Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Richness of Reds

You could never guess how stunning the color Red
can be until you see it used in these
beautiful creations which I
received from two blogging friends for Christmas.

Firstly, from Liz  in England/France 
 this amazing necklace which she created
by altering this beautiful strand of Vintage red aurora borealis crystal beads

 by adding to it her own Vintage velvet, lace and pearl wrapped

 and some ceramic and pearly white oval beads.

 The focal point of the necklace is this stunning
Vintage Madonna medal and

 it features perfectly on the chain of pearl beads.

At the moment she is gracing the neck of my dress form
which you can surely tell but I have to tell you how
beautifully it sits around my neck.
 Thank you so much Liz - it will 
always be treasured. 

Along with the necklace arrived this lovely
Christmas card of  "Joy and Peace "
also created by Liz and some
very handy white tags.
All is so very much appreciated as is your friendship!


Now this packet travelled all the way from Canada to Australia
from Karen Bailey  (Todolwen). Many of you would
know Karen's blog where she shares
her crocheted creations and her
very generous tutorials
for you all to follow.

Inside this parcel I found this gorgeous
and very warm and Wintery Christmas stocking which
was embellished so beautifully by Karen
with crocheted snowflakes and flowers 
 What a beautiful Christmas combination of colors


Look how creatively Karen has embellished this stocking!
 Inside the stocking I found this little sachet of golden bells


and a packet of paper snowflakes (just perfect
for embellishing cards and collages),

 these long stemmed flowers created with a 
grey wool with a silvery thread running
through it.


This red silk scarf is so fine and stunning
with a snowflake pattern 


printed so beautifully all over it.

Snowflakes are something which are unfamiliar to us
here in Australia (where our Christmasses are usually hot and dry) so it is quite special to receive such a gorgeous piece of finery
from Karen.

Everything in this parcel is lovely and it makes it so special
when a friend creates something with their own hands
that you can appreciate.

I can only say "thank you" Karen for your kindness and 
we look forward
to seeing more of your original projects in the 
coming New Year.

I take this opportunity to tell you also that I have several new Valentine artworks and supplies in my 
Etsy Shop 
which I shall share here soon!


I would also like to wish all my readers a most
 Happy and Healthy New Year
where some of your dreams may be fulfilled!

xox Suzy


  1. Dear Suzy,
    firstly the gift from Liz in just so beautiful! Secondly I am so happy you like my little gift ~ thank you for sharing it.
    Many hugs,
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

  2. Oh Dear Suzy,
    Our Liz surely also spoiled you, my friend ! Your necklace is stunning , the vintage crystal beads has a special aura ,which are so stunning with the handmade pearls ,together. And I love the holy medaillon she added , what a perfect gift for you - aren`t we so blessed to be gifted such amazing gifts from dear Liz !!
    Her card is so lovely,too.
    And what beautifully handmade gifts from Karen. Her flowers of both kind are so adorable, which the snowflakes are too, and your new scarf goes lovely with the necklace!
    Amazing gifts from dear friends, I know you treasure them so much.
    I send you many hugs and smiles, and wishes for a beautiful week,dearest Suzy.
    Love from Dorthe

  3. everything is sooo lovely and beautiful-my favorite is the necklace-enjoy-it is all so special

  4. These gifts are stunning Suzy! Liz's necklace is so beautiful. I am sure you look wonderful in it---and that scarf from Karen too! I love the stocking she made. Yes, I agree, that gifts made form the hands of our friends are absolutely special. Especially when they come from so far away and we know we are holding something that they took so much time to create for us. Your card is hanging now where I can see it everyday and think of you so far away,yet close.
    much love from here...

  5. these gifts are so very thoughtful, and just stunning!! I love the color combinations, and of course, a touch of red is a perfect fit. Thank you for sharing these lovely gifts and for taking such beautiful photos of them too.

  6. Oh, how fortunate you are to have such wonderful friends. These are absolutely lovely. Liz definitely creates wonderful art. Your Canadian friend is new to me and I'll check her blog for sure.

    Happy New Year,

  7. Thanks for your inspiration!1 I have a red necklace I'm going to play with soon!!

  8. Hello Suzy
    Happy New Year to you dear lady! I love the beautiful reds you have shared here and all the wonderful textures. Thank you for your continued support during my recovery.

  9. You really got lovely gifts, Suzy. I wish you a happy new year!
    Satu from Finland

  10. Ohhhhhhhhhh, Suzy, you certainly it the jackpot! Karen does FABULOUS work and you are extremely fortunate to have some of her work. The other items are also delicious!!!

    Happy New Year.

  11. Ah, such beautiful gifts from your friends' own hands! Happy New Year!

  12. Hi Suzy, love all your beautiful rich red creations. Perfect for winter and going into the Valentine month.
    Your gifts are amazing. Such a talent.
    Wishing you a happy new year and happy creating.

  13. Only a friend who creates truly 'gets' what would give us pleasure, as these gifts will attest. My very favourite things to receive are things created just for me, by a friend. The best!!

  14. Stunning gifts with those pops of brilliant red. Treasures from treasured friends...priceless.

  15. Oh, you lucky girl! I adore the little silver bouquet of crochet flowers.

  16. Happy New Year Suzy, I hope you have a wonderful 2015. Your gifts from your friends around the world are stunning, thanks so much for sharing them with us.

  17. Happy New Year dear Suzy.Your gifts from dear Liz and Karen are simply stunning. Have a lovely day.
    Hugs and love,


Thank you so very much for stopping here to say hello and to see what I have been creating. I really treasure each and everyone of you for your comments. It is so appreciated....Suzy

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