I updated how I wood burn my Bethlehem background on my Nativity puzzles:-)
I really like how this one turned out.
I am already getting quite a few orders for my Nativity puzzles. In past years I did not start getting orders until November. I guess people want to be prepared for Christmas this year
You can find my Nativity puzzles for sale at my Etsy Store here.
Tis the Season! My poor little blog has been so neglected lately! I keep thinking that my sister Paula will post some of her fun ideas from her Super Saturday she did a few weeks ago, but alas we will all have to be left in suspense I am so excited about how well my Etsy store did this season! It has been such a blessing to finally master and conquer my fear at using the scroll saw because I am not limited at waiting on others to help me with my projects I can just go and cut them out myself
I decided this year for Christmas that I wanted to take advantage of all the wonderful talent out in Etsy land and other crafters in my area by trading and buying from other hand crafters.
Here are a few fun hand made gifts that my family will be getting this year
First the Etsy store Backwoods Toys
They have the coolest homemade bow and arrows, pea shooters, Rubber band shooters, ping pong ball shooters etc. I got what’s pictured above for my 11 year old son who loves this kind of stuff! Don’t let the homemade look of these items fool you into thinking they are not well made. When we recieved our package in the mail my husband tried the bow and arrow out first and before he could even pull the arrow back all the way he mistakenly let go too soon and it flew across the house! We tried out the all the other little weapons also and they worked great too! And it is safe because they have eraser tips on all the arrows
Next I traded one of my puzzles for 3 crochet Mary Jane slippers from an Etsy store called Made by Mitzy
These slippers are so cozy and well made! I can’t wait for my daughters to open them Christmas Eve with their new P.J’s
Another fun trade I made with a wonderful lady I met here locally at a craft fair I did. She makes the cutest Cat and owl dolls! She calls them scrappy cats. She made one for all my girls. I was just going to get one for my 3 year old, but thought they would be a perfect addition on my teenagers beds to add to their room decor! here are a some pics at what she does.
And they are even cuter in person than they are in the pictures.
She does not have a Etsy store yet, but if you are interested I can get you in contact with her just let me know:-)
I also think News boy caps like this are so adorable! I found these ones at Angelas studio1
So think about adding some unique original handmade gifts to your list this year
Happy Crafting everyone!
I have been super busy the last 3 weeks trying to keep up with my Etsy store. My biggest seller being my Nativity puzzles! So forgive me if I do not post much in December.
Today I thought I would show you my latest ideas that I am selling in my shop.
First off My Mini Nativity Puzzle.
I decided it would be fun to have a smaller version. I can’t get my 3 year old to leave it alone! She really likes to play with it. I also thought this smaller version would be fun for super Saturday. I have done the bigger version before with success, but the smaller one is cheaper and a little less time consuming.
Next my Joy letters with baby Jesus.
So as you can see my wood burning is still going strong! This baby Jesus was fun to make
The most popular thing in my store that everyone seems to want is my Wood burned, water color, dark stained Nativity puzzle.
so that is what I will be doing non stop until about mid December! but I will ride this wave as far as it will take me
So I decided to add a background to my Russian doll puzzle and I also made another Russian doll puzzle and a vehicle puzzle too! You can order these at my Etsy store if you want a unique gift for a little one. My 3 year old has been having a great time playing with these puzzles this week 😉
So there you go! Happy crafting everyone!
I decided just to stain this one. And I decided that I love the wood burning tool:-)
Here is a close up on the texture around the star and sky.
Hey all! I had fun last night wood burning another Nativity Puzzle. I am feeling more and more comfortable using the wood burning tool. I love the texture and character it gives the puzzle. So here it is done raw.
This Puzzle was one of the first ones I cut by myself with the scroll saw so the lines are not perfect and straight, So I had it sitting in my less than perfect pile. I have been practicing my wood burning on my imperfect puzzles first while I get the hang of it, but I’ve decided that this puzzle looks like I intentionally tried to cut it like that. I think it gives it character. I have not decided if I want to just stain this one or add a little splash of color here and there. I will post tomorrow what I decided
to do 😉
Find all my Nativitiy puzzles for sale at my Etsy store Bugaboocrafts
So I have been wanting to get a wood burning tool for a long time! And this week I finally got one. I specifically wanted it for my Nativity puzzle so I could give it a different more rustic look. Here is my first wood burned puzzle I also decided to try water color paint instead of acrylic paint So it would have more of a muted look.
I am really liking my wood burning tool! I really like the look it gave the puzzle. I love how the watercolor turned out too. After I painted all the pieces I applied a wood stain all over everything.
I know it is a little early yet for Christmas stuff, but I saw this cute and clever Advent calendar at “Duty Chronicles” and had to share. Anyone who knows me knows that I am addicted to Christmas Advent calendars and This one is on my list for making this year! Start saving up your toilet paper rolls!