I walked into the studio ready to work on Christmas things this morning. I told Kriste at one point that I wished I could work on five different things at once. There was a bee in my bonnet. I had a lot on the wish list to get done, but I knew it was way too much for one day, so we got started and just worked until we needed to stop. We started making a grain sack tree skirt, did some housekeeping things for the studio and played around with some papers and ribbon I have been collecting over the last few weeks.
I also used an antique wooden stamp I bought at an antique store to “block print” some craft paper and I love how it turned out.
I see these wooden printing blocks here and there when I’m at antique stores, but I never though to buy one until Kriste encouraged me. “We could actually use this to print with Milk Paint.” What an awesome idea! So, I tested it out today.
I brushed Ironstone (white) milk paint onto the stamp with a small brush, making sure the design was coated, but paint wasn’t dripping. I then pressed it into the paper.
I then simply hand painted who the gift was to. (You could use a paint pen or Sharpie if you prefer.) Yeah, I gifted this to myself. Don’t be jealous, though. It was just an empty box for a camera lens.
Once the paint is dry (after about 10-15 minutes), a blue & white twill bow and some fresh greenery were added to finish off the gift.
If you don’t want to spend the money on a block stamp, you can paint a design freehand or use a stencil. Kriste painted a pretty package freehand and it looked so sweet.
I picked up that antique rolling dog toy while I was shopping this week and that’ll be up for sale in the online shop soon. (Plus some other things like French architectural plaques, an antique red sprinkler and more.)
While on our trip, Jeff was so sweet to take me to some stores I don’t get to but maybe once a year, because there aren’t any near me. We went into World Market, Pottery Barn, Altar’d State and Anthropologie. I didn’t buy much, but I loved looking at the displays, patterns, colors, etc. It always recharges me creatively.
I did buy one thing from Anthro…this Snowball Garland. It’s just fluffy and so pretty. I looked into making one, but given the chunky wool yarn it’s made out of, I would probably spend about as much on yarn to make such a long garland, so I gave in and bought it.
I knew right where I wanted to put it…
…and I put it there as soon as I gave the boys hugs and kisses when I got home.
It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but it actually has strands of gold tinsel mixed in with the yarn. I almost didn’t buy it for that reason, because I’m not really a gold tinsel kind of girl, but you hardly notice it.
While I am hot to get all of the Christmas decorating done, I am trying to restrain myself, since it is a bit early for the fresh greenery and live tree. I am also hoping to sneak in sanding the floors before the holidays are in full swing.
And when I say “sneak”, I mean spend a day or two sanding floors, moving around furniture, and taping off doorways to control the dust. Yeah, we can sneak that in somewhere.