Last year, at about this same time, I began to make this bell covered entirely in pearls. I got to a point, about three quarters of the way to done and just stopped. I didn't even want to look at it anymore. I had orignially planned on making two of them and hanging them from the top of our Christmas tree. That plan seemed to fizzle when I realized that it took much, much longer than I expected. That, and the fact that I am pretty sure I had newborns that weighed less than this bell does..... It's a heavyweight and would topple the tree if it was paired with another at the very top!
I thought the bell would make a nice centerpiece for our New Year's table. It will be a day similar to last year's New Year's Eve. A night in with the kids in the early evening and the hubby and I later on... Oh, and a snazzy bottle of champagne too! These would be pretty to make in smaller sizes as ornaments... That's a project for next year! I used a mix of old pearls from strands and necklaces that I tore apart along with new glass pearls; the pink and pale green ones. I was finishing up the last few details on it today and happened to turn for about a half of a minute and when I looked back, lots more corsage pins were stuck into it! I had to laugh, that's my little guy! What a big helper! (I don't know what happened to this picture...) To finish, I topped it off with a vintage cluster of millinery, ribbons and old and tarnished tinsel! Well, I am going to wish you well now, as I know there will be lots to prepare come tomorrow! Here's to you and your's this New Year's! Happy 2011, sweet friends!!!! Cheers!