to Shelley Graham Turner of Tori Sophia and my HBBH (abv. for the above). We were discussing swapping something Holiday related a while ago, and then decided others might be interested in joining us, and so this blog hop was born.
It is the first blog hop either of us has hosted and we were concerned about the response we would get. Silly us, thanks to our many friends and fellow artists, it has become much more than we could have hoped for. We partnered up everyone, and suggested they discuss with each other what they would swap, jewelery, ornaments, or what ever they chose.
My partner was Mary Howell Govaars, whose work you can see on her blog MLH Jewelry Designs. We chose ornaments, which quickly became a whole new challenge for her. She decided to use alcohol inks to give a glass Christmas ball a unique holiday look, and quickly learned the quirks in handling inks. To say she mastered the technique is an understatement, 'cause look what I got! It will hold a place of honor on my tree.
You could say I cheated a little, when Mary left it up to me to decide. You see I already knew what I wanted to send her. Last year my son had sent me a picture of what my daughter described as "Dr Seuss like" polymer clay ornaments. It was actually a set of three, Joy, Hope and Noel. So I made them for each of my kids for their trees (and sure as shooting, my daughter-in-law asked for one that said Peace), but they were a big hit with the grandchildren. So I set to making another Noel for Mary, for this swap, and she is now an official member of my family!
NOW, here is the best part.
St Nick is joining in the fun and will be giving out gifts on October 20th, to three random participants, and someone who comments below. When you comment, make sure your email is attached, or add it to your comment, then come back on the 20th to see who the winners are.
Thank you to all the fantastic artists who joined us for this event and to you all, for sharing our Holiday Cheer, now please visit the other Merrymakers in this hop.
The snowflake earrings she made are acid etched copper. She used a black patina and lightly sanded to allow the copper snowflakes to shine through.
Michelle does not have a blog, and unfortunately her partner had to pull out of the blog hop.
Cynthia O'Toole also does not have a blog, but she sent us pictures of the two pair of earrings she sent to her swap partner, Anindita Basu .
PS: Due to unforeseen problems, some of our participants did not receive their goodies in time for this hop. Please check back later for an update on their blog.