Wednesday, January 19, 2022

You Can't Beat Three Decades Of Joy



Shown in the picture above is a silk floral Christmas decoration that I love and which has been gracing our kitchen counter for 7 years.  Of course, there is a story associated with its' creation....  lol

Back in 2014 hubby surprised me with a different kind of natural flower arrangement.


It was a beautiful red and white roses, carnations and mums arrangement in the most adorable container - a Christmas bulb with top included. The natural flower arrangement was filled with red roses, red carnations, white mums, ribbons and greenery.

I loved the arrangement and the container so much that I decided that once the natural flowers died I would re-create it with silk floral. Surprise! Surprise! lol

How I Made My Mixed Media Paper Cube Christmas Ornaments



If you're a crafter like I am sometimes you have good intentions and start something only to be distracted by a supply you found, which results in you starting another project, which results in lots of "UnFinished Objects."

For crafters these are known as UFO's and most of us have multitudes of these waiting to be finished.


Such was the case with some of the supplies I bought from Alphastamps.net a couple of years ago - 2"cube Kraft boxes.  I thought they might make cute paper ornaments for my Christmas tree.  

I imagined cheerful cubes with Christmas scrapbook paper and Christmas sticker embellishments, so I bought six.  They’ve been waiting to be created for several years now.

Back then I thought I'd create cube ornaments that I could decoupage with winter, Christmas, and woodland themed images to create adorable present ornaments.

Finally, this past year seemed to be the right time to finish this project.


I had a lot of fun making them.  They were so quick and easy to do I thought you might like to know how I made mine.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A Mixed Media Paper Sleigh and Happy Shopping Trip


When I first started making silk floral decorations I started with Christmas decorations and, specifically, started with metal Christmas decorated sleighs in two sizes: large and small.  

I have to blame my mother for this (lol) as we were on a shopping trip and happened to go into a Christmas Tree Shop.  She spotted the metal Xmas sleighs and told me she thought they might make cute decorations for the Christmas holiday season.  So, of course, I bought some.

In looking at the sleighs I thought they might be nice for decorations.  The big ones would be great for the floor and the smaller ones for table decorations.   I wanted to add florals, paper boxes, pinecones, etc. as decorations in the sleigh.  Of course, for some I added a Santa and toys.


Over the years I ended up dismantling the silk floral sleighs and, currently, have the empty metal sleighs in a box somewhere...lol  I would include a picture of them here as they are really cute, even when empty, but I'm not exactly sure where they are right now and what box they are in....lol 

Monday, January 17, 2022

My Two New Mixed Media Christmas Houses



Given my love of houses and love of mixed media decorations you had to know that there was no way I would only create two house images for my Christmas decorations this year.

I'm not sure whether you will remember or not, but in September of 2021 I wrote a Linda's Blog post about how I had made the "Putz" chipboard beach house kits I had bought from AgedWithThyme Etsy Shop. Along with posting about the kits I also posted a little about what "Putz" houses were.  You know how I love history.... lol

In any event, I so enjoyed making the beach houses so much I decided to make more of the "Putz" house kits I had bought.  There were 10 kits left so I decided to make one a haunted house for Halloween and two houses for the Fall season.  The remaining 7 would be for the Christmas and Winter holiday season.  

Sunday, January 16, 2022

You Can't Have Too Many Christmas House Decorations - Or Can You?


After finishing my diorama I was in the mood for a few more house creations.   If you've been following my blog all these years you know I love dolls and houses.  So, I decided to finish another chipboard house image with a ledge on the bottom.  

This time I decided to create a little wintery outdoor scene with two chipboard deer, Victorian girl and bird images, a chipboard tree, chipboard fence, Christmas wreath with red bow, cream colored miniature sisal trees, paper curtains, Christmas present, scrapbook paper door and snow embellishments.

I started by putting my house and ledge together and then painting the front, back, bottom, and sides with a bronze antiquing stain. When that was dry I painted the window, top and sides of the house and top of the bottom ledge with black acrylic paint.  

When that was dry I cut out a scrapbook paper with wood panel imagery to fit the front of the house, leaving a cut out section for the window.  Then I applied mod podge to the back of the wood panel imagery scrapbook paper with a brush and pressed it to the front of the house to make sure it adhered.  When I was sure it was secure I applied mod podge to the front of the wood panel imagery paper with a brush and also applied the mod pod to the back and sides of the house to seal the scrapbook paper, black acrylic paint and bronze stain on the back of the house.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Gotta Love Mixed Media Christmas Diorama's and How I Made Mine


For years I have been wanting to try a small diorama and finally had a chance to create one.

