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?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Leap Day Earrings

On Leap Day 2012 (February 29), Georgia Seitz' Online Tatting Class had a special tatting event.  The pattern was by Nina Libin, the creator of Beanile Lace (see her work and some free patterns at http://www.beanile.com/ ).  Nina was the guest teacher that day.  She talked us through her pattern, Hearts #3.  Although most of her patterns are traditionally done with metallic thread, I did mine in Lizbeth, size 20, color 671 (Christmas Red).  The beads are Bead Treasures brand from Hobby Lobby--size 11, color Opaque White Luster.  These earrings go great with my red and white striped dress!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Corona Doily

      It's been a pleasure to watch Ryan Emmons grow and mature through years at Christian Youth in Action.  He started as a student, moved to jr. staff and then became an instructor.  We have also served on staff at Camp Good News together for several years.  He found the young lady (Denise Waits) of his dreams and prayers at college, and on February 4th he married her.  Congratulations to Denise and Ryan Emmons!  I prayed for your marriage as I tatted this doily for you.  It is from the book Contemporary Tatting New Designs from an Old Art by Judith Connors.  The pattern is called "Corona A Sunburst."  It is made of Lizbeth, size 20 colors 612--Golden Yellow Light and 683--Leaf Green Light.  I've used this color combination before (see post--Flowerpiece Doily, March 1, 2011). and I really like these two colors together.  This was my first experience to do all down joins and front-side, back-side tatting instead of traditional tatting, and I'm afraid I wasn't perfectly consistent.  The doily measured 9 1/2 inches across when it was finished. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Amusement Doily

What a way to start a New Year (alright, I know it's March--but New Year's Day 2012 was when I finished this little doily!)  It is a fun pattern to tat.  The title of it is Amusement Doily and it is by "Creations by Celtess" (I wish I had a real name to put here.)  It is done in Lizbeth, size 20, color 115--Springtime.  It can be found at http://www.allcrafts.net/fjs.htm?url=web.archive.org/web/20000824105730/http://www.celtess.net/Tatting/Amusement.html