I’ve had a lot of visitors searching for my salt shaker angel ornament tutorial since I posted about working on it a few weeks ago. Yippee, it has now officially been posted. You can find the tutorial link here.
It is quick, easy and a real best seller for craft shows. I have one left only because I saved one at home. Seriously, after gluing the heads, I finished 20 of them in an evening.
****Two weeks before Christmas and all through the house,
Scents and sights of the season filled the rooms and pleased the spouse.
The stockings were hung on the buffet with care.
Oh well, no fireplace! I will not despair.
Above the entertainment center was festooned with charm. With no mantel, it couldn’t do any harm.
The snowman decor was stuffed into a birdcage, and I was writing my Christmas lists as another year turned a page.***
Yep, that’s all I got for that parody. I have been thinking about these two weeks remaining before Christmas though. There is so much to accomplish in a short amount of time. I can happily say I am miles ahead of where I was a week ago. The decorations are mostly complete and the pile of baked goodies is making me very happy.
But, all is not calm. I still have masses of Christmas shopping to do and Christmas gifts I really want to craft. So…in keeping myself on track, I am posting a few of my Christmas tutorial links. They are, of course, frugal and fast, as I know everybody is in need of quick, inexpensive holiday ideas.
Donna may cringe if she sees my results, but I was inspired by her December 5th post on Funky Junk Interiors. I live in a 100+ year-old farm house in the Midwest. The rooms are small, and I don’t have a fireplace. My entertainment center (predictably) serves as my living room’s focal point. I use the top as my “mantel”.
I worked on a (failed) project to fill the wall, but I just didn’t have the items I was envisioning in the garage. The freezing temps and windchill prevented me from shopping the barn. I had a brainstorm, but I needed to run to the shop where I store my finished crafts. In the meantime, I created the “landscape”.
Lastly, (drumroll please) the finished masterpiece! The window frame is the added piece I needed from the shop, and the barn star was already in the room, just in another location. No, my display is not all natural, nor all rustic, but it’s not supposed to be a copy of someones else’s work, just my interpretation of the idea.
Okay, Funky Junk Donna does it much better, but she inspired me to use the junk I already have. And, I like it. That’s really what matters.
I do love her blog and ideas, but the inspiration I am drawing from her is using things I already have to create a display. I am using things that I have out everyday, incorporating a few of my garage/finds, my crafts and Christmas decorations I normally use, but never have in this way.
I didn’t notice any snowmen, Santas or other Christmas characters in her displays. I love my collections, so that will probably never change. I did find a fun way to display my snowmen. The ladder tree on her post gave me the idea. I have a large decorative birdcage that I stuffed a tree into. I then squeezed my snowmen between the branches.
I love it, and a big plus is…the cage takes up a lot less real estate than the way I used to displayed my collection.
Thanks for the wonderful ideas, Donna!
Whew! I’ve been crafting and crafting and crafting…
Between special orders, new design articles and craft shows, my living room looked a little bit like Santa’s Workshop.
Here’s several in progress.
These bed spring Santas were inspired by a client and previous bedspring characters I have made. In addition to the bed spring, a chenille bedspread was also repurposed. The client purchased several and I made many more for last weekend’s craft show. They sold very well.
The tutorial can be found on Thrifty Fun.
Santa Made from Recycled Bedspread and Bed Spring
I had previously posted my sweater ornament tutorial on Restyled Junk. You can find it here.
The next photos are of more projects in progress that I made for my last craft show. The tutorials are in different stages of completeness. When published, I will post the links.
Vintage Quilt Ornaments
Salt Shaker Angels
Bed Spring Snowmen
Stuffed Fabric Christmas Stars
The center stars were cut from an old crocheted tablecloth.
Sheet Music Medallion Ornament
Lastly, I want to show you what hubs made.
The back is a queen headboard and the sides are from the matching foot board. It sold at this last weekend’s craft show.