Announcing…drum roll, please…my new ornaments for 2014!
The whole design process is pretty haphazard. I always add a bird so the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak is our 20th bird. Bill and I are birders, totally love bird watching and painting birds comes easily to me.
The Teddy Bear Sled was Bill’s idea. So I came up with this little fellow.
What I didn’t realize is that Bill really wanted the bear to be sitting. So reject that poor bear and start anew. I was not thrilled at the time, but I’m pretty happy with the end result.
The Shepherds ornament is the result of years of hoping to come up with something and finally just doing it. We’ve needed a companion ornament to go with the Nativity and Three Wise Men, and this works just fine.
And finally, the New House ornament is for just that. Customers often ask what I would recommend for “First Year in Our New Home”, that sort of gift. So now we have this New House. It would work well also for “From our house to yours” or “Hearts come home at Christmas” or “I’ll be home for Christmas”. If you need a house ornament, now we’ve got it covered!
Yay! New ornaments are done and designed for this year! That is a big deal for me. If you have an idea for an ornament you’d like to see, let me know. It just might happen!
Now onto painting on wood. Keep warm and stay tuned.
One of the most fun aspects of my business is doing custom ornaments. Rabbit Hill Inn, an award-winning inn here in Vermont, has sold my custom ornament for many years now.
I’m constantly amazed at what designs customers want on a custom ornament. Pets, of course, are always a favorite, closely followed by vehicles of all kinds. But there’s also special events, houses, cottages, and the most unusual to date, a yurt!
If you were to wish for a custom ornament, what would yours be? Here’s a custom order form – you can make it happen by ordering one now!
Fall – it’s a change of seasons for us in more ways than one. From April until early September, we sell our hand crafted furniture at all of our craft fairs. This past weekend was the big switch to selling ornaments at craft fairs. Our ornaments are hand painted glass balls, dough ornaments and little sleds. Have you seen our sleds? Bill has built them from Vermont basswood and we both paint them with our original designs. Here’s a little introduction.
You can see us next Lincoln, NH on Labor Day weekend.
October 12, 13, 14
Lincoln Fall Craft Festival – Main Street, Lincoln, NH
October 12 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 13 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 14 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
That we do custom ornaments? Here are but a few examples of the hand painted custom ornaments that we’ve done.
Do you have a special pet, event, vehicle or whatever (I’ve even done a yurt!) that you’d like to commemorate as an ornament? First browse our ornament selection HERE. You’ll find a Custom Design order form HERE. Just call or email, address on either of the above websites.
Coming up Fathers’ Day weekend, June 14-16, is the Quechee Balloon Festival in Quechee, Vermont. You can find these ornaments for sale at the newly opened and very cute Clover Gift Shop in the The Quechee Gorge Village.
Believe it or not, it’s time to think about Christmas here. My new designs for ornaments have to be ready early in the year. I’m pretty pleased with this year’s results.
The Green Bells and the Red Bells are especially nice for a wedding, anniversary or just as an elegant ornament. Usually these are personalized, as is the Baby Snowflake. The Baby isn’t actually new but the pale pink color is. And lastly, I always add a new bird to the collection. While this is definitely not a Vermont bird, I still think customers will find the Flamingo charming! I’d love to hear what you think of these new additions.
Tonight, I’m hoping to finish my Scrappy Hearts table runner – none too soon!
So what about painting? I do it just about every day. (You can read more about this in “About Wildflower Wood” on the right sidebar.) Today I finished two coffee table tops. Bill built these little beauties from native Vermont butternut.
Painting on the wood is similar to choosing coordinating fabrics. Every variety of wood has its own color family. I started these designs with one color leaves but quickly realized it was the wrong green for the golden glow of butternut. These tables now are back in Bill’s shop for the final coats of finish, spiffing them right up for our first fair. That first fair is in St. Albans, VT at the Vermont Maple Festival.
In between times, I’m also painting ornaments. It’s Christmas all year in my household! More about these ornaments later…time to get ready for tonight’s quilt guild meeting.