Archive for December, 2012

Ornament Exchange

10
Dec

A while ago, I participated in an online handmade ornament exchange for a few years in a row. For these exchanges, each participant was assigned a group of 8-10 other participants. We each made enough ornaments for the others in our group, sent them out and waited for our 8-10 ornaments to arrive from the other group members.

The first year I participated, almost all of the ornaments I received were great – I loved them, and, in fact, still hang many of them on my tree. Second year, about half of the ornaments were great, and they still hang on my tree each year. Third year? Only a couple were worth keeping. The last straw was the ornament that consisted of a piece of white felt, cut in the shape of a candy cane with a few red stripes of puff paint. These are the ornaments *I* sent those years:
Swap ornaments Blanket Bear Ornaments Cookie cutter ornament

I couldn’t really say that the felt-candy-cane person didn’t fall the rules of the exchange — the only real rule was that it had to be homemade. I quit after that.

This year, I decided to gather a few of my crafty friends and do our own ornament exchange. I knew they wouldn’t phone it in. And I was right!

Here are a couple of the ornaments I made this year:

(I was inspired for these ornaments by Mamie Jane; Pinerest link.)

Then I started getting ornaments from my friends, and they were wonderful! Here are all this year’s exchange ornaments on the tree:

I made a couple of extra ornaments – they are all one-of-a-kind. Want one? Let me know the favorite ornament on your tree right now. Comment by Saturday, Dec 15 at midnight EST. I’ll announce a winner on Sunday.

Update We have a winner! Congrats to Jenny who wrote:

Fun! My favorite is a super-old one we had on our tree when I was a kid (and probably when my mom was a kid too)…It’s a (real) eggshell with the front cut off and a little angel inside.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

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