I just love Christmas! I look forward, every year, to holiday time and my ornament swap is one of the reasons. This sweet little house if from my friend, Stephanie Rubiano. Everything Stephanie touches turns into enchanted loveliness. Her close attention to detail and brilliant ideas give her the magic touch. This little house is no exception. It's waxed fabric...inhabited by tin type people. Love!
Sparkle and spin! in 2013 I was thrilled that my friend, Sunny, had time to join us. What can I say about her except that I adore each and every thing that she does. She's such a huge talent.
And, I love her style. Christmas skellies, people! Who thinks of that! In my eyes, it's genius.
Once again, Nellie amazed me with her assemblage skills and her creativity. Those little scrolls captivate me!
(photo by Diane Cook)
My friend, Diane, just thinks up the most amazing things. These baby Jesus ornaments are incredibly precious. She nested Him in a baby shoe...a baby shoe!
Kelly graced us with these gorgeous hand-painted sister houses made from....cardboard. Cardboard, folks! Kelly has an amazing knack for putting things together in a way that I wouldn't think to do. That's a gift, for sure.
For 2013 I did my altered cabinet cards and included a chandelier crystal drop with a vintage glass Christmas bead.
These are just so much fun to make...I love every aspect of them!
I have an old Christmas book that I took the illustrations and text from, for these. I used sari silk and vintage lace and textiles for the tassels.
An odd note on these ornaments: I mailed them from Oregon where I was back, with my family. They went out but one of them never made it to California (not all that far from Oregon!) and Kelly never got hers. I was in the process of making this year's ornaments when I saw someone walking up and down the sidewalk, in front of my house. She left something on the step. It was Kelly's package...from A YEAR AGO!
I have NO idea where it's spent the last year...or even who dropped it off. It wasn't the postman. It was a little beat up and, of course, postage rates have gone up so I now owe more postage on the thing but it made it back home...thank goodness! I worried sick about that package and the fact that Kelly never got her ornament. So, I bought more postage and sent it along to it's new owner. Whew!
Come back for the Festival of Ornaments wrap up...2014!