Finally it's time to show you what we swappers have been up to for 2014! This year, the fabulous Lesley Venable joined our little group. Lesley is a wonderful artist and instructor and just general all around very sweet person.
Her charming soldered ornament really just delighted me. I love the vintage feel of it. I looked for white bottle trees, this year, and didn't find them. Now I have one.
Lesley also created these beautiful bags for us. She has a lovely touch.
I'm especially thrilled that Lesley gifted me with this little vintage hammer. The bottom unscrews and...
...has these interesting tools inside. I can't quite figure out how they work with the hammer, or really even what they're for, but I love 'em! Thank you, thank you, Lesley. I was so excited with this bitty hammer! It's going into my collection.
My dear friend, Sally, always has the best ideas! This year she made for us ornaments using her amazing handmade papers. I've made these papers with her before and know how much work goes into them and how gorgeous they are. I'm so happy to have another little piece.
Our Melissa is a Texas gal. In fact, this year we had four Texas gals...Melissa, myself, Sally and Diane. Yee haw! So, of course, I adore this Texas themed creation. There are tons of layers to this assemblage ornament. After all, it's Texas...more, bigger, better. Yep.
Inventive, creative, lush and elegant. That pretty much sums up Diane's work. Her ornament is made from...an antique coin purse. A coin purse, folks!
See it? I love that kind of creativity.
Nellie stitched up some amazing, puffy pillow stars for us. I don't know how she does it but Nellie seems to master whatever she touches.
It's a beautiful thing and she even added a little pocket to the back.
She sent them in these lovely bags. She did a transfer on the fronts and I'm sure that's her own artwork.
For my own ornaments, I made these mini snow globe dioramas. These were quite the process to make! I've been hoarding these hinged balls for years. I was able to add a few here and there but haven't been able to locate them any more so these are kinda special.
For my snow scene, I made tiny snowmen using vintage Christmas bulbs. I added beads to their insides and dressed them with twinkly rhinestone bits.
I have to say, they're a pretty endearing bunch of men!
I made tiny signs with twigs from my river birch and text from an antique Christmas book.
I anchored all of it into a glittery snowbank....and closed them into their wintry world.
Each snow globe was sent in it's own little box...off to their new owners! And, that's a wrap.
I hope ya'll enjoyed my tour of ornaments. For me, it was so much fun to review them all, again.
Happy Christmas Eve!