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, April 15, 2014

Finger Lakes 2014 Post 8 -- Bluebird of Happiness

Sunday morning class at Finger Lakes was the Bluebird of Happiness.  Kaye Judt developed this delightful bluebird pattern for people without migraines who walked into the Finger Lakes Tatting Conference and said, "I can handle it, Give me your worst!" Ha!Ha!  That's what I felt like at times...       When working this pattern, you actually drop one ball, (don't cut it!) Start another! and keep tatting... so you have all these threads to keep straight--actually 3 at once by the end...(the lady next to me jumbled hers all together and quit mid class.)   This on top of learning (relearning - it's been 6-7 years) pearl tatting.  Then trying to read a pattern with my migraine fogged mind.  Now... I have chronic migraines (3-5 a week, so that's pretty much my life... and the way I live at home... so figuring out the pattern here in Oklahoma wasn't any easier than at Finger Lakes.)  Actually I didn't need to "figure out the pattern"...I needed to figure out, whether, I had moved the sticky note before or after I had tatted that section of the pattern each time....   I kept confusing myself and losing my place in the pattern.  But, once I got him figured out---  Voila!!!  Ladies and Gentlemen, Presenting, the Bluebird of Happiness!  Isn't he so neat?  He has some birdseed spied out right across the room with his bright little eye!  I just absolutely love the two-dimensional look that the wing gives him! 

My Bluebird is made out of Lizbeth Thread, size 20.  Colors Cream, #610 :  Black, #604:
 Harvest Orange Med, #694:  and Ocean Teal Dark, # 665.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you! It's amazing how your attitude about a pattern changes as you "figure it out!"

  2. Excellent work for someone dealing with such a headache!!! Great bluebird!!! :)

    1. My pain management specialist told me last winter that he had "ran every test he knew to run, and had put me on every medicine he knew to put me on... and that my migraines may just be "my lot in life" ". I've been living with them since I was 12, and recent health complications have me living without pain medications totally... venting to the world here, sorry. Thank you for your comments. I love the little bluebird--I don't know what I'm going to do with him, he's only 1 1/2 inches tall.

  3. oh that is very nice. And you did it under not so ideal conditions. congratulations for persevering.

  4. This is such a superb specimen - of wildlife & of tatting ;-))
    I love how you've used the rosette formation to create a wing ! And gorgeous blue - would be just right for a kingfisher too !

  5. Kaye developed the pattern and specified the colors...I just followed the pattern! I looked up kingfishers--it would be perfect for them too! It's such a cute pattern!


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