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, August 5, 2014

Heart Bookmarks

The first project for my little bunny shuttles was to work up some heart bookmarks.  These heart bookmarks are an old "standby" pattern for me.  I stockpile them, made out of DMC size 5, color # 321.  That used to be relatively easy--however, our Hobby Lobby has quit carrying DMC size 5.  Now I get it from a little needlework shop in Arkansas.  This is via correspondence with my Aunt, who goes down and buys the floss, and then mails it to me in Oklahoma.  Why do I stockpile them?  Well, the bookmarks -- along with a copy of Quiet Times for Couples by H. Norman Wright is my husband I's traditional wedding gift.  This is the book that he (my husband is a pastor) recommends when he does pre-marriage and marriage counseling.  My husband and I actually use it ourselves in our quiet time every few years.    It is wonderful! *Not this year, this year we are using the One Year Christian History A Daily Glimpse Into God's Powerful Work by E. Michael and Sharon Rusten.  WOW!  History lessons galore!  What a look at the "foundations" of our faith--and how far we have slipped!  Gripping stories of early Christian martyrdom --  I recommend this book just for the information held within its pages--even if you forget the "devotional" part of the book! 

Oh this is a TATTING BLOG!!  I first discovered these bookmarks as part of the beginners online tatting class   http://www.georgiaseitz.com/newtat/index.htm          However, the bookmarks are available online here  http://www.ringoftatters.org.uk/seasonal/valentine/rpheart.html     I was able to finish three of the little bookmarks quickly--only two are in the picture.  Several years ago, God blessed me with a "scratch and dent" sale at Nordic Needle, and I got the one and only, Lacis Battery Powered 4-Ply Cord Maker and Fringe Twister for something like 40% off because the box was smashed!  Everytime I use it, I have to figure the thing out again...one of these times, I'm going to take pictures and make myself a tutorial--because it makes the prettiest little cord!  Anyway....   three hearts, three cords, now down to the tassels!  I make-- to "toot my own horn" great tassels!"

Now, I may or may not, make a great tutorial... but a little while back I put together a little PDF tutorial on "How to Make a Tassel"  a) the PDF copies are free   b) I want criticism--stuff I need to fix and how to fix it!  c) Please do not give them away or sell the tutorials.  To get a copy of the tutorial  CLICK HERE