Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Winter Projects

Hey all!

I've been pretty busy for the last month.  In mid-December, I held an ornament class.  Six ladies attended and we had a wonderful afternoon getting creative with printed tissue paper, inks, stickles, glitter (Oh, my.  The glitter...) ribbon, and Copic markers.  I took pictures.  Unfortunately, I didn't get them off my old phone before it went on to phone purgatory - where it belongs.  :/  You'll just have to believe me when I say that some absolutely splendid ornaments - and even better memories - were created.

The big project this December was creating seventeen little cardboard houses, reminiscent of the villages people placed under their trees in the 40's and 50's.  We used them to decorate our tables for the Warren Players' production of "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play".  I was making little houses almost right up to the last minute.  Each one contained an LED tealight so that they softly glowed on the tables during the production.  Each one was a little different.  They were well received and I sold almost all of them.  I guess that's a good sign.  :)

We also made snowflakes for The Snowflake Project sponsored by the Sandy Hook and Connecticut PTAs.  There were about fourteen of us that came together on January 5 to create a beautiful "snowfall" from Warren County, PA.  My little friend, Dakkota, and her mom also stopped by.  They donated another spectacular snowfall from The First Church of God folks.

Here are some photos, taken by my wonderfully talented friend, Jeanette:

Simply gorgeous and "snow" much fun!  The deadline for submitting these to Sandy Hook was 1/12/13.  I boxed them up on January 6 and went to the Snowflake Project site to retrieve their address.  Sadly, the address was gone.  They had been bowled over by an absolute blizzard of snowflakes, distributed them all over town, and simply couldn't take anymore.  They suggested that we hang them in our town and send them pictures.  We will do exactly that, so that they know Warren County, PA is thinking of and praying for them.

And finally, my church has thrown down the gauntlet.  They have created a snowman contest for the month of January.  The goal is to populate the church with snowmen of different sizes, materials, and designs.  Well, you know, I just couldn't pass up an opportunity to create a little guy of my own.

With the exception of the bird, he is made entirely from scratch.  He has a paper mache body, covered with a soft, powdered glitter.  His nose is from Martha Stewart's crafting clay and colored with Copic markers.  The eyes are painted on and the hat and scarf crocheted just for him.  The arms are the stems from hosta blooms.  They're not as sturdy as I would have liked them to be, but I didn't have time to go foraging too far from the house.  I had so much fun making him that I'm considering making one or two more...

Stay warm out there, folks!