Saturday, October 6, 2012

Holiday Bling Hop

Well, this was one of those fun hops that just makes you feel good! The brainchild of Shelley Graham Turner and Marlene Cupo, we got to partner up, and choose what type of Holiday Bling we wanted to give to each other. My awesome partner is Linda Younkman. She and I were both pretty easy with our choices, and gave each other free rein in the creative department.
Christmas is my all time favorite holiday of the year, and I have started displaying more trees in my house. A couple of years ago, I picked up a seriously cool welded iron tree at a craft fair, and it is totally mine! All my eclectic, blingey, quirky ornaments are displayed there. I picked up a gorgeous hand blown glass ornament at the same craft show, and that made the decision that only pieces I picked out, just for me, would be displayed on this tree. We have a family tree, and each of the kids has their own tree in their room, so I didn't think this was being selfish, and the hubs doesn't want his own tree! :)
I now have a beautiful ornament to add to my collection, and a very special piece of jewelry, courtesy of my sweet partner! Wanna see? Of course you do!

I seriously squealed when I opened the package! This gorgeous ornament has all the girly, sparkley stuff I love!

Beautiful silk ribbon, rhinestone chain, and crystals!

Don't you just love it? I know, you want one too, but this is all MINE!!! 

Can't begin to tell you how much I love this pin! I adore Christmas jewelry, and I collect snowmen!

Thank you so much, Shelley, for this great swap, and Linda, for my precious gifts.
Here's the list of participants, go see what everyone made!

Michelle Fanucchi
Monique Urquhart
Therese Frank
Heather Otto
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Linda Florian
Debbie Rasmussen
Alicia Marinache
Ginger Bishop
Lo/ Lynn Jobber
Leanne Loftus
Rita/Toltec Jewels
Shelly Joyce
Shai Williams
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lennis Carrier
Marla Gibson
Mary Howell Govaars
Linda Younkmann
Shirley Jones Moore http://​www.beadsandbread.blo​
Melinda Orr
Marlene Cupo
Shelley Graham Turner
Sonya Stille
Dyanne Cantrell
Anindita Basu
Dee Elgie
Gina Hockett
Lori Jean Poppe
Charlie Jacka
Stephanie Stamper (Woods)
Mary Hicks, Shannon Hicks


  1. Love the teardrop shape stone hidden among silk ribbons.

  2. Hi Shirley,
    I told Linda that her piece to you looks like an angel with a long flowing dress to me and seeing it her it is even more beautiful and angelic. The pin is so pretty and a great piece to wear for the holiday season. I also love the ruby red earrings/ornaments you made for Linda.

  3. As I just said to your partner, holidaytacular!

  4. Shirley, your house sounds like THE place to go for Christmas Spirit! This blog hop has renewed my interest in Holiday decorating. Those gifts from Linda are awesome, and I loved your great blingy pieces too. You girls are just way too talented! All my best wishes for a Holiday Season filled with peace and joy! P.S Following your blog now! xoxo

  5. Shirley love those woven seedbead snowflakes. The red you chose is so blingy christmasy red. LOVE and appreciate the hard work that must go into making something like that. I could NEVER do something like that! MARVELING! I LOVE the idea of your own special tree. I think I will "adopt" that idea in my studio this season. Linda's ornament will take its place of honor on it...and the charms, SWEET!

    Thank you for participating in our blog hop and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! xxoOh! ~ Shelley

  6. I love it! You really made such a pretty pin and Yes I think I would have squealed when I open the package too!

  7. Shirley, thank you so much for being my partner and gifting me with such gorgeous snowflake ornaments. I will treasure them. I too love Christmas most of all. I would love to see a picture of your tree when you decorate for the holidays.

    Hugs Linda

  8. What a brilliant beginning to your holiday season. I love the blue. I am so glad you've been given such a beautiful start to your season. Now off to see what you sent to your partner.

  9. What a unique ornament and pin! And I too love your idea of my own tree with special ornaments on it! Thank you for the idea! Your snowflakes were the bomb---I have a special place in my heart for snowflakes! Gina

  10. wow your tree's going to be looking very stylish this season ... and I love the little bead snowman stack on the pin =)

  11. You are SO lucky to have gotten that ornament from Linda, if I had seen it first, you would have had to fight me off for it!!!! And beadwork snowflakes, oh my goodness, I cann't figure how to make anything other than a sting of beads, so all I can do is drool! Thank you for being in our HBBH!

  12. I celebrate Christmas with trees in every room and the idea of having a special tree for unique special ornaments is so cool! Your "angel gown" ornament is lovely -- the gentle colorway and charm, chain, and fibers are beautiful.

    I love that you created earrings that can be ornaments too -- how neat! Adore your beautiful beadwork too! I'm so inspired. Love the rich red and intricate design. So gifted!

    What a gorgeous holiday bling exchange you two!
    Happy Holidays,

  13. I love your idea with multiple trees - and Linda's gift will be such a wonderful addition! I love what you made her too - such a clever idea to have them be used as jewelry or ornaments!

    Lovely exchange!


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