Here's how it worked: Those who signed up to participate were partnered up. Partners then decided what they'd exchange – could be handmade ornaments, jewelry, decor, whatever – it just had to be Holiday themed. We provided a list of holidays for the months of February/March.
My partner this round was Catherine King of Catherine's Musings. Together we chose Easter as our holiday. Catherine sent me a beautiful gift, so pretty, so much work! I will ALWAYS cherish it. (see link at bottom)
For these exchanges I like to sometimes go outside the box. This time I went back to my old love, mosaics. I made this Easter frame for Catherine -
I put my kiln to use and made the individual tiles I used to create Catherine's gift.
While waiting for the tiles to fire I gesso'd a frame I purchased from Michael's, then painted it creamy yellow.
Unfortunately I rushed and fired the tiles before they were completely bone dry, here's what happened...
Yeah, BOOM!, some pieces exploded!
I played with the what was left and came up with a plan -
I painted each piece with acrylic paint in Easter colors, dry brushed with a little white paint and then sealed them -
Here is a closer look at some of the tiles -
LASTLY, I glued them to the painted frame. No grout this time.
It really is an easy process. You should give it a try!
Oh, did you want to see what Catherine created? If you want to see, you will have to visit her blog! CLICK HERE!
And let's also continue on in the blog hop and see what everyone else created!!
Alicia Marinache All the Pretty Things
Catherine King Catherine's Musings
Chris Schlicht Non-Blogger Visitor to Marshellswaps
Cynthia Machata Antiquity Travelers
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell Deeliteful Jewelry Creations
Gina Hockett Freestyle Eelements
Jennifer Reno Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Laura Reed Non-Blogger Visitor to Marshellswaps
Leanne Loftus First Impression Design
Lennis Carrier Windbent
Lori Bowring Michaud Artfully Ornamental
Marti Conrad Marti C's Clay
Mary Govaars MLH Jewelry Designs
Renetha Stanziano Lamplight Crafts
Rita/ Toltec Jewels Jewel School Friends
Sandra McGriff Creative Chaos!
Sarah Goode Pookledo
Sherri Stokey Knot Just Macrame
Sonya Stille Dreaming of Beads/ SAS Jewelry Designs
Tammie Everly TTE Designs
Therese Frank Therese's Treasures
Tiffany Goff Smith Southern Gals Design
Marlene Cupo Amazing Designs by Marlene