Last year, as I was getting ready for my holiday show at the Indiana State Museum, I got obsessed with ornaments. Really obsessed. With ornaments. I sold several at the show, but since I’d made, oh, about a dozen more than that, I had leftovers. Yesterday, I decided to pull them out to see how they looked.
When I go back to old work, there are roughly three ways for things to break down: 1) the old work looks amazing, and so I despair, wondering why my current work doesn’t look as good; 2) the old work looks disappointing, and so I despair, because yikes and oh my and how embarrassing; or 3) it’s all fine, and I don’t blog about it.
Look at me, blogging away.
Yes, I had Experience #2, the one with the disappointment and the despair. Okay, despair might be overstating things. They weren’t awful, but I wanted them to be better. Take this set of ornaments made from cookie cutters with vintage glass balls attached to the bottoms.
Alice has a weird combination of attractive and unattractive features that’s endearing to me but (I worried) not endearing to anyone else, and the bunny seems unremarkable and fairly mediocre. I don’t know. They just tripped my panic button! After reading Sarah’s acrylic tutorial from Thursday, I was inspired to rework these using acrylics. Fortunately for me, I already had acrylic paper in the house, so off I went!
Now the bunny is a proper little freak with freckles and a touch of ginger hair.
Alice, meanwhile, is a little girl with two giant big adult teeth that are way too big for her face. Have I mentioned that I love teeth?
The Hatter has lovely hair and an 80s tie.
And this year, I had the energy for a Queen of Hearts. Go me.