Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Ornaments

I have been busy making Christmas Ornaments for a local photographer.
The ornaments have 2 photographs sandwiched between 2 pieces of glass,
or in some cases 1 photograph with a mirror on the back.  They are a lovely
keepsake.  Liz the photographer is very talented and is making quite a name
for herself. 
I have a 95 year old Grandmother that up until the last couple of years,
was a crafter that few could keep up with.  I taught her how
to make a folded cloth Christmas Ornament.  The squares of cloth
are folded and pinned to a Styrofoam ball.   Once my Grandmother
started making these she was like a little factory.  I would go for a
visit and she would have a box full of them finished.  She would
not allow anyone leave without taking some Christmas Balls with them.
I have enough to cover my large Christmas tree and both of my
brothers do as well.  I have cousins that have Christmas Ball
covered trees as well.  I have made a few and my daughter
has also contributed.  My Mother has made a few of these too, but
by far most were made by Gramma. 
Cost of Styrofoam balls ----$4.00
Cost of Fabric Squares----$2.00
Cost of Pins----$1.00
A tree covered with Gramma's Christmas Balls
PRICELESS!


I have requested  that Santa  bring me a special book this year.
Did you know you could have your blog printed out in book form?

 I would like everyone
 that reads this post to please, leave a comment.
You will then be a part of my book.

If you have never left a comment on a blog,
it is easy.  My friend Jillayne has a short
tutorial on her sidebar that will tell
you how.  It will only take a minute and once
you know how to do it...you can tell everyone
what you think in a comment.

Love to all,
Debbie

30 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

What a treasure it is to have those ornaments made by your grandmother! I've made a few of those too - they're fun and very pretty on the tree. I didn't know you could get your blog printed into a book - please tell us more?

Whytefeather said...

Oh those Christmas ball ornaments are wonderful! And being from Grandmas....Priceless, oh definitely priceless!
Thank you for sharing those! Hope you are doing well, Hugs :)

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Dear Debbie:
You know how much I enjoy reading your blog, seeing your projects and getting to know you better. I'm glad to call you "friend".

You grandmother's ornaments are wonderful! I'm sure they'll be treasured by you and your family for many years to come.

Merry Christmas, my friend.
xoxo
Donna

BubzRugz said...

Hi Debbie, it has been a great year getting to know you via blogland.... our world has shrunk and we are now friends.... how special is that? Thanks for everything ..
Those decorations are just so lovely - it is really nice having so many of them.... clever Gramma... clever you ..you taught her to make them...
Hugz

Whimsey Creations said...

Oh Debbie those are lovely ornaments! Would you consider doing a tutorial on them? Beautiful! It's hard to believe they are folded pieces of cloth - they look quilted!!!

Higgins Design Studio said...

Debbie, I love the ornaments! Both the photographs and the fabric Grandma ones...
I enjoy coming to your blog because you are so talented in multi-facets. And it looks like you came by it honestly. I just went to an ornament exchange last night and returned with a box full of beautiful handmade ornaments that I will treasure always!
Merry Christmas! I wish you & yours a wonderful holiday season!
Cindy

Theresa said...

Beautiful ornaments and I agree they are priceless! I love the picture ones too:) Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

Just the Two of US said...

I'm gonna send you a picture I need my yearly ornament! love you

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Debbie,
the ornaments are lovely and you're right -
priceless!! The soldered charms are beautiful.
Have a great day my friend.
Hugs,
Marie

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Wow Debbie, such a treasure your grandmother is! Oh, and the ornaments too. I would like to learn more about having a blog printed too. Hope you have a super Christmas. Connie

BLISS angels said...

Debbie I havn't heard from you in ages hoping you are well and dare i ask ready for Christmas? love the charms and your granmothers ornaments she sounds alot like my mum she always has lots going on... take care hugs wendy

agypsyangel said...

Debbie,
I love the ornaments made by your grandma and they are certainly priceless. My grandmother left behind many crocheted afghans and fond memories.

I am so happy to call you my friend. I hope that next year we can get together and meet in person.

Hugs,
Kim

Dorthe said...

Dear Debbie,
Your ornaments are so beautifull- love the curved edges...
and the balls from your grandma, are so gorgeus, too- just to think that you has a tree full of them--how lovely,---
I wish you a happy evening dear friend.
Hugs and love-Dorthe

Janet said...

Beautiful tree! I love the idea of a book out of the blog. Couldn't find the tutorial though.

Susan deGeneres said...

Hi Debbie,

I'm glad to hear that you are doing well. I love your "Grandma Tree." All the ornaments on my tree are either handmade by family and friends or by me, or they're vintage and remind me of Christmas' past.

Hugs,
Susan

ramsam said...

Debbie, Merry Merry Christmas!
I print my blog up every year, and I can't believe what a delight it is to read through it when it arrives. I have 2 now, and this year will be my 3rd. I can't wait for you to get yours. Hope you enjoy it!

PS- the tree looks so great! I love the festive colors!

Jillayne said...

Priceless indeed. I have a few small pieces made by each of my grandmothers and they are truly among my prized posessions; all are finely crocheted doilies. Someday they will find their way into collages, which I will frame and then they will grace the walls.
I think you are so clever to do this. I just had a book made from my blog - the first year only, so I could see how it looked. It cost more to include the comments but there was no way I was leaving them out; the insights of the people who come to visit are the best part of blogging. I am so glad I did it as I would be bereft if something happened to my blog online and I lost that connection. I hope you are as delighted with yours as I am with mine!

Lynn Richards said...

Debbie,
What a sweet, sweet memory of your Grandmother. The ornaments are beautiful!
And your keepsake photo ornaments??? FABulous!!!
xo
lynn
p.s. good luck with the blog book-sounds like a great idea!

DeeDee said...

Ok Debbie...

I love your christmas tree...those fabric balls are beautiful....and so are your ornaments... I knew you had been a busy girl.. I am interested in a book of my blog?

Leila West said...

Your Christmas ornaments look fabulous on the tree and the personalized ornaments are super precious. Those are the kind to keep forever that will bring back so many memories. Love love love!! xoxo, Leila

Mya said...

Your family has been blessed with the love of your grandmother, and the keepsakes that she has generously given to you and others.

When I first started reading this article I did not picture the ornaments having so much detail. Then you showed the pictures; these are incredible.

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh my gosh Debbie, You weren't kidding when you said you had a tree full of your Grandmas ornaments! What a wonderful keepsake and how thoughtful of her to have her guests take some home. She sounds like a very special Grandma!

Fun With This and That said...

They are great Love the tree it is nice to have the same ornaments. Every year will like it better. Laura

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

You are so right, Priceless ! More people need to treasure the things that really matter..(())

Lynn said...

Wow, your Grandmother really did enjoy creating these beautiful Christmas balls, the tree looks incredible and what a special heirloom(s), must really warm your heart.
No I didn't know you get your blog made into a book, it sounds really interesting, can't wait to find out more :)

Plays with Needles said...

Merry Christmas Debbie! And thanks for sharing your grandma's ornament tree...it's spectacular!

And thanks to you for all the wonderful comments you leave me all year long. They make my day!

Diane said...

Wonderful ornaments...wonderful memories...beautiful tree....wish I knew how to make them...sigh!!

Pam Kellogg said...

Debbie, that is a precious story! And those ornaments are so pretty! Hugs to you!

Gaby Bee said...

Wanted to send along some wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Gaby xo

Simply Debbie said...

DEAR DEBBIE,
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL POST. I LOOK AT THE BEAUTIFUL ORNAMENTS YOUR GRANDMOTHER MADE ON YOUR PRETTY TREE. WHAT A TREASURE YOU WERE TO HER...YOU TAUGHT HER SOMETHING THAT BROUGHT HER PURPOSE AND SHE WAS TO GIVE BACK TOKENS OF LOVE TO EVERYONE THAT VISITED. HOW VERY PRECIOUS AND LIKE YOU SAID....PRICELESS.
I AM A VISUAL PERSON, SO I WOULD HAVE TO HAVE A TUTORIAL BECAUSE I CANNOT VISUALIZE THE FOLDED MATERIAL MAKING SOMETHING THAT PRETTY.
HUGS AND LOVE MY SWEET FRIEND
SIMPLY DEBBIE

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