On Jun 1, 2006, at 12:59 PM, christmasinternational Moderator wrote:
Please take a moment to share a bit of your Christmas background and
1. What country are you from?
2. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
I think dinner, followed by Christmas crackers. Seeing everyone in
silly paper crowns just makes the holiday!
3. What are your three favorite Christmas carols or Christmas songs?
Pachabel's Canon, Santa Claus is Coming, Rudolph
4. Tell us about your Christmas tree -- real or artificial -- old or
new ornaments -- special theme or a mixture of styles -- candles or
strings of lights??????
We always buy a real tree, and we buy one new ornament each year to
celebrate something that happened (this year I gave birth to twins,
so maybe we'll get two!)
5. If you have a favorite Christmas food, tell us about it.
I think baked ham
6. Your first name or name you want to use in the group.
Send your introduction to: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: If you merely hit the "reply" on your e-mail it won't go
into the group. Send it to: email@example.com
- Welcome aboard, David. We look forward to seeing pictures of your ornaments. Merry Christmas!
--- In ChristmasInternational@yahoogroups.com, "David G" <bearbeader@...> wrote:
> Hello Everyone. My name is David but many people know me as Bearbeader. I tell people when asked to describe myself imagine a bear walking upright. I have been making Christmas ornaments since 1976, designing since about 1980 and selling them since around 2000. I started in high school art classes where our teacher had us make "Seasonal Ornaments". After graduation I discovered I missed making them and began deisgning and making ornaments as a hobby, later it became more and more time consuming until now I make them year 'round.
> Since I suffer from Attention Deficit Dysorder (ADD), I make a limited quantity of the ornaments before I get bored and start making changes in them, or go off in a totally different direction. I have worked plastic, gemstones, metal, clay, cloth/fibre, glass, and wood, but my primary techniques currently are beading. I have taught jewelry making in the past as well as worked part-time at several bead stores where I was usually the one asked to show a customer how to do a technique. I have over 400 different ornament designs which I have produced over the years. Some I have been inspired by pieces of jewelry such as a pair of earrings and I'll enlarge the design to ornament size, or I'll see an architectural feature I really like and will make an ornament based on it. Other times I will be "playing" around with an ornament and wonder what it would look like if I changed a few elements. One technique I use to keep the ADD en cheque is I will start several of the ornaments at one time and my Obcessive Compulsion Dysorder (OCD) will "force" me to complete them. There have been times when I have tried to get to sleep but had to grab the sketch pad and draw out an ornament to get it out of my head.
> I currently live outside of Atlanta, Georgia and work as the graphic designer/Art Department of a company which manufactures supplies used in the welding industry. I have a PhD in Criminology but I have been in this industry off and on (mainly on) for over 20 years. When I worked for my parents I would use the beadwork/ornament making to de-stress and unwind after working with them during the day.
> I will post photos of some of the ornaments I have done over the years. Currently I have photos of many of the ornaments I designed over the past 20 years. Some are fairly simple, others are rather complex. Any other questions just ask.