It is time for Sally Russick's Holiday Ornament Swap and Blog Hop. This is my third year participating in this event, and I am already looking forward to next year's swap/hop.
Wow this year is almost over I hope all is well with you and yours and you are ready for a festive Christmas, Hanuka, or Kwanzaa Season, spent with family and friends. This is the first year in 31 years that I will not be celebrating Christmas with my Son. He has flown half way around the world to New Zealand to spend the holiday with his sweet girlfriend.
Okay that is enough about my woes you came to see what my partner Karen Williams and I swapped.
Well first of all I was excited and intimidated at the same time when I found out that Sally Russick paired me with, Karen Williams, Freeform bead weaver extraordinaire! I have been a fan of Karen's for a few years now. So what do you do for an amazing seed beadiest. Well being a bead weaver I did something with cylinder seed beads. Here is what I made for Karen.
I found a tutorial for a 3D star on Etsy by JoyHarmonDesigns I have not done many 3D beading designs and this little star... well lets just say it almost wasn't, but I pushed myself to stick with it and I am very pleased with the end results. The art bead is a snowflake clay charm is by Linda Landig. Linda just started working with clay earlier this year, but you would think that she has been doing it for years. I love her clay charms and pendants.
I did the star in a dark red and accented it with bronze, because Karen said that she likes the jewel tones and has several ornaments and decorations in dark red.
Do you want to see what Karen sent to me? Well let me show you. I swear when I opened the box and saw what she sent to me, one could probably hear my squeal with delight for miles. Karen sent me an ornament made with one of her freeform beaded beads it is absolutely beautiful. Oh yeah, I guess you want me to hush and show you the ornament, right?
See I told you it was beautiful in wintery whites and blues. Here is a picture of it hanging on my tree.
Oh and not only did Karen send me this beautiful ornament she also included her new book Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading. It is a very informative book with lots of easy to follow instructions on the art of Freeform Peyote.
If you do not already have a copy of this wonderful book you can get one on Amazon.com. You will see some of our beady friends in this book as well.
I want to thank you Sally for doing this Holiday Ornament Swap/Hop again this year. It is always fun to find out who one's partner is going to be, what you will create, and what you will receive.
Now please take the time to go visit my partner Karen and the other's in this swap/hop.
Thank you for stopping by and visiting Happy Holidays to you, please leave a comment, because I enjoy hearing from you.
Happy beading Y'all,