Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Ornaments by Beth for Ornament Exchange

“In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.”
– Henry Ward Beecher
Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012
Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Christmas Ornaments by Beth

I was in an ornament exchange for the second year, over at Blu Penny.  I think there are 60 of us, divided into groups of 4.  You mail handmade ornaments to the other 3 people in your group and they each send you one.   My group was “The Fruitcakes”.  Our $10 entry fee benefited the Make a Wish Foundation.

To make these, I took a plastic ornament and covered the whole thing with little fabric squares, using Mod Podge.   I added 2 more coats of Mod Podge.  Then the leaves on the top were created by cutting apart a little plastic poinsetta and painting the leaves with spray paint.  I attached a bunch of little charms and bells to the ends and then hot glued the leaves onto the ornament.  Whaaa-Laaa!  :)

About Henry Ward Beecher

The liberal American minister Henry Ward Beecher was a great orator, an advocate of women’s suffrage, and a staunch abolitionist. He raised funds before the Civil War to buy rifles to fight against slavery; these guns became known as “Beecher’s Bibles.” He was born in 1813 in Connecticut; among his eight siblings was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. His immense popularity waned only slightly after he was accused of adultery; the trial ended in a hung jury, and he was ultimately acquitted. He died in 1887.

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