"Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. ... Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world."

Yes, Virginia ... there is a Santa Claus!

Non-Traditional Christmas Card Colours

Who says Christmas cards need to be in traditional colours?  Not me, that's for sure!  I love everything bright and shiny at Christmas time.  This snowman card is a but of fun in bright pink.  It's an upcycled card - the snowman in the center from original small cards, and matched here with co-ordinating pink Christmas papers, die cut snowflakes and pink gems.

Holly and Berries Beaded Ornament

I've got a new variation on the holly and berries beaded diamond dangle ornament.  I made one last year, but this is an upscale version.  As I'm really taken with the beaded spiral hangers, I had to incorporate that element.

Colour Your Own Gift Tags

This is a fun little gift tag idea I'm experimenting with this year - colour your own gift tags.  I would have loved these at age 5, and I still love them into my 50s!  The stickers are a black velvet, so the raised surfaces make it easy for the little ones to have a go, and also prevent bleading of inks so you can get a really nice result.

Christmas Earrings - Festive Holly and Fabulous Stockings

I`m taking a break from glittery snowflake ornaments and beaded diamond icicles - of which there are soooo many styles in production - to get back to something I haven`t done in a while, Christmas earrings.  These delicate and festive holly charms are just the thing with these beads and I love how they turned out. Bright lime green gem encrusted beads and gorgeous bright Christmas red glass pearls are accented with gem encrusted collar spacers and silver lined crystal seed beads with teeny tiny silver seed beads.  These are so Christmasy, don`t you think?

Another style uses these lovely Christmas stocking pendant charms.  They are double sided (three dimensional) and quite substantial, so I kept the rest very simple.  Gem encrusted resin beads in dark silvery grey make a nice neutral statement.  Very festive, but a little more understated.

If you'd like to see more, see the Christmas Jewelry section of my Etsy shop.

Painted Glass Balls with Diamond Gem Embellishments

I'm working to catch up with my craft photography for posting, and top of the agenda for this weekend is the painted glass Christmas balls.  They're 'painted' on the inside by swirling paint inside and it's super fun to see all the different patterns that it will make.  It's like those twirling paint art works - inside a Christmas ball.

Different from every angle, they're a lovely addition to the Christmas tree. I hadn't made any in ages, after making tons of them a few decades ago, but when I came across these slightly larger versions embellished with silver gem stones I just couldn't resist.

Simple and easy to make, the only thing is you'll need ample space to set them out for occasional rotating while they completely dry.  I use plastic or styrofoam cups for the balls to sit in while the paint drips out, and it's a good idea to cover the surface below for any spills.

Have a go, they're lots of fun, or if you want to take a look at mine, they're gradually making their way to the Christmas is Magical shop

Christmas Images: Treescapes 2

Here is another one of my favourite Christmas photos.  I like to do lots of close-up images of the ornaments on the tree(s) in several different lights and taking them from a perspective that gets other decorations in the background seems to up the magical factor.   The pretty egg shaped decoration in the forefront is a glass ornament from the Czech Republic and it hangs from one of my spiral beaded ornament hangers - they really add a lot of sparkle and whimsy.

Fuzzy and Festive Knit Christmas Hat with Crochet Holly and Button Berry Adornment

I've made a Christmas hat. It's very luxurous with soft and chunky Charisma yarn worked with faux fur eyelash yarn.  And it certainly is festive, in bright Christmas red with a fur band of snow white, adorned with crochet holly leaves and a berry button.

Frosted Snowflakes .. on parade!

I have recently begun to embrace an assembly-line approach to my Christmas ornaments.  Here are just some of the renditions I've made of my frosted snowflake beaded ornaments.  I'm focusing on my "posh beads" - gem encrusted bling beads, stripy resin beads, berry beads, polka dot beads, sequin beads and, in general, huge chunky lovelies - to accompany these pretty frosted snowflake pendants

Christmas Shop: Winter Wonderland

After a little debate with myself, I decided to sort my Christmas shop by theme.  Rather than having sections for ornaments, garland, beaded ornament hangers, tree skirts and the like, I've organized by style of Christmas decorating.  Winter Wonderland is all about those magical frosty images - blues, turquoise, silver, white and definitely lots of sparkle.

Faux Fur Yarn Crochet Beaded Garland

It was a grey stormy day today bringing lots of leaves down and there may not be too many unseasonable summery days left in our near future, fall seems to be here. Time to get a shufty on and catch up on photography and posting for my Christmas Etsy shop.  This is one of my new styles of garland.

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