I finally finished working on Santa Claus! I had always wanted to do this, so this year I did it. He was hard to paint. Who knew? I have redone his face about six times because the first go 'round, he looked like Joan Collins in drag. I thought the hair and the fur would be the hardest part, but that came together pretty easily. It was the face. I gessoed it out and started over several times. I think I am better at painting glamour girls.
I have done my dead-level best to "butch him up" but he still looks a little girly. Oh, well...
This afternoon, we picked up all the Fallishness and toted it up to the attics. Didn't take long, but boy! The dust that can accumulate in that stuff in just a few weeks since I put it out is unbelievable. I almost choked to death on it!
|Shelf is now longer and deeper -- all ready to decorate.|
The LR is now a total shambles as you can see. The reason for that is that we finally got around to making an extender (for lack of a better word) for the mantel. The mantel shelf was only seven and one-half inches deep, and it is very hard to make anything look really full like I want it to with no more real estate than that to work with. We decided that getting one made at a local millworks place was too pricey, so we bought two unfinished stair treads which have a bullnosed front edge. They were 12" x 4' each, and we had to cut off a piece of one to get the length we were after.
We slapped on some white paint that we already had in the cabinet, but after all the Christmas stuff is cleaned up, I will probably sand, glue and caulk and then repaint the whole mantel properly. It is about due for a revamp anyway. I like having a larger mantel shelf. This will do until I find that perfect French antique that I have in mind which will actually fit the firebox! ;>D (and the pocketbook)
|I have gone a little nuts with the leopard!|
I got all the leopard pillows done! Yay!
In the LR, the mantel will be the main show, with the coffee table being the supporting player, because I am going to do my "hit the high spots" thing again like I talked about when I put out our Fall stuff.
So -- I have two crafty projects I am trying to do, and tomorrow, the mantel and the coffee table decorating are on the agenda. Are you going all out, or like me, keeping it more low-key this year?