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« on: December 24, 2013 06:57:42 AM »

For the last several years I've participated in a Christmas gift exchange with a number of my online friends.  We've found that ornaments are the best for a long distance exchange but coming up with a new idea is always a challenge.  I met it this year when I found 4 inch wooden block letters at Michael's.  I chose the first initial of the last name of each of my friends & painted them to suit the shape of the letter.

My original idea was to repaint them in more Christmasy colors but at the last minute I decided to go with them "as is".  I'm happy I did because I really am quite pleased with the bright cheery look of them.

Some of the designs are my own but I went to "Free Clip Art" online to find suitable drawings & ideas for the others.  It was fairly easy to capture & size the drawings to fit before printing them.  I used a carbon paper to trace them onto the letters & painted them with acrylics.  For a bit of glitzing, I glued on tiny flat backed gemstones (the ones used for decorating fingernails) for holly berries, ornaments, etc. 

Hubby drilled a hole in the top of each so I could put in a screw eyelet & ribbon for hanging.  I purposely hung most of them at an angle rather than trying to make them level---impossible with some of them.     

Since there were 2 J's, Hubby chose the one with the Santa for us to keep.  I'm still trying to find my favorite.  I like the way the santa hat follows the curve of the letter S, but the snowflake & Christmas tree wrap neatly around the sides of their letters.  Then there's that sweet little bird sitting on the tree limb---or the snowman---or candy canes---

They've been mailed off &, so far, I've had good reviews on them.

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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2013 07:05:31 AM »

these are amazing! Love the detail!

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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2013 07:52:51 AM »

They look lovely!

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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2013 07:55:12 AM »

These are so wonderful! I love them.

« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2013 12:02:27 PM »

Very creative.

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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2013 12:31:09 PM »

I just love these and I imagine they'll all be treasured.  I really like that you kept the colors "as-is", too; you did an excellent job fitting the paintings to the shapes of the letters.

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« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2013 08:29:36 AM »

Very creative work, they all came out beautifully.

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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2013 10:43:30 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley

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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2013 06:44:37 PM »

Thank you, I appreciate that you've featured my ornament project.
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