Fall Housekeeping

So, I was trying to get a little more organized (don't laugh, it could happen) and cleaning out my "tatting cabinet" - an old dresser that sits in our living room and holds most of my thread. As I was going through all the balls of thread I kept finding shuttles, all holding at least some thread of one sort or another.
The problem, of course, is I don't know what the threads are. I'm sure I have most of the colors/sizes somewhere, but is it worth it to try to figure that out with the (usually) small amount of thread on them? I think I'll be making a lot of butterflies and flowers to try to empty them out. I've got a lot of Christmas tatting to do and I could use a few empty shuttles:- )

Speaking of Christmas tatting, I did get a few snowflakes done while on the trip back from Washington, D.C. I figured I needed a lot of snowflakes for the Christmas cards, and if I only took one color of thread it would take up less space. And maybe I wouldn't get too sidetracked and start something else!
The one on the top left was supposed to be like the one on the top right, but I knew before I started the outside round that my stitch count was off and it wasn't going to work, so it was modified a little. The one in the middle and the one on the bottom left were supposed to be the same, and again, the stitch count changed just a little. But it will work. I made the small ones - they are about an inch across - for project I'm working on. It was fun trying to come up with very small six-pointed shapes. Okay, some have more points than that, but they're snowflakes if anybody asks, and all are made with Lizbeth white in size 20.

For my trip I took my tatting in my new tatting tin. It's an Altoid mint tin that I decoupaged (I keep finding things to cover!). It holds two shuttles, the short crochet hook, the scissors, the necklace they attach to and the needle book. It fit very nicely in my purse and looked great while doing it.

Today for Tatting Tea Tuesday I'm sipping hot Cinnamon Apple Spice tea I found at the store the other day. It smells and tastes yummy! I'm not sure how much tatting I'll get done today though - I've been neglecting the house since I've gotten back from D.C. I really need to get things done before it gets too out of hand.

I hope all of you have a wonderful week.

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