Holiday Bling #2 Blog Hop

Welcome Friends~
Today I am happy to share with you my participation in the Holiday Bling #2 Blog Hop.
Back in the fall I was neck deep in craft/trunk show mode. I had watched with interest the previous Holiday Bling #1 hosted by Shelley Turner and Marlene Cupo and thought "Wow, sorry I missed that one". 
Much to my delight they decided to extend the fun and so I hopped aboard the second blog train.  
I was so tickled to be paired with Ginger Bishop!
Ginger happens to be a fellow Navy wife, currently supporting her lovely family & the 'Global Force for Good' in Okinawa Japan. I had the pleasure of visiting Tokyo when we were stationed in Guam. I wanted to go to say I'd been to Japan, I never expected to fall in love with the culture there.  Coincidentally, my favorite polymer clay approach is Mokume Gane which is based on Japanese metal working technique. 
Ginger & I 'chatted' at bit through emails and FB and shared our likes and what we wanted to swap.  I had a few ideas right away.
Of  course some Mokume Gane was to be expected and based on colors we discussed I developed this unique 'cookie cutter' style ornament.

Mokume Gane in process......
 Being married to the NAVY very often means a tour of duty in Norfolk, Virginia. The city symbol is the mermaid and that emblem abounds.  I am very fond of mermaids and use them often in my designs.
I made this set from polymer clay using translucent cool ocean blues and silver leaf.
Never one to waste, I also made these cool 'Century' beads from my leftover clays from this project. I hope Ginger can make them into something cool.

A few days after I sent my swap I received this fun little box from Okinawa :-)
Wonder what's inside????

A cool shinto shrine ornament
A spectacular beaded collar necklace that Ginger made just for me.  I admire her patience, I'm pretty sure I could never make something this beautiful!

I am in LOVE with this! A Christmas tree made from sea urchin shells. 

A bit of 'bling' ~ sparkling thumb tacks

Thanks for hopping by today. I hope you enjoyed the post. I feel blessed to have made a new friend and to have received a beautiful early Christmas gift. 
Please stop by the other participants below*** and see all the other "BLING"
If you are new to TTE Designs I would love to have you as a follower.  If you are already a friend, please know how much I appreciate you!
If you are interested in learning more about Mokume Gane I posted a more in depth 'how to' at Artisan Whimsy on Friday 12/14/12. 
Warmest Regards~ Tammie
Shirley Moore  
Lori Bowring Michaud  
Catherine King  
Dyanne Cantrell  
Sonya Stille  
Elaine Ray  
Gina Hockett  
Jo-Ann Woolverton  
Debbie Rasmussen  
Renetha Stanziano  
Ginger Bishop <<<< MY FABULOUS PARTNER :-)  
Miranda Ackerley  
Sandra McGriff  
Tammie Everly <<<<< YOU ARE HERE  
Alicia Marinache  
Melinda Abrahamson  
Rita/ Toltec Jewels  
Chandra Merod  
Mary Govaars  
Kelley Fogel  
Tiffany Goff Smith  
Heather Rats Otto  
Anitra Gordy Boyers   
Marlene Cupo  
Shelley Graham Turner


  1. Thanks again for all my pretties. So glad you liked your gifts.

  2. I am having a problem trying to comment on what I like best about this post - what you sent her or what you received! Holy Moly! All of it is just gorgeous - but you are spot on about that blue tree made from sea urchins - that is spectacular! Merry Christmas!

  3. Your polymer pieces are outstanding, absolutely gorgeous mermaid. Ginger as always outdid herself gorgeous necklace the sea urchin tree is gorgeous.

  4. Tammy, I love the star!!! My daughter and I have dabbled with pc, but not that technique. It is really her medium, and she makes lovely miniatures, so I think I need to show her this and have some play time.
    Love the sparkly quality of the beads with the mermaid! And your 'scrap' beads!! What a bunch of talent you have.
    Ginger's necklace is wonderful, I bet it looks great on. I have to say, I'm lovin' all over that sea urchin tree, what a great idea!

  5. I love what you did with the clay! I am determined to try polymer clay this year! How awesome is the friendship and things in common that you discovered with Ginger. Enjoyed finding out about the mermaids, way cool! Gina H

  6. I love the Mokume Gane, it is so full of movement!! You are so creative!

  7. Your polymenr clay is fantastic.

  8. Tammie, you and Ginger were a perfect pairing. Not only because you both are such artisans, but sure you will continue the "Navy wife friendship" long after this hop. Thanks for "coming on board". Happy Holidays!.

  9. Your Mokume Gane clay is beautiful! The star ornament is so uplifting and lovely, and I love the swirling beads made in teal and orange. My spouse is a navy vet, and I love the sea theme of your gift exchange. What gorgeous silver leaf clay beads and exquisite mermaid jewelry you made for Ginger! And what a stunning beadwoven necklace she gifted you! Likewise, I agree Ginger's sea urchin Christmas tree is very cool -- brilliant and adorable!

    What a festive and special exchange you two created :)

    Feliz Navidad Tammie!


    P.S. love your blog

  10. Tammie I love all your work and these gifts you made for Ginger are no exception. BUT the mermaid necklace and earrings I LOVE LOVE LOVE!! The shade of blue with the silver mix is perfection.

    Love the ornament, very creative. I love nature-inspired pieces. And the necklace you received - so so sparkly pretty!
    Thanks for participating - HAPPY HOLIDAYS, ~ Shelley

  11. Thank you everyone for your kind comments. The chaos of the holidays mixed with some family issues prevented me from responding individually to each of you in a timely manner, but I greatly appreciate the time you took~ to look, and post a response. Thanks for your support. Blessings to you all in 2013~ Warmest Regards, Tammie


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