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October 2020

Update on Winter Tiered Tray Kits!

I have been working hard cutting and painting the various signs for my latest tiered tray kits and I am happy to say I am just about done!  I've got a tag (for a bead garland) and one circle sign left to do and I think I can call it DONE!  I've procured a white tiered tray and on Sunday I'll try to arrange all the signs on it, take photographs and load up the kits on my Etsy site.  In the meantime, another little sneak peek!  I love the little ear muffs on the Snowman!

Snow Days Sneak Peek


Til next time, Keep Krafting!


A New Winter Tiered Tray - Sneak Peek

Winter will soon be upon us and I've started work on a new tiered tray for the season!  I think I'm going to keep the color palette, white and maybe a hint of red or silver.  I finished my first sign.  There is a simplicity about it but I think that is why I like it.  Winter is a "simple" season in that there isn't much color but instead blankets of snow, cold, cold temps and an occasional cut of hot chocolate.  But what would winter be without a snowman?  So I chose to incorporate a snowman face in my sign.  The signs I create are mostly hand painted using acrylics on wood or MDF.  Painting gives me freedom to add details that bring the signs or element to life.  But even after painting the words in a gradient fashion from blue to white, I felt like something was missing.  It was too simple.  So, enter sublimation!  I printed the snowman face on a piece of hardboard to replace the "O" in the word and it just felt better!  It pops!  I added a frame to this sign and gave it a wash of gray.  I'm on the fence with the gray....maybe a blue-gray would have been better.  I'll just let it sit for a while as I work on other signs.  Hopefully the color grows on me....otherwise, I can always paint over it!

Here's a sneak peek of my sign.

Snow Kit Sneak Peek


Til next time, keep krafting!


I finally finished my latest tiered tray---The Wizard of Oz!  I was inspired by my little collection of replicas of Madame Alexander dolls promoted by McDonalds several years back.  I bought them mostly because I've always been a big fan of the movie (still am) and watch it every time it airs.  The dolls sat on a shelf in my sewing room for the longest and I finally realized I could make a tray and give them a permanent home!

The tiers are fashioned after the "yellow brick road" and I'm truly pleased with the results!  Can't say I want to do that again but glad I did it for one, at least.  It was truly a labor of love.  The mini signs represent various characters, were all designed by me and painted with acrylic paints.  I love all the signs but I think the Haunted Forest sign warning the gang to turn back is one of my favorites.  The other would have to be the garland with the tag and quote by Dorothy Gale (who I forgot to give credit to and the bottom of the phrase)  Glad I got that out of my system!  Now I can move on the a Christmas tray!

Well, that's all for now!

Til next time, keep krafting!


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