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The last four days of Handmade Christmas days 9-12

And now for the (almost) final reveal of gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas Handmade Gift exchange.

On day 9, I didn’t open a gift as it was my turn to give. But I thought I’d post some pictures of the gifts I made for everyone else. I started out with some vintage chandelier crystals that I found on Etsy. For some of them I used various combinations of glass beads and memory wire to make some beaded rings to dangle the crystals.

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For the others I used some large crystals that I got ages ago from Etsy’s Dreamgirl Beads—they have a spectacular AB coating that just sparkles!

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I finished all of the ornaments off with some pretty ribbon with a shimmery, sparkly edge, that I got from Abby and Ellie, a fabulous ribbon shop, also on Etsy. I’m really pleased with how they turned out and I’m definitely going to find some more chandelier crystals to make decorations next year.

As a little extra, I also included in each gift a snowflake pendant/ornament made by my Mum, who is a potter. I’m encouraging Mum to get into the bead-making business, for purely selfish reasons of course!!! Here are a couple of snowflakes …

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Day 10’s present arrived a little late courtesy of the postal system. Not to worry though, my gifts from Rita at Toltec Jewels were intact and numerous! First of all was a pair of snowman-themed pot holders.

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The handmade gift was a beautiful beaded snowflake ornament, in pale shimmery colours. I had to take the photo against the red of the pot holders to get it to show up properly, it almost disappeared on a white background!

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And finally a taste of Mexico, with a Lux Perpetua candle, a sombrero ornament and a miniature serape.

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Rita, thank you for your generous gifts!

On day 11, I opened a gift from Suzanne Reynolds, a mixed media artist. Suzanne made us all fabric covered notebooks (and the notebooks are replaceable), with hand-printed and batiked fabrics and scraps of sari silk ribbon.

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I’ll be keeping this notebook in my handbag Suzanne, thank you!

Finally, I opened day 12’s present—a day late as it was delivered on Monday. Gina Hockett sent me a copper bangle, wire-wrapped with deep earthy red stones—red jasper perhaps—spaced around it.

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It’s a beautiful bangle, thank you Gina!

It has been so much fun to take part in Lorelei’s 12 Days of Christmas Handmade Gift Exchange. I’ve received some lovely gifts from some fantastic artists. Thanks again Lorelei for the opportunity to play! And thank you so much for all of the wonderful gifts I have received, you are all talented people indeed!

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Twelve days of Christmas days 5-8

I’ve been away for a few days with my family, enjoying the sunny — and stinking hot! — weather! I did remember to take my 12 Days of Christmas Handmade Gift Swap gifts down to the beach with me though, and had a lovely time opening them each day!

On day 5 I received a lovely pair of earrings from Therese Frank. They are beaded beads, and according to Therese, they are a pattern from Monomint called Gidget.

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They are quite stunning, not to mention sparkly! Thank you Therese!

I opened my gift from Amy Freeland on day 6 to discover this sweet purse charm.

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I love the colours of the beads, and they’ll work well with my favourite purse too! Thank you Amy!

Day 7’s gift, from Andrew Thornton, apparently met with some mishaps in the kiln, and will be sent sometime in the near future. I’m looking forward to getting gift number 7 and promise I’ll post a picture here when it arrives!

On day 8, Erin Prais-Hintz sent me a beautiful set of napkin rings in rich jewel-toned pinks, which can also double as placeholders. It’s a project she designed for Halstead/Michaels, which I may have to download so that I can make some more in coordinating colours!

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I love them, Erin, they are gorgeous and I think I need to organise a dinner party so I have a good excuse to use them! Thank you so much!

I’m still waiting for the post office to deliver the last couple of gifts—hopefully they will arrive tomorrow, now that the crazy Christmas-New Year fortnight is past. I will blog about them as soon as I can.

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On the first days of Christmas …

I was lucky enough to take part in Lorelei Eurto’s 12 Days of Christmas Handmade Gift exchange this year. The challenge was to make 11 gifts and send them to 11 recipients, in return I would get a gift from each of them. The gifts were not restricted to jewellery but they did need to be handmade by me. Starting on Chirstmas Day, each day we open a single gift assigned to that day, for a total of 12 days including our own.

Day one saw a gift from our gracious hostess, Lorelei. Due to the vagaries of two postal services, this gift arrived today, on day four, so I was lucky enough to open two gifts today! A beautiful jar of handmade spiced nuts (and my favourite combination at that!). These are coming down to the beach with me this afternoon! IMG_2832lores

I’ve already sneaked a taste and they are delicious, Lorelei, thank you so much for both the gift and the opportunity to join in the fun!

Day two was from Lisa Johnson, who sent me a fantastic pair of earrings with enamelled dangles.

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Aren’t they beautiful? Thank you Lisa, I love them!

On day three, I opened a gift from Suzette Bentley, who also gifted me with a lovely pair of earrings she calls Lollipops!

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Thank you Suzette, I have already worn them!

Here in Australia it is already day four and I have just opened my gift from Jodie Marshall. First of all are two chocolates, yum! And then a gorgeous knitted cuff, with a lampwork disc bead on the side. Just my colours, a rich ombré from deep pink to chocolate brown, and it fits perfectly!

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Thank you Jodie! I can’t wait to wear this!

I will be away with my family for the next few days and taking my little pile of gifts with me, so I will post an update on the presents I have received toward the end of next week.