The 12 Crafts of Christmas #2

Good morning!

I had intended to post this yesterday, but as we all know, holiday times can be chaotic & in addition, I am still working on getting into the habit of doing this on a regular basis. So yesterday didn’t make it, but I should be able to get both #2 & #3 up today & be back on track.

A few years ago, my friends & I decided to switch from a full gift exchange, to an ornament exchange – which saves us money. So for the last couple years, I’ve made ornaments to exchange with them. This year though, we decided to do something a bit different & we got together and made

The 12 Crafts of Christmas #2…

Painted Ceramic Ornaments

painted ornaments

This was so much fun. We got together at the ceramics place & each selected an ornament to paint & exchange. Then we sat down with some pizza, drinks, & a lot of laughs & painted! After painting them, the lady at the shop glazed & fired them for us. One of the girls in our group picked them up from her later, packed into anonymous gift bags, so we couldn’t tell which was which. Then when we got together for our annual Christmas celebration, we each selected a bag and kept the ornament that was inside!

unglazed pony ornamentglazed pony

This are Before & After pics of the pony I painted. I was a bit concerned when I was painting him, but I think he turned out pretty cute! The lines on his hooves & hair are a little unsteady, but overall I’m happy with him. Most of the paint colors really darken as they’re fired, so you have to look at the reference cards for them to judge how they’ll look once fired.This event was so much fun, it will most likely become a new tradition for us!

What is your favorite group crafting project? Do you have any sort of special gift exchange traditions with friends, family or co-workers?

S&Y Green Turtle

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