Over the years I tried different things, For awhile it was dough ornaments, hand sculpted out of flour, salt and water, then bake for hours, painted with acrylics and sprayed or dipped in varethane. I made hundreds, giving them away as gifts and keeping a ton for my own tree. I tried a different version too, dipping these into paraffin to seal.. I loved the muted look it gave and amazingly they last. It has been 20 years since I made them.
Along with making doll clothes for my girls, I sewed a few things like this crèche and this holiday girl.
Mary and Joseph are about 12' tall, sheep are about 4 inches.
I also bought myself a scroll saw and started woodcrafting ornaments. Some of them are huge, so I always have a Noble tree to hold the weight. After cutting out the figures the process of painting and sealing are similar to the dough ornaments.
It has been years since I last made dough or wood ornaments. For one thing, you only need so many ornaments. I was reflecting today on that time period in my life. My children were young and would often join me in making the ornaments. I loved our creative times together but think I, more than that, NEEDED to be creative as an outlet for things going on inside and around me. Simply put, it brought me joy to make something out of little bits of nothing.
I had a renewal of those joyful feelings today when I spent the whole day making decorative paper cones. I got the idea from a magazine and over the past week I gathered supplies. Some I had in my craft bins, but others I purchased to make these. I made them to give as gifts, seven in all. I took loads of pictures along the way in case I decide to do a tutorial. Do you think I should?
The cones are about 12" tall from tip to top.
Tomorrow I will grocery shop and put out the trash.
Oh! One more thing...I found this project on Pinterest, just in time. I had a sheet wrapped around the base of my tree. Now it is decked out with burlap and lace. How cool is that?.
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