If you don't know what a diorama is the definition is as follows: a model representing a scene with three-dimensional figures, either in miniature or as a large-scale museum exhibit.

It's basically a miniature 3d shadowbox. 

That, of course, is right up my alley as I've been writing about the various cross-stitch shadowboxes I've either made or used over the years to finish my cross-stitch, needlepoint, and needle felted creations.  This time, however, I wanted to create a mixed media 3d collage type of shadowbox - i.e. diorama for the Christmas holiday season.

So, I started with putting together a chipboard box that measured 5 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 3 3/4". 

I had found some adorable Victorian children images that I wanted to use and a Victorian Santa image that I thought would work well with what I had in mind.

I had also found a chipboard fireplace cutout, chipboard sleigh cutout, and sisal tree that would be perfect for my scene.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

How I Made My Christmas Nativity Scene Mixed Media Art Picture



I know it's a little late to be posting about Christmas crafts but I just did  not have enough time to post these before - it was a busy Christmas season.

As you all know, Christmas is my favorite time of the year for decorating but I try really hard not to forget the real reason for the holiday.  As I was growing up the religious aspects of the Christmas holiday were always important for my mother and father.

I have to admit I love all the festivity of the season and always have but try very, very hard to remember what transpired that allows us to celebrate this holiday.  So, I try to incorporate some of the more religious aspects of Christmas into my home decorations and the nativity scene my husband and I have has always been one my favorites.  

Monday, November 01, 2021

How I Made My Quick and Easy Little Spooky Collaged Bottle Decoration



I just love crafts that are quick and easy to make.  Especially little decorations that can be placed just about anywhere.

Several years ago one of the online classes I was taking was for making collaged glass bottles.  I loved that class and have been making different collaged bottles ever since then.

For years I have been wondering how well tissue paper would work for the main layer of the collage instead of using paper.  So, I decided to find out.

In adding craft supplies to my Linda Walsh Originals zazzle shop last year I decided to add some of my Halloween designs to their tissue papers - including one of my jack-o-lantern designs.  Since purchasing the tissue paper I've wondered ever since how it would work on glass.

My New Mixed Media Paper Doll Witch and Frankenstein

 

I had so much fun with creating my mixed media paper doll for the ""BUBBLE, BUBBLE, TOIL AND TROUBLE.... LET’S GET BUSY ON THE DOUBLE" swap I decided to make another mixed media paper doll for myself.

Now, if you know me, you have to know that "moderation" in creating is not in my vocabulary. When I'm  creating I usually create several different items or more than I really should.  This time I restrained myself and created just one additional Halloween mixed media paper doll.

I wonder if this is the new me - nah....... lol 

It's just a singular aboration..... lol


However, the paper doll I created entered up being both a witch and a Frankenstein so you could say I created two more mixed media paper dolls....lol

My Mixed Media Witch For The Bell, Book and Cauldron Halloween Paper Doll Swap



I had so much fun with creating my first mixed media paper doll for the "Life Is A Cabaret" swap organized by Hally Levesque for the Progressive Paper Doll Party Facebook group that I decided to participate in the "Bell, Book and Cauldron Halloween Paper Doll Swap." 

The theme for this paper doll swap was "BUBBLE, BUBBLE, TOIL AND TROUBLE.... LET’S GET BUSY ON THE DOUBLE." For this swap we needed to make one paper doll and add a boo-licious recipe to it.

According to Hally: "It may be a traditional or creepy conjured up recipe, as long as it is part of the paper doll creation. (Example) ... a witch, stirring her brew plus a written recipe... just as long as the recipe is part of the doll or its presentation."

No matter what kind of doll I make they always have an opinion on what they should be and my "paper dollie" decided while being a witch she was going to be a nice witch. 

Here's what she told me: "She loves the Halloween season and having fun, but doesn’t like to scare anyone. She’d much rather have a conversation with them or teach them how to fly around on a broomstick." 

"She doesn’t like to create nasty brews but doesn’t mind creating jello brains. You might think that “jello brains” would be scary but she can assure you they are not. They’re “jello” after all."

"However, she does have a reputation to maintain and does need to be somewhat scary for that to remain intact so her solution is to create a visually scary dish but something that wouldn’t hurt a fly." 

I had no choice but to accede to her wishes.

