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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 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!

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

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From Julie (ornament winner)

 

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

One of my favorite original design handmade felt ornaments.

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

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.

  

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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/

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!!!

 

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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

 

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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

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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.

 

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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.

  

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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?".

  

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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.

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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!

  

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The Bush Administrativity. This quirky and funny design works on a several levels: It symbolizes the Bush Administration's coziness with the Religious Right, but on a more sophisticated level it appeals to the ironies and incongruities inherent in the Bush Administration in particular and the Republican Party in general. For example, the irony of Rev. Ted Haggard as the angel looking to the Sam Harris, self-proclaimed atheist, Star of David offers an ironic twist. The wise men come bearing contemporary gifts. The recently released Don Rumsfeld reappears as the donkey. Bill O'Reilly is the shepherd protecting the flock against the "War on Christmas." And in the center of it all is a very unhappy someone. Materials: Cutouts of various persons of political import, Sunday School nativity scene cutouts, pipe cleaners and a paper sack.

  

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Made with love for my friend Shawn from a TP roll tube, coffee filters, fabric scraps, doilies, pipe cleaners and tape.

Allie's menorah:

 

I love children and sharing happy occasions. My chanukah menorahs, made by hand out of porcelain clay have been fired to a high fire. I hope the menorahs bring smiles to an memories of shared Chanukah lightings by looking at them.

 

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From Angela in RI:

 

Second, "an inconvenient justice" features Justice Scalia "celebrating" peace on Earth; an Earth that is melting away as moviegoers witnessed in Al Gore's "an inconvenient truth." But he sure doesn't understand that, 'cuz he's no scientist!!

  

These were created using polymer clay and baked in my oven. Inconvenient Justice was baked over a metal mesh ball as an armature.

 

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....and the oil lasted 8 days and my homies rejoiced! Who needs immigration reform when we're one big, diverse happy family?

  

Materials: Kosher menorah + 5 Homies + candles

(The menorah arms rotate but all the candle holders are the same height)

If you're not familiar with homies go to www.homies.tv or check out the gumball/toy machines on your next trip to the grocery store and bring some quarters!

One of my favorite original design handmade felt ornaments.

From Ana:

 

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Mark Foley is the leading man on this side. Who knows what's in his head?

Ah, yes, teenage boys. Popular world leaders and a symbol of American apathy in the face of horror can also be found here.

 

gargmail@umich.edu

Now, now in its fifth year, the Jessica Pressler Celebrity Ornament Extravaganza is an annual tradition! Attached, this year's Piece de Resistance, The Birth of the Suri Child.

  

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From Ana:

 

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NPR Holiday Contest

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Frosty prepares for the news of global climate change but to no avail. Instead, his melted remains will serve as jolly folly on the dying remnants of a deforested tree which have been relocated to a suburban living room.

 

Materials: craft foam beach blanket, sunglasses and sandals; Model Magic® buttons, coal and nose; twig arms; glue.

NPR Holiday Contest

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One of my favorite original design handmade felt ornaments.

From Ana:

 

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These men did great things in 2006 and we felt they deserved to be recognized. William Shatner is the greatest of them all. The trifecta is pleased.

 

gargmail@umich.edu

Christmas ornament with 300 glass beads symbolizing the 300,000,000 mark for the US population. Sara Felix.

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