Bee Ornament Exchange 2012: Part 1

I’m excited to share with the hive the FIFTH annual Bee Ornament Exchange! For those new to the hive, each year the blogger bees get together and participate in a secret Santa ornament exchange. Each bee has the challenge of coming up with a handmade or store-bought ornament for $15 or less, and the ornaments resemble or represent the bee’s moniker that they’ve drawn. Check out some of the adorable ornaments the bees came up with this year. This is only part one of four, so get excited for more holiday goodness!

to — What could be more fun than a sledding octopus?… (handmade from scratch)


to — Handcrafted…by a nice lady at Etsy!

Bacon to Sushi 2012



to — An ornament was made to show off Miss Gloves’s adorable puppy Howie, who is trying to make off with her moniker in his mouth!


to — After I snapped this picture, I added a big red ribbon bow instead of the red and black thread—much more festive. But I forgot to take an updated picture afterward!


to — The swirling of yellows and oranges reminded me of a beautiful sunrise!


to — A sweet felt treat via Etsy seller doughandbatter for Petit Four since I’m craft challenged!




to — I bought a ceramic spaniel figurine and adorned it with festive holiday accessories!


to — I hand-painted this little birdie. OK, so it turned out looking like an owl…but I tried! :)










to — A doily-imprinted kitty!


to — Second attempt at a marmalade snowflake. Paint and cardboard are not as friendly as paper. Merry Christmas, bees!




to — A pretty treasure chest for the tree!




to — An amazing (practically life-size) crafted version of the perfect snow cone!


Aren’t these great? Which is your favorite? Stay tuned for more!


Mrs. Mouse

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  1. Member
    6598731ssfse3 3217 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:46 pm

    These are beautiful! I love Mrs. Button’s!

  2. castle Member
    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:49 pm

    How cute!!! I’m loving everyone’s!

  3. Member
    notbridey 728 posts, Busy bee @ 3:06 pm

    love the homemade ones!!!

  4. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:28 pm

    ooh they’re all so freaking cute!

  5. Member
    Natski88 60 posts, Worker bee @ 3:31 pm

    What an adorable tradition! I can’t wait to see the rest.

  6. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:32 pm

    My favorite time of year :) They’re all so adorable, can’t wait to see the rest!

  7. genie Member
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 3:40 pm

    I love these all! So great to see what everyone did!

  8. Member
    mariewest 304 posts, Helper bee @ 3:45 pm

    Oh how cute!

  9. mssushi Member
    mssushi 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:56 pm

    Just got mine in the mail today!! Thank you Mrs. Bacon!! <3

  10. Member
    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 4:30 pm

    These are all so adorable! I also love how going through these I’m reminded of my some of my favorite bees. And seeing some bees participating that never recapped, gets me excited for the idea that they someday might start posting again.

  11. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 5:50 pm

    ahh all so cute.

  12. Member
    wb3245 4225 posts, Honey bee @ 6:29 pm

    I love the Macaroon!! The ornament looks like an old world Christmas ornament!! (My dad collects those).. My favorite hand made one is hands down the cannon (probably my civil war freak talking).. But they are ALL amazing.. I wish I could be a blogger bee, it would be SO much fun to do something like that!!!!

  13. Member
    ecjohnson 157 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:47 pm


  14. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 7:03 pm

    These make me so happy!

  15. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 7:08 pm

    So adorable. I love the octopus on the sled!

  16. Member
    Miss Care Bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:33 pm

    These are all so amazing! I wish I were a blogger bee so I could participate!

  17. doily Member
    doily 1734 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:02 pm

    This is one of my favorite times of the year!!! I love seeing what everyone comes up with!! I adored my ornament this year! Mrs. Quiche did a fantastic job!

  18. scone Member
    scone 184 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:56 pm


  19. Member
    angelwinged 127 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:52 pm

    How do you sign up to do this?

  20. Member
    angelwinged 127 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:04 pm


  21. Member
    village_skeptic 1861 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:57 pm

    I can’t STAND how cute these are! That coach ornament is jaw-droppingly beautiful.

  22. Member
    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:41 am

    These are awesome! So many amazing creative finds! Or makes hehe!

  23. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:48 am

    These all look so cute!

  24. gloves Member
    gloves 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:28 am

    Mrs Doily’s ornament is awesome! I’m so thrilled she managed to include Howie and my bee moniker- its so perfect!!

  25. bunting Member
    bunting 687 posts, Busy bee @ 5:59 am

    YES! I puffy-heart the ornament exchange so hard. These are all so adorable, and so many very creative and clever ideas! I can’t wait to see the rest!

  26. mspencils Member
    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:31 am

    aw, these look great! so sad to miss out again this year! stupid cambodian mail.

    Also, freaking A cheetah! that crosstitched cannon is fantastic!

  27. mspencils Member
    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:33 am

    Dang it, I meant Jaguar! I’m silly.

  28. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:34 am

    These are all so cute!

  29. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:07 am

    Awww so cute! My fave is the Petit-Four

  30. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:22 am

    @Angelwinged: This is just for the blogging bees. We do it every year. The board members do a similar holiday card exchange every year!

  31. Member
    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:31 am

    SO adorable. Love these!

  32. teaspoon Member
    teaspoon 768 posts, Busy bee @ 6:20 pm

    Love these!! Wish I was crafty!

  33. msgiraffe Member
    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 7:32 am

    @Nachos – Loooove that button ornament!

  34. msbuttons Member
    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:59 am

    @MidnightSun: I love it too! Thanks, Mrs. Nachos! :)

    @Mrs. Giraffe: It was so fun to open when it arrived! Bright and happy!

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