For my holiday swap with fellow bloggers, one of the things to include was a handmade ornament or gift. I thought about it for a while and finally came up with these, all by myself. Usually my creative process involves looking around for inspiration, finding an idea, then making it my own. This idea of the balls with beading and handstiching on the front came to me without any external assistance. I'm happy with them. I'm really happy with the way they look finished in groups of three. I made a red set and a green set for my two swap buddies. Of course, I cut out a set for myself but didn't finish them. Typical.
Also, my friend Leigh-Ann at Freckled Nest is sponsoring a weeklong series of giveaways from her blog-friends. Check out Mer Mag and her contest for a personal portrait drawing. Two prizes are available... a single portrait or one of your whole family (if you link to her site.) Here's my link, baby! She has some great design stuff and wonderful links on her side bar to more fun sites. Also check out: Poppy Talk and the Winter Market. If you need some last minute ideas for gifts, shop away! Amazing finds!