A few weeks ago, I signed up for an ornament swap on Swap-bot. Cause why not overload myself with more crafts at Christmastime, right? Sigh.
The plan: make 10 ornaments and send 'em out. In return, get 10 handmade ornaments in the mail. I like getting packages in the mail, so this certainly has its appeal.
I waffled for some time about what ornament to make. At some point, I became entranced with these ornaments, which were showing up on several craft blogs I read. Lacking the awesome recycled "postbag" canvas that artist has, I decided to make a little something like it myself.
I started by stenciling a cheerful holiday message onto a piece of linen:
Then I drew out 10 hearts.
I then cut out those hearts and made 10 ornaments from them:
I like the concept of "parts of a whole," and now 10 strangers each have a little piece of a greater happy message:
And I think they look pretty cool alone:
Along with each ornament, I sent a photo of the original stenciled linen and also the photo of all of the ornaments together, showing the message re-constructed. I hope people like them!
My only regret is that I only made 10. For some reason, I thought the number 10 included my own ornament, but I actually had to send out 10, so I didn't make one for myself. Bummer, eh?
I may have to make another batch next year and send them to 9 friends, just so I can have one of my own. ;)