Oh, Christmas Tree

On Thanksgiving, I asked my husband if he had any preferences for when I put up the Christmas tree. He said “No.”

On Black Friday, late in the afternoon, a brought the Christmas tree and the tree skirt up from the basement. My husband told me “You are suppose to do that while I am at work.” I think he just wanted me to cook supper and watch TV with him.

This is how my tree looked on Friday.

On Saturday, I added decorations.

My husband told me “You can put up the tree. It looks like you really want to.” I told him “No, I will put it up on Tuesday when I bake cookies.”

Sunday, I added lights to the tree.

Husband shakes head.

Monday, I put an angel on top of the tree.

Husband roll eyes.

I did get a letter from Santa.

Tuesday, I took the tree out of the box.

Husband comes home at lunch and asks what I did with the nicely decorated tree box.

Husband gets a look from me.

Here’s the decorated tree. Can a tree have too many ornaments?

I have come to realize, if I just left the tree in the box, I wont have to wrap presents because all the Amazon boxes would have match the tree.

Sunrise, from Hotel Parking Lots

Some people stay at a hotel until it is time to check out.  Me I wake up and get going.  One of benefit is I get to see a lot of sunrises.  Here are the pictures I took from the hotel parking lot.  I saw a bunch more sunrises.  No pictures because I was driving.

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Large Colorful Mandala 10

Flowers and more flowers. Done with Derwent Inktense Pencils on 16″ x 20″ Carson Artboard. Inktense is like watercolor pencils, the only difference is once water is applied, it’s permanent. One tip I used was, if you outline in color pencils, it will help with the bleeding. So, I used Prismacolor pencil on the outline.

More Polymer Clay Roses

Below are batches 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of my polymer clay roses with leaves and stems.

Batch 2:

I took some white clay and blended one edge with some pink clay.  The leaves and stems contains three shades of green and gold clay.

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Batch 3:

The center of the roses were made from the clay left over from Batch 2.   However, there wasn’t enough for three flowers, so I mix a little red with the pink and white for the outer petals.

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Batch 4:

I wanted some flowers that glowed in the dark. I mixed bright pink, yellow, and orange clay with some florescent clay.

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Batch 5:

These red roses were also mixed with some florescent clay, but they do not shine as well as the pink roses in Batch 4.

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Batch 6:

I had just finished the yellow sunflower vase and wanted some yellow roses to put in the vase.  But, yellow roses would just be too plain.  The rose color from stem to the petal tips are hot pink, orange, yellow, and lemon yellow.

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Batch 7:

Some more vase inspired flowers.  I used the leftover clay from the vase.  I gently it mixed together to make the roses.

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Polymer Clay Roses

Here is my first attempt at adding a stem and leaves to my polymer clay roses.  I made my first rose when I was a teenager from my brother’s Play-doh.

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The flowers were made from polymer clay that was leftover from previous projects.  The stems are made from floral wire and coated with polymer clay.   Jewelry wire was other option, but it is a lot more expensive than floral wire.

What I learned from the first set was:  How to make the leaves better  and how to better place them in the oven to reduce damaging the stems.

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