After much internal debate on the direction I would take, I decided to make a Stephanie Lee "PipeDreams" inspired piece. I embedded some metal filigree medallions on each side and then stared at it for a few days before the inspiration decided to hit me! I punched some holes in the bottom and wove some copper wire in a fishnet/lace pattern and attached some pretty red crystals. I took a big metal filigree bead and halved it, somewhat flattened it, then enameled it a Christmas tree green shade, and wired it onto the top with more copper wire and a red crystal.
With the other end of the wire on the top component, I hung several lengths of copper chain that I embellished with a whole load of stuff...czech glass flowers and other beads, a couple of red birds I enameled. I added some strips of pretty sari ribbon that I got from lovely Barbara Lewis. I then fashioned a swirly hook out of some steel wire and added a bow of more sari ribbon.
I was totally ready to stop when I remembered the enameled/resined cardinal component I made last year and hadn't known what to use it with! I had to add it...I know it sent it over the top, but I just had to.