The holidays are a very busy time for crafters; either we are making stuff to sell or we’re making stuff to give our friends as gifts…or both! That’s why it was such a great idea for Shelley Graham Turner (of Tori Sophia) and Marlene Cupo (of Amazing Designs) to host a holiday blog hop early enough for us to have some fun without feeling the pressure of time and help kick start the season. The idea was to include everyone who celebrates any winter holiday (Ashura, Bodhi Day, Boxing Day, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Yule, and many more) to trade something handmade. That could include ornaments, jewelry or what ever each pair agreed to.
My partner for this hop is the talented jewelry designer Sonya Ann Stille (0f SAS Jewelry Designs) and she celebrates Christmas with her husband and two young boys (aged 5 and 2), so everyone gets excited about Santa coming. Her family goes to pick a live Christmas tree to decorate together and they celebrate the birth of Jesus. Sonya’s favorite Christmas song is The Little Drummer Boy (originally know as Carol of the Drum as performed by the Von Trapp Family Singers in 1952. You may have heard of them…although this song is missing from the movie version of their life.)
We agreed since we celebrate different holidays and both make jewelry, it would make sense for us to exchange jewelry and not make anything religious. My first thought was to make something blue and white…but then I found a vintage image I liked and you’ll have to go to visit her blog to see what happened there!
As for me, I received the most amazing Russian Spiral Stitch 16″ rope necklace. I really admire bead stitching; it’s not something I’ve ever tried and I have to admit it looks really intimidating. I had no idea what a Russian Spiral was, so I found this tutorial. To me, this is like those instructions you get in a different language when you’re putting furniture together.
The matching bracelet is apparently a normal Spiral Stitch. This is supposed to be easier? Now I know the beadstitcher/weaver people are laughing at me right now, but the rest of you look at this tutorial and tell me this is easy.
She generously made me little sweet earrings to match!
I’m really happy with my gifts and feel very proud to own some of Sonya’s work. I will enjoy showing off my handmade jewelry to my friends and family this season. Thank you!
Please go visit all the wonderfully talented artists that have participated in this event: