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Today is Holiday Decoration Sunday Browsing – a selection of handmade ornaments that I’d love to see around the house (even though I’ve already decorated…did that on the 1st *G*)

Firstly, an upcycled ornament from twistedbeading, made from found metals. I’ve heard the phrase ‘rustic charm’ thrown around a lot by people who know *things* about home decor…well, this is my idea of rustic charm:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/60691747/upcycled-metal-christmas-ornament

I’m still not quite sure what a gourd is (apparently there are banana versions?) but gourdsadored makes brilliantly quirky snowpeople from them, so you have to admire their versatility:
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http://www.etsy.com/listing/63612932/set-of-3-small-snowman-ornaments

The colours of red and white always elicit a sugar-centered response for me, especially at the holidays; together they just scream ‘candy’ (and then afterwards they scream ‘unbearable sugar rush!!!!’), so this snowflake ornament by Mymothersgarden immediately drew my attention. Reminds me of a beautifully decorated sugar cookie *G*

http://www.etsy.com/listing/56696785/large-snowflake-ornament-with-candy-cane

Vegancraftastic has a small range of hand-sewn Christmas stockings, from non-traditional (pirates!), to this one that epitomizes the classic image of Santa Claus, featuring a pretty, contrasting trim of Christmas lights:

 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/63013912/retro-santa-mini-stocking-ornament
  
 
 
 

One of the best types of holiday decorations are those you get to eat when the tree comes down. Usually, that means candy canes, mini-chocolates that are made twice as expensive by the addition of a bit of sparkly string (ahem, sorry, some bitterness emerging there), or cookies, but PyromancerDesigns’ ornaments instead contain coffee, teas or spices, for a festive, rustic decoration that can be re-filled:
 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/63602840/organic-fair-trade-coffee-filled
 
 
 
 
 

Kissadesign’s shop is such a wonderland of sparkliness that I found it difficult to pick which item to post, so I just went for the one that seemed to have an extra layer of shine; made from stiff metallic paper, these ‘sea urchins’ would look gorgeous at the top of a tree:
 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/53429726/paper-decoration-midnight-blue-sparkler
 
 
 

 
 
For a more unusual take on a Christmas tree, I like this mini wire-scupture, featuring a wire-wrapped star, crystals, and polymer clay roses, by WireArtInk. The texture of the wire just really lends itself to the springiness of fir trees:
 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/56114115/green-wire-wrapped-christmas-tree
 
 
 
 
 

And finally, a cute eco-felt (from plastic, not animals) snowflake, in a subtle light blue and white colourway, that looks both delicate and cuddly. Whatnomints has several of this type of upcycled or ‘green’ decorations, including adorable Christmas trees, and some awesomely geeky amoeba:
 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/60126169/snowflake-felt-ornament-with-bow

 

I bought some sparkly things a while ago, hoping to use them on polymer clay, but they didn’t work like I hoped they would. Well, I thought today I’d have another go, and found some interesting effects came from them:

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The colour shifts according to the colours of clay used, quite dramatically, and yet there’s no difference between two different colours of sparkly bits when they’re both used on black. (Last caption is wrong btw – it’s meant to say ‘Red on trasnparent’)

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Also, you get a odd effect when you use them on canes, where from one angle, you just see a dichroic glass type coating, and from another, you see the pattern through a very shiny layer. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with this stuff, but it has potential for…something. Maybe someone else can run with these effects?

 
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