"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Santa's New Ride!

My focus lately has been to FINALLY work on
projects I had in mind years ago.  This sleigh
has been waiting for a redo for at least
two years and it was time to do it.
 And this is the result.
 Found lots of vintage goodies in my stash.
 The sleigh's about 11 inches long and
4" wide so I had so room to work.

 See that little porcelain angel tucked
away?  She's actually broken.  Her entire back and
wings broke off.  But, the front of her was so cute
I hated to just throw her away.  I figured maybe I
could put her in a shadow box where her back
would never be noticed.  This was just as good. 
Remember me next time you think something
is totally ruined.  
 And see this old Santa?  His hand was 
originally holding a huge candy cane.  Well,
that broke off.  So I placed his candy cane in the 
back of the wagon (you can see it in the picture
above) and have him holding a dyed 
bottle brush tree now instead.  
Presto!  Chango! 
 Adding miniatures is so much fun!
See the little Christmas package?
It's actually a matchbox.
 The wreaths and  trees are bleach and hand-dyed.
 Felt good to FINALLY work on this.
 This wreath is NOT hand-dyed 
though.  This old red scrumptiousness
is from the 1950's.
More to work on!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Vintage Fontanini Nativity Given New Life

I couldn't help myself.  
Despite my love of the vintage look, I have
just a strong of a love to combine the old
with the new.  And this old set needed
a face-lift.
It was my first time experimenting with
enamel paints and I'm here to tell you - 
LOVE it!
 The original figurines were all 
painted basically one color.  Even their
hands and faces would have speckles
of color.  Although I dig their funky 
look, my heart cried out for details.
 Yet, I tried to stay true to the 
original color palette.  Example, If one king 
wore lime green, I repainted in a more
subtle jade green and detailed him with 
yellow and gold accents.  
 What kings looked like before....
 and after.
 My new love with enamels was 
purely accidental.  I needed gold and didn't
have it in my stash so I borrowed Ted's
paint, which he used for models 20 years 
ago.  Surprise!  They still worked!
 The gold went on so flawlessly,
I had to try more!  Notice the 
difference in Mary's halo, gown,
and Jesus's crib using gold accents.
 Another reason why I WILL be using
enamels again....SOON....is because
of how well they took to the plastic.
Unlike water-based paints, I didn't need to 
prime first and then put on several layers.
 AND the enamels were excellent
for working in tiny details.  These figures
are only 4 inches tall so I needed a fine
brush to handle teeny areas to paint.
The paint stayed exactly where I 
put it.  No drips.  
 Of course, there are pros and cons
to everything.
 What I didn't like about the enamels were
the strong chemical smells.  Plus, I didn't like having
to wash my brush with paint thinner, which
was also very strong to inhale.  
 Acrylics also come in endless amounts
of color whereas the enamels were very 
limited.  This is where you need to do
some mixing of colors is you want to 
branch out for more assortment.
Santa knows what's on my Christmas
list this year!
This nativity set was actually for a childhood
friend of mine who asked me to put my
"creative touch" to it.  Some have criticized me
for "devaluing" the set.  To this I stick out my
tongue and say, "Ffffffftttt!"

Friday, November 14, 2014


Brought the kids to Feeney's this year, which is a
nursery that really does up Christmas!
Entering the store, you're greeted with
a scene from "Frozen." 
They say pictures are worth a thousand
words.  And since there are so many
pictures, I'll just let them speak
for me.  Enjoy!