Last week, I mentioned that my father had been picking up some things for me at auctions.  Here is a rustic wood wine bottle holder that he was particularly excited to hand over to me, with the propitious words, “I thought you could do something with this.  You know.  One of your things.”  Yup, yup.  One of my rustic Santa Claus things.

Original Santa

Do not panic. We’re not going to talk about Christmas.

Although I am all in favor of the drinking of wine and the holding of wine bottles, whether by Santa Claus or another elderly gentleman with a beard, this particular bottle holder was crooked inside, making it unfit for its designated purpose.  Fortunately, I have the magical ability to take things apart.

Unhinged Better

Yes, yes, anyone with a screwdriver could have taken this apart, but they didn’t, did they?

Once I had freed Santa (hashtag #freeSanta), I gessoed him and set about sculpting him a new face, or one might say, an old face.


Sorry, Santa. You got caught in a gesso blizzard.

Clay Better

And then you got turned into a quirky Henry VIII.

First Coat of Paint

WHAT?! I know, you’re shocked that I’m making a(nother) Henry VIII. The doll is shocked, too. She cannot even believe it.

In Progress Painting

Progress pic.

The doll is still shocked.

Finished Kitchen


On the Wall

Henry VIII can now hang on your wall, deciding what to do about the relationship between your head and your neck.

Henry is available in my Etsy shop, where you can learn what secret plans I have for his hollow insides – and I mean that literally, and morally.



Ann D'Angelo is a dedicated drinker of diet Coke who has never spotted a thrift store she didn't want to visit or an item she didn't want to alter. Check out Ann's shop.


Cindy Dauer · August 7, 2015 at 9:49 am

HAHA OMG! That face is priceless and hilarious. I say hilarious around here a lot, I hope that is part of the intention. 😛 Seriously. Amazing sculpture dealie with the head and collar and he is just so wonderfully cute and funny!

    AnnDAngelo · August 7, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Hee! I'm so glad you like him! Yes, I definitely intended him to be a funny, quirky, stylized Henry. Thanks for your lovely comment!

Ruth · August 7, 2015 at 4:10 pm

what happens to his back? 😀 LOL

Love this. I adore your mind, lady… quirky is the word and I luuuuuv it. 😀

    AnnDAngelo · August 8, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Look at you with the clever question! I haven't decided what happens to his back yet. 😀

    Thank you so much for the great comment. You are good at those!

Sarah Trumpp · August 7, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Omg he is amazing! I love his teeth so much. I almost want him staring at my neck

    AnnDAngelo · August 8, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Hee hee hee! TEETH! He has been staring at your neck already, if you want to know the truth – or at least, photographs of it. He is very impressed by your ability to produce male heirs, too. *Leer*

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