Tag: ornaments

Dog Days of Summer

Making Christmas ornaments in my studio. Seems crazy with the sun and summer heat.

I’m a lucky crafty type with a great big studio tucked into the back of my very own shop full of handmade goodies. It’s a good building, old and industrial, in big bricks and concrete with old cedar beams for the ceiling. In it’s previous lives, it was a car shop and then a lawn and garden outlet. There’s a garage bay next door where my partner does electrical and automotive related things. And in the summer it gets awfully danged warm in here.

Since it’s not usually that warm here for any amount of time – Canadian stereotypes and all – this doesn’t bother me much and we’ll add air conditioning to this side of the building at some point. It just means the clay is softer and the room is a little warm and dozy by the afternoon. It seems odd to be building Christmas ornaments with the sun blazing in and fans going everywhere. Definitely the dog days of summer.

Of course, in the winter, the place is cold and cranky but we replaced the furnace last year with a much better one and it’s pretty easy to toss a sweater on.

When Life Gives You Snow

Snowman Ornament

… make snowmen. And, since I am going to avoid going out in the real stuff as long as possible, I made mine with clay. I started the first batch of these ages ago in this post but really only recently finished them off.

I got the inspiration off of a tutorial I blogged about over on Polymerclay@Craftgossip last year. I changed it up. The innards are aluminum foil to save on baking time and clay and since I cane… the scarf is cane slices.

I sunk a hanging loop in the top and the arms are likewise poked in. All the parts are gone over with liquid clay because I am paranoid.

What’s the weather inspiring you guys to do?