Thursday, December 4, 2008

Twas the night before decorating
And all through the house
Boxes were piled and scattered
And scared even a mouse! (And anyone else nearby)!


Enough of my poetry, already. I like to keep the tubs in the garage and bring them in one by one as needed. It helps keep my sanity. I use green for traditional Christmas items and the blue for my snowmen. All my decorating is done now. Shew! It's a job, isn't it? You want everything just right, especially if you are posting pics. ( We put so much pressure on ourselves, don't we?) smile

I thought I would start by showing the Santas that I have painted over many years. Some are in acrylics and some in oils.
The next two, I used a special mallet to create the wood grain look.


This one is opens up to tell a greeting.



The next few are small but cute.





I love how jolly this one looks peeping through the joy.


The next three are my favorite and most detailed. I even loved doing all the little toys. Click on pictures to enlarge for details.
I used Dap caulking to create the fur and beards with and xacto knife. The oils on this takes weeks to dry.
The green on is a European Santa.


The red is a traditional Santa.


This is a Scandanavian one.

Thanks for taking the time to visit today. I'll post some more on another post.

35 comments:

ceekay said...

Beautiful! Tell me again why you don't paint anymore???

Miss Janice said...

I love your santas! They are gorgeous. I'll check back again for more later...

Lady Katherine said...

I love your Santas, You can really paint!

Carrie said...

Oh, these are so beautiful..and each has a personality.

Just stopping by to invite you to visit my nativity blog and enter the second giveaway:
http://carolanativitygallery.blogspot.com/2008/12/second-holiday-giveaway.html
Carrie

Jan and Tom's Place said...

They are so sweet...and just beautiful!!

Darla said...

Reminds me of the Santa's my mom used to make. Great job!

JanMary said...

Those Santa's are beautiful. I love the one above the Joy one. Your creative talent is obvious to see.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

You're very talented! What beautiful things to bring out every year! Enjoy!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What beautiful Santas. How very talented you are.

Mam said...

ooh. I love the older, Father Christmas style ones the best.

Linda C said...

I love your Santas! And you are a very talented artist! Love it:)
Linda C

Carla said...

Wonderful! You are quite the painter! And having your crate color coded???? SMART STUFF! Thanks for sharing today.

Elizabeth G. said...

You are a great painter! You could sell those. Wow!

Elizabeth

GapGirl said...

How nice!! I too am from Sc... the upstate... where are you located???

quilt'n mama said...

I love your santas! the first blue is my favorite!
Thanks for sharing!!!!
Blessings,
Gayly

www.quilt-n-mama.blogspot.com

Nanna said...

Beautiful Santa's you did a fantastic job on them, very ncie show-n-tell
Helen

hip chick said...

Those are great. I wish I had that kind of talent.

Angie said...

Those are great Santas.

Catherine said...

You are very talented!
Thanks for stopping by Love Living Simply.
Blessings,
Catherine :)

Jean said...

what a great Santa collection! You did a super job painting them. Jean

Hootin' Anni said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, girlfriend, you made my day!!! I collect Santas. This is one awesome show n tell for me. [I too have plastic boxes for storage...red and green for me. I may have to buy some blue now. LOL]

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I love to have company. You made my day. Have a great weekend.

Susie Homemaker said...

These are great Santas! You are very talented! I collect them too...

Thanks for sharing!
Susie

char72 said...

All your Santas are great but I like the first blue one best. I know Santas really should be red, but I like blue.
Charlotte

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I really like your handpainted Santas! Makes we want to paint again!

Katherine

Lisa Ann said...

You have a beautiful santa collection.

Liesel's Garden Party said...

Oh they are wonderful Ro!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow, what a lovely collection you have! I enjoyed seeing all your beautifully painted Santas! Have a wonderful week!
Blessings
Debbie

Kelli said...

What a beautiful collection....gorgeous work! I like your idea of bringing in one tub at a time. I will do that next year!
~Kelli

BECKY said...

I love your Scandinavian Santa, and the one tub-routine!! Problem is I am kind of an all or nothing gal, so my living room will be all stacked up tomorrow!! I just move them right back out when I'm done with them. Whatever works, right??!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!!
Blessings, Becky

Mrs. Miles said...

what sweet santas you have - I believe a friend of mine made the Joy one before. They are each unique. Thanks for taking the time to show us!

Connie said...

I love your Santas. I'm enjoying seeing everyone's different ways of decorating for CHristmas. COnnie

Lynn said...

How fun to look at all your beautiful hand-painted Santas! I was completely surprised to see your fifth Santa, the one with a tree on either side of him; I took a painting class about 15 years ago and painted the exact same guy! It was a fun class, but I've done very little with it since then. Thanks for showing all your work. Maybe I'll get inspired to put away my cross stitched ornaments and pull out the paints :)

Lora said...

Your santas are great!! You are very talented!
Thanks for dropping by to see my nativities.

Nancy said...

I love your santas! They are beautiful and You are very talented! nancy

Ali said...

Your Santas are wonderful! Blessing of the Season!

Ali @ A Cosy Life