If you have been reading my blog for a few years you will remember my beaded Christmas ornaments. If you are new get ready for yet another “hobby”.
Do you remember way back in the 80’s and 90’s when we would receive catalogs of catalogs? You could see all kinds of available catalogs and order the ones you wanted. Before the internet I was a huge catalog shopper. Anything to avoid shopping in a mall or store. One of these had a catalog called Cracker Box Kits. That was in 1992 and I should have never ordered that catalog because here I am now with over 100 of these ornaments and one closet dedicated to storing them.
They are really good TV watching projects but I’ve had other TV projects for the past couple of years and haven’t worked on the ornaments. But after I finished the Cathedral Window I decided to finally finish this ornament that was started over 2 years ago.
This one is called Ebbtide. Any kit that has lots of dangly things is going to take a long time but it’s worth it for the effect.
When they design these they design them so they look good from all sides.
This one also has lots of Swarovski crystals. They make the kits very expensive but also VERY sparkly. The kits come with the ball and a bag of pins, beads, crystals and ribbons. You get everything you need to make the ornament. All you provide is glue, thread and a few tools.
I have (had) 4 kits “in stock” and since I finished Ebbtide in the middle of a football game, I decided to start Old Quebec. I finished this one in 4 evenings of football and Hose of Cards.
You can pretty much pick any ball color for the kits. I think the black ones are really elegant. I also love the kits, like this one, that have unique elements like the big triangle and square crystals.
The bottom has lots of dangly action going on. This took about 3 hours! I don’t really track time, I just wanted to give you an idea in case you decided to get into these and then later want to blame me.
This kit also some sticky back paper that is really sparkly. You can see a circle of it behind the stack of beads on the hanger.
I have over 100 of these kits now and at least 3 more to make. I can tell myself that I’ll stop making them after those are done but I’m probably just lying to myself.
If you want to see how I display them at Christmas here’s a little video that I made a few days ago.