He knows my name!

My life verse: "I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel." (Isaiah 45:3). For me, "the treasures of darkness" has been the medically-treated depression that I have suffered off and on with for years. More than anything else in my life, I think this has made me realize how much my Savior loves me and has deepened my relationship with God. The "hidden riches of secret places" are my wonderful family and this fabulous craft--tatting! I thank God for both!
I think it is awesome that God knows my name! Did you know that He knows yours?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Finger Lakes Anticipation

Finger Lakes Mini-Tatting Conference is three weeks away!  There are several things wrong with that first sentence....the first is the title "Mini-Tatting Conference!  Two days spent in the company of approximately 70 people while taking four classes is an amazing experience (every year!)  Making friends from all over the United States and at least two countries is so heart-warming.  There is nothing "mini" about attending Finger Lakes!  The other mistake in the beginning sentence is "three weeks away"--yes the conference starts three weeks from this posting, however when you drive from Oklahoma, I will be gone about a week.  (Cynthia has to drive the whole way due to my sleeping disorder--so we may stretch the trip out a little more this year so she doesn't have to drive too many hours in a day.)

In an effort to de-stress my life and the days before the trip, I have gotten my auction and raffle things together early. 

In the past, I have sewn bags and filled them with things to be tatted, or tatting tools...I've even attempted to decorate shuttles.  This year I really enjoyed filling a purchased bag--I am entitling this collection, "I Would Be Blue Without You!"  Let me tell you about the contents...
 The bag--is slightly padded.  It has a wire sewn into the opening edge--so it opens wide!  It also has a flat bottom so the bag doesn't have a problem "sitting".  Sewn into the inside walls of the bag are two small pockets on one wall and one large pocket on the other side.
There is a lovely blue soft-wrinkle cotton blend scarf, approx. 33x60 inches.
 THREADS!  A ball of size 20 Manuela, a ball of size 8 Oren Bayen, and a spool of #7Fine Braid Metallic Kreinik.  
TAT ON ME!  Besides the adorable bear, oh and that scarf(!), you will of course want to decorate all of these with tatting: a key-chain (if you must, you may put your grandchild's picture inside), a large ring (approx. 4.25 across), 4 bangles (approx. 2 3/4 across.  You might want to embellish the delicate tiny jewelry box--or the "mystery" orb.  This gorgeous 40mm sphere was sent to me by mistake when I had ordered a 40mm obsidian sphere.  Even if it is nothing but ordinary man-made colored glass, it is truly one of those things your eyes love to linger on and enjoy!  
To help you tat, I have included a generic pair of "stork" style scissors, an LED clip-on light, and a lovely large magnetic needle keeper (I use occasionally but do not like small cases that you have to "pour" the needles out to look at them--I usually drop one, and that starts a whole other adventure!)  To aid you in keeping track of your tatting time, I stuck a rather cheap,  blue, butterfly clock into the bag (if it doesn't work, you can tat longer--with a "true" excuse!)
Other goodies include a brass "LOVE" diaperpin-sized brooch and a ball of thread-shaped salt and pepper shaker--probably one of those things that at first make you say "huh?"  BUT, here is my advice--stuff it full of cotton balls, add several drops of your favorite perfume, drop it in your lingerie drawer and you have a fancy sashet! 

I am also bringing "donations from my mom"--or if you have ever helped someone downsize and declutter--"gifts to my mom!"  These bowls, I was told "are antique" but no other information.  Both bowls are in excellent condition-no cracks or chips.  They both fit into our "Everything's Coming Up Roses" theme wonderfully.

Don't you want to have all these lovely things come live at your house?  Contact me, and I will carry your bid, or place raffle tickets for you!  
I would love to put faces on all my internet friends and readers--won't you join us at the 2017 Finger Lakes Mini-Tatting Conference?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

TIAS 2017

My blog has been sadly neglected for the last few months.  Blame my health and laziness!

I managed to get my Christmas tatting done this last year.  My ornament for all the nieces, nephews and grandchildren was my "Their Five Year Mission" design done in Lizbeth "Cranberry Bush" and "White".  These fit nicely in a CD case.  I like giving a container in which the ornament can be stored.  An added bonus here is that an "empty box" means that a real tree gets another look before being put out for disposal. 

Today was the last day of TIAS 2017--the brainchild of Jane Eborall.  She breaks one of her new patterns into little bits and releases it onto the internet a tidbit every few days.  She then posts the scans of tatter's work in progress that they email in to her.  My many thanks to her for sharing her talent, as well as the effort and time it takes to post these submissions to a blog.

I challenged myself--to not only keep pace with the daily pattern posts, but to try to be entertaining in my return posts to Jane.  I did fall behind a few days at one point but caught back up.  The following were my email presentations.

