I've been doing a New Bern Ornament every year for 17 years.
Every year I panic and think there is nothing more to do. Then eventually an idea comes along. Sometimes they work out, and sometimes they don't.
This year, after several sleepless nights I came up with this years design.
It features the Ada Mae which is moored across the street from my home. I can see the mast sticking up above the galley. The other feature I like is the new lily sculpture which is just around the corner from our house.
I'm lucky that I have hundreds of people that collect them. I don't date them because we try to have all of them available.
We have a great place around the corner from us - Etched in Time - that has engraved the date on the back of some of them for us for those that want the date.
The ornament starts as a very rough sketch, this year on the back of a brochure.
I usually redraw it two or three times then come up with the final drawing.
I show what areas I want cut away.
I send the design off to a company in New England that produces it for me.
......and voilà it comes back like this!