Making wreaths and wrapping gifts

I got up on Tatting Tea Tuesday and had a cup of Cinnamon Apple Spiced tea and tatted for a couple of hours - with a lot of interruptions. The whole day was full of interruptions and re-dos, actually. My tatting was a couple of wreaths, which aren't hard - if you just follow the directions! I started the first one three times because I didn't pay close enough attention to what I was supposed to do! My own fault; there were just too many things going on that kept pulling my attention away from my tatting (one is about three feet tall and gets into everything! Very cute though.)

Chain Christmas Wreath by Susan B. Taliaferro
I'm counting the Chain Christmas Wreath as #14 of the 25 Motif Challenge. Considering how much trouble I had with these I can definitely say it was a challenge. I like this pattern well enough I'll be making more for this Christmas - the shuttles are already wound anyway, might as well :-) Susan has the pattern posted on InTatters if you'd like to try it. I'm not sure of the thread, Handy Hands tucked it into an order I made back when Lizbeth was new. It's a green with a slightly blue tint, but it looks very nice as a wreath with red beads.

I have been tatting like mad the last week, but everything is for gifts, so I can't show them until I know they've been opened. Other than that I've been wrapping said gifts. In fact, most of my day has been spent wrapping gifts, in between running after my two year old grandson that is staying with us. His mother had to go on a short overnight trip and my DH had to work, so it was just the two of us - oh, boy. He gets into absolutely everything if you don't keep your eye on him constantly!Secret Santa gift from xstchntat
Look what I received in the mail! Look at all the goodies! These were sent to me by xstchntat for the Intatters Secret Santa Exchange. The bookmark was part of a group that won second place at the Arizona State Fair - it's lovely. A ball of Christmas Delight, 116, Lizbeth thread, size 20 (but it's labeled Mocha Brown Dk, 692!). Three balls of Coats and Clark thread, size 70, variegated pink to white, variegated green to white and variegated pink, blue, white. A skein of pink Lola color 135 Rayon thread from EdMar which looks a little finer that size 20. Two cute little mittens that would look good on stitch markers (strivers), a Clover shuttle and...

Handmade Podauk Shuttle and striver!
a handmade striver and a handmade shuttle! The shuttle is made from Podauk wood and is very light. You can see it's smaller than the Clover shuttle. I think it will work very well with the size 70 thread she sent. I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I'm very much looking forward to giving it a try. I know I'll be using the striver soon as I have another project I need to do this week that needs several.

Thank you, xstchntat, for the wonderful gifts!

May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving this week, and take a little time out for tea and tatting if you can!

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