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One of my favorite original design handmade felt ornaments.

A cute little felt bluebird carrying a glittery white snowflake. Not just for Christmas but can be kept out all winter long. Gheez, he looks a little flushed--I hope its not the flu. I heard that bird flu can get kinda bad.

Mt. Hood looking festive. Thank you, MS Paint.

One of my favorite original design handmade felt ornaments.

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Many Jewish families today have family members of another religious faith. Many people have heard of a "Chanukkah bush." This is a menorah that gives a nod to family members who are Christian. It incorporates small Christmas ornaments. The caps and hangers are removed to accept Chanukkah Candles. The ornaments are glued to a brass standard. See

jewishappleseed.org/apple/index-menorah.html.

Rabbi Jo David

RabbiDavid@jewishappleseed.org

Knitted Cupcakes, A Viral Marketing Art Experiment

 

It takes one Happy Chick at darcyscrossing.com, two sticks, lots of fuzzy multicolored ingredients, and approximately one day at a time for “Artfully Knitted Cupcakes” to spread joy to the world. A child once said to me, “Hearts mean love.” Well the Happy Chick at darcyscrossing.com says, “Cupcakes mean love too.” Every time a cupcake is packaged off and sent out into the world ready to spread the love, my heart smiles knowing someone else thinks cupcakes are the cutest things ever too. My role is to keep on knitting, a pleasurable task, because there’s a need to create silly little objects. Since I began this crazy compulsion back in July, people often ask me, “Well, what do you do with them? What are they for?” My answer is often that they are really for me… as an artist I needed a way to create an object that was opposite my normal studio practice of painting. I am constantly looking for ways to investigate the nature of crafting and knitting as a higher art form and the cupcakes are a type of sculptural object that embodies this for me.

 

learn more about These CUPCAKES NOW: at Darcy's Crossing

This embarrassed little creature is my homage to the...er...rash of attention-starved starlets who have recently been all over the tabloids showing us more than we ever needed to see. Here's hoping that Santa will bring Britney, Paris and Lindsay underwear on Christmas Day!

 

Kipling West

pageofbats@yahoo.com

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This ornament was a runner up in the NPR Holiday Contest. This was created using old phone records, glue, and paint. It was inspired by the Hewlett-Packard Pre-Texting scandal in which private investigators pretended to be indivduals to obtain their phone records. In this case, the phone records are pretending to be an ornament. Go to www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6627401

to see the winners!

Now muslims can celebrate christmas

From Julie (ornament winner)

 

Oh boy, you know Stephen, he and his "elf friends" just won't stop celebrating!

These Christmas ornaments, along with Mr. Pickle, were made for our family by our neighbor, Mrs. S., way back in the early 1970's. Truly retro! Not just retro-repro!

 

Blogged at: laurismith.blogspot.com/2006/12/some-christmas-spirit.html

 

Edited for NPR: I have another ornament that I submitted and re-submitted for the contest, it's all tagged and everything, but it won't show up! And it's the best one of all! Mr. Pickle! It is blogged about twice...in the same post as above, and also at: laurismith.blogspot.com/2006/11/what-is-vintage-anyway.html

In Eastern Europe, during the Communist era, Judaica was impossible to buy. Jews wishing to have a menorah often used potatoes. This menorah celebrates that tradition, while giving thanks that Jewish communities are beginning to develop in those countries once again. Two potatoes, joined in the center with a toothpicik, are decorated with holiday stickers, confetti, and other small colorful shapes. A small bolt raises the Shamash candle at the end. See jewishappleseed.org/apple/index-menorah.html.

Rabbi Jo David

RabbiDavid@jewishappleseed.org

Using number magnets and candles set in nuts, this child-oriented menorah helps to count the days. The magnets and nuts are glued onto a tin sheet. The nut of the shamash is attached to the top of the number 9, raising it above the other candles. (For greater rigidity, the sheet could be affixed to a thin wooden board.) See jewishappleseed.org/apple/index-menorah.html.

Rabbi Jo David

RabbiDavid@jewishappleseed.org

Women-orah. Let's take back Hanukkah this year with the Women-orah.

No longer will men control the Festival Lights! This year Women will spin the dreidel! Lit Hanukkah candels are also helpful if you get the desire to burn your bra.

 

Materials: Piece of wood; clay for the candle holders; paint; feminist-jewish women's names on paper.

  

The images uploaded to flickr.com as part of this contest are the sole responsibility of the artists. Views reflected in these images are not those of NPR, nor can NPR ensure appropriateness or legality of this artwork.

  

Kwanzaa is celebrated from Dec. 26th through Jan. 1st, by the African American and the Pan-African community. The kinara is a candleholder that holds 7 candles. The candles should be placed 3 red candles on left, a black candle in the center, and 3 green candles on the right. The candles are black (for the people), red (for the struggle) and green (for the hope in the future that comes through the struggle).

