Christmas Ornament Swap 2014

I am very happy to be taking part in this annual event organised by Sally Russick again as I missed it last year having fallen and broken my ankle and not got myself together enough to participate. This year however I’m fighting fit and delighted to have the lovely and talented Erin Prais-Hintz as my swap partner. You know you’re in for a treat when you’re gift arrives packaged like this…pretty enough to grace any tree itself!

And what was inside certainly didn’t disappoint…Erin sent me this adorable botanical bird with a juniper berry pattern in the polymer clay and resting on a beautifully beaded branch of berries – I love it!

She couldn’t have picked a better subject for me since both my Christmas tree and my soft furnishings share a similar feathered theme…

And here’s the ornament nestled happily near the top of the the tree…

Erin also sent me this beautiful ‘Call me Rosebud‘ pendant which I’ll be turning into a piece of jewellery for myself as soon as I get a chance…

Erin thank you so much for your beautiful gifts and your generosity – both very much appreciated.

So what did I send Erin in return…? Well after much debate I decided I wanted to make something in ceramic that was jolly and fun. The result was this happy little snowman with his own decorations and a little birdie friend to keep him company.

The holly decoration was applied with china paint after the glaze firing for an added flourish. To where he is now and Erin’s beautiful Christmas themes pop over to her blog at the link below

If Erin likes her snowman half as much as I love my bird I will be more than happy!

Many thanks To sally for organising this lovely event again…it’s been great fun to participate and now I hope you’ll join me in a little festive blog hop to see what everyone else has made.