These are the ornaments I sent in for the swap. I recieved four ornaments back, each from different artists. They are all amazing.
Then Mom asked me to make a large triptych for Margo Perez-Greene as a gift. You may or may not know that Margo is the wife of Ken Greene, pastor of Blanco United Methodist Church, which is the church that Mom and Dad attend when they are in Blanco. In her own right, Margo is an ordained minister and also recieved her PhD earlier this year.
Mom wanted me to use an Icon from St. Catherine's Monastery since we had all been there back in January.
This is the shrine that I made. I asked Mom to call me and let me know how Margo liked it but instead Margo herself called me to tell me how much she liked it. Mom said that when she opened it, Margo was just speechless. Boy, that sure made me feel good.
My last Christmas project for this year was for myself. I had purchased a little papier mache box that was shaped like a house a couple of years ago. I always meant to make a Snow Village House out of it, but never had. This year I decided it was time. It was a lot of work, but well worth it. Since the lid (roof) comes off I can put a battery powered tea light inside it to make it look welcoming and cheery. There was no door, just an opening, so I made a door. I put velum on the inside of the windows to make the panes and used almost a whole jar of SnowTex! Before all that it took three layers of paint. It was messy, but the end result is so cute. I hope I can find some more of these boxes so that I can add to my "village" for next year.
Sorry the picture is a bit blurry. It's the photographer, not the camera!
Last, but not least, I've been playing around with my digital graphics and made several pictures to post on Facebook or wherever. There's a new Christmas Owl Boy (coming soon, a Valentine Owl Boy), a Christmas Greeting from Sheba and Shorty and just another little picture I did for the heck of it.
With Christmas only a week away, I'm concentrating now on just getting the house ready for the family. This includes no fun stuff such as polishing the silver and washing all the wine and champagne glasses, dusting, etc. Yech! But it has to be done.
I'll be back next year with Valentine's Day crafts. I've already enterd an ATC swap and a book page swap sponsored by Retro Cafe Art. I"m waiting to see what Denise will propose for January or February as well.