Christmas Projects

I haven’t posted for awhile. It has been a busy winter….and the snow! Oh my!

There are quite a few projects going on or finished, so I decided I had better get too it!

I did complete several gifts for Christmas. I love making handmade gifts. I like the idea of recycling and using up extra stuff. I like the idea of putting time and energy into something for the people I love.

I asked my son, John, what his new baby boy needed. He told me they were covered for his necessities, but could sure use some art for his bedroom. The walls were bare. I haven’t done a painting for awhile, so it was exciting to plan one.

I had seen several art works for little boys that had paper airplanes folded and glued onto a canvas. I loved the idea but wanted something permanent so I decided to paint paper airplane against a sky.

I am showing my process of building paper airplanes, suspending them by wires and casting shadows with lamps. This was the model I for the painting. It was actually harder to set up than doing the painting. I guess that part is like riding a bike. I added two more planes coming in and out of the composition to balance it.

I hope that my grandson will keep it for years to come.

The title… “I Know You Will Soar”

The next Christmas gift was for my youngest granddaughter, Dillan. She is a dare-devil and a climber. JD and I decided to build her a boat/staircase. I will post on that in the next few days.

Tell Me A Story

What a reward for the work that went into the story blocks!! It was so worth it to watch my granddaughters tell each other crazy stories! All but little Dillan (1 1/2) told wild tales after rolling the blocks. Dillan did participate by listening….and occasionally grabbing a block.

All of the stories were fun and imaginative. This project was a definite win!

Haunted Doll House

Just in time for Halloween, ghosts and goblins have moved into my doll house!

It was super scary for my granddaughters when the lights went out and there were glowing ghosts and pumpkin faces.

I had a family of Mellisa and Doug dolls that were not being used, so I turned them into Dracula, a witch, a mummy and Frankenstein boy.

The witch has a broom and vials of potions. It was fun for the girls to decide what magic things the potions would do. I was told next year she needs a cauldron and a black cat. We all could think of so many new additions for next years haunted house. Bats, black cats, goblins and a haunted graveyard next to the house….Years and years of Halloween fun!