How Do You Decorate After Christmas?

I find taking Christmas decorations down can be very depressing. To alleviate that I usually put up something cute, fun and exciting to replace it. But this year, I started cleaning and organizing my craft spaces at the same time as I was taking down my decorations.

I am still looking for inspiration this year. Shall I go with a WINTER theme? Or go straight to VALENTINE’S DAY Decorations? Or should I do what many in my community do and go to MARDI GRAS Decorations? Mardi Gras celebrations will be very subdued this year. I think most of the balls have been canceled. We are not sure about the Parades yet.

We didn’t sell all our handmade Christmas crafts this year, so I am having to box those away for next year. The economy is so bad in South Louisiana that people are not buying anything extra. I had to find a space to store all those decor items, plus store all my arts and crafts supplies from the Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Because of the economy, Mom and I do not want to make too many crafts for Valentine’s or Mardi Gras, etc. But we do want to make some for my own home and her little house. I also plan on making art kits and craft kits. I want to make Kits that people can make in their home in their pajamas and at the end have a cute painting or craft to show off and bring them joy. Crafting and Painting is an experience. That experience can destress and bring joy and healing therapy. Buying kits allows people to: 1. Not buy a lot of supplies 2. Not have to get out to several stores 3. Stay safer in this pandemic.

We are also in the planning phase of making some door hangers and possibly a few porch leaners. I would also like to make kits for these or teach tutorials on how to make them online. More about this coming soon.

It is unbelievable how many supplies are needed to paint and or do crafts. Maybe NEED is not the word. Maybe WANT is a better word. It’s because we like to have choices. LOL If you craft or paint you know what I mean. 🙂

I rearranged, cleaned and organized my garage where I do the majority of my arts and crafts. I also organized some of my extra rooms in my house. My office was a mess and so was my spare bedroom. So instead of focusing on decorating, I focused on ORGANIZING.

Please comment below or on my Facebook page on how you decorate after Christmas. Or do you go back to your home having no holiday decor at all? I am curious as to what people do all around the country.

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Snow much Fun

This was SNOW much fun to paint. I began this painting back in November and had to set it aside and work on my Mom’s little house and get her moved in. But I picked it back up this week and I finished it! It made me very happy to finish it and for it to turn out so festive!

Do things that make you smile! Arts and Crafts make me smile! What makes you smile?

I purchased this design and tutorial online from TEXAS ART AND SOUL by Heidi Easley. She has a coaching group that I joined that teaches women how to do paint parties. I hope to someday be able to do that. During this pandemic, maybe I could do it online. Just a future dream. But in the meantime, I am having fun painting. Here is a time lapsed video I posted on Facebook.

I began by painting my background blue. Then I lightly outlined the basics in white chalk. I have a hard time covering up pencil marks so I used chalk. But they say using graphite paper to trace with is perfect. The paint covers that up well. I will try that next time and let you know.

It also came with a matching/coordinating twin picture. It is a snowman in a snow globe. I’ll be painting that next.
It took two coats of white to cover up my background color. In this picture is just one coat of white.

You don’t have to paint the whole background first. You could trace the picture and paint as you would if you were coloring in a coloring book. That is up to you. If I were doing a painting party, that’s how I would teach to do it. I would probably have the picture already traced out for the people in my party. It depends on what they want.

My painting stayed like this for several weeks while I helped my Mom. I love how Heidi teaches to shade and add highlights.
This is a picture I used to post on my personal Facebook and asked if I should put any glitter on it. Everyone overwhelmingly said yes.

If you would like to purchase the tracers for this design, supply list, and step by step instructions so you could paint it for yourself I would be happy to send you a link. For the snowflakes, I used my Chalk Couture Snowflake transfer. But you can use stencils purchased from Essential Stencil too.

I wish you could see the glitter I used.

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Santa is checking his list……

I finished this yesterday. I had painted the canvas board black about a week ago. Then I waxed it for Chalk Couture Decor.

Time just got away and I can’t believe Christmas is already going to be here in just 9 days!!

I am an Independent Chalk Couture Designer. I have a special Facebook Page devoted to just Chalk Couture. It is called Town and Country Chalk Creations. I made a time lapsed video of the process I did on this picture. Below is the link to watch it. I love time lapsed videos. It is only 1 minute and 21 seconds long. Even though it took me (off and on) about an hour to make this picture. Lol.

