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.

Piano Jewelry Box

It appears I forget to share my Piano Jewelry Box.  Since, I give away most of the items I finish as gifts,  I normally have to wait until after their birthday blog about it.

The piano box was ordered from Amazon in November with an expect delivery date in December.  It was delayed so many times, Amazon threaten the supplier with cancellation if they did not ship it.  It finally arrive in early January 2017, which left me with only two weeks to finish the box and ship it out.

The box was finished with ebony stain.  I wanted to get it dark, really dark, like a grand piano.  The box appeared to have the keyboard cover down, so I did not have to paint keys on the piano.  The name plate was made with polymer clay. The balls on the legs were painted with silver acrylic paint and numerous coats of polyurethane to give it a high gloss shine.

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I thought about putting music notes inside the jewelry box, but after some thought and test runs, I decided the space inside was small and it would not hold much.  So, I made polymer clay roses and put them inside the box.  The leafs were left overs from other projects.  The roses were glued down and coated with several layers of polyurethane.

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Maybe I should write a blog about how I make roses from clay.  I make them differently than what I have seen on other websites.  And, I have been making the same way since the Play-doh days.

Boxes

Here are the boxes I did as Christmas presents for my nieces and nephew.  I decided I could not leave my “superhero fan” nephew out, especially since his sister were getting boxes.

For Kegan’s box: I used an acrylic type pour for the letters and loved to design, but it got lost on the blue stained wooden background.  Since he loves superheroes, I used metallic paint to do a geometric design.  Inside the box, I made crosses from polymer clay and silver puff paint as the grout.

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The pastel box:  The top of the box was painted in glow in the dark paint.  (Yes, I used a lot of glow in the dark and neon glow paint this Christmas season.)  The outside of the box was done in chalk paint base and a sponge technique to get the different colors.

I put polymer clay crosses inside the box to resemble the top of the box.  Both boxes was sealed with high gloss polyurethane.

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The Box Project

I found this box at Hobby Lobby and I had to finish it.  I decided to stain and varnish the box and for the cut out, to use chalk paint.  Since I never used chalk paint, I decided I needed a test piece to determine if I wanted an antique finished.

This is the test piece with the same chalk color and an antique finished.

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Needless to say, I did not go with an antique finish.

The box frame was stain in dark walnut and varnish with a clear gloss.  The cutout was stained in ebony.

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I painted the inside of the lid to match the outside.

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To finish off the box, I decide to put a mosaic pattern on the inside of the box that match, not exactly, the cover of the box.  The mosaic tiles were made from polymer clay.  For the grout I used gold puff paint, a.k.a. fabric paint.

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The filler mosaic is a black, brown, turquoise, gold combination.  Since I had a lot of extra clay, I decide to use them on the test cross piece.  This is the final result.

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Work with Mosaics Title

I created the Mosaic Tiles then I placed the on stained wood items.

Jewelry Boxes - closed

Jewelry Boxes – closed

Jewelry Boxes - open

Jewelry Boxes – open

End Table

End Table

End Table - Top (Shapes)

End Table – Top (Shapes)

Bottom Shelve End Table

Bottom Shelve End Table

End Table - Top

End Table – Top

End Table - Top (Hearts)

End Table – Top (Hearts)

End Table - Bottom Shelf

End Table – Bottom Shelf

Family Tree cake stand

Family Tree cake stand

Plate - LSU Colors

Plate – LSU Colors