Holiday season is over and I'm so sad to see it go. I shipped my daughter off to her fiance and I'm getting ready for a major remodeling project in my house. My crafts will never take a break, however, as soon as I clean up the glitter and tinsel, I'm going to delve into a new project.
PHOTO TAGS: There's no end to the visual fun you can have with photos. These are old family pictures that were copied on a copier (black and white) and I used grungeboard as a sandwich with Christmas paper on the back. They have some heft to them so making up a batch is fun and you can just use a die to cut different shapes.
PUTZ HOUSES IN SHABBY COLORS!! This was more fun than any holiday project this season. My fingers hurt from the german glass glitter (it's really glass- think about handling that carefully!!). To create a little village is so much fun (although I separated them and gave them all away). I made them so you can hang them on the tree.
PUTZ HOUSES! Tiny little houses holiday decorated. Melissa Frances sells the little cardboard frames that you have to assemble (HELLO GLUE GUN!) and there is no limit to your imagination on how to decorate it. I bought tiny tiny figures on Etsy, I made snow with cottonballs and anything white I could whip up, I decorated wreaths to hang on the church, I added little bottle brush trees.....
Same Situation, this time with Santa. And he is sporting a little reindeer peeking out from his side. Also, I couldn't get enough of these bottle brush trees, fun to decorate and they add such a nice vintage touch.
I found this little girl ornament in Michaels... She was so pretty and her colors were beautiful. I combed Etsy to find these vintage items such as the little flocked reindeer here. All mounted on the heavy body acrylic crusted and tinted canvas.
Cody Foster reindeer, look at the beautiful color. I do love a PINK CHRISTMAS! Tim's 3-d star, a vintage inspired ornament, a wreath hung around his neck, a little snow on his back and all sitting atop a canvas block crusted with heavy body acrylic and tons of flaky snow.
I still have a bunch of these vintage blocks left and there are so many ways to use them. I love this picture... my sister Marsha and me posing for a professional photographer (didn't happen much in our childhood!). If you are holding the little globe, you turn it to peek back behind the reindeer and see the little girls.
OKAY, here was my favorite way to use these globes. I found old pictures of my sisters and myself (and believe me, I had very few to choose from) and I placed them in Melissa Frances globes and added a little nostalgia. I found these tiny vintage reindeer on Etsy, they are hand painted and so cute, with so much detail. These globes do not hang but I'm sure there is a little place they can adorn.
PEEK inside and see his little face and felt-i-ness. I bought this little creature from a shop on Etsy "BOSSY FELTWORKS" and I captured him in a little globe to hang on the Christmas tree. He's only a few inches tall, but look at the detail.
A little bear to HERALD IN THE SEASON for my family. I wrapped these up and sent them in the Christmas boxes I mailed. Maybe for a foyer table, or on a kitchen hutch. The best part was the $6.97 I paid for four bear ornaments -- at Walmart. I gussied up the little box they are standing on with heavy body acrylic and glittered snow (these are actually leftover configurations boxes from my Noel project). And I gave them a little placque to hold.
Christmas presents, yes - but could be made up to suit any occasion. Little bottles (about 8 inches high, simply wrapped in vintage lace and a beautiful trinket. I particularly love the middle one which in it's former life was a dogtag necklace I wore.
TIM'S PILLOW BOX DIE is so much fun. How many gift cards did I need to wrap up this year. Your imagination can run wild with cardstock, embellishments! I made 75 and gave them as gifts (like I used to do with tags).
MACKENZIE-CHILDS HOLIDAY TRUCK arrived today!!! It is the most beautiful Christmas decoration in my house. Is it because I'm obsessed with all things nostalgia, all things checkerboard, or all things Christmas? In any event, I love it. I've moved it around to several venues but I think I'm going to let it grace my holiday table tomorrow night for bookclub.
I scoured the internet (mostly Etsy) to find vintage Christmas ornaments that bring back my childhood. Then I created little scenes around them to make a holiday display. I have Christmas decorations in every room of my house and inevitably, when all is put away by January lst, I find yet another one somewhere in a bathroom or bedroom.