Sunday, November 20, 2011

Angel Collage and a Giveaway!!

 I had every intention of decorating some of my handmade trees and finishing a couple of custom orders yesterday. 

I ended up helping my son who was 
TEXTING every time I looked outside!!

He comes by it honestly, as I am also 
very easily distracted!

He was supposed to be raking and to keep him on task, I spent about 3 hours in the yard with him!
After all that, I was exhausted and the last thing I wanted to do was sew more trees!

That just seemed too much like work!
But there I was, painting a tree stand and the white paint made me think of a frame I was going to be using in a mixed media collage.  

I decided to paint that frame, then I pearl glazed it and then something happened

 I fell in love with Victorian Christmas images like this last year and knew I wanted to make a special piece for Christmas this year.

I've never made a collage before but have wanted to for SO long!
This beautiful image was the first piece collected.
I purchased it from a sweet etsy seller whose shop is appropriately named "I talk to angels" .

 I picked up the background paper at JoAnn Fabrics the little snowflakes at Hobby Lobby.  

The lace border came from etsy.

 My friend Julie Ann Hood 
designed these adorable 
little mitten ornaments
and I ordered two pairs from her.

They are still available in her etsy shop.
I knew they would be so sweet on my collage.

The mother of pearl brooch (above) and
large beaded brooch (below) 
were purchased
at a rummage sale!

Lucky me!

 I gathered little lace ruffles for the 
bottom corners 
to give another 3D element,
and a little frill!
 The element that tied it all together was the frame, which I purchased at the estate sale of a dear friend last month.  


Like me, she collected all kinds of pretty things.

Sadly, I didn't know we liked so many of the same things until after she died.

I think she would really like this use of her frame.

I assembled everything that I had so far onto the collage last night but something was still missing...
My angel needed a tree with packages to give away, so I made them today.

I'm really proud of it but still tweaking a little!



I'm in the Christmas Spirit.

I didn't sign up for any ornament swaps because I never have before and I forgot all 
about them!

Maybe next year!!

Anyway, I feel like sharing 
something that I make with someone 
in Blogland for Christmas,
I will choose a winner at random...

The winner will receive their very own retro
fluffy tree handmade by me!!!

The deadline is December 3rd. 
Winner to be announced on December 4th.

  The prize is a 12 inch undecorated tree to 
decorate yourself.

I will give you your choice of colors.

(pink is a popular choice! ;)

They make such pretty centerpieces... 

If you'd like to see an example, click my etsy shop in my sidebar.
Here's how to enter:



I hope everyone has a happy week and a Happy Thanksgiving!
I can't wait for the

It will be so wonderful to have extra time to work on fun things like decorating and crafting!!

I honestly wish I could get paid to stay home and make collages! Ha ha!!


Blog parties I joined this week are: