This year was no different.
I admit, I was so busy that I almost didn't host it but then I decided to do it anyway....I had an email from someone unexpected asking when I was hosting...and I just couldn't say no!
Hosting takes a lot of time. The hardest part is sorting the ornaments to give "balance" to everyone's return box...it is no easy task.
That being said, I always make a few different ornaments as I try to give every box at least 1 little "extra."
Here is what I received this year:
A sweet snowman atop a jingle bell (and YES, my daughter absconded with it right after the photo was taken!) I'll be stealing it back when I pack them away!
A fun santa in a boot scene, reminiscent of the vintage style I adore.
A cute Ruddie! Simple and sweet with a cute scarf. Some even had glitter noses!
and a fun lollipop!
A few people made me an extra for hosting. Some I had to use to balance out a few boxes, but I did get to keep this lovely doe in a storm of words....she is much prettier in person, all glittery and perfect.
and this wire and beaded tree topping star....
I put them all on a small tree I made for the bar using another urn. (yet, another craptastic to fantastic tree.)
I filled the rest in with some other ornaments I made or received from past swaps.
Here is one side:
and the other....
Peeking out from the back is the snowman head I made this year. I truly adore all my handmade lovelies and thank all the participants who work SO HARD to create lovely ornaments to share with the group.