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Miniature Christmas Ornaments

The days are FINALLY starting to get a little nicer so I've decided I don't really need to be blogging about Christmas every day right now, but I will try to keep doing regular updates as it won't be too terribly long before "Christmas in July" which is somewhat of a kick-off for us crafters.  Here is something new I've tried recently - miniature Christmas ornaments. At least the colours are bright and spring like!

These sweet little miniature ornaments are just perfect for a table top small tree and I've done them up in stars and hearts.  The little faceted pendants are actually from pony tail hair bands which I just cut apart to rescue the hearts and stars.

The clear acrylic is ideal as it's unbreakable and the facets give them lovely sparkle.  With small ornament hooks, I've beaded them directly on with teeny tiny crystal clear seed beads and larger seed beads in co-ordinating colours, and for the stars, small pearls as well.

I'm rather pleased at how they have turned out and will be on the lookout for other small things to re-invent into miniature Christmas ornaments.

Super Large Faceted Beaded Snowflakes

I've been back to trying my hand at the beaded snowflake ornaments.  This time, I thought I'd try a version with these fab super large faceted beads. They're 22mm in diameter and I have them in a number of colours.

Button and Bead Garland

This is my new Button and Bead Garland.  Isn't it bright and fun?  What you can't tell by the picture is how lovely and tactile this garland is.  The variety of shapes and sizes in the beads and buttons gives it great texture and visual interest.  The garland uses 10/0 seed beads, a variety of  buttons, a variety of wooden beads, and paper wrapped styrofoam balls.

New Business Cards

I just ordered my new business cards from Vista Print. Visit my Christmas Shop at Christmas is Magical!

Hearts and Polka Dots

Hearts and polka dots.  Two of my favourite things, and don't they combine well with these lovely faceted crystal clear hearts and bright cheerful turquoise and white polka dot beads.

Gem Dangle Day

Yesterday was Gem Dangle day - in a big way.  The weather was still rather rubbish, so an ideal day for crafting and watching the wind blow by - hopefully to bring us some Spring.  In a recent period of 'organization' I decided to package away the main bead components by project so I decided to attack the box of these pear gem dangle ornaments that I'd set aside.

Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes

It's anything goes week at the Christmas Card Challenges blog, so I really have to play along, don't I?  This is a bright rendition of a simple design for a festive Christmas card.  Neon bright might not be everyone's cup of tea but I love it.  Believe it or not, these are my kitchen colours - bright lime green and neon pink. For a Christmas card, if you think about it, it's just a slight slide on the hue spectrum from traditional Christmas red and green.  With a little bling on top for good measure.

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