Ornament Swap Blog Hop!

By | December 20, 2015

Christmas-Tree-2015In November I received an e-mail from the lovely Karen Williams of Baubilicious looking for people to participate in a handmade ornament swap.    It sounded like too much fun to pass up, so I signed up.  Karen paired me up with Lori.  We swapped a few e-mails back and forth discussing our styles and color preferences, then we both got to work.

I actually ended up making two ornaments because I was having so much fun. The first one took almost no time at all because I dug through my beaded bead box and found a bead in the perfect colors.   I had been making earrings, so I had lots of little odds and ends of beads laying about.   I coiled up the bottom of a piece of wire and loaded it up with beads.    Ornament-Swap-Dangle-1 After that one I was still itching to bead, so I busted out the Superduos.   I started in the center and just kept adding beads until I liked it.   I might need to make one of these for myself.   Ornament-Swap-Super-Duo-1 As you can see from the photos, in addition to the ornaments I whipped up a few embellished hangers.

When Lori’s package arrived, I was super excited.   I opened it right away and forgot to take a picture of the lovely packaging.   Oops.

I was amused to find that we were both thinking along the exact same lines.   The ornament Lori made for me was quite similar in style to the one I made for her.    Ornament-Swap-Lori-1 Ornament-Swap-Lori-2I love the colors and the long drop style.    It is perfect for my hodge podge tree of special ornaments.    In addition to the perfect ornament, Lori also sent me some lovely Canadian treats.  I’m looking forward to digging into those soon.   I just wish it would get back to appropriate December temperatures rather than this 70 degree business.    Ornament-Swap-SwagI’m so glad I decided to participate in this little swap.   It was a wonderful way to spread some good cheer in this crazy world.   Please stop by and check out everyone’s blog to see what the other beaders have made.


Karen Williams and Carrie Johnson

JJ Jacobs and Tanya Goodwin

Francie Broadie and Lori Finney

Liz Hart and Becky Clay


I will leave you with this photo of my lovely assistant modelling another ornament I made recently.   Happy Holidays everyone! Arya-with-Hat



antiquitytravelers on December 20, 2015 at 1:33 PM.

lovely ornament! and what a great way to use up those odds and ends on the bead table to make a beautiful light catcher for the tree!

francie on December 20, 2015 at 3:07 PM.

Thanks. I should probably do that with a few more of my odds and ends. For a beader, I don’t have a lot of beaded ornaments on the tree.

LoriF on December 20, 2015 at 5:03 PM.

Heee….your lovely assistant is another one of my faves! She looks GREAT in her new “toque” (in Canadian) and I’m totally impressed you managed that photo before she clawed it off.
I absolutely LOVED your ornies for my tree! I actually have some of those “sprocket” thingies, and have never figured out quite how to use them…now they’ll likely see some use, as I love how you did.
Thanks for being my partner!

francie on December 20, 2015 at 10:28 PM.

Ha! That hat was on her head for approximately 1.5 seconds before she flung it across the room. . I happened to be extra lucky with the camera. I think that was the third time I tried to get that shot.

I loved my ornament too! I don’t think Karen could have found two more perfect swap partners. Those sproketty do dads are great fun. I had fun using them as a ruff for skull beads. Very silly. They are fun stacked up too, with dangles at the bottom if you have multiple colors. Glad to provide some inspiration.

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