I was so excited on Tuesday night to be done with all my orders because I knew exactly what I was going to do with the free time, which I haven't had in a long while. This season my shop has been too busy for me to be able to design any new ornaments. So free at last, I settled in with glass of whiskey and got to some ornament making! Not for the shop, just for fun.
Handmade ornaments are my favorite gift to give loved ones. I've been doing it since I was a kid, back when I used to also hand-paint my own wrapping paper. It's a waste to give something you've worked hard on to someone who won't appreciate it, so my mom was usually the recipient of such gifts. At this point she has too many to even know what to do with, so I'm grateful to now have a group of creative friends who appreciate stuff like this.
The owl ornament design came from this book, which I found at Jo-Ann's and loved. The praying angel is just something I made up. (See the back of the angel here.) I've never done an angel before, but it reminds me of one my mom made that I loved as a child. Hers was macaroni painted silver with glitter all over.