 I was blessed to spend time with dear tatting friends the weekend of "DAY 4"  Emma and I drove to Edmond and stayed Friday night with Sonya.  Saturday, we visited the Shuttlebugs Tatting Guild meeting in Kingfisher, OK.  Sonya and I sent in the same photo to Jane--after late hours on Friday night spent tatting and talking..

DAY 10
**Those are turtles not stepping stones keeping my lady's feet dry!


 Thank you again Jane --
 it was a wonderful "journey"
 from beginning to finish!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Recuperating Again....and Again

I don't have any tatting to share with you :(  I haven't done much the last few weeks.

Pneumonia struck a couple of weeks ago on Thursday.   My husband and I love the Urgent Care that is close to our house!  I actually see their Dr. more than my primary physician--just because all my health problems seem to strike during off hours.  It is a "neat" thing--but also a really bad thing--the receptionist knows my information now and no longer has to ask when we walk in.  They have given me great care! 

Saturday, I missed the special day that our guild had set up to stuff goodie bags for the upcoming Lace Embrace in Bartlesville OK on October 1st.  I heard there was some fantastic hand-made items put in each bag.  I sent a box of Workbasket magazines--donated by Maggie Brown to be put in the bags.  That was such a fantastic monthly craft magazine--and for a long time, my only access to tatting patterns! 

Sunday evening, I "just couldn't get a full breath of air" and watched my oxygen levels slowly drop out of the 90's into the 80's.  Wondering if I was "making a mountain out of a molehill"--we drove to St. Francis hospital in Tulsa.  Once there, I went through their ER triage--for a couple of hours!  Most of their ER triage crew are paramedics--trained and experienced in being able to stick anyone in any situation.  I, unfortunately, am not "anyone"--I am traditionally a "hard stick" and now slightly dehydrated--my blood just flat out hid from these dedicated workers!   The whole crew got to try and finally someone got the last few drops they needed.  After receiving an hour long breathing treatment---I was admitted to ICU with a heart-rate of 130 and an oxygen level of 83%.  Wednesday afternoon, I was finally moved to a Respiratory Care step-down unit.  This was where all the testing began--which confirmed and gave us a better insight into what we already knew.  a)  my esophagus does not "squeeze" food properly down into the stomach.  b)  I have a very bad hiatal hernia.  Both are feeding "crud" into my lungs contributing to my pneumonia.  I must lose a chunk of weight before the dr.s in this area can do needed surgery to help stop the problem.  Although I received excellent medical care, that was delivered by kind, compassionate, and caring nurses--I reached the restless stage.  Saturday, I was released to go home.  It is so good to lose all those electrodes, tubes and leads!  They did send me home on oxygen--so I have a loooonng tube that allows me movement between different rooms at the house.  The oxygen is because of my sleep disorder--at night, when I know I am going to bed to sleep, I wear my bipap machine.  However, when I fall asleep unexpectedly during the day--my oxygen level drops and so I am on a small amount of oxygen.

Aside from slowly, physically recuperating--I am trying not to pout.  The doctors have forbid my trip to Palmettos.  I was so excited about going.  There were certain people that I wanted to look up--and catch up with.  There were several others that I was going to make a point to meet and hopefully spend some time with.  I was looking forward to the classes that I was taking (I got all of my first choices!).  I pinched pennies until they squealed and even got the family farm to lend me the last few dollars I needed  to pay my registration.  Losing money is never fun.  But not attending--is one of those deep, hurts that you just have to "get over".

God is so awesome--He seems to lead me to verses that I will need....On the Sunday afternoon I went to the ER, I received this one:  Romans 8:18 KJV "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."  The Amplified Bible says "revealed to us and in us!"  I have a lot of burdens--my health and my "woe is me" attitude are two of them.  But I have experienced so many blessings in the last two weeks--my dear husband, who stayed many long hours with me, a great friend who stayed with me for two days and a night, a loving family who supported me, wonderful friends who visited, messaged and called to check up on me, fantastic health care....and tatting--the craft that has been my companion for over 30 years!  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ShuttleSmith Doily

This is a catch-up post...things I have done that I haven't blogged about.

Last fall, a lady in from the Lacemakers Guild of Oklahoma shared a free pattern with me that she had picked up at a Kansas retreat.  I have lost the pattern since--so I don't know the correct name for it, but the designer is Karen Bovard (the ShuttleSmith --  http://www.theshuttlesmith.com/   I used scraps of DMC size 5 to make it.  I wish I had "planned" my colors, instead of just playing "hit and miss."  I think it would have looked much better..

I understand Karen Bovard is coming to our guild next year to do a weekend workshop!!   


