Knowing my track record, I bet you thought I couldn't do it! Well, I know I thought that but hey - it's the time of year when miracles really can happen!
After I posted my entry last night I was kicking back, thinking about how to finish the bottom level of my Christmas shelf. I needed something to hang in the space to the left of the large central Santa picture, something to hang on the left-hand wall, then I also needed to finish adding accessories. On the back wall I figured I should have something with a red frame to balance off the picture on the right that has a red frame. I didn't want another Santa picture since the centre one was of Santa - - - and then it struck me! I knew exactly what I needed so headed right to work before I changed my mind. Can you tell what these are for?
1-inch minis by Kris, I also cut out a piece of plain Bristol board to match the foam core and poked a hole in that as well. After cutting a small hole if the centre of the fabric round, I used a glue stick to stick the fabric to the Bristol board, then used tacky glue to glue the Bristol board to the foam core. If you try to glue the fabric directly, the glue will often leak through, showing up on the front of the fabric. By gluing it to the Bristol board first with just a glue stick, this doesn't happen. I then glued a sparkly green trim around the edge of the tree skirt and glued the wire end of the tree into the new base. Then I trimmed the tree with some extra garland to spruce it up a bit. At that point, it was simply a matter of adding toys and gifts under the tree, cutting out a little throw rug for the dog to sleep on, and dressing up the fireplace with a Santa and Mrs. Claus, two stockings "hung by the chimney with care", and a little mantel clock. Unfortunately, someone forgot to wind the clock since the downstairs clock reads 10 minutes after 10 and this clock only reads 9:00. Regardless, it's obvious that Santa has already visited and that the people in this house were on the "nice" list. The pictures below show the various parts of the upper level, ending with a shot of the whole unit which is now hung on my kitchen wall.
Tomorrow I will start showing you those little gifts one of our Club members made for each of us for our Christmas party this year - so well done, I know you'll just love them! TTFN! - Marilyn