recently i was invited to do a solstice ornament swap and it was so much fun to create the piece i made that i’ve started to create some more. they are tiny little alicia-style assemblages that can be hung on a tree for the holidays or a wall year-round. i started by making several boxes of varying sizes, collaging and painting them and taking it from there. so far, i have six in varying degrees of completion from just started to totally complete. i’ve been working on at least one a day (plus two paintings and some art journalling) for art every day month (#aedm). loving it all!
i shouldn’t show the whole ornie i did for the swap just in case the unknowing recipient happens to see this, but i’ll cross my fingers, hope no one sees and show a quick peek here anyway:
here is another frozen charlotte mini assemblage ornament creation. the crystal is an antique, or at least i was told so when it was given to me as a gift last solstice (i love that — full circle!). the photo kind of sucks, but this is nothing new. out of 60 shots, this is (sadly) the best. there is a ton more detail in person.
while i was creating these and starting a few others, my little bug asked me if i would make him a skull ornament for solstice — he loves skulls. every year our family swaps hand-made solstice gifts so of course i made him one! i had a few of these carved bone skull beads that he’d been eying for a long time and thought it would be perfect for his little ornament. can you tell his favorite colors are red and black?
i hope he likes it, but i do suspect he will. all the little silver (and black) metal bits in these ornaments are vintage and antique nails. fun, fun! and this is actually square — i’m a crap photographer as most of you already know.
to deviate a bit (but not really)… the other day we received a heifer international catalog. pretty much every year we buy something in the names of some of our family members during the holidays — those people who have everything and appreciate the gesture of giving to others less fortunate. we’ve purchased a goat in the past and a few flocks of chicks. this year has been sooooo very difficult for us financially and it broke my heart to realize that we couldn’t even afford a $20 flock of birds for a family worse off than us. it’s extremely embarrassing to admit, really, but sometimes it only takes one or two “little” things for a family to go from comfortable to hungry (in our case, work injuries and illness/hospitalization). that is us this year during certain parts of the month, though i’m honestly not complaining. my point is that imagining a family going through this every day just breaks my heart — hunger is evil and unnecessary in a world with such abundance. our misfortune will be short-lived, i’m sure of it. theirs? who knows. but a nice flock of 10-50 chicks could certainly help to get some protein-filled eggs into some kiddo’s bellies, and generate some income for the family through the sale of eggs and offspring. every little bit helps. soooo, i created this belly dancer ornament with more of the chain, coins and sari silk i’ve been using a lot of lately. i am listing it in my shop for $20 and that $20 (minus the part paypal will keep but i’ll cover that) is going to purchase a flock of chicks for a family less fortunate than mine. i may not have the money to buy the flock right this second, but i have the ability to make something to sell to get the money to buy the flock. i will put this gift in the names of both myself and the buyer. you can read more about this here.