About that cheap shuttles, I'm content for now, they work good and I don't care to use the nail file if that helps me to save money for buying threads!
About the "mediterranean tatting diet": ready and finished, it was yummy! But you will see it after few posts about the pattern. I was ready to start the bookmark only when I tatted all these pieces:
That was less than what I tatted for the first version last year (at that time I picked only selected fruit for the lunch), in fact I had 3 versions of the strawberry, 2 for leaves and 2 for flowers and some failures. Then arrives that moment, when you slap your forehead with your palm. I found a funny dictionary online, no - sorry - it's a serious one, where they explain what a "facepalm index" is. Link is here: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=facepalm%20index
If that was applied to my tatting design moments, I would get an FPI around 3, not bad though :-)
That is the pattern for the strawberry (2 versions) and calyx. Let me know if it's clear. I'll put it in flickr, too.