Christmas Ornament Love

Every year for the last 10, I’ve made Christmas ornaments for my nieces, nephews, and now grandkids (did you know that I’m a 34-year-old grandma?  yes, yes I am.  one of the perks of marrying a man with grown kids!).  This year I stumbled upon a blogger’s ornament exchange.  I was psyched when I read about it, and of course signed up.  The lovely Louise Gale organized it.

The instructions were to make four ornaments, mail three out to your assigned people, and keep one for yourself.  And you, in turn, would receive three ornaments from other bloggers.  It’s a fun way to connect and share a creative Christmas spirit.  And so fun, to find a new ornament in the mail over several days!  In the above picture you can see my three that I received.

Unfortunately, the little ball ornament on the upper left came anonymously, which is too bad, because I don’t know who to thank! The ‘sing’ snowflake ornament is a beautiful gold color with green sparklies, given to me by Keya, and the precious girl on the right came to me by the ever lovely Juliette Crane.  I am so in love with this girl.  Juliette does amazing artwork which can be seen in her etsy store.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to you lovely people!

The props holding up the ornaments are some of my new favorite things.  The wire purse and the black vintage jewelry box came from a consignment store.  I love, love, love them.  They make my heart happy.  The jewelry box is lined with a funky turquoise velvet, and when you open the bottom drawer on the right, it plays a song!  The red poinsettia’s came from my local dollar store!!!  :-)

My Handmade OrnamentsHandmade Ornaments

These are the ones that I made.  I almost love how they turned out.  With a few slight tweaks, I would love them.  I didn’t follow any pattern or idea, so I was completely winging it.  The main issue for me is the color of the wool for the felted ball.  It looked way more subtle and less vibrant of a green in the picture I ordered from than what it actually is… (not even captured in these pictures. think neon green.)

My first thought after making the felt balls was, oh, they look like tennis balls! My kind hubby says, “no, they don’t!”  When I showed them to my niece, she said, “oh, they look like tennis balls.”  So yeah, they look like dressed up tennis balls.  What can I say?

What I do love is the beads, which I wish I could have captured better in the picture.  I love the ribbon, and love the wire detailing around the beads.  Look here to see…

Beaded Wire Detailing

In any case, I hope they will make the people I made them for smile :-)

Here is a close up of the girl I love… (sorry for the poor picture quality)

Fresh From the Ocean by Juliette Crane

She’s perfectly pouty and sweet.

What are your favorite ornaments?  Describe what and why; or better yet, post a picture to your blog and comment with a link to it!

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