 

One of my favorite original design handmade felt ornaments.

One of my favorite original design handmade felt ornaments.

One of my favorite original design handmade felt ornaments.

I got this Lego set as a Channukah gift from a roommate one year. Recently there was news that Lego, invented and manufactured in Denmark, would outsource its production to Mexico and the Czech Republic for cheaper labor. So this menorah contains both the joy of childhood toys, and the sadness of adult realizations. Many gifts that will be exchanged these holidays will be made under unfair labor conditions. Outsourcing may be "old news", but it's still happening in 2006 and shows no signs of stopping.

  

The images uploaded to flickr.com as part of this contest are the sole responsibility of the artists. Views reflected in these images are not those of NPR, nor can NPR ensure appropriateness or legality of this artwork.

Every tree needs not only ornaments but garland. This one is "Politicians being hung out to dry." K Bradbury, pilly-1@excite.com

With all of the war, poverty and starvation in the news this year it seemed to me that our politicians were a little more focused on who should and shouldn't be able to get married. They somehow think that it is going to be the end of our culture as we know it if we allow gay and lesbian marriage to go forward.

 

With that in mind I created an ornament that should be in the shops this year but sadly is not. An ornament that celebrates the first Christmas of a couple who have pledged their love for each other and are celebrating wedded bliss.

 

Maybe I will be able to make some of these up next year......

  

Entry details

Materials: Plastic, paper and sarcasm

Email: gadgetgirl70@gmail.com

Blog:http://gadgetgirl.robnamy.net/

A complete set of 12 (days of Christmas), painted on canvas by S'mee in the style of 12 individual artists. J.Miro, G.DeChirico, H.D.T. Lautrec, G. Seurat, S. Dali, C. Monet, V. VanGogh, J. Pollock, H. Matisse, P.Picasso, and P.Klee.

 

Each has it's own ribbon hanger attached, but hiding in the photo, so that it can hang on a tree or on the wall, or if you're a fashion conscious -around your wee litle neck.

 

One sent to each person on S'mee's ornament swap list, also featuerd on "NPR's Holiday Contest" and also at "12 Days of Christmas, Flickr! Style". More individual photos and info on the flickr! page: www.flickr.com/photos/knotinthestring/

blogged at: knotinthestring.blogspot.com/2006/11/ornament-exchange.ht...

e-mail: pilokween@msn.com

On October 17th, George W. Bush, signed into law a bill that would suspend the writ of habeas corpus. I have immortalized that event with my Santa Voodoo Doll Ornament. With every pin, a right is lost, until finally habeas corpus is no more. Now, who made pie?

 

Technique: Needle Felting

Materials: Wool Roving, Ribbon, Pins

Tools: Industrial Felting Needle, Ironic Whimsy

 

(moxie @ madebymoxie.com)

This is what happens when a bunch of college students with far too many empty alcohol containers need a Christmas tree...

From Angela in RI:

 

First, "Good Yule Hunting" Remember when Dick Cheney went hunting, and his friend got in the way? Well, what does the VP hunt during the holiday season? Hmmmmmmm, certainly not quail!!!

 

The images uploaded to flickr.com as part of this contest are the sole responsibility of the artists. Views reflected in these images are not those of NPR, nor can NPR ensure appropriateness or legality of this artwork.

One of my favorite original design handmade felt ornaments.

2006 NPR Holiday Menorah & Ornament Contest - Finalist

 

www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6627401

www.npr.org/templates/gallery/index.php?gallery=6620409&a...

 

Vice President Cheney having a little trouble with the shotgun around the Christmas decorations. Defines brand new parameters for the concept of gun "control ".

Materials: crochet cotton, nylon sewing thread, silver plated micro beads, paperclip

Cecilia A. Lira

cecilira@yahoo.com

Clip-on magnets or other clip-on pieces that can support candles are attached to a brass standard. Small candle holders are glued onto the magnets to hold the candles. The shamash is glued onto another magnet to raise it above the other candles. Easy to take apart after Chanukkah and store. See jewishappleseed.org/apple/index-menorah.html.

Rabbi Jo David

RabbiDavid@jewishappleseed.org

I made this ornament at one of those pottery painting places. The swirling lights are the lights on the tree; I just took a flash picture with an extended exposure, then shook the camera as it exposed after the flash.

This ornament attempts to capture the standard of Hollywood-defined beauty currently permeating our culture. Skeletal bodies, inflated busts, gaunt faces with plumped up lips and fake eyelashes, and hair extensions topped off with a sparkling little tiara pretty much sums it up.

 

Medium: Wood, Fimo clay, yarn, lace, acrylic, fake eyelashes, rhinestones.

