It's Never Too Early

For making snowflakes for Christmas anyway. In fact, I might not have gotten started early enough. And this year I'm doing - or at least starting with - something different. Or you could say the same... I make snowflakes to go into Christmas cards every year and usually try to come up with at least one new one every year. That may happen yet, but I've started this year with some old patterns but am adding beads to them.
I'm using clear glass beads, trying for a crystalline look, or at least a hint of it. This picture really doesn't do the snowflake justice; it looks better in person.

I worked on these two Saturday while we drove (I did not tat and drive, I let my husband do the driving) to and from a family reunion a few hours away from our home. Beads and all! I usually don't try to work with beads in the car due to the trouble of not loosing the beads, but thought I'd give it a shot this time. Amazingly, I only lost a few beads and had very little trouble.

I did a little TIPping (Tatting In Public) this week as well. On my way to my office a few days ago I stopped to talk to a friend of mine and show her my current project. As it was in process the shuttles were still attached. A person standing close by saw them and started asking some questions; then another person. So I demonstrated a split ring for them, as that was the next element of the piece. They were quite interested in it as they had never seen tatting before; had never even heard of it. It was a nice start to my day, sharing tatting with new people.

I didn't have tea today for Tatting Tea Tuesday (I had coffee) but I did have chocolate and did get some tatting in - working on another snowflake. Christmas is only a bit over four months away you know. Lots to do and not much time to do it in.

"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. " Buddha

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