One good thing about events like Irene is that it forces you to do something different. Without electricity I couldn't spend time on the web and I couldn't quilt. I did a few hours of hand sewing and then I remembered that I had my ornament kits and they dont require any electricity at all!
I seem to work on these mostly in the Fall while I'm watching football games and the last time I worked on this was last November! Days without electricity are also good candidates for an ornament project.
I was adding the last 10 little dangles at the bottom when the power came on at 2:00 Sunday afternoon and I didn't get up to reset clocks until I was totally done.
For those of you new to the blog. This is an ornament from a kit. They are called Cracker Box Kits and I've been making them since about 1992. I have a collection of over 110 now and I display them on rotating metal trees with spot lights shining on them. If you like a sparkly Christmas, you would love these trees. Let's just say that it doesn't appeal to everyone!
All of the ornaments have wonderful names and I love that this one is named for the Blue Footed Boobie. My friend Cindy loves it too. I think she laughs out loud ever time she reads about it in my blog. Well, Cindy, this is the last time because it's finally done!
I think this one is really unique because it has 2 different sides. This side has all of the cool dangles and the other side has the beading in the melon shapes.
Yup, all those dangles took a very long time!
All of the ornaments have really cool details and the designers will take apart braids and bend/break things to get the look they want.
In the instructions they will even laugh at you as they tell you to do something that's going to take hours and hours to complete. They have a great sense of humor. They can afford to because the instructions are incredibly detailed and the kits are meticulously put together. If there's something wrong with a kit, they usually find it out before you do and will send out any additional supplies without you asking. If you like detail work and sparkly things, I highly recommend Cracker Box Kits!
My next kit is called Catherine the Great. It's red, green and gold on a white ball.