Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Focus On Life Week 52: Saying Good-bye

Here are some more good-byes from our fantastic group:

Friday, December 20, 2013

Focus on Life Week 51: Togetherness

I had so many ideas for this week's post, it was tough to decide which way to go. And then I remembered our holiday card. This year, our son was married and we also had a few other fun milestones. So we decided to send a collage holiday card that captured many of our more significant events for the year. And one theme connected our photos: togetherness with family and friends.

2013 Holiday Collage Card Side 1

Holiday Collage Card Side 2
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

For more stories of togetherness, step on over to Sally's blog.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Third Annual Ornament Swap

Even though this is the Third Annual, this is my first time to participate in Sally's ornament swap and I was really lucky to have the wonderful partner of Lynne, aka Island Girl from Fireball Studio and Gallery. Look at this wonderful wirework. And the best part is that the lighthouse is removable and can be worn as a pendant so I can enjoy it year-round. I just love the touch of the green leaves and red berries too.

Lynne even added some additional goodies - beer bottle beads. Lynne, how did you know that I enjoy a frosty beverage from time to time?

Thanks so much for the beautifully crafted treasures. They were a perfect start to my holiday!

Here's the package I sent to Lynne. The beaded icicle is a pattern I found online by The Bead's Knees. The art bead at the bottom is by our very own Sue Kennedy.

The bonus ornament was a sweet little star made in peyote diamonds and stitched together with bicone crystals.

To really get in the holiday season, hop on over to see the other participants in this year's swap!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Focus On Life Week 50: A Pop of Red

It's a good time of year for this theme and perfect synchronicity as I had just finished an ornament pattern I purchased on Etsy. This was such a fun ornament to make, done in circular peyote and when you are nearly finished, it is stuffed with fiberfill to help maintain the shape.

Here is the Etsy pattern - the seller is Christmas Creation.

Please visit the contributors below for more festive touches of red!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Focus on Life Week 49: Add A Little Sparkle

Well, Sally's prompt found me at the time of the season when I am knee-deep in my ornament-making frenzy. Every year, I pick one of Sandra Halpenny's snowflake ornaments to mark the official start of my holiday beading. This year, the design was Snowflake Ornament #86.

Paula Stitches Sandra Halpenny's Snowflake #86
 Last year, I got my sparkle from Sandra's Snowflake #79.

Take a peek over here to see some other fun sparkly moments.

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