These are some of the final ornaments I made for the exchange I wrote about last month. I’ve been giving these away almost as fast as I’ve been making them. I took these pictures shortly before packing these guys up for the mail.
My inspiration was to create a dimensional version of some holiday masking tape experiments I made last year.
The ornament exchange was good motivation to create an ornament that could do triple duty for the exchange, to be given as gifts and to be sold. I participated in the San Francisco Center for the Book Holiday Fair this year where I sold some of my wares including the ornaments which proved to be a hit.
Thanks Dan Grindle for the Holiday Fair images.
This years tree is courtesy of some manzanita branches from my parents yard. My roommate is very allergic to Christmas trees so I got creative. This little tree can’t fit all my ornaments but it was the perfect low stress solution for my decorating this year.
The colorful star is from a Christmas trip to Mexico two years ago.
After I returned from Christmas I discovered my make-shift tree had taken a crash. Was it my cat? Was there a minor earthquake while I was away? I’ll never know.
Luckily my mom wrapped a gift for me in a box topped with an extra sparkly bottle brush xmas tree. It saved my little arrangement so my living room can stay festive into the new year.
I used a limited color palette for my wrappings in 2009.
This gift was for my dad. The tag is refrencing the tradition I’d started of always getting him a new beanie for christmas as well as some sort of nerd toy. I think a robot might have been inside.
I wish I had a picture of the inside of this box. Inside the box I created a Christmas tree diahrama. It was a gift for a friend who had a very small apartment at the time and no room for a real tree.
2006 was the year I reused shopping bags for some of my holiday wrap. This coinsided with discovering MaiDo, a Japanese stationer, located in the Westfield mall. I watched their wrapping tecniques and borrowed them that year. Coincidently, I’ve been purchasing most of my masking tapes this year from the MaiDo in Japan Town.
Please forgive the poor image quality. In 2006 I probably didn’t understand what a blog was nor thought I would be posting these pictures too one.