Stock up on ornaments now!

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With Halloween coming up in just a few days, retailers are getting ready to move the Christmas merchandise in as the Halloween stuff moves out. Farewell cobwebs and brain-shaped Jello molds, and hello candy canes and garland! And for us beaders, it means more than just shopping for pretty ribbon, gift tags, and votive candle holders. It's also the best time to find a good selection of plain, solid-color ornament balls to use with beaded ornament covers.

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Cardinal ornament by Deb Moffett-Hall
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All draped up ornament by Cary Bruner

There's still plenty of time to make beaded holiday ornaments this year, whether you want to make them for your own tree or to give as gifts. Most will take just an evening or two (OK, maybe three, depending upon how fast you work) to complete. The new December issue of Bead&Button magazine includes two ornaments — Deb Moffett-Hall's "Cardinal ornament" and Cary Bruner's "All draped up ornament."

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Shimmering lights by Cary Bruner
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Christmas rose by Julia Gerlach
In addition, the October Bead&Button included another Cary Bruner creation, her "Shimmering lights" design. And stay tuned for the December B&B Extra, which will feature Julia Gerlach's "Christmas rose" pattern.
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So gather up all these patterns (or check out our A Romantic Christmas ornament 6-pack), and figure out which color ornament balls you want to use for the projects. Be sure to also take note of the diameter of the ball you will need for each ornament project. Then head to your favorite store, and stock up on what you need before your favorite colors are gone!
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