Christmas gifts

Merry Christmas! (a little late) and Happy New Year! (a little early)
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  We did, and still are.  We had lots of family get-togethers over the last week and still have one more to go this weekend.  For all that I thought I was ready for all of them, there still seemed to be a few things I didn’t get to until the last minute.  How normal.
Every year I try to have one snowflake that is “the” snowflake of the year.  I posted about 2012’s snowflake here. I didn’t get as many of these done as I would have liked to, but that is how I feel every year.  I did get a few others done as well – mainly due to the fact that it’s hard for me to do the same thing over and over.
The red and two blue are motifs/’flakes that I came up with this year.  The green one is ‘Betsy Snowflake’ by Betsy Evans.  I saw it on A Happy Bluebird a week or so ago and just had to give it try.  I added silver seed beads to it and left out a couple of non-joining picots.  I really like how it came out.  All of them are made in Lizbeth size 20 thread.  These were also given away as gifts. 
I gave away a few tatted gifts that I had made previous to this year.  I found these while looking through a few things and they made excellent additions to what I was already giving without me having to hurry up and make anything else. 
My Sunday school class consists of three girls. One girl is very fond of purple (the butterfly), one girl loves shades of orange (the flower), and one girl loves horses, no matter the color.  The crosses went to the pastor and his wife.  All are made in Lizbeth size 20 threads, though I can’t name off the colors right now. The butterfly and flower are my patterns, the horse is a variation of Debbie Arnold’s Sea Horse and the two cross patterns can be found on my pattern page. 
I still have in mind a lot of things I wanted to make for Christmas that didn’t happen.  Maybe I’ll stay motivated and start them now so they’ll be ready for next Christmas.  It could happen. Maybe. 
“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank.  People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!'”
Dave Barry

5 thoughts on “Christmas gifts”

  1. A little late and a little early to you too! I love your snowflakes – and I really love that Betsy Snowflake. It looks great in green with the silver beads.

    I NEVER get as much done as I think I should. Or can. 🙂

  2. All the motifs/snowflakes look great with the beads! I love the red one as a pendant, too!

    And I'm sure the previously tatted items were appreciated. It really is a good idea to have a 'stash' handy for last-minute gifts! I remember when you cleverly put the cute horseheads on paperclips a few years ago, from Debbie Arnold's seahorse pattern!

    Also want to thank you for your many patterns, such as the crosses, that you generously share on your blog! Your instructions and diagrams are excellent! Your edgings are unique and beautiful, and the 'Diane's Dare' snowflake is exquisite!

    I really don't know when you find time to tat at all! Glad you're enjoying the holidays with family and friends!

  3. I love your snowflakes! The beads really do sparkle when they're hung on the tree. I've often thought of choosing one pattern to tat for the year, but my mind goes off on tangents, and I wind up making many different designs and then letting everyone choose what appeals to them.

    It's funny, with all the ones I made this year, my family was drawn to the colorful ones. Since I've been tatting with white, I love the way they stand out on the tree. To each his own, I guess.

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