Insulated cup - finally!

I finally finished the insulated cup I was working on.
 I thought it turned out well.  The kitty is from Nancy Tracy at Be-Stitched which I actually made some time ago. I found it in a stack of miscellaneous tatting while looking for other things.  This solves my problem of the one that ran away.  I cannot remember what thread I did it in but I'm guessing it's size 20.  The birds, butterfly and flowers are all things made while emptying shuttles in a variety of colors but mostly size 20 - I think the blue/white bird is size 40.  The only thing I actually tatted specifically for this cup is the grass. 

I didn't spend nearly as much time looking for background paper on this cup as I did the other one. I thought green would work well, but again, I didn't want it to be "flat".  But I had a solution this time - a green stamp pad and a wadded up piece of newspaper.  

I gave the finished cup to my grandson this weekend.  I think he liked it, but there was so much going on that I think it kind of got lost in the shuffle.  That's okay.  I enjoyed making and giving it.  Once things settle down he might notice it more.

I also gave my granddaughter the clothes to which I added tatting - and didn't get a good picture of her showing any of them off.  This is not to say I didn't get some cute pictures of her, just none with a good shot of the tatting.  As I mentioned, there was a lot going on.  Maybe I can get her momma to take a couple of pictures for me.

I actually had a cup of tea this morning, but it wasn't while relaxing or tatting, it was while getting ready to go to Hobby Lobby.  My sister, mother and I had a girls day out - a little shopping, a little lunch and a whole lot of talking - an almost perfect day.  It just needed a little tatting in it.  Well, maybe I'll get a little of that done tomorrow.

"The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat."
Jules Renard

I had a really nice lunch this weekend at the Spaghetti Works.  They have a gluten free menu

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