Here are some pictures I captured from the time lapsed video. This transfer requires several steps. First you put down all the white, which includes his beard, eyebrows and part of his hat. I also elected to do all the words in white. This chalk paste dries in just about 3 minutes. So it does not take long to put down each section. But I go and wash my transfers between steps. That’s what takes the longest.

Getting ready to put all the white chalk on.
Peel and reveal this first portion.
Next is the red portions.

I didn’t capture any other pictures, but after the red comes his flesh color and then I used gold for the HO, HO, HO and the design on his hat. The snowflakes were last.

I think this transfer is so cute. Next year, I will make a graphic tee shirt with it. I think I will get ahead this next year and do some Christmas in July craft shows. Because I CANNOT believe how fast time flew after Halloween.

SO CUTE!

I hope you liked seeing a glimpse of how Chalk Couture works. It is screen printing, not stenciling. It makes it really easy in my opinion. Thanks for reading!!

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Pallet Knife Tiny Tree Painting and it’s Background Story

I love painting with a pallet knife. Probably more than painting with a brush. It gives that blurry, impressionistic look. I love Impressionism so I love this style of painting. This little painting or Mixed Media Project caused me to have to PIVOT and redo the background. Please keep reading to see how it was made. I also have a time lapsed video on Facebook.

——–I bought the rights to paint this from Amanda with Little Bluebird Gallery. Please go check out her website and her Facebook page. I love the way she paints and she is a great teacher.——–

When we studied this style in school I fell in love. I took a painting class at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where I majored in Business. It was an elective my Senior year. I continued taking continuing education paint classes when I moved back to Victoria, Texas. My professor there had us paint many different styles. I forgot how much I enjoyed the pallet knife painting so I am glad I bought this “little tree” virtual class.

I hand painted red band black buffalo check onto a Canvas Board.

It’s freehand so it’s rough looking but I like it like that. Perfection is NOT necessary.

Then I wanted to practice my little tree on my Media Pad. But I liked my tree so much on my Paper Pad, that I thought I would decoupage it onto my canvas. Sounds good right? Kind of like a multi media project.

I painted this without a tracer, just used my memory.

I tore the paper to give it more of a rustic finish.
I should have left it like this but it just looked unfinished and I wanted the edges to stay down.

Well, I made the mistake of putting Mod Podge on my whole canvas after I put my little tree on. It stayed high gloss and it did not look good. It looked sticky. So I had to PIVOT and rethink the whole background out.

I hated it. But I learned a lot. Maybe that’s the important thing. Gotta get out there and try.

I thought if I put glitter on the background it would look alright. BUT NO. It was still too shiny and sticky looking. So I ended up painting a black background with my pallet knife.

I added snowflakes and then glitter. It worked this time because the black paint had toned down the high gloss finish.

It still looked plain, so I added some glitter. See above without glitter, see below for with the glitter.
The glitter had big chunks of glitter in it. Call Glitterific.
It’s not perfect. But I did the best I could with a bad wound. I may make another one for practice too. “The best laid plans of mouse and men……”

Just fyi….I am NOT a fine artist.

Like Heidi says from Texas Art and Soul, it is FUN ART, not FINE ART.

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Snowmen Signs for the Barn

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Our Barn or Shed is boring and I like to decorate my bench I put out there to try to jazz the place up. It has two plant holders on each side and I like to make it look festive with a few easy holiday decorations. Unfortunately this barn is so easily seen from the road and driveway. It always NEEDS something. But….that’s life on a farm….

On the plant holders I like to put signs that stand out from the road. For Summer I used Sunflowers and for Fall I used Pumpkins.

So now for Winter I want to use Snowmen. These could stay up past Christmas. I thought about painting Christmas trees or Poinsettias. But Snowmen won the contest in my mind. Even though these have little ornaments hanging from their arms, I will still leave them up at least through Valentines. I took a little virtual painting class online and Snowmen were the focus. I would like to teach some virtual painting classes online too. Maybe..??

