Saturday, October 6, 2012

Holiday Bling Blog Hop

Shelley Graham Turner and Marlene Cupo decided to get a jump start on the holidays and host a Holiday based blog hop.  We were partnered with someone and we decided what sort of holiday item we wanted to exchange.  I was partnered with the very sweet Lennnis Carrier you can also check out her facebook page.

Lennis celebrates  the Winter Solstice or Yule, this is traditionally recognized by Wiccans and Germanic Neopagans on December 21st or 22nd.  Customs include burning a Yule log, Yule singing and a Yule pig; so a roaring fire, caroling and a pork roast. Winter Solstice is observed to celebrate the return of the sun (as this is the shortest day of the year so the daylight hours start to get longer again.) It's just a time to thank the Goddess for having enough food to survive the winter. Some pagans celebrate one night, others 12 days.

Lennis studied Medieval history and her favorite holiday song is Coventry Carol.If you click the link you can hear it done by an all male choir, another of her favorites. This was the first time I have ever heard this song and I liked it. Her favorite holiday movie is Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Lennis and I decided to exchange holiday jewelry.  This is what she made for me.

I love angels so the focal on this necklace is perfect!  I love that this piece is unlike anything I already have.  Lennis asked me if I like tin art and I honestly did not know what it was, and if this a representation of it then I guess I like it. :)  She also made really cute earrings for me.  I love the glitter in the dangles of the necklace and the earrings.

I made her a set of red and green holiday colored jewelry. I bead wove a Russian spiral choker necklace, a spiral bracelet and some Swarovski dangle earrings.

I hope you will take the time to visit not only Lennis but all the other participants.  No matter how you  celebrate your holidays I hope you really enjoy them !

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
Shirley Jones Moorehttp://​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. Two great sets so different and both beautiful. Enjoy the holiday season.

  2. It is great to see and learn what other artisans are creating.

  3. Wow at the lovely beadwork Lady! Amazing stuff! And what you received is pretty dang awesome too!

  4. It must have been interesting researching your partner's holiday beliefs. The pieces you made for each other are beautiful. Enjoy wearing your new Holiday bling.

  5. Wow! You really made some beautiful pieces. I love russian spiral, and your color choices are perfect.

  6. I should have used your pictures for your jewelry; they're better than mine.

  7. Pretties all around! Lovely work by both of you!

  8. Sonya, that beadweaving is unbelievable. The work that must have gone into that amazing. I wish I could do that, tried a few times, NOPE! hahaha

    The angel necklace made by Lennis is so sweet. I love the blue she used.

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

  9. Both sets are beautiful. What lovely beadwork and the necklace you received is awesome.

  10. I am loving this blog not just for the wonderful variety of beautiful gifts exchanged, but also the cultural learning I have experienced. Thanks for sharing the information about Yule celebrations, Sonya. I had heard that many older traditions have contributed to the event we call Christmas, and it was great to learn more about them.

    I love the awesome angel necklace that Lennis created and the matching earrings in such soothing colours. Your beaded jewellery is also amazing! Thanks for the link to Coventry Carol. It has always been a fave of mine. Hope your Holiday is filled with peace and Joy!

  11. I really enjoyed listening to "Coventry Carol", thank you for the link! I loved the pieces that you made, and the one that you received! Awesome work! Reading beading instructions----well, let's just say it's not my forte....really admire what you did! Gina

  12. Wow lovely swap pieces - your Russian spiral rope is beautiful (I'm dying to learn that stitch), and the angel necklace is so sweet =)

  13. When Shelley and I were discussing this hop, we did not want to leave out anyone who celebrated the winter holidays. So pleased that it worked out so well for you and your partner. Enjoy your beautiful necklace. Thank you for being in our HBBH!

  14. love love love what you got. I so enjoy seeing beadwork pieces. great gifts.

  15. I love those blue shimmery beads - they add such sparkle! And that spiral bracelet you made is a knock out: the 4mm clear cubes are perfect, so sparkly and eye-catching. What an honor it would have been to receive what you stitched!

  16. I love your bead weaving jewelry! Very pretty/stunning! And the Angel necklace is gorgeous! Lucky girl!!

  17. I appreciate you and Lennis' wonderful blog posts -- how you shared your personal winter holiday traditions, and your favorite holiday movies and songs.

    I apologize for commenting today — I had unusual 1st shift grandma childcare for my 2 and 3 year old granddaughters, followed by my usual 2nd shift childcare for my 11 year old grandson yesterday.

    The beadwork jewelry you made for Lennis is beautiful! I love the colorway and Russian spiral. Your amazing gifts and jewelry inspire me to beadweave.

    The jewelry Lennis made for you is so special! The angel is beautiful, and comforting. I love the style and sparkling beads. Beautiful!

    What a lovely gift exchange you two shared, and great blog posts too!
    Happy Holidays,

  18. Oh, such a wonderful exchange of gifts! I read with interest the details around each of your favourite customs / songs - and the jewelry you bith made is gorgeous! Love the beadwork and colouring of your set, and Lennis' necklace is very interesting - I love Angels and their sparkle!


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