A single snowflake in a not-so-white winter

Winter in Chicago this year has been anything but white. Rainy, yes. Unseasonably warm? Definitely. Since we've faced a particularly un-snowy holiday season, I decided to make a snowflake of my own.

I've been wanting to try thread crochet for a while now. But, the tiny thread and hook was just so intimidating. I finally decided to take the plunge last week and picked up up a ball of size 10 thread and a miniscule 1.5 mm hook. After a few moments of frustration, this is what I ended up with:

It's hard to tell from the picture, but this little guy measures under 3 inches from tip to tip. In the process I've fallen completely in love with thread crochet and hope to have a bunch more snowflakes done for our Christmas tree next year. Now I just need to practice blocking (using fabric stiffener, pins, and cardboard to "harden" the piece) so they are more durable and can be used as ornaments. 

Have any of you had time to make something homemade this holiday season?