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?

Friday, July 1, 2016

Altoid tins and baskets.

Blogger and I are not getting along!  During the posting of some comments on my last post, I accidentally deleted a whole lot of comments from current and past posts.  A quick check on the internet shows that they are not retrievable.  I am sorry!

A friend of mine thinks this is the "best thing since sliced bread" and I "must share it!"  So...I usually buy my shuttles in pairs and I store the pairs in Altoid tins.  (The tins all have dark green painted lids, are lined inside with green felt and have a sticker on the side that identifies the shuttles.)  Earlier this winter, my son cut out pieces of foamcore board for me.  I used hot glue to cover these pieces with colored fun foam. Then I hung them on the side of my ArtBin Super Satchel Cube with Command Hooks.  The sideways tins are empty tins, because those shuttles are in use on a project.  (I don't really have that many"expensive" shuttles--many of these are moonlits that I decorated)


 I was searching Pinterest for things that would come in handy when my three wonderful grandchildren were at our house, and I came across this idea for car trips.  I wish I had pinned it so that I could give someone credit.  It is wonderful.  Get a suction cup basket (the ones in the kitchen section at Walmart would not stick well, however the ones in the bathroom section stuck fantastically!) and use it on your window when you are a passenger in the car to hold your tatting items (and cell phone!).  I did this on our Finger Lakes trip, and it is now a "must have" when I am in the car.
Warning:  Have the driver tell you before they unroll the window--so you can remove the basket!When I bought the basket, my husband really thought that I was wasting money... but after seeing it in use, he commented, "hey, that really works!"--Unfortunately he made this comment just as he hit the button to roll down the windows.  As the window lowered, it popped the suction cups and the basket flew across the van, just missing my husband's head and landed in his lap! 
FYI, the Pinterest post suggested a much larger basket for holding a drink and food.  


  1. When I looked at the picture I thought what happens when you open the window, you answered the question as I read down, I had to laugh so glad it missed his head, food might become a bit messy if you open the window. Would it work ibetter if you stuck it in front of you on the dash board.

    1. You "think ahead" much better than I do! :)

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    1. Thank you, I like my organized shuttles! I enjoy the basket, it is just the right size to hold the stuff that usually ends up in the floor. :)

  3. I love how organize the shuttles are, and I have such a problem. I now use my shuttles as thread holders, and so I through them into a zip lock bag according to colors like greens and blues and so on. I feel guilty when I look at them cause I look too obsessed with shuttles, and need to join shuttles anonymous.

    1. Well, I made a new comment instead of replying -- I am not going to try to delete it and move it to the reply place. ... That is what started my last " delete comments" fiasco!
      I would love to see your " rainbow" bag of shuttles !!

  4. It is so nice to know someone else can't " just take the leftover thread and throw it away." I started out with Boye metal shuttles and bought LOTS of bobbins because I had the same trouble. I have a similar collection of Aerlit bobbins-- most have little bits of thread on them!

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    1. Thank you! But I've got to confess it is more self preservation than organization. If everything doesn't have its own "home"--then it all gets piled and jumbled -- and the pile just gets bigger and bigger and bigger!


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