Holiday Ornament Swap and Focus on Life Ornate

I love doing the ornament swap that Sally Russick hosts and was lucky to be paired with Linda Landig this year.

I love the ornament Linda sent. Linda made the stone snowflake and topped it with a beautiful lamp work bead.

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 For  Linda’s ornament I wanted to make a stained glass type star.

When that was not working I reached for this molten star made by Sharon Palac and left over from my bead soup.

I love the way Sharon added the bit of glitter.

The lamp work I got thru a Bead Fest swap and I am not sure who made it,  although I think it is Jan from Molten Mayhem.

I started pairing art beads and decided the blue lamp work reminded me of a beautiful winter night sky and I added sari silk to finish it.

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To you and yours I hope you have a wonderful Holiday spending time with family and friends.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Take a look at the other beautiful ornaments. Thank you Sally and Linda, the perfect challenge for the end of the year.

I have also participated in focus on life with Sally this year and I have had a hard time keeping up, but wanted to try and post for these last weeks.
 I was lucky enough to be flying with my son to Florida and we saw the most amazing clouds and sky so I decided to choose it for my picture this week.
The clouds were thick and had amazing shapes, the picture does not quite do it justice, but I think nature is so amazingly beautiful and ornate.
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  1. Hi Sandi! Love what you did! Stunning, simple, silver, sparkles. All perfect! And Linda’s really taking to clay, great snowflake. Good pairing! Happy Holidays! Lets catch up at the New Year!

  2. Sandi, I love what you made, that molten star is great and so is the bead! And Linda’s to you is so cute, I love her snowflake as well. It’s funny how similar both of yours are! Merry Christmas!

  3. What better ornament than nature? Your sky shot is awesome. And your ornament is awesome too! Happy holidays!

  4. I was wondering how that molten star was made – that is awesome! Love the bead you chose to pair with that gorgeous star! It does remind me of a star studded sky!

    Linda’s ornament has the perfect blend of a winter’s sky – gorgeous lampwork and a snowflake, of course! Beautiful!

  5. Hi Sandi,
    I love the ornament that you received from Linda, I am a big fan of her clay creations, the clay snowflake pendant with the blue lamp worked bead are beautiful together, it looks like the snowflake is falling form a icy blue sky. I love the ornament that you sent to Linda the star is so unusual I, like Linda, am wondering how it was made.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

  6. Linda’s clay ornament reminds me of a beautifully decorated gingerbread cookie and calls to mind several of my favorite holiday traditions. And your ornament makes me think of ‘Snow’ – a perferct, starlit snowy night.

  7. Sandi – what beautiful ornaments! The beads you both picked are really incredible. I bet you were headed to Fl for soccer :-)? What a beautiful picture of the sky. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

  8. Your ornament is so pretty. I love the snowflake and the lamp work bead looks so nice with it! I love how it looks like the sky and even a snowflake falling. 🙂 Linda’s ornament is pretty also. You guys were thinking alike. 🙂

  9. Hi Sandy. The Snowflake and lampworked bead compliment each other well. Linda’s ornament is lovely. Great job on the ornament that you created for her too. The color in that lampwored bead is stunning.

  10. Marvelous holiday ornaments! I think that textured star on your ornament is one of my favorites. I love the gingerbread-y look to the star snowflake that Miss Linda made…almost good enough to eat! 😉 Enjoy the day and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Erin

  11. Love that blue bead with the red clay.. reminds me of a warm sandy beach… very nice thoughts to have at Christmas… although our forecast for Christmas day is 50 and rain… we’ve had enough sleet and freezing temps already this fall for the entire winter! The other ornament looks like a starfish and glittering water! Both could find home on my tree. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  12. Both of you created amazing pieces! I love Linda’s new ceramic work and love your sense of design and color!

  13. Merry Christmas my beady friend!!
    Sandi, both ornaments are so beautiful! I love the soft feel of Linda’s, it makes me think of Christmas on the beach. And the beautiful molten star you used in your design must sparkle brilliantly in the glow of the christmas lights! Thank you so much for participating in the swap/hop!!

  14. I love the pairing of the lampwork bead with the clay bead – the colors go so well together!
    I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  15. What lovely interpretations of the wintry symbols – topped off by those ornate clouds – beautiful!

  16. Sorry to be so late in blog hopping. We’ve been busy with house guests. Thank you so very much for your beautiful ornament Sandi. It sparkles on my Christmas tree and every year when I place it on the tree, I will think of you!