who took part.

Heather xxx

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Twitter Giveaway!

Twitter Giveaway

I've started my first giveaway over on Twitter for this tatted Gothic necklace (available on Etsy):


This beauty is worth $44 and will come in a gift box with care instructions. To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is go over to my twitter page here and retweet this message:

WIN THIS NECKLACE http://bit.ly/cgo63u 499th RT wins, max 1 RT per hour

Make sure you include @TataniaRosa in this tweet so I can count your entry. As it says above, you can retweet once per hour. Once I get 499 RTs I shall announce the winner. Happy tweeting!

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Ever been to Ightham Mote?

Have you been to Ightham Mote in Kent? If not I thoroughly recommend it.

I've been wanting to go to this place for quite a while now (my parents keep telling me we went when I was very small, but I don't remember it!), so on Monday my family and I started our journey across Kent. When we have a family day-out we usually end up on the Kent and East Sussex Railway (steam trains), stop off at Bodiam Castle and come back the same way. This time we thought about doing something different.

Our first stop was Old Soar Manor near Sevenoaks. It took a while to find this place as the signposts were very unhelpful. Here it is:


It was built in 1290 as a knight's dwelling. As you can see it's rather small compared to other Medieval properties and beautifully preserved. Below shows the large room at the top of the spiral staircase:


I'd love to live in a place like this! It just needs a few tapestries and some furniture. Anyway I digress.

We then got back in the car just as it started chucking it down and headed off to Ightham Mote. On the way we past loads of Oast Houses, as you'd expect in Kent, and when we finally got there it was packed. After a spot of lunch we headed off down the path and suddenly through the trees appeared this beautiful Medieval moated manor house. Ightham Mote is spectacular! It was started around 1330 and has been added to over the centuries.


This is the east side:


The top half of this side was added in the 15th Century. As you can see the moat is quite small. There are small streams around the grounds that supply the water it needs.


Once through the side door you are greeted with a charming courtyard that boasts the only Grade I listed dog kennel in the country.


We spent the next hour wandering through the house and then went to have a look at the lake past the lawn. It's so peaceful in this place and is a great place to visit.

I did have a reason for wanting to come to this place. I'm in the process of reading Green Darkness by Anya Seton and part of it takes place here. There is a story of a Lady or servant who was walled up somewhere in the house and this is the central theme of the novel. It's a terrific read. I must admit I did feel something as I was walking through the Great Hall. Who knows!

If you ever find yourself in Kent, go and visit Ightham Mote. It's well worth it.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

More Tatting!

Hello. How is everyone on this beautifully sunny day? Well it's been a very busy couple of days for me. I have quite a few new pieces in the pipeline, most of these are earrings. I recently bought some more balls of crochet cotton. I now have a dusky pink, a mid blue and a brown. I've also bought my first skein of hand dyed thread from a fellow tatter. I'll probably tat a one of a kind item in this. At the moment I'm just trying to think of a suitable desgin. I'll keep you posted.

Remember the fantasy cuff from the previous blog post? Well I finished it off and listed it (and on Folksy too).


I added quite a few Swarovski Crystals to give it a nice sparkle. This would look so beautiful at a wedding or at a prom! I'm working on the gothic version at the moment.

I've also listed a bridal necklace on Etsy:



Yesterday I thought up a pattern that might work. The picture below shows how it is at the moment. What do you think? I'm trying it out as a bracelet but I think this design also has potential as other pieces of jewellery. Oh and yes that is one of the shuttles I like to use.


I hope this idea works!

More items coming soon,

Heather xxx

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Updates!

Good morning. I've been adding some items to my shops. These are a few pairs of earrings using the same pattern. It's quite a simple design but effective nonetheless. The first pair was tatted in lilac cotton thread and featured clear Swarovski Crystals. Find it on Etsy and Folksy.


The next is in black with amethyst crystals:


Find it here and in pounds here. The final pair is in white with light rose crystals:


Check it out here and here. I've decided to call this design Fleur as they remind me of flowers. These would make a nice inclusion to any outfit. I'm thinking of doing an all black pair and maybe black with red crystals.

At the moment I'm working on a fantasy cuff in lilac and white cotton thread. Here it is at the moment:


Today I shall be adding crystals to some of the rings to give it more of a magical, mystical feeling. I'm really looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

x
 

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