I wanted to start painting again. I know I paint crafts, but I wanted to paint on canvas again. I am not a fine art painter by no stretch of the imagination. But I like whimsical fun paintings. I also like loose, impressionistic type paintings. Especially ones done with pallet knives. I also like to paint with a brush and use dot like brush strokes for the whole picture. I want to practice all the ways I learned to paint way back in another lifetime. Or so it seems.

I made a time-lapsed video of my process. I posted it on Facebook. Here is the link. It is fun to watch painting when it is time-lapsed. It is only 3 minutes long……please take a quick look.

For circles, I always try to find objects I can trace around. So that’s how I began.

These were just some scrap boards I had left from an old project. The reverse sides are painted with Sunflowers for the summer time.

I had to let the white paint dry and then paint another coat of white.

You can see the imperfections in one of the scrap pieces of wood. But that’s okay. No one will really go up close and look at these.

Below I painted some details but I again had to let dry and touch everything up with another coat in some places. These are just simple shapes and anyone could paint this. Try to get your children to create too. I don’t know how much time school really allows them to be creative nowadays. My arts and crafts classes were always my favorite classes. Along with Home Economics.

I added some snowflakes and here they are drying outside.
It’s not fine art…..but it’s FUN art. !!

Have fun on a painting adventure. Try it out.

I will post more final pictures after my husband moves the tires he has in front of my bench. lol. Real Life around here….

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Ribbon on a Twig Farmhouse Ornament (Buffalo Plaid)

Here is another simplistic ornament. You can make these with any color ribbon to fit any decor. It really didn’t cost me anything. I used a twig from my yard and ribbon and berries from my stash. I made this the same as the red one I posted about yesterday. Only this time I used Black and White Buffalo Plaid Ribbon.

These little ornaments would be perfect to put on a gift instead of a bow or in addition to a bow. Christmas will be here before you know it. Where did the time go?

See below for more details of how I made this.

First on the list was to choose which tree limbs are the straightest and cleanest. I use my clippers to cut them down to the size I want.
This one was the straightest.

Below is the link to the video I made while I was making it LIVE on Facebook.

All finished! It could be trimmed at an angle even more, but I love it!

I think it is homespun looking. Primitive, rustic, farmhouse or whatever word you use to describe it. Here is a another word for it….CUTE.

I put berries at the top. I am fresh out of stars.

I did not tie a knot. Only a half knot. Both the ribbons had wire.

I did trim the sides more. I still think it could use another haircut, but I am going to leave it for now.

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Ribbon on a Twig Farmhouse Ornament

This is a simplistic ornament. You can make these with any color ribbon to fit any decor. It really didn’t cost me anything. I used a twig from my yard and ribbon and berries from my stash.

Mom and I are finished with all our Christmas Crafts and I have some leftover Christmas Ribbon. I am obsessed with RED this year. So that was the color scheme of the first tree I made. I am also obsessed with TREES this year. I plan on painting some soon. Christmas will be here before you know it. Where did the time go?

See below for more details of how I made this.

First on the list was to choose which tree limbs are the straightest and cleanest. I use my clippers to cut them down to the size I want.
This one was the straightest.

I again forgot to take pictures WHILE I was making it. But below are some pictures of the finished tree. I plan to go live on Facebook and do another one in a different color.

All finished!

I think it is homespun looking. Primitive, rustic, farmhouse or whatever word you use to describe it. Here is a word for it….CUTE.

I saw this done somewhere on the internet, but mine looks totally different because of the different ribbons and colors.

I put berries at the top. I am fresh out of stars.

I did not tie a knot. Only a half knot. This ribbon was not the easiest to work with because some had words that I had to keep straight and some did not have the design on the backside. But it was worth the extra time. All the ribbon had wire.

I put a hanger on the top but mine stood on my mantel by itself against my little trees.

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Tree Farm Sign

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We wanted to find a cute way to highlight this cute little vintage truck ornament we bought at Dollar General. It even lights up. So access to the bottom to turn on the light was a necessary part of our design.

I had bought the cute little trucks and we worked on the fall sign and Christmas sign at the same time. We used the scraps of fence slats as the base to the signs. The trucks actually help the sign stand up and become shelf sitters.

