...asked Michelle of Green Kitchen. Would I ever! I love to swap and if you've been a visitor here you probably already know that about me. I was thrilled! Something I've never mentioned here however, is that Michelle was one of the reasons I began blogging in the first place. When I first came across this crafty-blog world eleven months ago, I found Green Kitchen almost immediately and noticed (at the time) she was fairly new out there. I loved her craft, her artwork and knew I had to join this community, so shortly there after, I jumped in too. So, when she invited me to join an ornament swap with seven super talented women, I felt completely honored.
All I knew for sure is that I wanted to make my ornaments using one of my favorite mediums-felt. Then I was stuck for a while. (Believe me, I am no Alice!) Then I came across some of the sweetest trim I have ever seen.
And I fell in love with all the adorable little Pixy Dolls found at Maileg where the trim came from. With the trim as inspiration and using Salley Mavor's doll design I came up with my own little Christmas elf girls.
They were so much fun to make, and I'm happy with how they turned out. I think if I were to make these again however, I would definately find a needle small enough to pass through the hole in the beads (about 20 beads per doll I have to add). I did this the crazy way...make a stitch, take needle off thread, push thread through itty-bitty hole, re-thread needle, make another stitch and so on. I felt like I was losing my mind just a wee bit and it did take me forever, in fact I was the last to mail, but it looks like everyone has received theirs.
Now I can show off what I was sent by these talented women.
The softest, sweetest, most natural beautiful reindeer. So perfectly stitched. I just LOVE him. I photographed this just as she sent it because I love how she attached him to this striped paper over foam-core. See more of her gorgeous reindeers starting here.
She named him Octophrost. How cute is that? I am immediately drawn to his adorable eyes and perfectly stitched tentacles. And I can certainly appreciate all the sequins and beads she added. He is such a beautiful creature and I couldn't be more inpressed that she designed him herself. Read more about him here.
One of her original button wreaths that began a button wreath making craze throughout craft blog world. I love how the buttons catch the lights from the Christmas tree and really sparkle.
This little guy really steals my heart! He's all of 2-3 inches! Such perfect little itty bitty stitches. I just adore this sweet pooch. Bethany has inspired me to check out the patterns and make some more of these great animals myself. Check out all the the tiny felt creations she made here.
The Artic Fox bringing me a treat. How I LOVE this! The different fabrics, the gorgeous hand stitching. All the attention to detail. Such an adorable piece. See the rest of her creations here.
Such a sweet felt flower with a tiny stitched drop hanging from the end. The colors are beautiful together and it's design is so lovely. I've long admired Cassi's felt creations and now I have one of my own.
And finally, from the wonderful host of this swap, Michelle:
You can't imagine how delighted I was to open this package and see this most enchanting blue haired snow woman. The painted face, hand crocheted body and scarf detail, and well, that hair!! I just LOVE her hair!! She is wonderfully made and is an amazingly creative piece by Michelle. And I love her bird card she included.
Thanks to you all for such wonderful ornaments!! This was an unforgettable swap. Also, a huge thank you to our wonderful host, Michelle.
I'll be heading out of town in the morning to celebrate Christmas with my family. See you next week sometime. Happy Holidays!