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« on: December 15, 2008 11:48:16 AM »

I think this is in the right place. Huh

Backstory:
So, ever since I was a little girl, my mother has had two Christmas trees.  On top of each tree was a tree angel.  One of those tree angels is one my mother has had FOREVER and one is one that my grandmother gave me when I was a little girl. Well, last year my mother felt that my brother and I were finally adult enough to have the massive amounts of christmas decor that she had collected for both of us since we were children to keep at our respective homes.  However, this left my mom one tree angel short, and since this is the frist Christmas for her that both my brother and I are out of the house, I thought I would buy her a new tree angel.  Well, all of the angels I found were... hideous.  I don't do fiber-optic tree angels, sorry. So then I was going to make her one... but I think I would still be working on it if that had happened.  So I did the next best thing.  I found one with pretty wings and a pretty face and remade her dress and other decor. 
On to the pictures!!
This is pre-makeover angel:

Notice the nice wings, peaceful face, but unfortunate dress, and what exactly is she holding???
In progress angel:

Plastic bags and a business card to protect her wings

Letting the hemdown and changing the underskirt.  I also changed her collar, and waist line to be less "gold"
Finished Angel:

With banner that reads "God Bless This Family" and *removeable* holly crown (I wasn't sure if i liked it, so I let my mom decide).  There are also some lacey flowers sewn to the underskirt and a holly garland running through her hands behind the banner.

All in all, it was success.  She cried and smiled and then cried some more.  It's going to be one of those Christmases  Tongue


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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2008 12:38:00 PM »

Wow!  Great job!

I liked the angel okay "before", but she is really, really pretty after your beautifying touches!  (I like the holly crown too)  I like her holding the banner too!

Way to go!
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2008 12:42:02 PM »

So pretty!  And what a thoughtful gift to your mom.  I almost cried, too. 
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2008 12:50:46 PM »

Wow, she's really beautiful. I've been looking for a new angel myself and I've been disappointed by what's out there. Your remake is just the kind of thing I WISH they sold!
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2008 01:07:37 PM »

She looks much friendlier with her makeover.  I never would have thought of reconstructing one!  You did a great job and I love the story behind it.
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2008 06:30:47 PM »

I've had the same problem finding a star for the top of my tree.  I grew up with stars on our trees.  I hate most of the ones I find in the stores.  You've inspired me to get crafty with it.
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2008 06:42:35 PM »

I love what you did. And the story is sweet too.
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2008 09:21:51 PM »

Thank you everyone Smiley  I was definitely feeling brave when I decided to makeover the angel (I really didn't want to screw it up), but I am happy with the result and feel confident in future endeavors as well. Tongue

I highly recommend 'readjusting' whats out there to fit your tree-topping (or other decor) needs.  Often the base product is pretty good, its the mass produced details that aren't the best.  It also saves you a ton of time by not having to recreate the wheel.
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