A Llama Kind of Christmas

Yes, I made that! Well, not the frame. That is a PicsArt template which is pretty cool, isn’t it?

But I did paint a canvas with Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint “Cupboard Green.” I think it gave the canvas a subdued farmhouse look.

I the found this cute svg cut file online called Christmas Llama and purchased it. https://sofontsy.com/product/christmas-llama/

I used Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint also on the stencil I created from the cut file. Colors used: January, MO Machine Red, and Coal Shovel.

I then distressed it just a bit with 400 grit sandpaper, cleaned it off, then sealed it with ModPodge Pearlized Finishing Spray.

It’s a masterpiece! πŸ™‚

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My llama craze all started when a friend asked me to crochet a llama for her. Then, another. They were so darn cute, I started thinking of other llama things to make as I think they are very popular right now. So, I made myself a set of Llama mugs. πŸ™‚

A Legendary Bohemian Jewelry Box

This beautiful jewelry box has evolved from a plain brown box to a beautiful jewelry box lined with hot pink velvet flocking! Better yet, it is now available and can be yours! And yes, we will ship! Contact me for details.

I love redefining vintage jewelry boxes, or any box, really. Being able to take something out of date or creating something new from a box with good bones and turning it into a practical piece of art is very satisfying as well as fun to do. I also love photographing my work.

I think I was drawn to this bright and colorful patchwork pattern by Redesign with Prima as it reminded me of a quilt created and hand embroidered around each patch by my Aunt Miriam that I received as a wedding present in 1972. So I just had to use it in staging this box. The quilt is displayed in my Beatles themed guest room. It has a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band vibe, don’t you think? 😁

I recently attended a conference for jewelry box painters. Yes, one does exist. We are a small but caring group, led by a special talented painter who doesn’t hesitate to share her techniques. The other painters also shared ideas and tips, so it was a whirlwind weekend of designing and painting and getting to know, in person, an awesome group of ladies who have come to know each other online. The talking never stopped. 😁

I brought the box above to transform, and was just blown away on how it turned out, with a little help from my friends.

Materials used:

*Redesign by Prima “Patchwork” transfer

*Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style Paint (the brand we own and produce) “Crepe Myrtle” and “MO Denim” – we sell online!

*Metallic Lustre Guilding Wax “Cosmic Blue” – this can be found at Hobby Lobby and on Amazon as well as other places. This was brought and shared by another painter.

*Metal feet – These were available at the conference but can be found on Amazon.

*Fuscia Velvet flocking – this was available at the conference but can be found online. (I learned how to replace the lining on boxes to make them even better than new!)

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β€œWell-behaved women rarely make history.” If this is true…… then be a Legend!

Then pamper yourself with this beautiful jewelry box in the Bohemian style, give your family a big hint you’d like it for Christmas, or choose it as a gift for a legendary person in your life.

From the bright, colorful patchwork design on the top to the Cosmic Blue Gilding wax on the hardware and legs, this box will soon become a legend in its own right. The top of the box is painted with our Missouri Limestone Paint Company “Crepe Myrtle” under the Prima transfer and the rest of the box is our “MO Denim” color.

Dimensions: 10 1/2” H x 11 3/4” W x 6” D

Three nice, deep drawers have been newly lined with bright fuscia velvet flocking. Inside dimension of drawers: 2” H x 9” W x 4” D