Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Christmas pendants/hangers...and some slow stitching...

Christmas is coming and like many people, I love handmade decorations.  Of course, I have my fair share of plastic (ie. small people friendly) ones, but I can probably jettison a few of them now that my girls are big enough to be a little more careful when decorating the tree.  So with that in mind, I thought I'd make some that were special, OOAK, unique and customised.  A Christmas decoration that is a perfect gift all by itself.  These are the first, painted today.  An old mother winter, with her wise face and long silver tresses, and two little tiny faery babies fast asleep in their tiny cradles, rocking gently high up in the Christmas tree.  Customised with name (on front) and dates (on back) added, these two would be perfect as a gift for a new born's first Christmas.  I'm still twiddling around trying to decide on details, but thought I'd 'show and tell' to see what you thought.  I've done a very rough 'dummy' up in photoshop to show you how the lettering might go, though it would be hand-painted on the actual pieces.  As with my other hangers, these would come in a small hand-made gift bag, and I'll probably include a little certificate of authenticity or similar.  Any suggestions are welcome, including what you think would be a reasonable price...yes, I'm hand-balling that to you, my trusty followers, because it's the part I hate the most.  I am NOT the fastest artist out there, each faery baby took almost an hour to paint (and the wise winter woman took almost an hour and a half...but her face was being very troublesome!), though these are the very first and hopefully I might get faster with practice!

There is a little of this happening now...VERY slow stitching this is...I suspect it will be a long while in the making.



9 comments:

Shannon said...

Sigh, as always so beautiful...and only and hour (and a half)...hmm not really very slow.. Love the slow stitching, spirals are my thing.

KeLLy aNN said...

Your work is always so Dreamy...

Oya's Daughter said...

Oh wow, I love those! I keep wondering how to paint on wood as it's something I'd love to do for all the reasons you've managed to capture - small handheld marvels! Wish I could help on the pricing ideas, I'd have to have a womble on Etsy or Folksy

Anne said...

Beautiful....:)

Beth Niquette said...

OH! How lovely your work is! Did you do these? If so, I would love to feature your blog and artwork on FAT Tuesday (Featured Art Tuesday) Artist Spotlight next week!

Would you mind? I was just so taken by your wonderful ornaments. They fill my eyes--which is the greatest compliment I can give.

WOL said...

Promise that when your stitching piece is done, you'll photograph it for us! It looks fascinating. Love the little ornaments. Have you thought about some little strung bead dangles to catch the light? (I'm playing bare footsy with a cat as I type, and judging from the thumping of his tail, I'm about to get my toes chomped!)

Swan Artworks said...

I love the tree decorations, mother winter is particularly atmospheric! But the baby ones I think would make a fantastic first christmas token especially customised with the name etc... I wish I could go back in time now for my two monkeys!

ShaylaF said...

Your artwork is so amazing, I am definitely following you.

Joan said...

You are pure magic. Your baby fairies are gorgeous..and the stitching so autumn.

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