Saturday, December 20, 2014

2014 Holiday Ornament Exchange

Welcome to the 2014 Holiday Ornament Exchange reveal, hosted by the lovely Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime.

The idea behind this event is quite simple: Sally is tasking us with creating an artistic holiday ornament and sending it to our partner. This year I have been partnered with Susan Kenedy of Sue Beads, who makes awesome glass beads!

Look at the pure beauty she sent me:

2014 Holiday Ornament Exchange, red lentil with gold leaf by Susan Kenedy of Sue Beads

Red and gold - perfect for Christmas! It will take a place of honour in my special table tree (which is, in fact, a jewelry tree, made of iron), very soon (I am finishing decorating the big tree and the house).

In making her something I scrapped many plans. I wanted this and that, or this or that, and nothing 'clicked' with me. So I went back to wire and a beautifully green-bluish seed beads, plus some pearl lentils, added 3 coral beads and, voila!

2014 Holiday Ornament Exchange: Holy leaf, copper, wire work, pearls, coral, ooak :: All Pretty Things

A holy leaf :) One can wear it as a pendant or have the tree wear it as an ornament, whichever they choose. I hope Sue likes as much as I love her gold-leafed red lentil! We both went for lentils and leaves - minds thinking alike, isn't that funny!

A big thank you to Sue for her awesome ornament and an equally big thank you to our hostess, Sally. Please make sure you visit everyone in the group (it's a cozy get-together) and let them know how you like the ornaments we have created this year!

Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!

1.  Sally Russick  and Tanya Goodwin
2.  Veralynne Malone  and Sally Russick 
3.  Melissa Trudinger  and Elisabeth Auld
4.  Erin Prais-Hintz  and Lesley Watt 
5.  Jenny Davies-Reazor and Patti Vanderbloemen 
6.  Kim Bender-Hora and Beth and Evie McCord
7.  Becky Pancake and Lynne Bowland 
8.  Therese Frank  and Karen Williams
9.  Melissa Meman  and Linda Hanes 
10. Sandi Volpe  and Linda Landig 
11. Alicia Marinache  and Susan Kennedy


  1. I love your ornament its so quirky

  2. Alicia - thank YOU so much for the amazing holly leaf ornament and for being an awesome partner as well! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year!

  3. Such a win-win! Both ornaments are great! Love wire and seeds together!
    Happy Holidays!

  4. Both of these are fantastic. I love, love, love your holly leaf and I would definitely use that as a pendant it is so spectacular. Your wire skills amaze me Alicia. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  5. Hi Alicia,
    I love the ornament that Sue sent to you the gold leaf on the red glass lentil bead is awesome and so stunning. I love the wire holly leaf I am going to have to try that one myself if you do not mind.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

  6. I think the wire leaf ornament / pendant is so creative - I love it! Your chose a perfect palette of colors - especially like the bit of "holly berries" wired to the top!

    Sue's ornament is gorgeous - I am always in love with her beads! Perfection all the way around!

    Merry Christmas!

  7. What a fun ornament you made! I really admire people who are comfortable with wirework

  8. I love the leaf you made - the colors are really incredible!

  9. Oh my goodness, I love your ornament. The wire wrapping is so cool! I love how the red beads on the top look like berries -- such an awesome idea! Sue's beads are always so pretty and this one is just amazing! I love the gold leaf with the red.

  10. Hi Alicia, I have admired Sue's beads for a while now. The ornament she created for you is a wonderful example of the beauty she creates. Simply lovely. The holly leaf you created for her is awesome. A one of a kind work of art. Great job.

  11. I love the wired leaf that you made! Such a great project. And I love that it can be added to a chain to wear or place on the tree. And the glass bead that Sue made is very festive. Enjoy the day and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Erin

  12. Most years the pieces I make bare little resemblance to what I picture in my mind when I start. Lovely holly leaf , and Sue's bead really looks like Christmas!

  13. Alicia, what a great pairing of you 2! I love Sue's lampwork and she always creates special ornaments. The color is amazing! Your beaded holly leaf is right up my alley...very special!

  14. Sue's ornament is gorgeous - I love that red of the bead and the gold accents!
    The ornament you created is awesome - I love the wire work and the beads!

  15. Alicia, how festive is Sue's ornament with the gold foil accenting the lampwork bead!! It's a beautiful keepsake! And your wire holly leave with all those lovely beads is gorgeous!! I too went back and forth about what to make! The hardest part for these hops is just deciding what to do! :) Thank you so much for participating in the hop!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!


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