December AE Theme Challenge – Handmade Christmas

How is it the end of 2019 already? It’s time for another challenge reveal. I usually make a few handmade gifts for the holidays, as well as candy. This year we only made peanut brittle – which is addicting btw – as there was one less week in between the turkey holiday and this one. Here’s a quick photo I managed to take before we broke it up and ate it and gave it away!

I also made some ornaments from some pendant style charms I purchased from Amy Mealey of Xaz. I LOVE her raku – I used some of the other beads I had from her that I was hoarding!

The photos don’t really do the raku justice.

I also made two bracelets – bead weaving pattern by Beadesirejewelry on etsy. I love the bracelets and the weave is really supple and it feels so nice, however using all these different kinds of czech beads that are fairly difficult to find all in one shop was a little irritating…I spent lots of money on shipping.

The purple one is for my mom, the other one is for Hope (Jason’s daughter). I finished them with two different clasps. For my mom, a magnectic clasp for easy0n/off.

And for Hope, I used an adjustable application because I’m not sure of her wrist size.

I also made my friend Jill a pair of bead woven earrings using this pattern by Beth Clark. I really like her patterns.

And finally, I started making my ornament from Jean Power’s Secret Beadalong. I always have issues with making the rope so as of now, it’s not finished. But I’ll get it done!

Thanks for stopping by! This is a blog hop, so I hope you visit everyone else – I’m sure there are amazingly wonderful creations by each and every one.

AE team: 

Lindsay

Jenny

Sue

Karen

Claire

Niky

Cathy

Guests: 

Sarajo

Kathy

Mary

Hope

Tammy

Evie and Beth

Divya

Merja

Sarah

8 thoughts on “December AE Theme Challenge – Handmade Christmas”

  1. Wow!!! You were really busy. Peanut brittle is one of my favorite candies but I have never made it. Now I have to try-yum! Those 2 bracelets are amazing. Live them both but the turquoise/bronze is to die for! The raku ornaments are sweet but that bead woven ornament is WOW!! It looks extremely difficult-Great job!

  2. The peanut brittle looks delicious and your bead work is stunning Sue! I really love the colours you have used and those bracelets are such an eye catching and unusual design.

  3. Fabulous!
    I hear you about the different bead shapes, though. I’m on the safe side because I have told myself to only use stash, no matter how big the temptation, but your bracelet really are beautiful!

  4. Peanut brittle is irresistible. My mom made it every christmas, along with many other candies and cookies. Including the year I had four wisdom teeth removed and couldn’t chew. I gummed it because …peanut brittle. All your beady works are gorgeous, especially those bracelets. Fabulous color combinations.

  5. I love that you are diving into bead weaving – you are good at it! And your color palettes are wonderful. I am sure they will be thrilled with their gifts! Raku Ornaments look lovely! That beaded one though! HOLY COW!

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