Nancy Tracy of Be-stitched (http://www.be-stitched.com) offers a free pattern each month.  For the last several years, some of the month's patterns have been the rows to a beautiful doily.  These are the first three rows of the Tatted 2016 Doily.  I am doing it in Lizbeth, size 20, #129, Purple Splendor and #642, Lilac, med.

My aunt, an excellent knitter,  has done so much over the years to encourage my tatting!   I made this to go around her name plate by her apartment door in the retirement home. The edging is from Tatting with Beads by Rosemarie Peel and was done in Lizbeth, Size 20, #638 Christmas Green.   It was sandwiched between two pieces of quilter's template plastic to help give it stability.

I taught my "Their Five Year Mission" pattern at guild on Saturday. I am really enjoying teaching tatting!  Thank you to my students who had a lot of patience with me!

It seems like I have had a health "step back" about once a week since the first week of June.  Every time that I think I am doing good, pneumonia sneaks back in to say, "HI!"--I wish it would say "Goodbye" for good!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Altoid tins and baskets.

Blogger and I are not getting along!  During the posting of some comments on my last post, I accidentally deleted a whole lot of comments from current and past posts.  A quick check on the internet shows that they are not retrievable.  I am sorry!

A friend of mine thinks this is the "best thing since sliced bread" and I "must share it!"  So...I usually buy my shuttles in pairs and I store the pairs in Altoid tins.  (The tins all have dark green painted lids, are lined inside with green felt and have a sticker on the side that identifies the shuttles.)  Earlier this winter, my son cut out pieces of foamcore board for me.  I used hot glue to cover these pieces with colored fun foam. Then I hung them on the side of my ArtBin Super Satchel Cube with Command Hooks.  The sideways tins are empty tins, because those shuttles are in use on a project.  (I don't really have that many"expensive" shuttles--many of these are moonlits that I decorated)


 I was searching Pinterest for things that would come in handy when my three wonderful grandchildren were at our house, and I came across this idea for car trips.  I wish I had pinned it so that I could give someone credit.  It is wonderful.  Get a suction cup basket (the ones in the kitchen section at Walmart would not stick well, however the ones in the bathroom section stuck fantastically!) and use it on your window when you are a passenger in the car to hold your tatting items (and cell phone!).  I did this on our Finger Lakes trip, and it is now a "must have" when I am in the car.
Warning:  Have the driver tell you before they unroll the window--so you can remove the basket!When I bought the basket, my husband really thought that I was wasting money... but after seeing it in use, he commented, "hey, that really works!"--Unfortunately he made this comment just as he hit the button to roll down the windows.  As the window lowered, it popped the suction cups and the basket flew across the van, just missing my husband's head and landed in his lap! 
FYI, the Pinterest post suggested a much larger basket for holding a drink and food.  

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tatting Press

9:OO this evening-- ATTENTION PLEASE -- I JUST ACCIDENTALLY DELETED A WHOLE LOT OF COMMENTS FROM THIS POST AND OTHERS!  According to a quick check on the internet--I cannot retrieve them.  I AM SORRY! 

 I can't believe I have never shared this!  A couple of years ago, a dear friend--Jan Garrett made me a tatting press out of a book.  I have seen them on Pinterest, but they have always been round, and just didn't look like they would meet my needs.  When Jan gave me this--I thought it was a wonderful, sweet gift--that I would never use :(
Boy was I wrong!  I use it all the time--it saves pinning things out to see how they will look between rounds, and keeps edgings, motifs, and doilies looking nice as you do them!  Here are a few pictures of my WONDERFUL tatting press.

 The front has a very cute "quilt" like design cross-stitched TURTLE!!!


The book itself was covered in some type of brown cloth?  It is very stiff!  
There are ribbons on the front and back to tie the press closed.


This "pressing area" is padded.  That helps press the tatting, but also allows you to pin things down as well!

Hmmm, wonder what those little green things are on the fabric?  :)

An edging I am working on.  One of those things that I'm not sure I will ever finish because it is going so slowly.

This area is only slightly padded.  I have taken use of this are to store small completed motifs until I need them on a larger project.  

I love the pocket!  I can store the patterns in there, and they don't get lost.


9:OO this evening-- ATTENTION PLEASE -- I JUST ACCIDENTALLY DELETED A WHOLE LOT OF COMMENTS FROM THIS POST AND OTHERS!  According to a quick check on the internet--I cannot retrieve them.  I AM SORRY!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Finger Lakes 2016--Part 4

Sunday's Classes and Confessions!

Sun day morning, I had signed up for Ruth Perry's Tad E. Bear class.  Once again, with excitement, I had my shuttles wound and was eagerly waiting for class to start....  Then, I started getting sleepy!  We came close to a repeat of my previous class, except this time I was awake long enough to complete the head of my little bear.  Ruth, came around individually and showed us how she pinned the celtic knot that created the head.  It is amazing how just the position of the pins she used help create a perfect celtic knot!  The bear's head is all I got done...I apologized then, and I'm still apologizing now--I wish I had known that I would be uncontrollably sleeping--someone else could have had my seat in the class!

