Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Folk Art Inspired Christmas Tree. Paper Wings And Give-away

This Year I'm inspired by the Country primitive folk art . I found these sweet dolls published by Country Living magazine 1995. They call it Homespun Archangels, made by James Cramer, he used architectural fragments to create the wings; I think they are adorable. It makes me think about a loving mother making a doll with fabric woven by herself, using the material that she found around the house, to make something special for her little girl for Christmas because she couldn't afford a porcelane doll. I really like the idea of dressing the dolls with vintage christening gowns. What a good idea for displaying a vintage dress collection.
I made the dolls but I didn't used the architectural fragments for the wings because I considered it too heavy for the Christmas tree. I really like their primitive folksy look.

I took this picture from the Country Living magazine; they are photographed by Keith Scott Morton.
To keep the vintage theme, I made this garland of vintage pocket books. I printed some vintage photos and glued them on hardboard paper to display them on my Christmas tree and mantel as well.

I was curious about how to make feathers. I found a great blog called: Todolwen.  She has a wonderful tutorial on how to make these feathers. Click here to visit her. After visiting her beautiful blog I decided to make this pair of paper wings . I really love how they turned out.

Last year I made this wreath made of book pages, click Here to see the tutorial. I decided to make angel wings with the same concept. It was dificult to find hymn books. I found one made on 1941 with yellowish pages. I was stretching those pages :) in order to finish the seven pair of wings for my tree. It's incredible how many pages are needed to make the cones for the wings, I had to use another hymn book that I kept for another project and I had to dye the pages with coffee to make it look old like the other 1941 hymn book.
This is my Angel wings Christmas tree in the family-room.

 I used some hollow eggs and I decorated them with vintage print. You can find all these free prints on The Graphics fairy blog.

Now the Give-away.
After making feathers I decided to give-away nine feathers in diferent colors. I found out that these feathers are actually sold at Etsy--three feathers for $10. I don't sell the feathers, I just wanted to show my appreciation for all your beautiful comments. You can use them as a embellishing for your Christmas presents, bookmarks, or use them as an ornament on those feather trees with other paper ornaments. etc.

Just leave a comment on this post. This Give-away ends December 18-2011. I will announce the winner the next day December 19-2011. "Only for U.S. Shipping addresses"
From the deepest place in my heart I'm wishing you a Happy Christmas full of joy and that this New Year will bring you the most of :"...success of perseverance...pleasure of working...dignity of simplicity...worth of character...power of kindness...influence of example...obligation of duty...wisdom of economy...virtue of patience...improvement of talent...joy of originating." ~Bulletin~


Kristen said...

I love your Christmas decor. It's all so beautiful !


Fort lapin said...

Wow i love those angelwings i can`t believ you made them yourself!
So much work!!.

Thank you for visit my blog!!

Good luck with everything

Love and greetings from Holland!

Happy@Home said...

Hi Katty,
Your talents never cease to amaze me. Your dolls are gorgeous and the tree is just beautiful. When I first saw the angel wings made from feathers I was amazed, but when you said the feathers are made from paper I was even more amazed!! Absolutely gorgeous. Your home looks like it should be featured in a magazine.
Wishing you many blessings and much happiness this Christmas season.

Amanda said...

I am in complete awe! I just can't believe that you've made all of these beautiful things! You really must have an amazing amount of patience and motivation! I'll be following you...I don't want to miss out on any lovely inspiration from you! The feathers are amazing...they look so real! And I just adore the dolls and the wings and how you've decorated your trees! Thank you for sharing!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Wanda said...

Hi! Your decorations is a DREAM!!! Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures and for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!!
best regards,

Toni said...

Wow - those feathers are amazing. Then I read you made them from paper. Double Wow! I just found your blog and an now following - don't want to miss any of your new creations.

MeMeSue said...

When I first saw your feathers I thought they were real...WoW What work must have gone into making those angel wings. Beautiful decorations and so romantic. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Honey at 2805 said...

You have just completely blown me away! I don't even know where to start. What you have created is really breathtaking and amazing! The dolls are gorgeous, the wings, wreath and tree beautiful.

Thank you so much for linking your amazing creation to Potpourri Friday!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Your decorating is so original. I love working with old book pages. The angel wings are fantastic as are the amazing feathers. Truly beautiful! I am so happy I found your blog!

Janae said...

Wonderful ideas--very inspiring!

The Charm of Home said...

This is fantastic! Love the feathers! So cute! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

Jackie said...

The feather wings are stunning - amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Ann said...

Your angel wings are exquisite. Perfectly placed on a tree that simply takes one's breath away. Gorgeous!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This is all AMAZING!! I love the dolls the wings BOTH feather and paper cones! They are beautiful!!!

You are such a talent! I am a new follower and I will be back :)

Lou Cinda

Unknown said...

visitng from 2805's friday's featues...
and all i can say is ~ simply FABULOUS!!!
i LOVE what you have done with paper:)
the wings, the feathers...
love it all:)

now i am off to veiw some of you're previous posts:)
xo, Rosemary

Lynda Dishner said...

I have never been here before but I love your work. Everything is beautiful. I hope I can do the angel wings. The colored feathers are to die for. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Lynda

stellarstamper said...

The feathers/angel wings are absolutely gorgeous! I can't believe they are made out of paper! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

Jennelise said...

Very pretty! I love all of the white and the feathers :)


It's all beautiful! and I know how time consuming . . . I work with paper too.
Merry Christmas!
~ Julie

shabby chick said...

Gosh you are incredibly talented! Now I have to learn how to make cake roses!! The wings are gorgeous!!!

Honey at 2805 said...

Thank you for sharing the season at Potpourri Friday! May you have a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!

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