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?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Part 1 Memories of Finger Lakes 2017

This year, we took Cynthia's car to Finger Lakes.  After a late start on Wednesday, we visited the Amish Cheese Store, about 35 miles away from my house.  There we made our purchase that would hide from us on the trip....if was some lovely Sharp Cheddar.  I'm glad that it was rather cold on our trip--the only disturbance the cheese made (no smell) was the irritating nagging question of "Where is it?"  We made it to  St. Louis, MO accompanied by Clyde--our own personal rain cloud.  I felt really sorry for Cynthia's relatives watching us unload bag after bag out of the car--they must have thought we were packed for a year long trip around the world!  Once inside, Cynthia and I discovered that we had switched packing stratagies--she had tried to pack in a large suitcase like I had done in previous years.  Whereas, I got rid of the heavy, bulky suitcase in favor of several smaller bags. 

The next day, we drove and drove....(accompanied by Clyde!) we had to get to Ashtabula, OH for our nights lodging.  Some of Cynthia's in-laws have allowed us to stay with them going and coming for several years now.  It is so nice to feel like you "are at home" when you are really a visitor!  I was able to sleep a few hours (like normal) and then feel comfortable being able to take a shower at 3am and then tat in the living room until others woke a few hours later.

This is a good place to talk about my undiagnosed sleeping disorder--it is undiagnosed because I don't fall into any particular category--I am a medical mystery once again.  I don't think I stayed awake a solid hour that Cynthia and I were on the road.  She, very graciously, drives the entire trip.  This aggravates her carpal tunnel, and this year she also had some trouble with her contacts hurting her eyes.  I appreciate the physical sacrifice and the mental stress that being the driver the entire trip costs her--and this year she had Clyde to deal with almost the entire trip...most of the time, it was just drizzle, but there were the occasional times when it rained so hard that you could not see in front of you..  (Since I do talk in my sleep occasionally--I did provide some amusement to her during the trip.)

Friday evening we made it to Watkins Glen in New York in time to check in at a new-to-us lodging, The Upper Inn.  This is a lovely 3 bedroom apartment set up as a place where a small group could have a working retreat.  Quilters would absolutely love the well-lit area where they could sew at large tables, and take advantage of specialized ironing and cutting areas.  After unloading part of our luggage, we headed to Lodi for the evening pot-luck.  Part of the luggage....is a weird way of saying that Cynthia and I played musical oxygen machines the whole trip.  I need O2 because of my sleeping disorder, when I go to sleep, my oxygen levels plummet.  Cynthia only needs her oxygen machine at night, so since it plugs into a cigarette lighter, I used it during the day in the car.  At night we used our own machines.  My large machine with its 50 feet of tubing had to be loaded and unloaded all the time.....  
At Lodi:  There it was--the Firehouse/Community Building--such a neat feeling of excitement swells within me every time I see it--"This is where the people that speak my language are gathering!"  

The pot luck was lovely...but what was so joyous was the fabulous feeling of being with long-lost friends again. We were really tired that evening and headed back to Watkins Glen fairly early.  My night wasn't through yet though...I had arranged to have the massage therapist in the business underneath the Upper Inn meet me for a late night massage!!  My thanks to Jenifer at www.facebook.com/jeniferallisonlmt for a very relaxing hour!  She worked and worked getting "three days of riding in a car" kinked up muscles to relax.  I'm not sure this was the "key", but this was the first year I didn't have a major migraine during the "at" Finger Lakes hours.

The next morning (accompanied by Clyde) we headed back to Lodi for our day of tatting.  The ladies had really bent over backwards to take care of me.  Instead of me going to different tables for my classes, the ladies had my classes come to me, so that I could sit with my O2 machine and not have to drag it from place to place.  This year was a little different (sleepwise) I still fell asleep, both taking and teaching my classes.  But it was more the "short nap" and "blinking in and out" instead of the "you can't wake me up at all" that happened last year.  Thanks to every kind lady who would sit next to me, and gently wake me up every time I went to dreamland!  Talking about kind ladies!!-- Neil Rotach contacted me earlier in March to find out my dietary restrictions.  She made an absolutely delicious low-sodium crock pot chicken dish with an assortment of vegetables probably never put together before--but I could eat everyone of them!  This was a wonderful soup on Saturday for lunch and had cooked down into a soft casserole for Sunday.  I cannot tell you how fantastic it is to have food you can eat, that will not aggravate my various conditions, that tastes so very good!!!   Thank you Neil!!!  

I taught two short classes again this year.  My project was a little zipper-pull name tag that I have made for years.  It qualified for the "Everything is Coming up Roses" theme, by quoting Shakespeare, "A rose by any other NAME would smell as sweet."  My grandchildren have these on all their jackets, backpacks and lunchbags.  I will post the pattern after my "memories" posts are finished.  They make a quick personalized gift to make for people. 

It was so exciting to watch several of my students learn and grasp the techniques taught in this class (making a split ring, joining on the second side of a split ring, and adding a bead to the center of a split ring).  This pattern was written for DMC Cotton Perle 5 (the kind that comes in a skein). This thread has been my favorite thread for making my tatted bookmarks--I just like the weight and feel of a bookmark made with this thread! I used to get it at my local Hobby Lobby-but they no longer carry this brand.  Lisa Adams at Tatting Corner does carry it.  Click on the following link to see the selection that she carries http://www.tattingcorner.com/threads-12/dmc-cotton-perle-skeins-69/?referrer=CNWR_30711492117529

Thread and notions at Tatting Corner
More Memories of Finger Lakes 2017 to come!
(WHERE OH WHERE is the sharp cheddar cheese?)

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!