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, November 22, 2014

Second Christmas Wish List Exchange

I was lucky enough to get to enter the Christmas exchange twice. My second package came today! It was from Melissa Deputy. The first thing I saw when I opened the box was two purple Aerlit shuttles—my favorites!! Next I saw all different sorts of containers full of different sizes and colors of beautifulicious purple beads!!!! . There were two silver (sterling?) turtle beads --that are absolutely precious!! To top it all off, she sent a wonderfully made frogger! I can’t figure out, quite how it is made—I think somehow it is a four-thread braid, but I’m not sure—but it sure is unique!! Thank you SO MUCH Melissa, I love my Christmas Exchange Wish List Package!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

My first Christmas Wish List Exchange Package

I was so blessed today when my “anonymous” Secret Santa package came today!  It contained all my “wishes”  Two Aerlit shuttles, purple beads, dark chocolate, and two hand-made froggers -- PLUS it contained TURTLES (a pendant and a bead) —which I collect! 

THEN—“SECRET SANTA -- Sue Anna Scribner”, who just happened to also have been my very first ever, Christmas exchange partner back a few years ago…which is how I happened to figure out who my “SECRET SANTA” was this year …. Also included SO VERY GENEROUSLY AND BEYOND MY WILDEST DREAMS------ a---- POP-A-BOBBIN SHUTTLE------!!------WOW!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

In this wonderful  package were also lovely tatting bag, purple buttons, bobbins for my aerlit shuttles as well as four special thread bobbins , and a needle book (decorated with tatting),  I got some more really neat beads and findings.   She included a lovely tatted snowflake in variegated purple thread, and I got a hank of Marilee Rocklee’s Hand-Dyed Thread in a luscious deep purple “flavor”.  THANK YOU SUE ANNA!!  I couldn’t have “Wished” for more!     My deep appreciation!!

Thank you again Patti for organizing this!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My first time to decorate shuttles!

I participated this year in Patti Poole's Christmas Wish List Exchange.  (Thank you Patti for organizing this!)  

This is the third time I have participated in an exchange.... I never feel like I give better than I get, and that I short the person that I give to.  SO, I made a decision after the last one that I wouldn't participate anymore.....       BUT--I gave in --and thought I would try again!  I hope this year that I did okay.... if not  I QUIT!!  Anyway, this year, one of my people wanted a decorated shuttle....buying one is a little beyond my comfort range--I don't shop the internet that much, and don't know who to buy from (I have some of Georgia Seitz' shuttles but other than that -- I'm not looking for ideas at this point--thank you.)

 So, I decided to make mine--also WAY beyond my comfort range--and a new skill!!  So I mod-podged, and sandpapered... and then mod-podged again....Over and over....  Finally spraying with the acrylic spray--did you know that you can't touch it for 24 hours--if you do it has softened ALL the layers of mod-podge, and you can TOTALLY ruin EVERYTHING you've done if you touch it?  AND you basically have to start OVER--fixing the gauges and scratches in the perfect shuttle that you HAD that isn't perfect anymore!! 

Two ladies -- who will remain nameless, unless they wish to announce themselves -- will receive these shuttles and their felt-lined, decorated tins--(they got other goodies too).

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Earrings for a friend

     My husband had a conference in Oklahoma City last week.  He took me with him.  I was able to spend the day with my friend, Lurene.  We had a great day together!  She took me out to a wonderful breakfast!  Then we spent the day going in and out of the shops of one of the outlet malls.  We did stop at one point to rest our aching feet -- Lurene generously paid for me to get a manicure while she pampered herself in some other ways at a spa there in the mall.
I sent her these as a small "thank you".
     They are made off of Anne Brovold's, Ringtrim pattern--available here--  http://www.georgiaseitz.com/2009/annebringtrimmikrodrageeng.pdf  I used Lizbeth thread, size 20, color 138, Leafy Green.