Studio Musings

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sally Russick's 3rd Annual Ornament Hop Reveal

beaded ornament by Shirley Moore with Christmas card and little bag
Shirley's beautiful ornament and card (my first Christmas card of the season!)
Last year I missed the signups for Sally's Ornament Hop, but not this year!  I love handmade holiday ornaments, and the chance to trade with another one of my amazing beading friends was too great to pass up.  

Even better, I was paired with Shirley Moore - the first person besides my husband and best friend to follow Baublicious.  I can't tell you how exciting that was, to realize someone who didn't know me had liked my blog enough to click the Follow button!  Shirley has a wonderful thirst for knowledge and spirit of adventure - she's constantly trying out new techniques and patterns.  The ornament she made for me is no exception.

closeup of Shirley's ornament
Her note in the lovely card she sent to me read, "the pics from the tute were a LOT more symmetrical than reality!" and "I do think it's pretty, even if I had to become an octopus to assemble it".  Hah! Another octopus found it's way into my blog (and an angel card - another of my favorites; yes the complete list of things I love would be quite odd).  :-)

Shirley, I wholeheartedly agree - your ornament is gorgeous!  So elegant.  It's currently in a place of honor as the only ornament on our tree and will definitely find a special place in my studio for the rest of the year.  Thank you my wonderful friend! 

Here's the complete list of participants (can't wait to see all the other lovelies): 

hanging from my Christmas tree
Sally Russick (the hostess with the mostest) and Beth and Evie McCord
Patti Vanderbloemen and Susan Kennedy

a little dark, but a different look at the structure


  1. Shirley is a definite sweet heart! :) This ornament is fantastic - her beadwork always leaves my jaw on the floor! As a non seed beader, I cannot even imagine the actual method of constructing this wonder - that's what makes so special to me! Beautiful color choices, as well! Lucky girl, you!!!! Merry Christmas!

  2. Hi Karen,
    How wonderful that Shirley was your swap partner in the hop, being that she was you first person you did not know to follow your blog. Shirley is an amazing bead weaver. Her work is always beautifully done. The ornament she did for you is beautiful and I do not blame you at all for wanting to keep it out all year round.

  3. This is beautiful! What a gorgeous ornament with so much detail! I am in awe of anyone who does structural weaving.

  4. Again, it is scary how much you and I are alike...yours is also the only one on my special jewelry tree! :) So glad you like it. I'm looking forward to many more years of enjoyment reading your blog, and playing with beads together!

  5. Wow, you recevied a beautiful ornament, and it's so special with all the work she put into it!

  6. I am one of the lucky ones to own something made by Shirley - her work is exquisite! And so is the ornament - and I understand why you'd want to keep it in a special place. I would want to wear it (as I want to wear mine from Lori :) )

  7. Looks lovely... I've rarely have seed bead creations coming out looking anything like the pattern. Lovely ornament!

  8. Wow - what a gorgeous ornament! I am always amazed what people can do with seed beads! I just love those colors and I love that the ornament is dimensional! Stunning!

  9. Wow - elegant is right and so unique. I love the way she packaged the ornament attached to the card. That next to last photo really shows it off well!

  10. That is an intricate treasure! What a beauty!

  11. Wow, Karen the ornament is FANTASTIC!! I would of loved to see a video of Shirley using her Octopus skills to stitch all those amazing tubular structures together! :) Beautiful!!

    Thank you so much for participating!! Karen, have a very Merry Christmas!!!

  12. Absolutely stunning!!!! I'm sure that shimmers like crazy in the light.

  13. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm prima. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger

    too, and now try my best luck to open an e-store. Nice to know you.


  14. Gorgeous ornament received and given. Love this.

  15. Wow, so cool! Shirley does the most beautiful beadwork ever...running off to see yours now...I'm sure it's equally creative!

  16. That is a beautiful ornament. I am giggling a bit, though, about octopus arms needed to put the thing together. :) I love Shirley's work. She is an awesome beader.

    I also snuck a peek at your ornament and .. wow .. it's amazing as well!

  17. Lovely, just lovely. I am really wanting to get more into bead work...I am amazed at the talent I see and it is inspiring! Shirley's work is awesome and I know you will enjoy it year round!

  18. Beautiful! The beadweaving is stunning! And the colours mean you can enjoy it year round!

  19. Awesome ornament! The dimensional aspect of the ornament is very cool. I am going to check out what you made next.