Wednesday, December 9, 2015

5th Art Bead Scene Ornament Blog Hop

Welcome to the 5th Art Bead Scene Ornament Blog Hop sponsored by Heather Powers of Humblebeads.  The instructions were simple:
Create an ornament using handmade components or art beads. 
This is an inclusive creative challenge. Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice themed decorations along with traditional Christmas ornaments are all possibilities. 

A bull elk in a park in Estes Park, Colorado

I wanted to make a Christmas ornament that will serve as a reminder of some favorite vacations. I selected the mighty elk.  Last fall we went to Estes Park in Colorado at just the time when the elk were literally laying all over the very cute town.  My husband and I spotted elk in the park, on the sidewalks around town and on the golf course.  We also spotted elk in the wild of Colorado National Park.   

Cow elk in Colorado National Park
The year before we spotted elk in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.  These magnificent animals provided us with much entertainment and joy.  It was also a thrill to be able to capture a few photos of them.
Bull elk in Yellowstone

I saw a rustic looking elk pendant by Lipstick Ranch. It is fitting that  Lipstick Ranch is located in Colorado.

Elk Ornament by Bay Moon Design

The Lipstick Ranch Rusted Iron Elk Pendant is 57x54mm so it is a nice size for an ornament.  I can't wait to give it to my husband on Christmas.  He loves to put the ornaments on the tree so I know he will be happy to receive it.

I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with for this ABS Ornament Blog Hop.


  1. The iron elk is an awesome choice for a winter holiday ornament. It is so expressive and so close to nature!

  2. I love that you picked a favorite vacation memory as the inspiration for your ornament, what a sweet gift!

  3. Wow. What an impressive ornament.

  4. That's very unique - and beautiful in its sentiments. I love ornaments that bring special memories.

  5. That moose is really cute .. I'm sure he'll be a happy addition to your tree!