Among other things, I finished my little bunny ornaments up yesterday. They were pretty much done yesterday, save for the fact that I needed to apply hangers to them so I could use them on my little ‘all season’ tree for the spring. I must admit – I sometimes get lax with keeping my tree decorated for the season. While I seem to keep up with the fall and winter themes, I don’t do as well for the spring and summer seasons. But after the kind of winter we had here (long and cold) I was ready to change it from polar bears and penguins to something more “springlike”. The pretty floral bunnies were just the ticket for the job.
I decided that for these ornaments, I wanted the hanging ribbon to be part of the design. I had found some really pretty pink organza ribbon at the store nearby that was pretty and inexpensive. It was only .20 per meter and was the same ribbon that I used for some of the pink flowers that I embroidered for the bunny’s necks.
It looked soft and pretty and I thought it would do well for the bunnies. I didn’t however want to drill right through the pieces, but rather add eye pins so that the ribbons wouldn’t interfere with the bunny designs. I like using this method to hang some ornaments – especially shapes and silhouettes such as these.
In order to make it work, I drill directly into the top of the ornament using a small bit. I then use screw eyes and thread the ribbon through them.
I was having trouble finding them in my area, so I ordered some from Lee Valley Tools. They have a variety of sizes at pretty reasonable prices. I try to watch for when they have free shipping and I stock up on what I need then. Since I live in a rural area, it is sometimes difficult to find these things. The ones I use for these ornaments and most of my ornaments are the smallest ones on the chart.
In any case, my tree looks great now, filled with bunnies!
It even has a cute muslin bunny near the top, along with some carrots that I found at Pier 1 and used for a topper. The bunny was painting by one of my painting friends and he just arrived this week. :)
The rest of the tree is filled with pastel bunnies and looks pretty wonderful.
I am already for the spring!
I will be writing up the pattern packet probably today, and then moving on to other things. I hope to have it ready for my next site update which will probably occur next week.
I also wanted to mention some things about purchasing supplies. I have had many people write me and call and ask where they could purchase some of the products that I show here. I try to mention it in my blog when I write, but I do admit that I don’t do that every single time.
As many of you know – I am a member of the DecoArt Helping Artist program. This is a program that DecoArt has set up in which designers such as myself can sample and try new products to use in their designs. This is a great way for DecoArt to get word out on their new items, and as you can imagine, it is good for everyone. We as designers get to ‘play’ with new products. You – as consumers get to see new products and ideas on how to use them. And DecoArt gets to showcase their new products in a variety of ways. Everyone wins.
However, I find that sometimes – because we get to use the products so soon after they are introduced – they aren’t always readily available to the consumers. And this can be sometimes frustrating.
I found that to be true when I introduced and showed the “Metallic Lustre” products from DecoArt last year. It is also somewhat true regarding the Chalky Finish Paint that I used a couple of weeks ago. I have had many, many inquiries as to where one could find these products, as well as the Decoupage finish that I used with these bunnies.
My first answer to those questions is for you to go directly to the DecoArt website (http://www.decoart.com) and buy it from there. It would make sense to assume that since they are the manufacturers of these products, they would be the most reliable source.
In regards to the Chalky Finish paint though, I found that DecoArt has contracted with Home Depot (in the United States) until May of this year and has given them exclusive selling rights to the Chalky Finish paint and products. DecoArt doesn’t even sell them on their site. You can see their stock here:
But I am hearing that it isn’t always available in all areas. I suppose you just have to check. For some, I fear that they just have to wait until it is more widely available.
I also have had a lot of inquiries regarding the Decoupage products from DecoArt. Having never used Mod Podge (a similar product from another company) it is impossible for me to compare the two or recommend one over another. I do love the DecoArt brand product and I will be working not only with this product, but the other Decoupage products that they just introduced in the near future. I will do my best to find places where everyone can get them at a reasonable price.
One place that comes to mind as a distributor of just about ALL of DecoArt’s products is Viking Woodcrafts? in the USA. When I lived in the States, I used to order from them all the time and they are reliable and reputable and I have found that they have the bests prices I have seen.
For example, the Metallic Lustre Creme Wax that I referred to earlier costs $6.99 on the DecoArt site and only $3.50 each at Viking. The Decoupage 4oz is $3.26 on the DecoArt site and only $2.36 at Viking.
Viking even has a page which states that they will be getting the Chalky Finish paints in May. The 4oz size will only cost $3.37.
(Type these terms into the search bar at Viking to see the results – I tried to copy the links to my searches here for you and they kept bringing me back to the home page)
I understand that after May, you will be able to get the Chalky Finish paint much easier. So if you aren’t able to get it from Home Depot at this time, you should be able to do so soon.
I hope this information helps you all. I also hope you go and visit the Viking site to see what they have. While you do have to pay to get items shipped to you, I think the time and energy you save chasing around looking for products, as well as the lower prices makes it very much worth your while. (And no – I do not have any affiliation with Viking at all. They are just a good supplier and I do recommend them.)
Please let me know how you all do. I like to have feedback regarding certain products that I use and the feedback I hear from you all really helps me help others.
Word of mouth is the best information it seems.
Well – that’s all I have for today. It is bright and sunny and warmer out today. Perhaps my little spring tree is doing its job to bringing on the warmer weather. At least I hope so!
Have a great Thursday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"