We are getting closer to the winter solstice here and lots of stores have started the classic Christmas stock up.
While we don't all celebrate Yule, Christmas or the Solstice the same, I think some classic ideas and decorations apply regardless of your celebrations.
I have made a few things recently and thought I should post some ideas for inspiraton and a few techniques for you to try.
I know where ever folks reside in the world one of the classic gifts would be some form of gift basket.
My daughters Seasonal basket for her white witch house quickly done with cheap supplies!!
This basket was done very simply with some of the same techniques we've gone over in the last few years ....of course scraps, extras and cheap bits.
I like to use nail polish bottles for shape as it is easier to remove the glue and string off of the glass when dry.
Wrap a bit of tissue around the glass.
Slather with glue and wrap the string around the surface.
Extra trim for the top can be triple wrapped string.
Let this dry and you can remove the basket shape. trim the paper, paint, add a bit of wood or paper to the bottom, or drape some cloth as a decoration and base.
The pine boughs can be done very simply as well if you don't have Lycopodium, using pipe cleaners.
Just mix a glob of glue, dark green paint or green and back on a piece of plastic. Your going to run the pipe cleaner through that until saturated and the fluff sticks together to look more like needles.
The result can be pretty promising using cheap supplies:
Jars can be done with beads and jump rings for lids
Simple bags and boxes with a snippet of labels or some printies you can find anywhere: <links
Here is one of my most recent creations for Etsy. You can see some of the leaves done on the piece are random but I done have a lot with punches. I just re-cut some of my old punches to recreate new leaves.
So in that picture I have misletoe, ivy, holy all cut from simple stamps.
Rethink your old punches a bit when recreating leaves. You can see with a bit of crimping I made the ivy, the holy leaves and some small oval leaves by re-cutting the stamp.
Polymer clay, wood, wire, paper,paint, beads..
Alrighty.. enough rambling..
Here is a printie for you to play with. I have put on a few cards, labels, wrapping paper..
Obviously do not sell these, they are just captured images from the net. "Right click" Print the page in full or open in "new tab" print. Check the little square for 1"x1"
I've been away for quite some time haven't I? Time to stretch and yawn and get back to rambling on about mini fanatical thoughts and crazy miniature experiments!
How have you been? I've been reading along and seen some fantastic work, shabby roomboxes of delicate colors, witchy shops of magical delight, big moves, small renovations, lavish stories of fantastical worlds, flowers so fine they look real, old friends come back in costume, kitchens to die for, miniature fair preps, fuzzy superbears, beary delights in Halloween land and beautiful babies!
Whew.. quite a season we've had!
I have been quite busy as a maker myself over the last few months, I have concentrated my time towards Etsy a lot to help pay for my daughters orthodontic work but now its done and I am going to get back to blabbing....
So for this first rusty post I will just ramble on about things I've been doing and show some pictures in hopes that it may inspire some of you as you inspire me!
My daughters first request was for us to build a real dollhouse for her over the summer to be worked on over time. I agreed as long as she did 90% of the work with me sitting along and guiding her.
She loves a old, worn, mossy, witchy house but she also has her own girly style so we decided on a shabby white witch house, of course inspired by some of the lovely shabby looks we've seen done over these last few.
Its a work in progress and I am slowly letting her raid my stash since she is very responsible...so here are some shots of her creations, decoratons and work so far.
Here is the two main floors you can see we did a plastered aged look for the walls and kept everything else in white worn look.
Bedroom and bath, the furniture is all part of greenleaf kits or old projects I never finished.
Large foam sheet for the chimney painted a few times with the pencil lining.
Toilet paper clay I had leftover where I used a stone stamp technique which I have promised to get into.... and I will .....soon!
My daughters first veggy basket, which I am so proud of, mind you she is 8 years old and did all of this!
We are still working and building but its a good start!
Ive seen you all taking some summer/winter/break/family time and I think its a great idea!!
Lets all just agree to do some outside/family stuff for a bit!!! I know my flabby butt could use some movement off of the work chair and whats... that stuff.. outside... that looks like bright lemons??
Oh yea, Sunshine!!
I have a few big life projects to complete as well as my daughters first real dollhouse so I will work on that for this next month while on break and maybe we can have a little fun when I get back and I will show you some cool techniques!
So I am off for a while, I hope you all do the same, enjoy family, travel and work on minis..just in the sunshine a bit ;)
For those of us who are still working on projects, here are some things ive done over the last few months as inspirations for you incase you need some ideas.
I have had quite a busy busy two weeks, I am just getting time to catch up on blog reading and finish this post before I have to complete a last project..then.WHEW..rest!
The log Manson was delivered over the weekend. My customer is now busy with decorating her new house and as youve seen she has a lot of space to fill up. I attended a miniature fair and grabbed some supplies for new projects.
I am just going to post a few photos I've grabbed from the camera, some are as I was working still.. in a week or so I will put a tab at the top with all the shots/closeu ps once I get to sorting.
For now here are some final shots to ogle, I hope your all being crafty!!
As usual, if you have any questions or requests let me know in the comments!
Will be back after a short rest with some tutorials on stonework, molds and stamps!