So it was that time of year again. The mad scramble to buy gifts for my huge family. Aside from that, I got the “bright idea” to make some gifts this year as well…of course, this all took place only about a couple of months before the big day as one project led to another and I found myself throwing paint and Mod Podge around the studio like a mad woman!. Anyway, so here’s what I made this year!
First up, Stumpy! My cousin works at a daycare and brought me home this poor soul. (A used-to-be plastic Barbie Horse) She was so loved by the kiddies that the leg was long ago broken and gone. Hair, a mess. So I took her into my ICU for further mending.
However, what if I didn’t just mend her? Why not turn her into something and give her back as something my cousin herself can enjoy? Well, here is Stumpy Redeux! (Her favorite Disney film is The Little Mermaid, so it only seemed right to make a mer-horse). You can view more progress and final pics of “Stumpy” on my Facebook page.
Next up, a new necklace for hubby. He always wears a Ying Yang necklace but destroys them within a year. Plus, you wouldn’t believe how difficult it is to find a classy Ying Yang necklace for a guy! Here is the sad condition his most recent one is in. (Purchased it on a trip to the Natural Museum of History last year– That right side was silver..eek!)
This year, I decided to make him one! I think it came out really nice. Wasn’t expecting that! I used Super Sculpey, acrylic paint and glass beads. Sealed with high gloss varnish. Who knows how long this one will last…lol
Necklace on Hubby's neck
Then we have my Mother-in-law and Sister-in-law. I got the crazy idea to make a bath and body gift basket for them this year after a couple of “successful” attempts at making soap. So I picked up some packaging and jars from Michael’s and went to town. I made 3 bars of soap, a jar of body butter, a jar of sugar & salt scrub, lip balm, and lotion bars. I decorated each container using Super Sculpey, acrylics and pigments sealed in high gloss varnish. Each has their favorite Disney character as a theme. I also hand made the paper labels using old shredded junk mail. Not as glamorous of a process as I thought it would be but kinda neat that it worked! Next, more projects just kept piling on! My mom had asked me to create plaques from some t-shirt sayings she saw in a magazine. I picked up some small wooden plaques from Michael’s, splashed on some color, used some mod-podge and voila! (I forgot to take a picture of the 2nd one I did).
Then, upon visiting my grandma at the nursing home on Thanksgiving, she was mentioning she needed a better magnifying glass to read her dinner menus etc. She loved the one she had around her neck and everyone was jealous! Well, I set out to find a better magnifier for her but it was really difficult to find one that wouldn’t distort that came in necklace form or easy to add a chain to. So, even though this seemed kinda silly, I grabbed a regular handheld one, chopped off the handle, drilled a hole, grabbed some embroidery thread, made a “chinese step ladder” necklace and there you have it…a custom magnifier necklace. As silly as it looks, at least it’s functional lol! Unfortunately due to me being sick on Christmas, I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of my grandma with it and I can’t find the photo I took of it finished…grr. Hoping to add that here soon.
Well, there you have it. Some custom handmade gifts for the holiday! Hope you enjoyed!