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?

Wednesday, September 30, 2020





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Two posts within one month!!


I tend to go through needles at an insane pace.  Apparently the chemicals in my hands eat away at the finish on needles…next thing I know I have a needle that won’t glide through the fabric.   When machine sewing, I will be sewing merrily along when snap, “another one bites the dust."

 We are not discussing the needles I’ve lost in my recliner or on the living room carpet.  Someone almost always finds them eventually with their bare feet



I  can’t remember what my family did with broken needles, pins etc…My husband’s family had one of those nifty holes in the back wall of their medicine cabinet so that you can save your old razor blades somewhere in the innards of your home between a couple of the studs (I guess in case you ever need them again?)  This is my solution. 


The cap has a hole in the lid made with a red-hot ice pick.  The cap was then glued on (attention Grandboys—What is inside should stay inside!)  When it is full, I can throw the whole thing away.  No one going through my trash (nosey neighbors, the FBI, hungry dogs etc.)  They will not get hurt.  And my trash man will also be safe! 


My sleeping disorder just kicked in, I typed four pages of “ddddd”s!!


Anyway, I seem to go through a lot of pins and needles, so I have tried to find some places where you can purchase in bulk and still get quality (I’m still looking).  I recently bought a bunch of twisted wire beading needles and some rigid  beading needles.  Both were too long to fit my needle case(s).  What was I to do?   My eyes fell on some non-working ink pens that I had laid aside as I organized drawers.


Many kinds of ink pens will work.  These were Z Grip pens by Zebra.



I took the inkpen apart—the clip and cap at the end came off way to easy to suit me, so I hit it with a drop of super glue—so that the tube would only have one working entrance/exit.

 I used hot
glue to fill the tip of the cap.  When you do this, make sure that the threads on the inside of the cap don’t get any glue on them.  You will want to be able to take the cap on and off! 

While you wait for the hot glue to “set”-take time an make sure you label the tubes if you are making more than one.  I am going to make a few more, I have some “gold” embroidery needles that I want to take out of “common circulation”                                                           

Last of all,

 insert your needles

and twist the cap back on.

Tip:  Do you have an extra salt and pepper shaker?  Stuff that cute thing with cotton and then add either your favorite perfume or essential oil.   Now stick your new sachet into your lingerie drawer – the smell will help start your day with a smile!

Happy Tatting!

Patricia Lyn Cobb 


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