Monday, December 08, 2008

12 days of Christmas...UPDATED....

I have been participating in a 12 Days of Christmas Swap with the Altered Art Divas....
This Swap has been a blast- HERE ARE ALL OF THE PHOTOS!!!!.......and a HUGE GARGANTUAN THANK YOU to all my Diva Friends who participated in this Swap - it was great fun and I miss the excitement of opening a wonderful new surprise each morning!

Day 1

Angela Hoffmann made this adorable flower pin with vintage fabric and a cheery matching button! It is hand sewn and embroidered to a felt backing. Angela packaged the brooch in a darling mini stocking. I can wear this fun brooch all year round!

Day 2

On Day 2 Christy Grant made this gorgeous photo album.....

This is ONE OPENED page of the Photo Album book...and it is a whole book full of pages that open like this- all different with various papers and illustrations! What a huge amount of work Christy put into this - and it is made absolutely perfect and precise...a real work of art!

Day 3

Andi Hinkle made a festive pin ornament ...but look - the pin comes off ......and you can wear it!

Here's a close-up - Look at the all the Christmas found elements Andi beautifully put together
to make this Christmas pin! Isn't it marvelous!

Day 4

This is the box that held Day's 4 treasure.

Jean Carter made incredible spoon ornaments......and then she handpainted this whimsical snowman scene! ...I am using mine as a necklace........

Day 5

Darlene Rolls made this dainty and delicate button and star ornament with a vintage photo and glittery snow! Perfect for my Victorian tree!

Day 6

Di Gilligan made this clever and unique tree ornament out of recycled laminate samples, with a jingly bell and white buttons. It was hung from a string of sparkly green and red glass beads. Di also made a fabulous art card announcing her terrific day 6 Gift!

Day 7

Peggy Gatto, the ornament Queen, made me this charming tiny gingerbread man ornament, all decorated with tiny yummy decorations. You can't see it in the picture, but the edges have just a perfect bit of sparkly glitter. The gingerbread man is mounted on a mini frame. The ornament came in this precious teddy bear tin, and Peggy included a vintage victorian stocking card. Just precious!

Day 8 - Today everyone opened MY gift. I made Icicle Angel Dolls. I stole everyone's photo from their blog and used those as the faces of the angels. here are some pics:

They are about 7 inches tall, with feather wings and beads around the faces.

Day 9

For Day 9 Kari Holbrook-McKnight took heavy canvas aprons with a big work pocket and embroidered our groups name inside a Christmas Star!

Here's a close-up. .....But wait - there was more! She also made a nifty business card holder out of the yummiest textured paper! Woohooo! Sp pretty I don't want to use it and get it all grungy with my shop mess! Sooo useful and just gorgeous!

Day 10

Lou McCulloch, for Day 10 made 2 presents! A darling stuffed and hand sewn bird ornament trimmed with beads and baubles, AND a Victorian ornament doll festooned in Christmas Ribbons! She presented her gifts in a matching red dot bag.

Day 11

Day 11's gift was made by Santa Torres. Santa took beautiful textured papers, a vintage photograph and crocheted lace and designed it into a one of a kind - and gorgeous! - journal. She personalized the journal with my initial! ...I have already begun to write in this beauty!

Day 12

On Day 12, the final day (Boo Hoo!) Terry Ross made this fantastic PMC Charm. She hand- carved the mold for the dove and filled the dove frame with resin and perfect pearls. Here's a close up...

Pretty amazing - isn't it!

...and this last gem of a gift was given to me by my dear friend Joanne Thieme Huffman.
Joanne was in a different 12 day swap Group than me, but we traded gifts anyway!

It's a Michigan Mermaid and she is a wonder! I already have her hanging on my bookcase where i can see her everyday!


Sherry Goodloe said...

ooooooooooh connie, those are fabulous. the ladies are gonna love them! xoxo happy holidays to you

Anonymous said...

These are fabulous! I'm sure they were well-received!

Anonymous said...

Oh ... what fun!!!


Kelly Snelling said...

they're awesome, connie!

Brenda said...

Those are just hysterical!

Joanne Huffman said...

You are so smart and clever! Getting photos from blogs was genius and made a great surprise for people. And your attention to detail is always wonderful; I love the little white bird on the backs.


Anonymous said...

So unique! I love them. I bet your recipients are going to be so thrilled!

Artist-How-To said...

These are so Adorable!

Kathy McElroy said...

Connie, these are so cool. I just love them. Darn, I really missed out here. What a lovely suprise for everyone.

Catherine Holman said...

These are great! Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

peggy gatto said...

Once I found the right spot, I could see all the treasures. You did a beautiful job recording and commenting!

jackie said...

Thank you for such clear, close-up photos of each item! Perfect for next year's home page art at the Diva site!