  

The images uploaded to flickr.com as part of this contest are the sole responsibility of the artists. Views reflected in these images are not those of NPR, nor can NPR ensure appropriateness or legality of this artwork.

   

 

The images uploaded to flickr.com as part of this contest are the sole responsibility of the artists. Views reflected in these images are not those of NPR, nor can NPR ensure appropriateness or legality of this artwork.

 

My entry in the NPR holiday decoration contest, this enormous ornament commemorates the 2006 election. You would think an elephant would need to pack larger suitcases, but keep in mind he's also got the trunk.

 

I can be contacted via flickrmail or my site.

Created by Jaclyn Huniu of Anaheim, CA, this Hanukkah at the Beach Menorah is a playful comment the intersetion of modern idols and ancient tradition.

 

The menorah is made from real Barbie and Ken dolls planted in a sandcast base, and each holds one candle. Barbies and Kens are dressed for the beach, and the "Shamash candle" is stuck into the head of a larger Barbie. The menorah rest on the legs and lower torso of the dolls.

 

Materials: Sand, plaster, plastic dolls and clothing, paint, glue, small plastic props.

 

jmhuniu@gmail.com

I had to make new wreaths this year...ones with shells.

Only at MIT would you find Jews lighting test tubes instead of candles.

  

The images uploaded to flickr.com as part of this contest are the sole responsibility of the artists. Views reflected in these images are not those of NPR, nor can NPR ensure appropriateness or legality of this artwork.

 

This is my submission for the npr.org ornament contest. One of the most talked about events of last year. The White House and wiretapping.

 

Little ears on the White House and the holiday song "Do you hear what I hear?".

  

The images uploaded to flickr.com as part of this contest are the sole responsibility of the artists. Views reflected in these images are not those of NPR, nor can NPR ensure appropriateness or legality of this artwork.

This ornament attempts to capture the standard of Hollywood-defined beauty currently permeating our culture. Skeletal bodies, inflated busts, gaunt faces with plumped up lips and fake eyelashes, and hair extensions topped off with a sparkling little tiara pretty much sums it up.

 

Medium: Wood, Fimo clay, yarn, lace, acrylic, fake eyelashes, rhinestones.

  

The images uploaded to flickr.com as part of this contest are the sole responsibility of the artists. Views reflected in these images are not those of NPR, nor can NPR ensure appropriateness or legality of this artwork.

   

 

I'm a psychology professor who has been writing for years on the psychological benefits of creative activities for middle-aged and older adults. Along the way, I developed my own creative activity, the creation of wire jewelry. I also converted to the religion of my ancestors, Judaism. Although psychology is still my primary job, wirework is my true love, and I exhibit my creations at several juried shows a year. The creation of wire objects other than jewelry is relatively new to me, but this wire menorah, made in blue and copper wire, expresses the tightly woven nature of the community, and the twists and turns of Jewish life.

  

The images uploaded to flickr.com as part of this contest are the sole responsibility of the artists. Views reflected in these images are not those of NPR, nor can NPR ensure appropriateness or legality of this artwork.

 

When celebrating the miracle of the oil, this menorah is a way to celebrate falling gasoline prices. The shamish is a gasoline pump and each candle rests on a gas price which is lower each day of Hanukkah.

 

Materials used were model magic, clay, a marker, straight pins, a shoelace, and candles.

 

short_jennifer@excite.com

This ornament was created by Elizabeth using old phone records, glue, and paint. It was inspired by the Hewlett-Packard Pre-Texting scandal in which private investigators pretended to be indivduals to obtain their phone records. In this case, the phone records are pretending to be an ornament.

 

The images uploaded to flickr.com as part of this contest are the sole responsibility of the artists. Views reflected in these images are not those of NPR, nor can NPR ensure appropriateness or legality of this artwork.

 

Miracle of the Oil (Prices)

 

When celebrating the miracle of the oil, this menorah is a way to celebrate falling gasoline prices. The shamish is a gasoline pump and each candle rests on a gas price which is lower each day of Hanukkah.

 

Materials used were model magic, clay, a marker, straight pins, a shoelace, and candles.

 

The images uploaded to flickr.com as part of this contest are the sole responsibility of the artists. Views reflected in these images are not those of NPR, nor can NPR ensure appropriateness or legality of this artwork.

 

Attached are pictures of an ornament I made this year. The idea has been with me for some time, but I finally found the right medium for it - polymer clay. I celebrate Hanukah, so I really haven't been into Christmas decorations. But helping friends decorate is fun. I made the missle a bit cartoonish; I really don't want to make a political statement (at least with this). Have fun with it!

  

The images uploaded to flickr.com as part of this contest are the sole responsibility of the artists. Views reflected in these images are not those of NPR, nor can NPR ensure appropriateness or legality of this artwork.

  

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