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.

20 thoughts on “Christmas Ornament Swap 2014

  1. The bird Erin sent you is sooooo gorgeous and what a happy coincidence that it fits so perfectly with your theme! I also love the snowman you made. He just makes me smile! And the holly across his backside kind of made me giggle! Great work!

  2. Erin's bird is gorgeous – look at the details on the branch!!! Spectacular! Even the dated tab is special – a tiny little fold formed leaf! 🙂

    Love your snowman – every little detail, including his arms holding those ornaments!

    Merry Christmas!!! Glad you healthy this year! 🙂

  3. Hi Lesley,
    I know you were over the moon thrilled when you opened your lovely package from Erin and saw the sweet little bird ornament and other goodies. I love the snowman you sent to Erin, with his little bird friend perched on his arm.
    Merry Christmas,
    Therese

  4. Love your snowman. I like what you do with that ceramic clay! His hands were perfect. Birds. Hmm Did I know this about you, maybe I did. Interesting. Erin's ornaments is adorable, and so very… Erin. Love it. Have a wonderful Holiday season, my friend. Glad the ankle is repaired – that seems like ages ago!

  5. Lesley,oh my, my, my. I love them both! The snowman with the cardinals is just spectacular – I love snowmen and cardinals are our state bird so the combination is awesome. Such detail on the snowman too. The bird from Erin is just as special. What lucky ladies both of your are. Merry Christmas

  6. What a beautiful package to receive! And it looks like Erin couldn't have chosen better for an ornament for you. Such a perfect fit. And your snowman is so cheerful; I love the ornaments hanging from his arms, and his little cardinal companion.

  7. I love Erin's work so much and her bird is so amazing! I love the branches under the bird. Are they wired with beads? That's so awesome! Your little snowman is adorable and just perfect! I love the cardinal on his shoulder — the cardinal is my grandmother's favorite bird, so it always makes me think of her. Have an amazing Holiday!

  8. Hi Lesley, The bird ornament from Miss Erin is lovely. How lucky you are to receive a Call Me Rosebud Pendant too. The snowman that you created for her is absolutely adorable. My Mom was a cardinal fan so I always notice them.

  9. Oh my word Lesley! All the Holiday goodies that are packed into this blog post!! The bird ornament is gorgeous and your snowman is so adorable! I love the little cardinal perched on his shoulder! Thank you for participating and have a very Merry Christmas!!

    P.S. I'm in love with the rosebud pendant, you are one lucky gal!!

  10. I was so delighted to be partnered with you Miss Lesley! You certainly knocked my socks off with your snowman ornament. I will treasure it always! And I am so happy to know that you like what I made. I love that it actually fits with your decor (that pillow is adorable!). Enjoy the day and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Erin

  11. Wow. Lesley, you and Erin both knocked it out of the park! I saw your snowman first on her blog and now seeing your picture I am totally smitten. I love that Erin sent you a bird and what a gorgeous bird ornament!

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