It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

My Secret Santa, crazytatter, from the Intatters exchange sent me some really cute stuff!

The little guy on the top left is a giraffe paperweight, very cute! The two little boxes have paperclips in them, one regular sized and the other large. There is also a large-eyed needle taped to the inside top of one box, and when I say large-eyed, I do mean large. I've never seen a needle quite like it. There is also some neat little stamps for scrapbooking or what ever, a Christmas-y bookmark that she tatted for me (very nice!), and a journal to write in. Wasn't she generous? Thank you, crazytatter!

I also joined an Advent Swap on Ravelry. You make/buy/use-from-your-stash gifts for every day of December through Christmas. This is the first of three boxes from my exchange partner, Medictabs.
Look at all the presents!

She also put in a few little things for right now. I wonder how she knew I'd like these?

It was just in time for Tatting Tea Tuesday, so I'm trying the Cranberry Apple. Yum! The CD with the snowman on it is a mix of Christmas songs! I'm taking it to work to listen to tonight. It has a few of my favorite songs on it, isn't that great?

A lot of the tatting that I've been doing was made for these exchanges and now that they've all been mailed I've actually got a little bit of tatting done that I can show. And guess what? They're snowflakes. Surprise! Okay, not really.

The top one is a pattern from a few years ago but I added glass silver seed beads to it to give it a little shine. The larger one on the right is the center of one from last year but with a different outside round. I've got a look in mind that I'm trying to achieve, so tried something a little different this time. It didn't come out quite like I had in mind - not bad, just not quite "it". The other two are variations on a theme, so to speak, one with six points and one with five. Again they didn't come out quite like I envisioned, but they still look pretty good. All of these are headed to the center this year's Christmas cards - cards I need to get busy with very soon! All of these snowflakes were make with Lizbeth white, size 20.

May you all have a wonderful week, with a little tea and tatting somewhere in there!

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