Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
There's still a few spots of white showing on her dress and cloak ...
Baby Jesus has the least amount of facial sculpting, unfortunately, since I didn't get time to fully form his features before I painted him.
His face is fairly expressive, once painted ...
His robes are green to match Mary's.
Joseph's face, the largest, has rather broad features (his arm is proportionally too small if you look closely).
His hand is curved to hold a staff or a lantern ...
I love the mottled effect of the paint that covers his cloak.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
... in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
"Should we have hung up stockings?? What if Santa doesn't leave us any presents?"
... When what, to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer!
...With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
Now Dasher, now Dancer, now Prancer ...
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
I heard him exclaim, ere he flew out of sight ...
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This cute little baby had my heart before I made the last stitch. I call him "Milty" for no reason other than he looked like a Milty when I was finished (or maybe I've been watching too many Jack Benny reruns lately).
(Milty props his wings in a big "hello" gesture)
His felt scarf is removable (the little snowflakes are painted on). The little quilt batting wings flap about on their own ... Milty is almost entirely quilt batting, minus his bead-and-sequin eyes, Christmas glitter, and cotton stuffing.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The glittery little carrot noses are my favorite feature on these (they're painted paper-mache, in case you're wondering). Click the Cheshire Cat on the right side and visit these little fellows on Ebay (there are more photos uploaded to the auctions).
Merry Christmas to All (including the real Santa, of course).
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Layered over with newspaper strips and a flour-based glue ...
Sabrina watches me work, pretending she's dropped by for some other reason ... she's such a camera ham.
Photos of the finished pieces will be coming as soon as I add a little paint (and that base coat of smoothing white). Cross your fingers that all goes well (and they're settled on the porch before Christmas, of course!)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
With everyone feeling the crunch of the economic downturn, we decided to create a line of inexpensive or "recession-friendly" Christmas ornaments like those adorning trees of Christmas past. With a banner decorated like old-fashioned Christmas candy tins, we pay homage to the ultimate in tough economic times, the 20's and 30's.
The first in the series is the Santa trio below. Faded red paint on muslin, old quilt batting trim, with make-do patches and knots abounding, each Santa Claus hangs by a gold thread loop knotted through his hood.The "Hard Times, Old Times" ornaments are handmade primitives, inexpensive and old-fashioned, like the ornaments people made by hand in "hard times" and treasured through the generations.
We've been inspired by several pieces our own family has passed down through the years, and by examples found in old ornament collections, traditional patterns, and Christmas card scenes of long ago.
Check our listings on Ebay to see more pictures of the "Hard Times, Old Times" line, including the little Santas above.
Santa and Mrs. Claus, courtesy of my great-grandmother