Working on two signs at once.
Putting it all together.
We decided to use a cinnamon stick as the sign post.
Isn’t the truck the cutest!! It has a bell on top of it!
We made a bow to go on the left side.
As you can see, it sits by itself. Here it is on my patio.
These little ornaments would look really cute on your Christmas tree. But if you want one of them to have more of a presence, make this little sign too.

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Making Graphic Christmas Tee Shirts

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Last Valentine’s Day season, I searched my town (Lafayette, LA) for a Valentine’s Tee Shirt. I could not find one anywhere. Valentine’s Day kind of gets pushed aside because Mardi Gras usually falls right around the same time.

This led to me wanting to start a tee shirt business or boutique. I decided I didn’t want to invest in all the equipment it takes to properly do tee shirts. I have a friend who does it out of her house. So I ordered some shirts from her and ordered some shirts from AliExpress and started a little online only boutique. I still have my boutique going and offer some jewelry and arts and crafts too.

The tee shirts you see below are just ones I made for myself personally. I have not started to sell any of these commercially. Not sure if I want to go that route since my arts and crafts take up much of my time. Plus I just enjoy the CREATIVITY of it.

I am an Independent Chalk Couture Designer. I made the following tee shirts with their process. I will link my Facebook Page if you want to learn more about this High End DIY Home Decor company.

This was the first shirt I made. I mixed two different transfer designs. It is Naughty, Nice or I tried plus the Trees came from a different transfer.

The next shirt I made was totally an experiment. But it turned out wonderfully! My all time favorite. It is a long sleeved THERMAL shirt which has the waffle weave texture. Since it wasn’t smooth, I was worried the ink would seep through the silk screen type transfer and not be very precise. It turned out perfect. It looks vintage because of the up and down texture. I just LOVE it.

I used two different transfers to get this unique graphic too.

The next shirt I made was Marshmallows and Hot Cocoa. I made it on a black sweatshirt. It is a very LARGE transfer and I used different color inks. I had to take my time. I think it turned out great too. If I have to blow my own horn. But really I am blowing the horn of this great process. It is so easy and it has a great payoff or return.

The next shirt I made was from a white sweatshirt. I purchased all these shirts from Wal-Mart. This shirt took several days because I let each layer dry between inking. You don’t have to wait that a long, it just needs to dry. You can let it sit for an hour or so or use a blow dryer.

The next shirt I made was “The Elf Made Me Do It”. The company is sold out of red ink right now so I had to come up with a color scheme that would look cute without red. See below for what I came up with.

The next shirt I made is my second favorite. It is simplistic. One large snowflake on a black waffle weave thermal shirt. Again it looks vintage. I was going to put snowflakes down the sleeves too, but I decided I loved it as it was.

Please check out my videos where I make them on video LIVE on my Facebook page. Below is a link.

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Dollar Store Tree Now One of a Kind

Here is a wood cutout of a Christmas tree we bought at Dollar Tree. I was going to make tee shirts with it. I was going to place it on a tee shirt and spray bleach around it. But we turned them into cute stand up shelf sitters instead. (I did the other one in buffalo plaid)

I think I do want to try those tee shirts though. I’ll show you if I do. LOL.

Before I go into explaining this precious little tree, I want to tell you, I have decided to take pictures that make me happy. At all crazy angles. I was trying to get my pictures perfectly straight and perfectly brightened and perfectly saturated and perfectly sharpened so much so that I was no longer having any fun. Below you will see some crazy angles. Sorry, scroll past if they make you dizzy. 🙂

Picture captured on my patio cushions. Blends right in.

Guess what? We had leftover Grinch Green Paint from the Elf Stockings. So I used it for my little Dollar Tree Christmas Tree. I had snowflakes that I wanted to use as ornaments. And I had black buttons that I wanted to use as ornaments. So then I only had to find ribbon for garland that would look good with both.

I think these four made a perfectly cute ONE OF A KIND Tree.

  1. Grinch Green Paint
  2. White Snowflakes
  3. Black Buttons
  4. Black and White Polka Dot Gross Grain Ribbon
Up close and personal.
This picture is the best color picture. I just LOVE that black and white ribbon with the Christmas Trees on it.

We put a 2×4 on the back to make it sit up and be a shelf sitter. We painted the 2×4 and the whole back of the tree BLACK.

Crazy Angle…..

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