With Christmas fast approaching, out come my tubs of supplies, some items long forgotten. After covering my Dining Room table with kraft paper and spreading my projects out, I need to decide....which should I tackle first?
I completely forgot about these old Alpine Village houses I bought over the summer. Last year I had so much fun altering these into sparkling, decorative ornaments using vintage miniatures and bottle brush trees.
Or maybe I should pick up a carving knife and finish these Santas. I've also got these fabulous antique wood spools Aunt Candy found at a church rummage sale.
Old spools turn into unique Christmas ornaments.
Isn't it fun going through your stash? The little hand in the corner is Mary trying to sneak a few pieces.
I really should finish some needle felting projects. This Santa was just sold on Etsy and I had to say my goodbyes.
Nativities have been a major focus for me lately. Searching Etsy for Nativity pieces, I found this very cool cross showing the whole Nativity story. Had to have it! But, it was spray painted a very tacky gold. I'm enjoying repainting it. The figures are so small I'm using a paintbrush with like one bristle! I want to make this very detailed and am taking my time with it, enjoying the process rather than focusing on the result.
I've been picking up some mangers, hoping to restore them and give them much more detail. The red wooden shadowbox is another project I hope to soon work on. I created one for Halloween I had spray-painted black. Making a Christmas one will be just as fun....if time allows.
I particularly like mangers with lofts and ladders, and those that are made of stone.
My kids got to try a new craft - bottle cap art. They say it's "awesome." Most of the images I use come from old valentines, greeting cards, and pictures from storybooks.
Once I take out my supplies, the kids are attracted to the table like bees to honey. They just can't help themselves; sorting through tiny treasures is just too tempting I guess.
Think I'll ever be able to get a chance and use my art room too?!
Not if the kids have anything to do with it!