Toddler Christmas Tree

Christmas is coming and the crafts are happening.  If you have little ones running around your house, here is a project for you!

I’ve seen several felt Christmas trees on pinterest so this isn’t really a new project, but I wanted to show you how I did mine to help inspire you!

I had a large piece of green felt that I cut into a Christmas tree shape (fold in half and cut a tree shape).  I then stuck the tree onto the wall using Command mounting strips.  I was pretty concerned that the kids would rip the tree right off the wall, but after about two weeks we are still good.  But if you have the type of children that will immediately rip things off the wall, you may need to experiment with something else.

The ornaments came from Michaels.  I found a kit for making a garland that was basically a set of felt Christmas shapes.  These worked perfectly.  Obviously you could cut your own, but this was easier for me.

Finally, I added a garland that I found in the Target dollar spot.  I used more Command hooks and attached one on either side of the tree.  The pom pom garland can then be hooked onto it.  My one-year-old doesn’t get this at all but the three-year-old does.  So you may or may not want to use this with your kids.

I’ve been storing the ornaments in some Christmas gift boxes at the base of the tree.  They look pretty and also add some fun for the little boy who loves opening and closing boxes.

Christmas Cards: Under the Mistletoe

Hi All!

I recently got some Christmas cards printed up with one of my hedgehog paintings and I am VERY excited about them.  This is actually my third time trying to make these cards; I had some problems with my print shop.  Well, two print shops.  But third times a charm and thanks to Minuteman Press in Redmond, things are looking good.

You can buy these cards in my etsy shop both individually and in packs of five.  Order soon so you can get them by Christmas! (Order by December 19th to get them by December 24th- sooner if you want to send your cards in the mail! More info from USPS here)

Quick Project Idea- Bread Machine Recipe

Here’s just a quick idea for you.  Use some vinyl to put a basic recipe on your bread machine.  I cut mine using my Silhouette machine, but I suppose you could do it by hand.  

I found that every time I wanted to make a loaf of bread to go with dinner, I had to pull out my computer, pull up the pdf of my bread machine manual, and look up the basic recipe and the order I needed to add ingredients.  Now, when I want a basic loaf of bread, the recipe is already there.  I still look up other recipes at times, but even then I can refer to my machine to check the order to add things.

Show Prep and Christmas Ornaments

Tomorrow I will be participating in an art show at a local animal shelter.  After my recent blustery day show, I am pretty excited to be doing an indoor show.

As typically happens, this week I got ideas for several new projects that I wish I could complete by my show.  I started working on some new Christmas ornaments.

I’ve accepted the fact that I won’t get that many done by Saturday so I probably won’t have them out on my display, but I am having lots of fun and am excited to sell them at a future time.

The Evolution of an Idea: Allie and the Dragon

Lately, my daughter has been asking us to tell her stories.  After several stories about princess Allie, I introduced the character of the dragon.  Now she always asks for dragon stories.  I’ve been having so much fun telling the stories, that I really wanted to illustrate some for her.  However my human drawing skills have never been great; animals are my thing.  But I decided that I should try because the worst that can happen is I draw something really ugly.  Here’s a peak at how my sketches have been growing and evolving.  (Please excuse the poor quality of these images- I took them with my cell phone)

Here is the first person I drew out.  She looks about the quality that my daughter would draw.  Okay, maybe a little better.  Her people look like scribbles.

I realized I needed to shift the eyes down a bit and work on proportions.  Better, but still kind of goofy looking (and not in a good way).  Here is my second try.

Third time was the charm.  She looks pretty cute at this point.

Now I moved from my little sketch pad and tried to recreate my drawing on my watercolor paper.  This is typically what I create my final pieces on.

Finally, I added in a dragon.  He ended up looking a bit like a pet dragon, so I drew his tongue hanging out and made him look like he’s staring at that ice cream cone.

So that’s a peak into my process.  The image is still in pencil so I may do a few edits/additions before I add paint and ink. 

What do you guys think?  It’s mostly just for fun and to show my daughter, but I do want to do it well.  The one thing that is troubling me now is that in the stories, the dragon is more of a friend than a pet.  But I thought this could be similar to a Mickey/Pluto kind of relationship.  Thoughts?