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!

14 thoughts on “Sally Russick’s Annual Ornament Swap/Blog Hop!”

  1. Sue, I am so happy you like my leaf! I love your lentil, it is simply perfect for me – love the colour combination, one of my favourite! Thank you for being such a lovely partner – Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  2. Hi Susan,
    I love the ornament you received from Alicia it is so pretty and I like that it can be an ornament or worn as a pendant. The lentil bead you made with the gold leaf is gorgeous I love it! It is going to look beautiful on Alicia's tree.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
    Therese

  3. What a beautiful ornament! I love the gold foil highlighting the red of your bead. Perfect for this time of year, but it can also work year round. Red for good fortune and joy, as in the Chinese culture.

  4. I love Alicia's ornament. It's so creative and looks so cool. Your beads are always so nice, and this one .. wow! It must be the red color. The gold leaf is so striking. It looks amazing!

  5. Hi Sue, The holly leaf from Alicia is wonderful. Her wirework is so beautiful. I like how only half of the leaf has beads and the other half is open. I have admired your beads for a while now. The ornament that you made Alicia is fabulous. Great job.

  6. Your bead is so festive and fun! I love it! Miss Alicia's ornament is so pretty. I love that you can just throw it on some chain to wear. I would be wearing that to Christmas for sure! Enjoy the day and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Erin

  7. They're both lovely ornaments.. I'm in sort of a bah humbug mood after discovering that my blog had been hacked Friday night.. took 4 hours yesterday morning to get it back… Gather it's a Christmas hack they do it every year to random blogs… Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  8. Sue, you know I love your lampwork so much and this is no exception. The color and gold leaf on that bead is amazing. Alicia's wired/beaded holly leaf is very cool. You should definitely turn it into a necklace after the holidays!

  9. Sue, the ornament you received from Alicia is so pretty!! I love the meticulous wirework and all the lovely texture created by those pretty beads.
    I bet your ornament sparkles in the glow of the christmas lights, the gold foil accent and red makes me think of royalty!!
    Thank you so much for participating again this year!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

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