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Friday, December 16, 2011

Ornament Swap Blog Hop

Sally of Wireworked put together this fabulous Ornament Swap! She is talented and funny and generous with her time and knowledge and I am honored she is my friend. Thanks Sally!!!

My partner for this Blog Hop is Jenny Davies-Reazor. Please go to her site, because OH MY is she talented!!! Her tiles and shrines and pendants are all gorgeous and earthy and completely unique.

Here is what she made for me.



I am not sure if I can express all the reasons why I love this. But I will try. I am more of a seasonal person than a holiday person. We celebrate holidays with family and presents for the kids and way too much food and drink, but when it comes to decorating or just "feeling it", I gravitate to the seasons and not the designated holidays they encompass. And the shrine Jenny made is for the season and will be in my window seat all season(or longer!), not just for a week or two during the holidays. I love the textured and sparkling polymer, the beads as berries, and the bottom fringe! The fringe consists of rocks Jenny drilled (my passion!), crystals, gemstones, and a medallion she made. They dance! They clack! They bring Joy! The center of the shrine is a beautiful Angel. She is soft and feminine and lovely and peaceful. I find myself gazing at her for long periods of time :-)

I sent Jenny a seasonal ornament as well. I used a piece of driftwood that was laying around my kitchen for longer than I want to admit. And I beaded snowflakes to hang off it. Each one different from the next. I hope Jenny has a better picture of it than I do. After 3 days of 4 photoshoots, this was the best I could come up with. Sometimes the spirit of an item just cannot be captured in a photograph.




Please take the time to Hop over to the other lovely blogs and see what all these talented women made. And...HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!! Thanks for stopping by :-D


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17 comments:

windrock studio said...

You are both very lucky gals to receive these special gifts!
Like you Christine, I appreciate more the season than holiday decorating ... lovely pieces to have around each and every day.

Jennifer said...

Good morning partner! Can I tell you again how much I love it?! And your picture of your ornament was fantastic! I did post close-ups of snowflakes, also... If you get a chance - post a pix of your windowseat. My ornament too will be out all season. I have agree branch hanging in the corner of my studio that I decorate for the seasons. Thats where yours will live - I will decorate on the Solstice eve Wed. SO I get to enjoy it all season! Thanks again! You are awesome!

Alice said...

Christine, what a sweet, whimsical ornament! I love the texture of the driftwood, and the darling snowflake dangles!

T... said...

Love your use of driftwood what a wonderful idea and those snowflake danglers are stunning....
have a great holiday season :)

My Life Under the Bus said...

Such a great match - I love those snowflakes!!!

Sally Russick said...

Christine! I love your ornament and how the driftwood looks like a cloud! Perfect!! The beadwoven snowflakes are so delicate and pretty!! I can't believe how so many participates are going with snowflakes and a blue color palette!!!

Thank you my friend for always supporting my crazy ideas and for your advice and nudging! I am so honored to have you as a friend!!

sharon said...

Both ornaments are stunning! I am sorry I missed this. Everyone is so very talented, and so inspiring!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

I am just in awe of both ornaments in this swap, you are both so talented. I absolutely love the driftwood you used, and the snowflakes are each so delicate and beautiful!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Both ornaments are fantastic!
I love that you used driftwood and that it is shaped like a cloud! What a unique find that was! Love your bead work of falling snowflakes too.

The ornament that Jenny created for you is a mini work of art! So many lovely details.

rosebud101 said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Such talented artists! I love both of the ornaments! Merry Christmas!

TesoriTrovati said...

Such an inspired use of material! I love the driftwood, that is like a piece of your part of the world. And your intricate beading is so lovely. I am in awe of the way others can wrangle seed beads! Merry Christmas to you!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

I love both of these ornaments! All of the handmade dangles on each piece are so beautiful and special! And that piece of driftwood was awesome- I wish we could find driftwood around here...

Therese's Treasures said...

Christine, I love the ornament that Jenny sent to you it is gorgeous and I like that you are hanging it in the window it looks good there with the beautiful light coming in around it. The ornament that you sent to Jenny is gorgeous also with the piece of drift wood makes it very earthy and I love the little beaded snowflakes you created.
Merry Christmas,
Therese

CraftyHope said...

Both what you made and what you received are really beautiful. I've never heard anyone refer to themselves as 'seasonal' but I get that. Unfortunately, where I live there is less winter season to it and more of an extended Fall. I'm getting off the subject. . .I'm so glad to hear that you received a piece you can treasure long after the holidays have passed!

Sandi Volpe said...

What a fantastic idea for the driftwood, love all the snowflakes. Enjoy the holidays

Cindy said...

Christine, what a beautiful ornament from Jenny! It is full of handcrafted details! I love the "fringe" as well. I can tell a lot of time and care went in to creating this piece.
Your driftwood ornament is so clever - I've never seen anything like it. I especially love the beadweaving - now that looks so intricate and time consuming. Another gift made with lots of love and attention to detail. You both made ornaments that will surely be treasured for years to come.

SueBeads said...

Both of your ornaments are just stunning! Amazing work by you both! Happy Holidays!