As much as I love my 12 days of ornaments swaps, 2012 was the year I had to scale back, just a touch. Rather than 12 swappers, in 2012 we had 6. However, the ornaments were no less fantastic!
Nellie created, for us, this fabulous fabric assemblage. She's such a master at layering and I love the woodsy, nesty feel of this beautiful ornament.
Robin joined us with this amazing little sacred heart. I know how much work must have gone into this and it's a dear thing.
Also, it's a tiny book! On the inside cover, she's included one of her wonderful Dia de los Muertos "prayer card" drawings. Amazing and unique...love.
Speaking of work... There's no telling how many hours Kelly slaved over the various amazing details of these sculpted figures. Kelly gives every one of her brilliant creative endeavors her all...and more!
All of Kelly's Christmas creatures are amazing. You can see a more photos of them by visiting her blog, Soul Humming.
My girl's name is Lottie and I love her so much because she's holding my little dog, Mayzie. The end of 2011 was tough when I lost my frisky fox terrier, Maggie. We had puppy fever and ended up with sweet Mayzie. Do you see those pieces of money? Mayzie liked to chew things...like money.
Don't even ask how she got it. Well...maybe this is how...
Yes, that's my kitchen counter and no...she's not supposed to be up there. But, I digress...
The other reason I love Lottie is because she's just so stinkin' cute and creatively done. Kelly even had a story to go with her: Lottie was meant to keep Miss Mayzie from getting in trouble. Turns out, Lottie was a bad influence, after all. It was Lottie's idea to eat the money. Bad Lottie! I love her anyhow.
Omg! This is just so danged sweet! Diane always has spectacular ideas and I adore this handmade, resin-filled bezel girl. See her skirt and legs? Love at first site.
Sally creating these amazing books. I believe she used solder for the cover and they're just beautiful. Another artist who always has the best ideas!
My 2012 ornaments were angels.
I used antique bisque doll bodies for the head and body. These are special ones that I really like the look of. I have a few hoarded. I used silk carrier rods for the "dress" and vintage velvet leaves for the wings. Silk rods are a natural by product of the silk reeling process. As the silk filaments are unraveled from the cocoon, they wind around rods used in the process. They're later cut off, then. They're really fun to work with and come in a bunch of incredible, deep colors.
Of course, no angel would be complete without lots of bells and whistles so I added a tassel using sari silk, fibers, chain, bullion and I-don't-know-what-all.
I had such fun making these girls. If I had time, I'd make a whole tree-full.
Come back tomorrow for 2013!