Sunday, January 8, 2012

So this is what I have been up to....

A long post!!

I have started doing my artwork again. I plan on selling at the local High School Christmas Bazaar this year.
So I have 11 months to build up an inventory!!
This is my studio area. The desk is one that my Father in law made when he was in High School in the '40's.
I wanted a more friendly area to work on, Hubby found me a piece of glass, which I love, easy to clean up.
My Dad come over today and put a removable top covered with Formica on it for me!! He spent about 5 hours doing this for me today!!! Thanks Dad.
I cleaned all my stuff off of the desk so the top could go on.
 The top is wonderful!!! huge! I love it. I wanted four inches over the right side so I could fix my magnify lamp onto it. It also extends about 8 inches over the back, clear to the wall. I forgot to take a pic before I started putting all my stuff back onto it! LOL I was pretty excited.
My view behind me of my storage and staging area. I have since cleaned most of the books from that shelf and have my things on it now too.
 And the view to the right, down the stairs, LOL, the puppies wondering why its taking me so long to come down and feed them their dinner.

The shelf all cleaned off and used for my storage area now. We bought a great big package of those plastic boxes at Costco, to store all my completed stuff in.
This is the project I completed last night. I think these are so cute. I used a pattern Idea for the reindeer, the back is what I call "money strokes" LOL a way to finish them off so they are special, making them my own design. The original pattern doesnt do anything to the backs.
 This is how they start out, a huge 6" memo clip.
 And now I will show what I have done so far.
Let me know what you think. What you like and dont like! Its been awhile since I have done bazaars, so I want a feel for what people like.
This first one is a giant light bulb, about 10 inches in length.
 I really liked how the Santa stars turned out. The hangers were a clearance find at Joanns fabrics. I love them, they finish the ornaments nicely!
 The Santa stars where another clearance find, they were blank stars and I painted the Santas on them. I would love to find a lot more of these! There was only a package of six. The other ones came in a package of 12. I gave some away at Christmas.
 The bear is holding a hand stitched quilt.
 These are my first Santas that I painted in November.
 An Angel. I shopped the craft stores for sales just before Christmas.

 The star above is a little box, the sides are painted too.

 When I was going through all the old Christmas stuff we got out of the attic, I found this box of clothespins. They are vintage!! LOL I really dont know how old they are, but they made really cute reindeer! That is the box they were in! I had enough to make nine, it take 3 each.
 These are keepsakes, that I probably wont sell. They are made out of vintage Christmas cards that Hubbys Grandma collected over the years. She will be 99, in May. Most of them are from the '70's and '80's. I had gotten some cardboard blanks that they are decoupaged onto. This is one side....
 and the flip side.      
 I thought they turned out rather cute, a use for old Christmas cards!
These are smaller, couldnt find enough cards big enough for my blanks, but I found a lot that I really liked, I still have to decoupage them.  Front....
 and back.

And last but not least! I got to use my new desk! This is the one I painted tonight. About 4 coats of paint to cover, I did seal them! Still took a lot of paint. First color coat.
 The backs of this one. I stayed with the same theme as on the front, the star in the word Joy.
 Finished front and back. I need to clear coat them and then reassemble them.
A snowman is next!! So I guess this is one reason I have been scarce lately!! But I am keeping busy and having fun!!


  1. those are just wonderful!!! I love them all! When you are ready to sell them online , save me the Cardinal would ya?

  2. Nice work! You are very talented and creative. I love what you did with the old Christmas cards, but they're all magical!

  3. So cute! What a talented gal you are! I especially like the little wooden painted ornaments with those adorable metal hangers with those! Years ago, wwhen the boys were little, we made some of those small reindeer like that. They say that's one of their favorite Christmases ever.


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