Remember that old Bugs Bunny cartoon where he hits a little Indian man in the face with a snowball? The confused Indian asks Bugs Bunny, "Snow? In July? How can you make'um snowball in July?" And Bugs Bunny answers, "Well ya see, Doc, it's too cold to make 'em in the winter time."
Well, that's the way I looked at it this past week. While a blizzard covered Bucks County, I wasn't outside in the cold building a snowman, I was warm and toasty inside carving them out of wood!
Inspired by the thoughts of Valentine's Day, I carved this little aqua and pink snowman sitting on top of a vintage wood spool.
The little fellow is three inches tall and holds a Valentine in his hands. I added alittle sparkle to his heart.
The wood spool is so vintagey isn't it?! I wrapped old sheet music around it with the words, "L'Amour" (French for Love) and "French" on the other side. I then wrapped silver tinsel around the top and bottom and dusted it with old silver glitter.
Finally, I added a piece of old off-white lace around his neck as a scarf. I never can decide which is more fun, carving, painting, or embellishing!
Next, I carved a snowman (or snowwoman!) wrapped inside a comfy quilt.
Aqua, pale green, pink, and lavendar all complement each other well in this shabby chic quilt. I added tiny little hearts in honor of St. Valentine's Day.
I used pale pink antique applique flowers to accent the quilt and give it more texture. I don't usually do this with wood carvings as I prefer to keep wood in its natural form. But, I couldn't resist the colors, feel, and look of these 80 year old flowers!
Still wanting more texture and eye candy, I mounted the snowman on an old children's block, wrapped it with vintage music and added the word, "My Love." Fake snow and diamond dust gives it a frosty look.
I finished the piece by aging it slightly with antiquing medium.
Both will be available on Etsy. Stay warm!