Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas! (1 Motif Left!)

I'm just going to throw this out there, having lived in a Christmas-celebrating country all my life, it is weird to be in a place where it hasn't been all-Christmas all-the-time for the past month or so...not bad, just different. I am really looking forward to celebrating the New Year Russian-style next week! :)

Last night I watched "A Christmas Story" for the first time (yes, I know, it's a classic, how could I have not seen it before...sorry!) and managed to finish three more motifs!! :)

The first is LadyTats' Threes Snowflake, which is currently on the tree but photographed on my leaf pants from last night...Isn't it pretty?!
Motif #56 on the year and #22 on the way to 25 by the 25th
You will notice I reverted to white thread...we have no snow on the ground here (sniff!) so I'm making my own white Christmas!

Next I trolled the Internets for some other quick patterns and found Tattypatty's The First Christmas Snowflake of 2012
Motif #57 on the year and #23 on the way to 25 by the 25th
And, full disclosure, I made a second "cheater motif" (although Tattypatty does say about the above motif, "This is actually the center of the large snowflake, but is a snowflake in its own right"...I just finished it off with a second layer of pretty to make another snowflake:
Motif #58 on the year and #24 on the way to 25 by the 25th
So, it's Christmas Day (in Russia, still very much Christmas Eve in Iowa and many other parts of the world) and I'm one short of my 25 by the 25th. Chris and I have plans for the day, but I will do my best to squeeze out one more, small motif before midnight to complete the 25 by the 25th challenge! :)

Also, I have to say a VERY big thank you to Carollyn for the wonderful gift that arrived in Vladivostok yesterday (Christmas Eve) and waited patiently under the Christmas tree until I opened it this morning...I love my new handmade shuttles, and I'm told the rabbit, which was made by her husband, is made with woolly mammoth bone, which makes it extra-special!
Also the box is actually like a small book and Santa's suit is fuzzy! :)
So thank you to all of you for following and reading my blog this year, and for all the comments and encouragement!! I hope you are all having a blessed day whether you celebrate Christmas or not, and I wish you all the best in the New Year! :)

(And hopefully I get one more motif done, dusted, and on the blog before the end of the day!) :)


  1. Two beautiful snowflakes, I hope you can get the last one done, which I am sure you will.
    Different countries and different traditions, have a lovely Christmas and thank you for a lovely interesting blog.

    1. Thanks Margaret! Final snowflake is done! :) Thanks for all your comments this year! Here's to 2014! :)

  2. Kristen, thank you for posting. It has been wonderful to read about your adventure. And, fun to watch your adventure in tatting.
    Enjoy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    1. Thank you! :) It's been a fun year, I can't wait to see what happens in 2014! :) Merry Christmas! :)

  3. That is a very nice snowflake he he he .
    Thanks for using my pattern and my suggestion.
    I hope your Christmas away from home was Merry and that your New Year will be awesome.
    congrats on all the tatting you have done.

    1. He he he, it is a wonderful snowflake! :) I really had fun with your pattern! :) Also, thanks again for the suggestion...it got me much closer to that 25 by the 25th... ;)

  4. Hey, I just got back from my Christmas holiday, and hope we all manage to get all our other things done that we are supposed to be doing, I so glad your gifts got there was a little worried, We all have enjoyed your blogging and how nice are Happy New Year !

    1. Yes, thanks again!! So lovely! :) My collection of handmade shuttles went from 0 to 3 in the past two months...I'm working on a way to display them all, they are so great! :) С Новым Годом to your son and Happy New Year to you! :)