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41  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along on: December 05, 2014 10:37:19 PM
I grabbed a few more pics today!  I'm almost done... I must be.


This is Mavis. She hangs out in our living room all year 'round, but she likes to wear different outfits or disguises. This is her Christmas get up the last 2 years.


This is Ramon, the T-rex that lives in our stairwell. He also enjoys outfits and disguises.
42  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Kermit the Frog Tree Skirt! on: December 05, 2014 10:29:11 PM
I love this. I love Kermit Smiley

Thanks! Kermit's a great guy!
43  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along on: December 05, 2014 02:37:07 PM
Anyone know a good source for LONG t-pins?  Like 2" or more.

Manhattan Wardrobe Supply has 2" T pins.  http://www.wardrobesupplies.com/


I saw a vintage card on pinterest with a snow lady hanging candy canes on the line and fell in love. I want to make a weather-proof snow lady to go out there, but haven't nailed down exactly how just yet.  Hypertufa?  Fiberglass?  I'd love to hear ideas if you have them.  Must be able to handle the snow and cold, and be able to stake it to the ground. Also I want her to be 4' tall or so.

Have you ever heard of Wonderflex or Fosshape?  They might be a bit more expensive than you're willing to go, but they are really sturdy so whatever you made out of them should last years.  I've used them both a bit in the past for theatrical costumes & millinery work, though they are used for other craft purposes too.  Basically Wonderflex is a 1/8" thick material that arrives flat.  You then use heat to shape it into whatever shape you wish, when it cools, it's hardened.  It is frequently used to make theatrical armor.  Fosshape is like 3/16" thick felt, but more than felt.  When you use heat and steam, you can shape it into anything you wish as well, usually by draping it over a form.  Before it's treated with heat, it has the added benefit of being sew-able.  (Is that a word?)  It's frequently used to make theatrical hats.  The Fosshape would need to be coated in something like Sculpt or Coat to make it more solid and impervious to snow/water.  They might seem like an intimidating new medium, but they are really lots of fun, and there's info out on the web about working with them, mainly from cosplayers & prop makers.  Plus they will send you samples of any of them to play with before you decide if you want to buy it.

http://www.wonderflexworld.com/
http://www.sculpturalarts.com/foamcoating.htm

If you make your snow lady I want to see it!  Cheesy

GAH!  Thank you soooo much for all the informations and links, Mistress Jennie!  I will look into those materials for sure.  I assume that the Wonderflex is paintable... it has to be to make armor.  HEHEHEEEE!
44  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along on: December 05, 2014 01:09:00 PM
Thank you for sharing your home with us...it delights me to see how others make their homes special for the holidays.

I'm so glad I spotted and joined this thread!  I, too, love seeing all these cheery homes and yards!

I just posted my Kermit the Frog tree here, because I made a funny tree skirt for it last night.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437043.0
45  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Kermit the Frog Tree Skirt! on: December 05, 2014 01:06:00 PM
Thanks, y'all!  It makes me glad.
46  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Kermit the Frog Tree Skirt! on: December 05, 2014 12:43:51 PM
I made one of my tinsel trees into a Kermit the Frog tree last year, but didn't have a skirt for it.  I remembered that we had a Kermit "collar" that was The ManFlesh's when he was like 4 or 5 years old and put it on the tree stand. BUT it didn't really cover much.  When I asked if he would mind if I used it to make a proper tree skirt, he said "do whatever you want with it."  So when I took down the decorations last year I set the tree and the collar aside, then went and bought material for it.  It sat in my craft room until last night! 



I know that the light/dark of the collar/body are reversed, but the collar was dark enough that when I put it with darker material it lost it's Kermit vibe.



I am kind of in love with this little tree now!  I have two other tinsel trees this size, but in other colors. Now that I have a pattern for a skirt, I hope I'll make skirts for them as well.  Hopefully before another year goes by, but...
47  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along on: December 05, 2014 12:06:19 PM
PS The gifts will sit on the sled which was mine as a kid and also my mom and uncle's.
48  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along on: December 05, 2014 12:03:26 PM
More pics, you lucky schmoes!


The main bathroom set up.  That wallpaper will be coming down first quarter 2015 with any luck!


Closer shot of some of the trees in the main bath. The new color scheme will be white, "silver", aqua and purple.


The feather trees sit atop the piano.  I might take the art down for the holiday now that I have seen it through a photo.

The Alternatree is decorated! 


A closer shot for funsies.


Annnd a new feature for outside.  Candy canes hanging on the clothes line!

I saw a vintage card on pinterest with a snow lady hanging candy canes on the line and fell in love. I want to make a weather-proof snow lady to go out there, but haven't nailed down exactly how just yet.  Hypertufa?  Fiberglass?  I'd love to hear ideas if you have them.  Must be able to handle the snow and cold, and be able to stake it to the ground. Also I want her to be 4' tall or so.


49  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along on: December 05, 2014 10:44:31 AM
Thanks, y'all!  I have a few more pics that I need to resize so hopefully I'll post later today.   Grin

My lights pics are crummy, but I'm going to try again from further away soon.
50  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along on: December 04, 2014 07:56:44 PM
Got some pictures today!  I'm not quite done, so there will be more.

We have a wood stove that is our primary heat source, but it doesn't have a fireplace or a mantle. It does have a brick wainscot on the walls around it and a little plate rail on top. This is where we hang out stockings with care.  I made all of them and their posted here.



My mom made a bunch of these when I was in my midteens and it seems so appropriate here in our "new" mountain home.



Trees are my main theme for Christmas decorating, so I have lots of them.  I haven't photographed them all, but here's most of them.



My Patience Brewster tree. I got a GREAT deal on it and just love it so.


(T-rex is helping. His only skills are moving rocks and terrorizing prey, sooooo yeah.)


The odds n ends go on the bar cabinet


This is the pet tree. Footprints of all the pets we've had together and a glass ornament representing my late cat, Pearl. It was a gift from a friend long ago.


Most of the white trees, they're on the plate rail over the wood stove, but on the other wall from the stockings.

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