Monday, December 20, 2010


Hello again, boy has it been a while. I have felt very disconnected lately, I'm sure it is just this self imposed busy life converging all at once. Today I'm at home with the kiddos on their first day of Christmas break. I would love to be out and about finishing up last minute shopping but we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the UPS man with my new cell phone..this gal has been off the grid for over a week. On the bright side I finished up a bunch of handcrafted gifts and downloaded pictures from my camera so now I have something to blog about :)

Let me start out with Mr. Robert who celebrated his 10th birthday this past week. Oh my how can it be he has been in the world with us for a whole decade???

Now you have to keep a secret if you read on because I have posted pictures of some handcrafted Christmas telling...

I asked my mom for some of her favorite family snapshots at Thanksgiving with the intention of making ornaments for her tree. These are made using the with the same process as the faux glass tiles. The one below is my favorite of the three, it's her mom and dad taken while they dating, I don't know the exact age of the image but I guess it would have been in the 1940's.
My mom with her brother and older sister.
One of her whole family.
For the gals at the Bellevue Beadery, where they sell my work, I wanted to make them each a handcrafted pendant. These are made using the techniques I learned from Stephanie Lee's online class taken in the fall.
I made one extra and finished it into a necklace for my dear friend, Danielle, in New Jersey.
Here is a quick shot of my worktable...still making beads for the Beadery, both custom photo tiles and a few chilly penguin beads for consignment.

There is still much to do...ship packages (God Bless the post office's automated shipping center), cards to mail, packages to wrap, cinnamon roasted almonds and biscotti to make.

Until the next time..hopefully it won't be so long...



just me said...

WOW those are beautiful. Wish I would have seen it sooner, my grandmother just passed before Thanksgiving would be a great gift for my mom. Might have to come up with some sort of ornament for next year. Your mom will be very touched, not just that you made them but the wonderful pictures of her family. Christmas blessings to you, R'Chelle

Dorthe said...

Hi dear Angie,
They are so wonderfull, both the one for your mother, and the ones for the gals....fantastic as hangers,dear.
Oh and then you seems to be just where I am--bussy writing, wrapping,and sending!
Hope we both have done it all within the next dayes.
Sending you big hug. Dorthe

stregata said...

Angie, these are fantastic - such a clever frame for the ornaments! Love them!
Best wishes for Robert!
Cinnamon roasted almonds - ooohh, does that ever sound delicious!

Jen Crossley said...

Angie I just found your amazing blog your work is just stunning .I cant wait to visit your blog again

Hopemore Studio said...

R'Chelle, Dorthe, Renate and Jen..thank you all so much. You make blogging a real treasure.


Carla Trujillo said...


The Christmas ornaments you made for me were a big hit! Thanks for getting those done in such a short time! Love what you did with the butterfly pendants!
I'm still standing in the long lines at the post office!

Blessings from Cindy said...

I was just popping in to wish you a Merry Christmas! Thank you for following my blog & being a friend in the land of blogs. You bring me joy!

marie said...

Hi Angie,
Oh my goodness ~ I LOVE the ornaments you made for your Mom and the butterfly pendants are awesome. You are so very clever!

Happy belated birthday to Robert and I hope you had a wonderful, restful, joy-filled Christmas Day!

Cindy said...

Angie...wishing your son a Happy Belated Birthday! We have a lot in common- I have a 10 year old too!