2014 Holiday Ornament Swap & Blog Hop

2014HolidayOrnamentBadgeIn October I, and many others, received invitations to participate in Sally Russick’s annual Holiday Ornament Swap/Hop.  I’d never participated before, but it sounded like fun.  Sally said one of the reasons she enjoys hosting the ornament swap each year is that it offers an opportunity to connect with a old bead friends or make new connections.

I was given the opportunity to make a new connection with Sandi Volpe.  I was certainly familiar with her name in the bead community, but I’d never connected with her.  I enjoyed getting to know her a little bit.

Ornament from Sandi Volpe

Ornament from Sandi Volpe

I’m not sure how Sandi made this.  The back of the star is copper.  I’m guessing that the front was either made with molten solder or molten pewter.  In any case it is really cool looking.Ornament Exchange Did you notice that there is a crystal embedded on the left side of the star?  It twinkles in the lights on the Christmas tree!

Sandi's ornament on our Christmas tree.

Sandi’s ornament on our Christmas tree.

She also very generously sent along some beady goodness!  Of course I love receiving new beadies!

Bead and component gifts from Sandi Volpe.

Bead and component gifts from Sandi Volpe.

I made a stoneware snowflake ornament for Sandi and topped it with a beautiful lampwork bead by Stone Designs.Ornament Exchange 6 Did this whet your appetite to see more handmade ornaments?  Check out the other blogs links below to see what everyone made!

Thank you Sandi for the beautiful ornament and the extra beads!  And thank you Sally for hosting the swap and blog hop!   Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a New Year that brings you new opportunities and joy.

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.


Linda Landig Jewelry

13 thoughts on “2014 Holiday Ornament Swap & Blog Hop

  1. How did she make that most awesome star???? That is one spectacular ornament!!! Must be one of her awesome lampwork beads, too… Love it! And you certainly received a goody bag to keep you busy, didn’t you?!

    Love the ornament you made for her! The swirly blues and whites of the lampwork with your snowflake bead are the perfect colors for this season! Gorgeous!

    Merry Christmas to you!!

  2. Linda, thank you for the beautiful ornament. The star was made by Sharon Palac, left over from bead soup and I am not sure of the lamp work bead.

    Thanks so much and have a very Merry Christmas!

  3. HI SANDI! Sandi is a great swap partner!!! I can attest to that. The star and lamp work are lovely! Linda the glass bead you paired with your clay is a stunner! What a great exchange! Happy Holidays!

  4. You ornament is so pretty. I love your snowflake and the lamp work bead is so pretty! Sandi’s ornament is so nice also. I love how the two of you were thinking alike. 🙂

  5. Hi Linda, the lampworked bead on Sandy’s ornament is lovely and it pairs so well with the silver star. True beauty. The ornament your created for her is beautiful as well. The lampworked bead is a perfect compliment to your lovely snowflake. Great job.

  6. Are you sure that you are only recently new to ceramic bead making? Because you look like an old pro to me! That star has the perfect gingerbread look. Very old fashioned Christmas. I love that copper solder flooded star that Miss Sandi sent you. The texture and the little touch of the rhinestone is perfect! Enjoy the day and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Erin

  7. Linda, I love the snowflake ornament. Your ceramic skills have really shined through and you picked the perfect lampwork bead to pair it with! Sandi’s combination of silver star and shiny lampwork really works well…Nice job. Merry Christmas!

  8. I love that little star she made with the little crystal embedded in it – awesome!
    I also love the pairing of the lampwork glass bead and the ribbon! What a great ornament!

  9. Wow, I love the snowflake you created for the ornament swap! Like Erin said, it has that gingerbread look to it and the color palette you used is so soft and muted and gives the feeling of a quiet Christmas at the beach!! Beautiful!!!
    Sandi sent you a beauty and those wonderful extras make for such a great little surprise.
    Merry Christmas Linda!!! Thank you so much for participating in the swap/hop!!!

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