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?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

What Have I Been Busy Doing?

Although I've been tatting - what seems like continuously - I have nothing to show for it!!

Some other things have also filled my days...

Pinterest Original
My grandson's
 A)  I made a garage for my grandson's 6th birthday coming at the end of August.  I saw this great idea on Pinterest.  The original design was found on http://diycozyhome.com/toy-car-storage/
The original used toilet paper rolls.  I discovered that many of his little cars wouldn't fit in these.  I used PVC pipe cut into 3 inch segments.  I also put plaster of paris in the bottom of the box so that it would stand upright.

B) I have a little Bible that I carry in my purse.  For a long time, I had a heavy little plastic bag with a snap that something came packaged in that just fit the Bible...but it tore up early this year.  So I desperately needed a cover--things were getting shoved into my purse and messing up the pages of the Bible.  I planned and planned my pattern for a Bible cover out, using graph paper.  Then I cut my fabric!  It was too small!!!!  It turns out my graph paper was 5 square to the inch, and I figured my measurments at four squares to the inch!  Well, at that point it was either start all over, or work with what I had....so I made it fit!  The outside three snaps went on easey-peasey!  I went through over a dozen snaps (and at least an hour and a half of time) before I got the inside three to stay and have the power to snap and unsnap without popping off!  I hand-sewed the whole thing (I'm not sure if that is an excise for how bad it looks, or a brag--because I think it turned out pretty good!)

C) I saw a youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zguw7ik6NFw which showed how to make little containers out of pop bottle caps--using duck tape.  Well that got me to thinking...I changed it slightly, making an even smaller container that was glued, not taped.  I started to make enough of these to put in the Oklahoma Lacemakers Guild's goodie bags at their Lace Embrace Day on October 3rd in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (all tatters and the public invited!).  Well, the project snowballed and  I've now made over 300 of these and given them to several tatting guilds to use in their goodie bags to hold beads, safety pins, charms etc..

So many things to craft--so little time!   


  1. Oh my, you started me on youtube videos! One can be lost there for days.
    Your garage is adorable! And, I think the spaces left between the PVC will be useful to hold smaller cars, etc.
    It goes to show, people are creative over many areas of their lives!

    1. Thank you. He was absolutely thrilled with the garage! All of its tubes and spaces are filled with vehicles and little plastic animals!

  2. Very nice garage! Wonderful Bible cover!! And neat little container! :)

  3. What great ideas! My grandson's birthday is coming up and I think he might end up with a garage! I've also seen it made with toilet paper rolls but I think your idea will last a lot longer. I think you did a great job on the Bible cover. Very nice. The little containers are another idea I think I might use. You are very inspiring.


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