Trees from Jane Eborall's patterns: Christmas Tree on a Button and Christmas Tree - No Button. The two green trees and the white one are all size 20 with nice big shirt buttons and decorative top buttons (I like the star buttons, but had a hard time finding any.) The metallic trees are all made from Oren Bayan gold thread. The red buttonless tree suffers from inattention to the pattern, but it still looks okay. The size 20 trees will probably join a few others as gifts for friends next year. The smaller metallic trees are for my dad's little Christmas tree. It's only about 2.5 feet tall so it needs little ornaments. This is part of what I was doing during December. The rest of December's tatting is done and gone with no photos! I made three pair of earrings for my bosses, one pair of earrings for my great aunt; two pair of earrings for my sister's co-workers and one pendant for my sister's co-worker who doesn't have pierced ears. I didn't get a picture of any of those -- they were all too quickly wrapped and gone. I also made a bunch of little hearts and butterflies to add to my give-away box. One of these days I should dump some on the scanner and show off what a nice collection I have for the next fair.
Tatting while listening to audio books is what I call relaxation. I get home from work, get dinner out of the way, then park myself in my favorite chair. I pick up my lap desk covered with shuttles, patterns, strings and beads, stick the earbuds in and say, "Checking out!" Nobody bothers me then -- until it's time to go ride the stationary bike, that is.