Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Ornament Swap

We had another really fun swap on my other blog, Button Floozies.  It was the Christmas Ornament Swap; we had to make ornaments that were decorated in some way with buttons, and then swap in groups of four.  It was a quick turnaround, with only 2 weeks from the close of the swap to the day they needed to be mailed, but we still had 32 people participating! I know my group has received them, so I'm going to show you mine!
I decided to make tussie-mussie style, decorated cones.  I used some of the very oldest ephemera pages I had; two of the pages even had a Christmas theme!

All of them were embellished with mother of pearl buttons.  This one also had a vintage square doily.
This one had a round linen and crochet vintage doily.  I embellished all of them with some new, velvet rick rack in a soft moss green color that I purchased from Linda; it wasn't until later that I realized that she was one of my swap partners, so she was going to see how I'd used my purchase!  How funny is that?!
For this last one, I used glitter glue to highlight the very old black and white pictures on the paper, and two shades of tulle around the top instead of lace.  All of the cones have the two shades of tulle around the very bottom, and a bell, so they tinkle sweetly!  They are stuffed with tissue pattern paper, and hang from skinny silver tinsel.
I also sewed some little button trees on a square to go along with the ornaments; these inchies can become ornaments themselves with a bit of string to hang, or, they can be incorporated into a quilt, sewn on an apron or tote bag, or glued to the front of a journal.
I used little library cards and envelopes as cards/enclosures for everyone!  AND, here are the ornaments I received in return:
From Karen: A spoonful of sugar!  She used those white and mother of pearl buttons that I love so much, and lots of sparkle!  And just look at that little tree hanging from the twine on the card she included!
From Mary Helen: a sweetly decorated Christmas tree with a large variety of buttons, and some beads/charms, too!
She included a lovely handmade Christmas card.
 From Linda, a pretty button embellished package...
and inside, the world's cutest deer with mother-of-pearl button spots!  I adore this!
I participated in a second ornament swap group, too; I will show you those next!  Whee!  Christmas fun!

12 comments :

Sherry Edwards said...

Everything here is just button beautiful Laurie!

Dee in N.H. said...

Those are all really awesome! Your tree must look beautiful!

Marion said...

I guess that snow has you being creative. I'm really impressed. (I thought I was doing good to make 3 homemade Christmas cards yesterday. LOL!) Beautiful work, Laurie. xo

Nook & Cranny said...

Laurie,
The cones are beautiful,lucky swap partners.
Like what you received pretty well, too.
Michele

Cindy said...

Beautiful! Both the ones you made and the ones you received! I'm visiting from Button Floozies and your newest follower.
Cindy

Ann said...

Your Christmas cones are gorgeous! And, you received some special ornaments in return. Thanks for hosting. This was great fun!

Kathy said...

Your tussie mussie cones are beautiful and I love that little deer, too. Great swap!

Mina said...

They are all so stunning! I want to try to make cones one day. I say that every year and never have. Maybe this year I will try to squeeze it in. ;-) Have a beautiful week, my friend.

WW said...

I love the vintage elements in your ornaments, I'm always trying to use vintage items in things I make.

Thank you also for hosting this swap.

South City Hues said...

Those tart pan ornaments are fabulous. They are all so good it is would be hard to pick favorite.

The Junque Seeker said...

Love your tussie mussies and your inchies! You received wonderful things in return, too. I truly enjoyed this swap.

Bunty said...

Beautiful ornaments Laurie - I wish I had put more effort into mine now!

Barbara