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!

Sally Russick’s Ornament Swap

Every year for 3 years now, Sally Russick has hosted an ornament swap.  I have participated each year and it’s always so thrilling to get a work of art from someone else to put on your tree.  This year was no exception.  In fact, I received TWO works of art from Patti Vanderbloemen.  I had the pleasure of finally meeting Patti in person at ArtBLISS this year, and she’s as wonderful in person as she is on-line!

 This first ornament features Patti’s wirework, meant to look like an actual round ornament, and I’d say she did an amazing job!  She used a focal from Donna Millard, who makes the most wonderful lampwork beads!

 If I wasn’t lucky enough, she made me another ornament using a set of clay beads from Gaea.  She made this one to fill that “empty” part of the tree you always see after you’re done decorating!

I did want to specifically show you her wirework in these ornaments because it’s amazing.  Her work always looks so rich and perfect to me in photos, and believe me, in person it is too!

 

And again, as if I wasn’t lucky enough to receive two ornaments, she also sent me a gift of a pair of earrings she made, again, with exquisite wirework.  I received Patti’s package on a day that I felt pretty down and I can tell you, after I stopped crying, I felt the holiday joy!  She is such a generous, genuine, and sweet person, you really have to go to her store to give her some love!

Here’s a list of all the swap partners, I hope you go and take a look at all of their ornaments as well!

List of Holiday Ornament Swappers

Sally Russick and Beth and Evie McCord
Erin Prais-Hintz and Melissa Trudinger
Karen Williams and Shirley Moore
Lori Finney and Alicia Marinache
D Lynne Bowland and Paula Kramer
Kim Bender Hora and Jenny Davies Reazor
Becky Pancake and Lori Anderson
Veralynne Malone and Therese Frank
Tanya Goodwin and Sandi Volpe
Jeanette Ryan and Rochelle Brisson
Patti Vanderbloemen and Susan Kennedy