Ornament Blog Hop

Heather Powers is once again hosting the Ornament Blog Hop through the Art Bead Scene Blog!  Since I love making ornaments, I participate every year she does this!  Here’s what I made this year!

This first one is made with my lampwork beads and a heart by Kristie Roeder of Artisan Clay.

 These next three are made with my lampwork beads and wood pendants by Ashley at Summer Wind Art!

Check out the post tomorrow for the links to all the participants at Art Bead Scene!

Sally Russick’s Annual Ornament Swap/Blog Hop!

I have been participating in Sally Russick’s Ornament Swap/Blog Hop for years, and it’s so much fun every year!  Sally partners us with someone and we make a holiday ornament for them!  Today is the reveal!

My partner was Alicia Marinache from Canada! She makes awesome jewelry which you can find here in her ArtFire store!

This is what Alicia made me:

Isn’t it wonderful?  Her wirework on this piece is really awesome!  It can be worn as a pendant OR used as an ornament!  I’m thrilled with it!  Thank you so much Alicia!

And here’s what I sent Alicia!  I always stress over what I’m going to make, and it takes me a little bit of time, but I’m really happy with what I came up with this year!

This year I made a red lentil shaped bead (it’s large, 1 1/4 inches) and wrapped it in pure 22k gold leaf with a swirl imprint.  I strung it on beading wire with rhinestones, gold saucer beads and a swirl star charm!

Please visit everyone else to see what they made and received!  And THANK YOU to Sally for hosting the ornament swap again this year!  I always look forward to it!

ABS Ornament Blog Hop!

Heather Powers of the Art Bead Scene hosts an Ornament Blog Hop every year!  I try to participate, and though it’s last minute (story I’ll tell you about another day) here I am! 

I made an owl based on a tutorial from Heather at Humblebeads.  I have dabbled in polymer and taken two classes with Christine Damm (who is the most generous person and enthusiastic teacher) but never made a 3-D item (aside from a heart that I really liked that sold!).  So it was time!

I made the polymer owl and painted it.  I tried to crackle it, and wasn’t thrilled, so I baked it again to heat set the paint.  Big mistake.  Or so I thought.  After I took it out of the oven, it was gummy.  But I let it sit for a while, and it got less gummy.  So when it was not gummy anymore, I sealed it with Renaissance Wax.  And then it got gummy again.  But just for a little bit.  And now it’s not.  I don’t know if it will last, but at least I finished it, right?  I used three felted beads I bought from someone who packages them in cute little glass test tube vials, but can’t remember who!  And finally finished it with a handmade, copper wire ornament hanger.  I may embellish it, I think it need some blue beads!

So there you have my ornament for this year.  I think I really like it.  I’m trying to make another owl and I burned it.  Ugh.  I’ll try again tomorrow, it’s already 1:30 and I have too many irons in the fire right now!

Here’s a recipe for Cinnamon Ornaments – the one you see below is ours!  You may have made these with your children when they were young – I think they are so cute!  You can replace some of the cinnamon with other spices, too, like nutmeg, cloves, allspice, etc.

Cinnamon Ornament

3/4 cup applesauce
1 bottle (4.1 ounces) McCormick Ground Cinnamon

Mix applesauce with cinnamon in a small bowl to form a stiff dough.  Using about 1/4 of the dough, roll a ball to 1/4 inch thickness between 2 sheet of plastic wrap.  Peel off top sheet, and use cookie cutter to cut dough.  Make a hole in the top of the ornament with a drinking straw.  Place ornaments on a baking sheet and bake for 2 1/2 hours at 200 degrees; place on a rack to cool.  OR carefully lay ornaments on a flat rack to dry at room temp. for 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.  Insert ribbon through holes to hang.  This recipe from McCormick.