Perfect Snow & a Snowman Ornie

Most of yesterday morning the snow fell slowly, tiny flakes and seemed to take forever to cover the grass. However, around 3pm or so it really started to kick it up and started snowing very heavily through the night.

As I went to bed last night I gave one last look out the front and the back and noticed my back porch that all 3 steps were covered up to the sliding door. When I opened the front door the screen door was blocked by snow. I went to bed and decided I will wake up early so I can be sure to get out and take some photos of the beautiful landscape and all the snow!

Here’s a photo of my festive red Christmas lights outside as the snow started to pile up before I went to sleep Saturday night.

Here’s a few photos. I love snowy drapes over pine trees and I love pristine everything looked before the sun came out, the shovels, and the snow plow disturbed the setting. It was absolutely beautiful. That is .. until we had to start digging ourselves out. It took about 2 hours to clear out the driveway and front walk.

This was truly a beautiful snow storm because there was no mixture of ice, sleet, or rain in the precipitation. Just pure sugary snow that sparkled everywhere.

Another reason it was perfect is because I did not have to drive or go anywhere. I just stayed inside where it was warm, had my coffee, and my art work to keep me busy.

I knew it was important to get the photos before the sun came out. Without any shadows from the sun it made the photos so easy to take.

This is my art room building. Ahhh. just kidding. Its our shed in the back yard. 😉

Check myFlickR Slide Show Here with More Photos.

So how did I keep busy during the snow storm? Artwork of course! Here’s my latest snowman ornament. Born on Dec 19th, 2009. She is currently available in my Etsy Shop.

Her colors are pink and aqua! She is real cute.

Folk Art Snowmen

Here in NJ we really have had no snow yet this December. One tiny little storm was about all we got. In hopes of getting some snow here, I have been creating snowmen.

Snowman (Female) Etsy Listing

Snowman (Male) Etsy Listing

FlickR Slide Show Here

These two snowman were made using paper clay, the kind that air dries (no baking needed). The female stands 8.5″ and the male stands 9.5″.

They are hand sculpted and painted by hand. I really enjoy painting on paper clay. So much technique that can be used for finishing them too — which is always so much fun. Distressing, shabby, antiquing. Then all the good stuff like fibers and glitter.

These guys sure gave me a chance to dig into all my art supplies to find just the right accents for them.

Little bit of sterling silver is added to their hats. I sculpted the hats of clay as well and then accented with fibers.

They will be added to my Etsy shop so check back soon and I will post the Etsy Link here. I may try to take a few more photos for Etsy.

Bottle Brush Christmas Trees

I have always liked Christmas tree displays so this year I tried making my own bottle brush trees.

These trees can be found in packs at Micheal’s and even Lowes. The brand I used was Lemax. They are those green village trees with the little snowy tips on them.

The trees were bleached to remove all the green dye. You remove the plastic bottoms and just immerse them in a tub with some bleach and water. Depending on how much bleach you use determines how quickly the green dye will be removed. Once the dye is removed, rinse them in cold water and let them dry. I put the trees in front of a heater to speed up the drying time; I am always impatient for project completion. LOL

Then I took the trees and submerged them into different colored dyes of red, teal, yellow, blue, and pink and even yellow. I used Rit dyes and also fiber reactive dyes.

Using white glue, I brushed the trees and then sprinkled them with glitters.

Some trees were left bleached/white and then sterling silver glitter was put on the tree. The sterling silver glitter ones will age and look pretty cool over time. Sterling Silver glitter is amazing. Of all the trees, these were my favorite and I plan to do a few more.

I placed some loose snow on my dining room hutch and made a beautiful holiday display with them.