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Monday, December 03, 2012

A Child Is Born: 2012 Ornament Blog Hop

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This is my reveal for this year's Ornament Blog Hop. I've always wanted to create something that honoured the traditional Madonna motif but with a more modern twist. I baked a layer of multicoloured mica polymer clay, using Cindy Lietz's Blend and Switch technique. I had made a little sketch of the mother and child, but as usual, the end result took on a life of its own! Love when that happens... usually LOL. 

Steps in the ornament design

My finished ornament. I'm not much of an artist, so it is a little rough, but it really represents for me the bond that forms so effortlessly when a mother holds her new infant for the first time. I've had that amazing experience four times, and each occasion was a revelation, unique and never to be forgotten. After I became a mother, the Gift of the Child of Bethlehem became more concrete and yet a source of greater mystery to me!






25 comments:

  1. That is wonderfully sweet. You did such a great job making the clay look like fabric, with the folds --beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful Monique! It was by far the largest exhale of my life when I finally got to hold my girl - after waiting three days. I got a whooping 10 minutes and only because the nurse thought I just might fall apart in front of her... But anyways enough of that for any and all mothers a beautiful moment and I think you captured that essence for sure

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  3. This is very pretty especially the mother and child and their clothing. The sentiment behind it gives it that much more significance. ♥

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  4. What a beautiful ornament! The folds in the clothing and the sweet faces and the colors of the world popping as a backdrop. Lovely!

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  5. This is a beautiful ornament Monique, and made more so by the meaning it has to you I think! You've captured perfectly a very special moment ...

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  6. Very impressive Ms. Monique. You did a great job at depicting "that moment" I really admire the way you added texture to her robe. Nice job. AS USUAL.

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  7. A little rough?! OMG! Not at all. Absolutely amazing.

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  8. This is very sweet. I love the draped fabric effect!

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  9. I love this! I'm adding your link on my blog, so you'll be included there :) Christie

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  10. What a sweet ornament, and wonderful sentiment behind your inspiration. Just lovely - happy holidays!

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  11. Quite lovely! I really like the background colours! I'll add your link to my blog too... Why isn't it there already?

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  12. I included you on the Art Bead Scene's list, I'm glad you were able to play along. Your ornament is sweet and touch homage to the season. I really love the stained glass effect for the background.

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  13. Oh wow - this is a wonderful reflection of the season!

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  14. So special, this bond. Can you imagine what Mary must have felt that first moment holding not only her child, but looking into his eyes and seeing the face of God? I do believe that being a mother is an amazing experience. I recall when I was pregnant with both of my children at Advent and Christmastime and how I often focused on how connected I felt to Mary in that moment, how I now shared something with her. That is a powerful memory. Mary gave us the greatest gift of all. May your Advent journey be one of reflection and slowing down. And may your Christmas be filled with light and love. Enjoy the day. Erin

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  15. What a gorgeous ornament!!! And so perfect for the season. The colorful background is just wonderful.

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  16. What a very special ornament...My daughter brings great joy to me everyday! Have fun on the hop!

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  17. Wow, gorgeous! You did a fantastic job!

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  18. Wow that is very impressive! I also love the colorful background!

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  19. Girl this is beautiful. I love it. You did an amazing job. This is one of my favorites. Hugs to you. Im in the hop but not added on the list yet. Please stop by and comment. Happy Holidays and Hopping, Kim at http://kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com/2012/12/abs-ornament-blog-hop.html#comment-form

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  20. Oh, Monique. What an absolutely beautiful ornament. You did an amazing job!

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  21. What a beautiful ornament. The detail and colors are amazing!

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  22. This is a beautiful ornament! Happy Holidays!

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  23. This ornament hop was such a wonderful way to get me in the holiday spirit. And your Mother and Child ornament was one of my favorites, with the amazing stained glass window effect for a background to the holy ones. Have a blessed Christmas.

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