Hope everyone’s having happy handmade holidays – if not presents then food at least, yes? Now that the big day is over, I can finally share the bits and bobs that emerged over the past couple of weeks.

Some of my own personal gifts this year:

From left to right:

1) Earrings for my mum – when I saw these Swarovski crystal drops I immediately thought of her. Her favourite colour, you see.

2) Nesting necklace for my cousin Janice – who is expecting a little one in a few more months. She recently went on a shopping spree too 😛

3) Long dark drapey necklace for WG – who laments having “few cool possessions” and not being able to carry off most things. Incidentally, this is the first piece of a new collection I have in the works… stay tuned.

I was also tasked to come up with some pressies on specific budgets… LOL. Well, I thought I rose to the challenge reasonably well… :X

After endless discussion about size, colours and style, and the subsequent component hunting, these impossibly petite earrings and necklace emerged:

Girly? A little out of my comfort zone, perhaps. But there was also this bracelet that I enjoyed working on, because from what I understood, the recipient likes the sort of colours and style to which I’m quite partial myself.

So autumny and woodlandy. Made with smokey quartz, warm-hued quartz rounds, a variety of Czech glass leaves and flowers and antiqued brass findings.

Meanwhile, presents for office colleagues were on another Santa’s list:

On the left, bookmarks with various gemstone and glass charms. I don’t know how many people still read physical books in this iPad age, but I know I do and am always scrabbling around for bookmarks that are not old receipts or paper napkins. It doesn’t help that I usually happen to be concurrently in the middle of 289 books and magazines.

On the right, a small selection of bobby pin pairs that I also ended up adding to the Fiorissimo collection (which includes pairs and trios). I really love those resin flowers – everything about them is a delight from the soft, un-gaudy shades to the well-made, petal-perfect details.

And now it’s back to work. Had to take a break the past 3 days but really gotta hit the ground running tomorrow.