Friday, October 29, 2021

My Halloween Mixed Media Spooky House



As you know from my previous blog post in September of 2021 I wrote a Linda's Blog post about how I had made the "Putz" chipboard beach house kits I had bought from AgedWithThyme Etsy Shop. Along with posting about the kits I also posted a little about what "Putz" houses were.  You know how I love history.... lol

Well, I so enjoyed making the beach houses so much I decided to make more of the "Putz" house kits I had bought.  There were 10 kits left so I decided to make one a haunted house for Halloween and two houses for the Fall season.  

The remaining 7 would be for the Christmas and Winter holiday season.  Some of the kits were larger homes 3" x 2" by 4" and some were tiny 2" x 2" by 2" houses, which would be perfect as ornaments for the Christmas holiday season.

I selected the haunted house and fall houses I wanted to use and set the other 7 house kits aside.

Monday, October 25, 2021

My Fall Seasonal Mixed Media Houses

In September of 2021 I wrote a Linda's Blog post about how I had made the "Putz" chipboard beach house kits I had bought from AgedWithThyme Etsy Shop. Along with posting about the kits I also posted a little about what "Putz" houses were.  You know how I love history.... lol

Well, I so enjoyed making the beach houses so much I decided to make more of the "Putz" house kits I had bought.  There were 10 kits left so I decided to make one a haunted house for Halloween and two houses for the Fall season.  

The remaining 7 would be for the Christmas and Winter holiday season.  Some of the kits were larger homes 3" x 2" by 4" and some were tiny 2" x 2" by 2" houses, which would be perfect as ornaments for the Christmas holiday season.

I selected the haunted house and fall houses I wanted to use and set the other 7 house kits aside.

Friday, September 10, 2021

How I Made My Mixed Media "Putz" Chipboard Beach House Kit From AgedWithThyme Etsy Shop



Since you're well aware that I like buying pictures of houses and creating houses you shouldn't be surprised that I would venture into creating miniature 3d house models.  

So, what do I mean by that?  Well, if you've been a crafter for awhile and have ventured into any craft store before the holidays you must have seen displays for everything you might need to create a miniature Christmas house village.  

Some of the house supplies were created out of paper, some cardboard, some chipboard, some plastic, some wood and some ceramic.  You could create the houses using a kit or buy them already finished and add other decorations like trees, figurines, miniature Christmas decorations, etc.  The end result for all of this was creating a pretty little village scene to be displayed at the Christmas holiday season.

Several years ago I decided to make some chipboard gingerbread houses of my own for table decorations and wrote about them in a Linda's Blog post entitled: New Mixed Media Christmas Decorations - Adorable Gingerbread Houses.  

I also make some gingerbread ornaments that I could hang on my skinny Christmas tree and wrote about them in a Linda's Blog post entitled: My New Miniature Mixed Media Gingerbread House Christmas Ornaments.

I loved making them and after doing so I decided to see if there were other chipboard house kits I could buy not just for the holiday season but for all year.  So, I went searching online and found a lot of  information on house villages.

It seems that house villages have been around since the late Victorian era, which certainly piqued my interest, and were very popular from the 1920's through the 1950's or so.

I found out that they were called "putz" houses and they had originated from the German word "putzen" which means to clean or polish.

Thursday, September 09, 2021

More Mixed Media House Pictures For The Holiday Season


You had to know when you saw my previous Linda's Blog post about my new mixed media house pictures for the spring and summer that there would be more.  


If you thought that you would be right.  

After all when have I ever been able to stop at just two new creations...... lol

After  creating my spring and summer mixed media house pictures I decidd to create three for the Christmas and winter holiday season.  Here, too, I would be utilizing chipboard houses but the embellishments would be a little different.

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

My Summer and Spring Mixed Media House Pictures

 

I know that I've mentioned over the years that my husband and I live in a house of dolls and houses.

You know about my passion for dolls but might not know that I love houses and house pictures as well.  

Over the years I have definitely created all sorts of dolls.  For the houses and house pictures I started by buying pictures I liked for our house starting 33 years ago.  After putting up all the pictures my husband and I realized most of the pictures we had selected were of houses or clusters of houses.  Too funny!


So, it seems, I'm also attracted to house art.... lol

Well,  over the years I've bought a few house sculptures - mainly ones that look like the house we live in but, from time to time, some a little different.  And, of course, when it came to craft kits I bought or crafts I wanted to make they featured houses, too.