Thursday, December 5, 2013

Crafty Snow Day

The "craft stage" is set today.  It's less than 20 degrees outside, a moderate snow storm taking place, a crockpot full of black-eyed peas with ham hocks is cooking, (ok, yuck, I don't like black-eyed peas, but my husband does-I'll eat the fried potatoes and corn bread) and a fire in the fireplace.
I have just 2 trees up this year.   My main tree is 16 foot, but not this year.  With my shoulder surgery, there is no way I could reach to hang all of the ornaments it takes to fill that tree.  So I put up a smaller tree.

I chose chrystal and white this year for a snowy , winter wonderland look.

My second tree is my seasonal tree that is up all year.  I change it with the different seasons.  At Christmas, I have a more shabby chic tree and fill it with pictures of my 4 granddaughters.  The girls love seeing their pictures hanging on the tree.

So with both trees up and decorated, I wanted to craft today.

For my birthday, my sister gave me a bag of old clothes pins to decorate.  She was getting ready to throw them away, so I'm glad I had them on my birthday wish list.

After a couple of good coats of gesso, they were ready to transform.

I lightly dry brushed a couple of the pins with a light pink and a baby blue.  I found this cool sparkle texture paint and I put a light coat of this on the pins, flowers and ribbons.  It looks like this:
It gives a pretty snowy look with a golden sparkle.

I colored my own seam binding and scrunched it up so it would have a wrinkled look.  These were so easy to make and it was a chance for me to use up some scraps.
Of course I like the shabby look, so pastels are a must.   I made some purple ones too and I love how they turned out.
I am making some snow globes tomorrow, so I used some of my Christmas embellishments to make a holiday pin.
You can use these to put on top of packages or to wrap you laces around to put on display.

Enough crafting today; going to go ice my shoulder and get ready to watch "The Sound of Music"- the live version with Carrie Underwood.  What a great way to end a beautiful, snowy day.

Thank you God for the beautiful picture you painted today with the snow and the ability to use your gifts to create for others for one more day.

Happy crafting.

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