Saturday, December 14, 2013

Handcrafted Ornament Swap & Hop

Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime is hosting her 3rd Annual Holiday Ornament Blog Hop today!  We put our names in a hat and Sally chose our partners.  The only requirement was to use at least one art bead in our ornaments.  Who would not love to receive a handmade ornament?!

I was pleased as punch to have Susan Kennedy of Sue Beads chosen as my partner!  I have blogged many times about Sue's lampwork beads - and she is also an expert with enameled beads and now...beaded beads (those dreaded little seed beads that I CANNOT work with)!

First up, Sue's box came wrapped with this beautiful pendant she made with one of her lampwork beads and a highly faceted glass bead with AB finish.  (I tore the package open BEFORE taking a picture, because that is how I roll....)

This looks gorgeous on a silver chain - wearable holiday ornament for me!

The ornament Sue made for me is comprised of gorgeous faceted chandelier crystals and one of her beautiful green lampwork beads!  I have made earrings in the past from those beads!  :)  Love them!

She used these awesome gold connectors for each section of the ornament -  I have never seen these before!

The ornament looks fabulous in situ...don't you agree?

Sue also gifted me a pair of her beaded beads - which I just LOVE!  

Love the baby blue with purple much so, that I already whipped up a pair of earrings with some faceted Amethyst:

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Sue!  I am beyond grateful for your generosity!  The ornament looks fabulous on my tree, and I will cherish it for years to come! To see what I made for Sue, go to her blog here.

A HUGE thank you to our wonderfully creative hostess, Sally, for hosting this wonderful Blog Hop!   

Now, hop on over to the other blog participants to see the beauties they received!

That's me! --->Patti Vanderbloemen and Susan Kennedy

I am vending today at my last show of the year (praying for good weather - snow/ice is in the forecast!) - I will be hopping after the show on Saturday evening.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend!!



  1. Oh my friend! Beautiful pieces for a beautiful person. Sue is just a genius with hot glass, and those pieces are all so very pretty. And her skills with seedies are just as awesome! I really love how that ornament sparkles on the tree.
    Hope you have a very busy day, with lots of sales!

  2. Hi Patti,
    How wonderful that you were paired with Susan Kennedy for your swap partner. Like you I am a big fan of her work and over the past few years have collected and used a lot of her glass beads. I am thrilled that she has started to bead weave and that she is doing such a great job. The ornament that she sent to you is gorgeous and looks so pretty on your tree. I know this one is going to be a special ornament for you to hang every Christmas season. The bonus gifts are just as special I bet those earrings look beautiful hanging from your ears and the pendant hanging around your neck just as beautiful and festive.

  3. Patti -
    I love Sue's beads - she does such a beautiful job. I really like the beaded beads she has been making but I am with you - these eyes just can't handle those little things!! Her ornament is gorgeous. thanks for sharing.

  4. Patti, thank you so much for sending me the most gorgeous ornaments! I am thrilled and you are so generous, you already know how you touched my heart with your package!

  5. Wow! What an amazing package that must have been to open. I was in awe just reading through your blog and drooling over the pictures of what Sue sent. An ornament for you and one for the tree and her beads for a collaborative piece.

    I love seeing your ornament in situ - your tree is soooo pretty! We have yet to decorate ours. :)

  6. Patti the ornament is just beautiful and looks great on your tree. That is one piece to treasure for years to come! Love those beaded beads she sent you and love the earrings you created!

  7. Wow - Sue's ornament looks just perfect on your tree! What an elegant creation. And you are sure creative too with the earrings you made from her beaded beads. I agree about the connector on the ornament - a very clever way to pull together some amazing crystals with just the right touch. Beautiful!

  8. Awesome! You have sparkles, bling, and more bling! Sue is the best - her new beaded beads are very pretty!

  9. What a lovely package you received from Sue! The ornament is lovely along with all the other goodies you received!! Have a wonderful Christmas Holiday, Patti!

  10. Gorgeous...I love chandelier pieces. And those headed beads...LOVE.

  11. This is a beautiful ornament, Patti! It looks fabulous on your tree, so sparkly!! I love sparkle on a Christmas tree.

  12. Patti, what a beautiful ornament and that pendant has to sparkle like crazy with all the facets!
    Sue made such beautiful things,and the earrings you made with her beaded beads are gorgeous!!!

    Thank you, my friend, for participating in the swap and I want to wish you and yours a very, very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!!!

  13. So pretty and traditional! What a great variety of ornaments we've all that you received other little goodies as well...wish I'd thought of that!

  14. How beautiful! I love the red in the ornament. So classic! And those beaded beads...beyond words! Great earrings!

  15. Lovely ornament and those earrings you made are great! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

  16. Sue's beads are always fabulous and I love her ornament. The pendant and beaded beads she gifted are also amazing! I know how much you love her beads and I am so glad that you were paired with her -- it seems like a wonderful match!

    I took a peek at your ornaments and they are fabulous as well -- I love your wirework.

  17. Patti, Your treasures from Sue are beautiful. You are right the ornament is fabulous. How lucky you are to get those beaded beads for your earrings. I love the colors she picked and the amethyst gos perfectly with them. A pendant, an ornament, and beaded beads, Sue was very generous.