I never have finished my Tad E. Bear...I think he will go into my permanent UFO pile.  However, I did get lots of practice doing the celtic knots when I did the Trefoil Knot Celtic Edging from the book, Celtic Tatting Knots and Patterns by Rozella F.Linden (Ruth's pen name).  I can't remember where I got the beautiful green hand-dyed thread but it was just perfect for this special project.

I recently inherited my mother's jewelry box (she passed away in 1979.)  The box was not in good condition at all.  The inside satin fabric was rotting, and all the fuzz was off of the velvet.  The outside was no longer the pristine white that I remembered.  I redid the box inside and out.  I get a lovely feeling inside, knowing that I am using something that was special to my mother. 

After eating a wonderful lunch, prepared by Karey Solomon so as to avoid all my food triggers--I don't know how she does everything she does--she is superwoman!  Thank you so much, Karey!...it was once again time for class.

 Here is where I really need to grovel.   The time for our lunch break was over, I had let time slip away from me...I needed to set
up for class and run to the restroom.  There were a few (two?  three?)  ladies sitting in the area where I was to teach class.   I don't know what I said, or how I said it--but I told them to move as I sat my things down by the corner seat.  In the bathroom, it struck me that I must go back and apologize for the attitude and brusqueness with which I had -- not asked as I should have, but told them--to move.  It was so rude and totally unacceptable!.  I do so wish I knew who the ladies were that were sitting at the end of the table where I was to have class, they were gone when I returned.  I know how just a few words from someone can ruin your day, or your event--I pray that my words did not put a damper on these ladies' experience at Finger Lakes!  If you were one of these ladies, I do apologize!  Please forgive me! 

Once again, I got to teach my Wandering Through the Woods edging--this time I had two students.  I really enjoyed teaching at Finger Lakes.  It is so exciting to be able to share your knowledge and help someone else learn a technique! 

All too soon, the conference was over.  The vendors were packing up, and time to purchase those necessary tatting threads and tools was over.  Dear, sweet friends that you look so forward to seeing in person each year, were getting in their cars and heading out away from Lodi.  It was time for Sue, Cynthia and I to start tracing our route back to Oklahoma.

The highlight of the return trip was the evening at Tamie's in Kentucky.  OH!! the dinner that she fixed us! She is an absolutely wonderful cook!  We had wonderful meat, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, rolls (the only item on the table she didn't make from scratch)--the table was overflowing with food.  She made a "Hawaiian Cole Slaw" that was just out of this world!  I can't describe how tasty and delicious everything was--we just ate and ate, and ate some more!!

Then, what a neat surprise!  Tamie had a pair of wooden turtle shuttles for me!  How cool is that?  I got to use them as we sat around the table trying different threads.  Tammi had SO many different varieties, from so amany different manufacturers.  It was so much fun! Once I got home, I discovered that I couldn't tell which shuttle was which--so I carefullyu traced the turtles with some fine-lined permanent magic markers.

As it seeing Tamie isn't enough--I get to see Asia, Tamie's dog.  I am a cat person who grew up with the notion that dogs belonged "outside."  Asia is so very well trained and loving!  Every time that I am around this little bundle of joy and energy--I come away wanting, a tiny, inside dog just like her!
Finally back to Oklahoma, late on Tuesday night!  One of our very first stops on the road trip had been at the Amish Cheese House, about 35 minutes from my house.  Cynthia had bought a pound of fudge there (1/4 lb. of four different kinds!)...and it had been missing the rest of the trip.  Surely when we unpacked we would find it!  No.... it was a mystery!  A week later, when unpacking a paper box full of smaller boxes of chips and crackers--I found the missing box of fudge stuck between two identically sized boxes of butter crackers.  It is in my freezer, I keep telling Cynthia that she has to come visit me, or I will eat all the fudge myself!

Thank you for joining me as I relived Finger Lakes 2016.  This year  was so wonderful and different.  There were the super-fantastic stops at Tammi's, the joy of Sue and Cyn's company on the trip, the fact that I taught two classes (and slept through two classes!) --  I can't wait for Finger Lakes 2017--"Everything's coming up Roses!"

Personal note:  The first two weeks of June were supposed to be Christian Youth in Action where I am a teacher and evaluator.  My dear husband goes and works from 6a.m.-10p.m cooking for the whole group.  However, on Day 6--I got pneumonia again.  My oxygen level was 86 when they got me into the ER.  No more CYIA for me this year, instead I spent three days in the hospital.  I am not "bouncing back" very fast, but seem to be slowly  and steadily recuperating.