Ornament Blog Hop

I was lucky enough to meet Sally Russick this fall at artBLISS, so when she announced her annual holiday ornament blog hop I jumped at the chance to be part of it.  Sally had a wonderful response, and I was forturnate to be paired with Lola Surwillo of Bead Lola Bead (momentary sidebar – do you love that blog name or what?)

Here is the beautiful ornament that Lola made for me

You must excuse the work weary hands in the shot (mine) but I wanted to show you the scale of the amazing polymer clay bead that Lola made just for me.  It is a beautiful soft green with a bit of shimmer encrusted with snowflake bead caps (brilliant!).  Lola also made me the wonderful beaded beads at the top of bottom of the focal bead.

Aren’t these beads amazing?  I do very little seed bead work (because it is HARD) so I am totally in awe of these little gems.

Thank you Lola for my beautiful gift.  It is hanging proudly on my tree.

Thanks to Sally for organizing such a fun exchange.  Be sure to visit all of the artists who participated.

List of Participants

Sally Russick
Lesley Watt
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Therese Frank
Andrew Thorton
Jeanette Blix Ryan
Maryanne Gross
Rebecca Anderson
Melissa Meman
Veralynne Malone
Miranda Ackerley
Jen Cameron
Sandi Volpe
Susan Kennedy
Kristen Stevens
Shirley Moore
Cooky Schock
D. Lynne Bowland
Tiffany Smith
Patti Vanderbloemen
Pam Ferrari
Kim Hora
Christine Altmiller
Alice Peterson
Bette Brody
Julie Anne Leggett  (that’s me!)
Lola Surwillo
Kathleen Lange Klik
Erin Prais Hintz
Mowse Doyle
Kristi Jaro

Until next time,

Julie Anne

  1. Sally Russick’s avatar

    Julie Anne,
    The ornament that Lola (Bead Lola Bead, I do love that name) made for you is beautiful! I zoned right in on the bead work and after seeing all the polymer clay pieces in the swap today I can kick myself for not taking Christine Damms workshop at ArtBLISS, (It was so nice to me you too! Though I haven’t had much time for glass bead making) I hope I get a chance to meet up with you again in the coming year. Thank you so much for participating in the swap/hop.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas may it be filled with peace, love and joy!

    P.S. The ornament you made for Lola is beautiful, your wire work is fantastic.


  2. Becky Pancake’s avatar

    Awesome ornament that you got from Lola. It’s great. I really like the ornament that you sent her too. The wire wrapped drop does look like a snow globe and I like the aqua wire.


  3. Lola’s avatar

    You’re welcome Julie Anne and THANK YOU for the beautiful ornament you sent me! As soon as I’m done admiring all the beautiful beads and your impeccable wire work (seriously, your wire work is amazing), I’ll be putting it on our tree. It may be a while … =)

    Merry Christmas!

    ~ Lola


  4. Jenny’s avatar

    Polymer and seed beads! Thats stunning! Her use of bead caps is inspired! Have a wonderful holiday!


  5. Kathleen Lange Klik’s avatar

    What a beautiful ornament! I love the polymer clay bead that she created-it makes the design shine!


  6. Christine’s avatar

    It looks like the comment I wrote yesterday didn’t take. So I am trying again :-) Anything Lola makes is something to Love! This is fantastic! I love the complete blend of all styles—polymer (those bead caps as snowflakes are awesome!), weaving, and a little bit of wire. The muted matte of the polymer and the pop of the beads and the snowflakes are just so wonderful! Enjoy!


  7. Sandi Volpe’s avatar

    Beautiful and a fantastic unique design! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.



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