I am in such a Christmasy crafting mood lately. So I came up with this in my studio/craft room. I decided that this would be my submission for the the DECK THE HALLS Friday over at Tinsel and company. I have admired so much the work of Jen at j nichelle holiday that I really wanted to try and somewhat attempt making a Christmasy shaker box, covered in Mica Flakes and Glitter to resemble hers.
The big difference in hers and mine, is that she uses pure vintage. My figurine is a thrift shop find, and is not vintage, just a look alike, and I might have paid .75 for it. Jen's are all authentic vintage figurines. Now the larger ornaments on the bottle brush tree, are in fact blown glass, but I don't think they are vintage, However I did use some real mercury glass beads, along with the old holly leaves sent to me by Jen herself. The shaker box is from a craft store. The trim was saved from a Christmas package back a few years ago, and the "merry Christmas" and other musical plastic instruments were purchased off of Etsy. The mini silver glitter bells were from Walmart, and I glued a mercury bead inside each one. There also is some other vintage tinsel also from Jen mixed in the tree. Not to worry my friend Jen, I will be making these for my pleasure only. I got a how glue burn from this little baby and the mica flakes make me itch! ha
I am a Mother of 8, grandmother of almost 27 wonderful little people. Married to a wonderful man for 38 years. I am a published scrapbooker, have decorated wedding cakes, made wedding dresses, had a wedding business, taught baton twirling lessons to girls for almost 40 years, and love to decorate my home inexpensively. I have always been a 'make-due' sort of person. I love dishes, teacups, teapots, and have to be creating something everyday. I love to listen to beautiful uplifting music and watch Masterpiece Theatre and Jane Austen movies while I scrap, craft or sew. I have become addicted to quilting, and dream about quilt blocks now. I am still working on getting better at this art form. I believe that Creating things with your hands is a good outlet and keeps your mind alert, and has a way of helping one lose all the cares of the day and world, right in my own little studio. Therefore I will never become a digital scrapbooker. I think that those who do digital turn out some beautiful pieces of art and lovely layouts, but for me I need to cut and paste by hand!