I'm sorry for posting late. I had this post scheduled for the 15th for some reason. :(
For the past few years, Sally Russick has hosted a handmade ornament swap. I wasn't quick enough to get in on the swapping last year, but I had a good time hopping around and seeing the gorgeous ornaments.
This year, I jumped when I saw Sally's post. I was paired with the lovely Sandi Volpe. I have admired Sandi's work for some time and was lucky enough to win this necklace she made. It has become a staple in my jewelry rotation.
It's it gorgeous? Sandi made this for the Bead Soup Blog Party last summer. You can see this and the other pieces Sandi made with her soup in her post.
Sandi is also an awesome metal worker. You can see the pieces below and a few others in this blog post.
And check out this post to see an awesome pair of earrings.
Okay, on to the ornament. I absolutely adore it.
Isn't the little penguin the cutest?
Sandi hand soldered the charm and it is double sided.
She completed the ornament with a vintage red bead and black sugar bead made by Raida from Havana Beads.
When I opened the package, I almost had to fight the kiddo. She loved it so much she ran to hang it on the tree. I wanted to look at it just a bit more. :)
Sandi mentioned that she wanted to make something that the kiddo would like also. I think she rocked it. :)
Did I mention that Sandi also makes lampwork beads and enameled beads? She was gracious enough to send a few along with her ornament. She also included a pendant from Karen Totten of Starry Road Studios.
Sandi, thank you so much! I love the ornament and cannot wait to use the beads you sent.
Sallly, thank you for hosting. I am so glad I was able to take part.
If you would like to see the ornaments I sent to Sandi, please visit her blog.
Also, please take some time to visit the participants and see the ornaments they received.