In my Christmas ornament swaps in the past, starting with 2007, we did a 12 days of Christmas ornament swap. Honestly, the making of at least 12 caused a chaos of glitter, paint, tinsel, ideas and sometimes panic! It's a busy time of year. I often have so many ideas for the swap that I can't settle on just one. Typically, I would make more than 12 and give one or two away...and save a few for selling. I still have some of the extras and they'll be making an appearance later. But, for now, here are a few lovelies from 2008...
Again, Lorraine's close attention to every little detail makes her work spectacular. This seemingly simple ornament is beautifully done and I marvel at the clean elegance of the design...and workmanship.
I could hardly wait to show you some of the goodies my friend Kelly has made. Every single one of her ornaments are uncommon and outstanding. Every year that I take them out, I grow more attached to them and realize, even more, how incredibly creative this lady is! In 2008, she sent me a painted fabric mermaid, that's about 8 inches tall. A mermaid, people!
She's holding a little embroidered heart. How incredibly inventive does your brain have to be to think of these things?
This adorable little bottle lady is from Jackie Allison. She used vintage doll heads and filled the bottles with beads and charms. Don't you love the chain she used for hanging? Sweet!
This is how Joanna's brain works: I'll use an old leather wallet for my ornament...I'll stitch it full of lace and crochet, add some rusty keys, bells and mother of pearl buttons... and on the inside I'll...
...stuff it with more pearly buttons, ribbon, flowers and a fabric transfer nativity scene! Let's just start with the old leather wallet. This is a thought that would NEVER have occurred to me. Joanna is special...and so is her work. Amazing!
This vintage-y, shabby chic bit of beauty if from Maija. Her things always make me wonder if she used all vintage materials or a mix of old and new. She's so good at it that I often can't tell. Also, I loved, loved her wrapping...
I'm a huge fan of shabby chic so, needless to say, I adore Maija's work.
And now for my 2008 offering...teeny, tiny bottle snowmen. I can't even tell you how much I love making these little guys.
As you can see, I got a bit carried away with them. Sheesh. But, they're so danged cute! And...they're a great size for necklaces...
This one happened to be the teeniest of all so he became a necklace. He's filled with glass glitter, beads and a transparency of Santa. He's like my child. I love him, so. But, I've decided to let him go so if you're interested in him, send me a message.
Hope you enjoyed this little tour of 2008...I know I did!