Here is a Kansas University Santa. The sculpted face is made by a well known local artist--Babs Mellor. Her lovely work is found all over the city. The tree is decorated with handmade KU Christmas ornaments.
Two Snowmen greet you at the front door. I painted them at 3 in the morning the other day. They are made from a 6 foot board and a 4 foot board. The top hat is part of the board with a cross piece added for the brim. Add a sweater and a scarf and they are ready to say "Hello" to visitors.
Blazing evening sky Exult nature's grand splendor Heaven is alight
I have NEVER EVER EVER seen such a glorious sky as the sunset last night here in Kansas. It was indescribable--looking at it was almost a "religious experience". There is absolutely "nothing" that can equal nature's beauty.
Many geese (the smart ones) fly South for the winter, but some choose to "hang around" the river or a local pond or lake. I'm afraid they may regret their decision when it turns cold this weekend. But, on the other hand, they saved themselves a long flight!!
Here are some of my favorite Christmas decorations. I can't "lay claim" to any of them except the little Snowman. I made him from 2 clay pots. The big Santa face is a cookie jar lid ( there is a set of lids that are all hand painted and include a design for every Holiday. I love all of them. The standing Santa is my very favorite decoration--he is hand painted and made from a dried gourd. In a divorce settlement, he would be a major point of contention. The next Santa is an antique bell, clapper and all. Such fun to get all of them out each Christmas!
Stick a glue gun in my hand and I go crazy!! I love taking a plain basket and adding flowers, leaves, and such to the front of it. I use it to put received Christmas cards in, pinecones, or fill it with a variety of sacks of homemade candy and, again, give it to my (lucky???) friends.
Poinsettias are always beautiful, and these days you can get them in just about ANY color.
I love to do Arts and Crafts (heavy emphasis on the Crafts side--my "talent" seems to fit in that category a little more than working on great Art pieces, unfortunately). Here is my "Brick Santa"--yes, he's made from a real brick. Paint a cute face on him, add a beard (all kinds of fun materials can be used), add a bag of toys and a cute hat and "there he is". I have probably made 40+ to give to (lucky???) friends and family, and actually sold a few too. Seems like if I make one of something I end up "mass producing" them to give away.
"Crafty" but cute Santas
He's one of the "favorite" things I've made. It is such fun getting out all of the Christmas decorations-many of which you forget about from year to year. More favorite crafts and Christmas decorations coming up in the next few blogs. Happy decorating!
I know I promised to be "through" with Fall, but these beautiful leaves were just laying on the bright green English Ivy and made such a pretty contrast. Soooo, I just had to take one more Fall picture.
Catch the eye of beholder
I've decided Art is Anything that Anyone does using Any kind of media. That's what makes it so interesting!!! A friend sent me images of this year's 2010 Sand Castle competition entries from Harrison Hotspring, British Columbia, Canada. Quite detailed, quite unique, and quite interesting.