But even though I'm a minimalist with regard to Christmas decorations, I'll never say no to an invitation to a Christmas party! Especially one where the party favor is a handmade glass Christmas ornament.
Last week I went to Barbara Sanderson's Glass Gardens Northwest Christmas party at her studio in Mukilteo, where each of the guests was given the opportunity to make a glass ornament. I attended this party two years ago, and wrote about it here.
What fun! One of the party-goers this year was Karen Chapman, one of the co-authors of one of my favorite books, Fine Foliage. I managed to capture some pictures of her and her daughter making glass baubles. Karen and her co-author Christina Salwitz write a blog called Fine Foliage as well, which you can find here.
|Karen Chapman, right, and Barb's assistant Kate (whose nickname is Kate the Great)|
|Karen uses tongs to shape the ornament as Kate rolls the tube|
|Kate reheats the glass|
|Now it's Karen's daughter's turn|
|Kate on the right and Karen's daughter in the glow of the glass furnace|
|Karen blows air into the hot glass while her daughter shapes it, and Kate rolls the tube|
On my way to the glass blowing studio, I had stopped off at Molbak's Nursery, which is on the way. While I was there, I noticed a display of wood-turned ornaments from Stumpdust, which is serendipitously a company owned by Karen's husband.
|The Stumpdust display at Molbak's|
|These ornaments are created from wood salvaged from fallen limbs|
When my own turn came to have an ornament made, I decided to let Barb and Kate make it for me. We were given a choice of several different colors, and I chose red and white. I had to go back a few days later and pick it up. The first thing I did when I got it home was to hang it on various limbs out in the garden to see how it looked.
|My red and white bauble looks very much at home on the branch of a red twig dogwood.|
|It also looks good nestled into the branches of my dwarf blue atlas cedar.|
Have you been to any fabulous Christmas parties? Do you go all-out in decorating and celebrating, or do you prefer a more quiet holiday, like me?
Whatever your merry-making entails, I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas.