But the ornament that year came from one of my first experiences taking workshops at the Creativ Festival. I took Maria Rypan's short workshop and learned to make a fanwheel snowflake - so everyone got a version of this that year. Again, I never kept one for myself, and I will have to remedy that one day!
I also had the great idea of making bath bombs that year, for colleagues at work and for family as I got a chance to go to one of the family gatherings that year - that can be a rarity because of my work schedule. I made them for a couple of years afterwards, especially as I heard a few of the cousins really loved them! The drywalling worked out well for the bomb-making - big open rooms for me to lay out the pans of wet bombs, and Jim had fans going constantly to dry the wet drywall compound, which dried my bombs out too.
|oh - there is my darling Toby, examining the mysterious, smelly lumps. That was his last Christmas with us, sadly|
I made a lavender and a lovely citrus scented version, and here is the recipe for them. The added bonus was that my house smelled phenomenal that year.
2012... I think I ramped up my blogging that year, and likewise did a lot of crafting. A lot of Christmas crafting got done, including more bombs, some bath melts, that was the year I made yoga bags for my mom, and a couple of nieces, etc.
I made coloured chainmaille flower/star ornaments and smaller versions as pendents for some. That was my official ornament of the year...
But then I was in Jim's shop one day and saw something in his pile of empties that made my head go "dingdingding". One of his work friends likes a type of beer that features a pin up girl image on the can, and I thought it would be awesome to make something for the guys in the group using that - and that became the secondary ornament of that year. Jim sacrificed to help me with this, drinking more of the beer so I could have enough cans... Poor Jim...
They were made with die cut cans, into star shapes, and I placed two of them back to back, and soldered them together, with a ring to hang off a ribbon. They were a big hit with the guys that year!