Yesterday I finished the third piece of the fence characters for Ellen’s fence project. For some of you who didn’t get a chance to read, I will refresh you.
Ellen and Bernie are what I call my “Canadian parents.” Bernie has been a friend of mine since I came to Canada in 2004 and they have kind of adopted me. From the time I met him, Bernie offered me the key to his shop which has a full line of tools. Since I have rented small places since I have been living here, it is a great help for me to have a place to go to do the main dressing of all the wood I do for my projects. Over the years, we have become like true family and help each other out whenever we can.
Sometime in November, Bernie asked me if I would help them out on a project. Ellen has this little section of picket fence that goes on their front lawn at certain times of the year for decoration. On top of the pickets, they mount four different characters to celebrate the season. At Easter time they have four bunny heads, etc. It seems that the Christmas characters were misplaced.
Bernie tried to make some replacements out of those cardboard cutouts that you see in schools and such. But they didn’t hold up to the weather very well. He asked me if I would copy the three they had, as well as make one more (they lost the fourth one too!) and paint new characters for their fence. Of course I agreed to do it.
The first character was the Santa. The next was the candy canes I showed yesterday. The third is a poinsettia, which I finished last night (except for some shading and highlighting on the berries – I was just too tired!) Here is how it came out:
The fourth and final character is one of my choosing. I think I will go with a Christmas bell. Bernie’s and Ellen’s last name is “Bell” and they love any types of bell decorations. So that is my mission for today. I have to work fast, as I want to get these done as part of their Christmas presents. I am still figuring out the finish to put on them and have had some good suggestions that I may try so they can withstand a month or so of Nova Scotia winter weather each year.
So far it has been a fun project. I am not a fast painter though and it is a good thing that I got most everything done and mailed out on time this year. That is a first for me. My daughter actually got her Christmas box yesterday (the brat opened everything already though!) and I am seeing that my other stuff is arriving this week too. :) The ‘Canada Post Beaver’ seems to have his act together pretty good this year!
All the time I am painting, my head is conjuring up new designs, both for the scroll saw and for painting. So even though this may appear to be ‘unproductive’ time for me on the surface, in reality I am planning ahead for the new year. It is going to be a great one – I feel it already!
Have fun today and keep posting all those wonderful new projects you are making. It sure inspires the rest of us and I have truly enjoyed seeing what all you elves are up to!
Have a wonderful Tuesday! :)
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