Shhhhh, I have a secret

snowman-kitsch1I **** LOVE**** Christmas Kitsch.  I really do.  The tackier the better.  Maybe it takes me back to my childhood.  Not that it was considered tacky then.  But I have always had a little flair for the tackier side of things.  My mother tries to blame it on my grandmother  (my dad’s mom) but I am not so sure.  She has been known to have her share of tacky outfits.  Well, to be perfectly honest more than her share.  LOL 

It seems like I work on Christmas projects year round.  With magazine work it is generally 6 months out.  Many times more, especially for Christmas.  I have come to not mind it so much.  I had a lot of fun with this one.  I want to call him Fred.  Fred the snowman.  Naming pieces is not common practice – he just look like he needed a name.

The crystals are Prima.  His mouth is a remnant of a much larger one that did not fit on a card.  I save all the good scraps.  You never know when you will need a tiny random piece.  Again, the SMOOCH came out.  The dots on the felt party hat and his cheeks dried very quickly.  I did heat set the clay snowflakes.


About nikimeiners

Friend, Wife, Mom and an all around crafty old soul. Artist, Writer, Creative Director and Style Maker. Lover of old, fond of the new. Craver of excitement, establisher of the calm. My website Bio- Growing up in a small mid-western town, Niki Meiners was surrounded by a modest, resourceful and very entrepreneurial family. Her simple upbringing spurred her "Can do" attitude and gave her the confidence to try any challenge placed before her. She knew there was more out there than just her small town and set off after high school to explore the world. It was through these travels that she discovered her love of art and her desire to make the world a prettier place. It was not until she suffered a paralyzing illness that she realized she wanted to reconsider her corporate career as a Chief Paper Pusher, and her thoughts immediately turned to her first passion, art. In 2003 she began an odyssey that would take her from product design to publication and everywhere in between. She is known for her distinctive, high quality creations that feature a diverse mix of styles and highly creative approach to even the smallest detail. Niki is an Idea Architect, easily outlining every project from concept to completion. Her creations are simultaneously beautiful and functional and her in depth knowledge of the industry allows her to produce projects with a specific understanding of both the consumers and the manufacturers. This knowledge has allowed her work to be featured in the industries leading craft and lifestyle publications and manufacturers’ websites. nikimeiners at
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