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Cindy Ann
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PostSubject: Beardniks    Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:45 pm

Welcome to your exchange group this year!!!

As a group you can decide on a theme or choose to be surprised. It's totally up to you guys!! I always ask each group member to say HI and share 1 fun or interesting thing that they did this year. It's a great way to break the ice and get folks chatting.

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Michele Pacey, 946 Victoria St. Kingston ON, Canada K7K 4T8
Jana Holstein, 22992 Mill Creek,Ste. B, Laguna Hills CA,92653
Kate Pitner, Little Aloha Flag Company, 27726 Coldsprings Place, Valencia, CA, 91354, United States
kijsa housman, 2501 Jefferson Street, 2501 Jefferson Street, Paducah, KY, 42001, United States
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PostSubject: Hi from Canada!   Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:21 pm

Hey there!

I'm Michele and this is my first time doing the ornament exchange, eeps! Pretty excited about the whole thing. I love making Christmas ornaments and I love surprises so I'm all for being surprised with the ornament exchange. That's just my opinion however. What about you guys?

One fun and interesting thing I'm in the midst of doing this year is making a hexagon quilt. The quilt top is complete, and now I'm working on the hand-quilting. It's taken me a while (and may take a while yet) but I'm quite enjoying the process!

Looking forward to meeting you all and exchanging some pretty ornaments!

Yours,

Michele
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PostSubject: Re: Beardniks    Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:06 pm

Hi ladies! I'm so happy to be doing the ornament exchange again this year! I had a blast last year and I couldn't wait to do it again! I'm having a lot of fun creating my little gifts for you and I'm getting excited to share. I'm totally up for doing a "surprise" ornament as well, but I'm open to the rest of the group if a theme is set.

A little something interesting that I did this year was to start using new mediums that I never really pushed myself to explore ... one of which was sculpting with polymer clay! It's so different from my other work that I do and I LOVE how tactile it is! Another non-art thing I did this year was I got to relive what life applying to colleges is like with my son. I enjoyed stress-relieving during that whole yucky process with my polymer clay projects! :0)

I'm looking forward to our ornament exchange and hearing from you soon! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

xoxo

Kate :0)
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PostSubject: Kijsa Housman   Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:12 am

I am thrilled to be a part of the exchange this year...It's my first as well! I am crazy busy at the studio with orders, so it will be fun to take a few moments to create something special just for this! I am open to theme or surprise!
Blessings,
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PostSubject: Just wanted to let you know   Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:38 pm

I just wanted you to know that I started a place for folks to share all their links to there social media lives.

Stop by take a look and add your handle : http://blupenny-ornamentex.forumotion.com/t23-what-s-your-handle
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PostSubject: Re: Beardniks    Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:21 pm

Hi there fellow Beardniks! I posted last week, but it never showed up, so I'm trying again. I'm not especially tech saavy, so who knows what I did?! Anyhow, I'm excited about participating in the ornament exchange and I'm fine with not having a theme.

I'm a managing editor at Stampington & Company and oversee four titles: Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Digital Studio, Somerset Memories, and Art Doll Quarterly. I love my job and being surrounded by creative people and amazing artwork everyday, interacting with artists, and helping them achieve their dreams of being published.

I'm definitely more of a wordsmith than an artist, but I do dabble in mixed-media art and simple jewelry making. I even made a couple very, very simple polymer clay art dolls last year.

It's nice to meet you all and I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations. Happy holidays!
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PostSubject: Re: Beardniks    Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:16 pm

Hi Michele, Jana, and Kijsa!

I wanted to let you know that I shipped your little ornament goodie this past weekend and it should be arriving to you very soon!
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy 2013!

xoxo

Kate
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PostSubject: Ornaments Sent - Michele Pacey   Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:58 pm

Hi all!

Okay, so the ornaments are off! They're coming from Canada so I can't say for sure when they'll arrive, but fingers-crossed they get to you before Christmas. I'll be posting photos on the blog tomorrow (hopefully) so I'll be back with the exact URL of the post when I do. This has been really fun!

Merry Christmas everyone, and a Happy 2013 to you all!

Take care,

Michele Pacey

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PostSubject: Pics up on the blog   Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:36 am

Good morning everyone!

As I mentioned yesterday, I posted photos of the finished ornaments on the blog this morning. Here's the URL:

http://www.michelemademe.com/2012/12/egg-carton-angels-for-ornament-exchange.html

Take care, and have a safe and happy holiday season!

Yours,

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PostSubject: Thank You   Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:32 pm

Kate!!! Thank you for the lovely ornament!! Annabelle is adorable!!! xo
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PostSubject: Thank You Jana!   Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:26 pm

Hi Jana - I just wanted to send a little note to say thank you for my beautiful hand-stitched ornament! I love it and it looks fabulous on my tree! You're amazing! Thank you very, very much!

I hope you have a wonderful Holiday!

xo

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PostSubject: Thank You Michele!   Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:19 pm

Thank you Michele - I can't believe how cute you are! All the way down to the packaging ... SO CLEVER! I almost didn't want to break the cute little ribbon when I opened it! Thank you very much and you've absolutely inspired me to create with recycled goodies! Have a fabulous Christmas!
xo
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PostSubject: Thank you Kate!   Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:55 pm

Kate, I received your ornament!!! My Trixie Lou is beautiful from head to toe! I had to blog about her too. You'll find that post here:

http://www.michelemademe.com/2012/12/thank-you-kate-pitner.html.

The love you put in Trixie Lou's every detail is obvious. Thank you so much!


Yours,

Michele

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PostSubject: Re: Beardniks    Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:25 pm

I'm so happy my little dancing girls have such wonderful new homes! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy, & Prosperous 2013!

Many thanks Michele for the blog post! Your picture of Trixie Lou is adorable - I think I need a new camera! :0)
I just made a post too: http://katepitner.com/2012/lovely-ornaments-from-my-blu-penny-ornament-exchange/
I'm going to definitely try out over the winter break some of the fun tutorials on your site!

xoxo
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PostSubject: Thank You Kijsa!   Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:53 am

I want to send one last thank you to Kijsa! I just received your amazing ornament and it's absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much - I love it!

I wish you a Merry, Merry, and Restful Holiday!
xo
Kate
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