Last Minute Christmas Gift

Every year I try to plan Christmas so that it goes off without a hitch and by the time Christmas Eve day rolls around, I like to be DONE. Just pour some eggnog (the real stuff), turn on some music, and enjoy my family. Mostly it’s worked out, but one gift didn’t arrive, so I had to scramble and make something. Here’s what happened.

Advent Calendar.Lanie and GetzgerLast year a customer, Susan Delaney, shared photos of the advent calendars that she and her daughter exchanged and I thought the idea was so fun that I decided to do the same thing for my daughter. Lanie is 16, but she still holds onto her childhood and I knew that an advent calendar like this would be great fun for her. An advent calendar has 24 days of tiny gifts, one for each day of December leading up to Christmas. (I bought this one here on Amazon.) Each morning she opens another little drawer to see what she gets. The boxes are very small, so I was limited to filling it with little tokens of fun such as chocolates, hair ties, lip gloss, candy santas, mints, eye shadow, and mini nail polish.  But I wanted the last day to be more fun than the others. I ordered a set of earrings from a seller on Etsy. But that seller didn’t ship the package until 10 days after purchase. (Grrr.) I have watched the tracking carefully and yesterday realized there was no hope. They’ll arrive after Christmas.

Advent calendar box with gift for Christmas Eve.So I implemented Plan B! Like the cobbler’s children who have no shoes, my family hasn’t received many of the things that I make from polymer clay. Lanie has wanted some earrings using my Holo Effect for a couple of years. So my choice was natural. Holo Earrings. I used the new White Gold glitter color from Premo and it really turned out great. (If you have the Holo Effect Tutorial already, pick up some of this new sparkly clay and have a go…it’s really very neat!) These are simple, sparkly, and with just a bit of that colorful sparkly iridescent magic to make my not-so-little-anymore girl’s heart happy. She’s still asleep as I write this, so she’s not seen them yet. I can’t wait to see her open the box!

Holo Effect Earrings made from polymer clay by Ginger Davis Allman.

If you’re scrambling for a last minute gift, making some Holo Effect jewelry would be an easy one. I made little earrings, but you could make pendants, brooches, dangly earrings, or even coasters, boxes, and journal covers. I’ve even had a customer make cake server handles and another used this basic idea to make windows for fairy doors. The Holo Tutorial includes the earring project as well as two different ornament projects.

Make iridescent, shimmery effects in your polymer clay projects with the Holo Effect Tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree.

And while I’m at it, let me show you what I made my mother for Christmas. Like my daughter, she hasn’t really received much polymer clay from me for a while. (I think I flooded her with too many pens years ago when I was first learning. She’s STILL using them!) My mother likes to wear brooches, so this year I made her a pin with the technique from my newest tutorial, the Opulent Tapestry Tutorial. I used Sculpey’s bird silkscreen on a bright green background. I also chose to use the white gold glitter clay from Premo for this project and it really makes it shine. I wanted to use a crystal for the bird’s eye, but I didn’t have any good colors on hand. (Oh the trials of last-minute crafting!)

Polymer clay brooch pin made using the Opulent Tapestry Tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree.

Well, let me wrap this up and get on with the day. It’s Christmas Eve! I do have the special eggnog made already and my family will be arriving shortly. No matter what you are doing today, I hope that your day is filled with happy thoughts and people that you love. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Festivus for the Rest of Us and all of that…much love and warmth to you. Happy Claying!

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