Shelley Graham Turner and Marlene Cupo invited fellow jewelry makers to join in the fun of a holiday bling blog hop. The rules were simply just sign up and Shelley and Marlene would match you up with a partner. Once you knew who your partner was, you were to contact your partner and find out a little bit about their likes and dislikes, and whether or not you wanted to swap ornaments or jewelry or both.
My partner is Shirley Jones Moore of Beads and Bread Blog. Shirley and I contacted each other and found out what our favorite colors were and what types of things we liked. We decided that we would do an ornament. I love ornaments and this was definitely right up my alley.
Shirley's favorite colors for her tree are blue and silver. I decided to try my hand at something different. I am not a seed beader so that really wasn't going to work for me. I also don't do a ton of work in metal. I decided that I wanted to use fiber in my ornament and I started looking on the internet for inspiration. I found it in an article in one of my favorite beading magazines.
I took the inspiration for a necklace that was in the magazine and converted into an ornament. I combined multiple shades of blue and ivory fiber strips with some silver chain and charms. The bead cap for this ornament started out as a natural brass Vintaj piece that I turned into silver by using one of their new patinas. I loved how it turned out and I hoped that Shirley would too. I also included just for fun a holiday pin that I made using a kilt pin and Swarovski crystal charms.
I had been on vacation the week before the deadline so I had to have everything ready to go before my trip. I managed to get everything packaged up and out one day past the deadline. Whew...
I received Shirley's package a few days later and was happy to discover two of her seed bead snowflake ornaments inside that I can use either as ornament or as holiday earrings. How clever.
Here is what I sent to Shirley
And what I received from Shirley
Thanks to Shelley Turner and Marlene Cupo for a fun event. Now to get you into the holiday spirit, check out these other blogs to see what fantastic Bling they each have made and received.