Christmas of 1990 was when my “Obsessive” fault showed itself.
Joe and I had been married in August of that year and I was normal….until after Halloween. I found a plaster gazebo and a box of plaster people playing in the snow. Then came the houses.
I spent hours and hours painting. No food got cooked, no laundry was washed, the house went uncleaned. I was totally and irretrievably lost in acrylic paints and plaster images. By the time Christmas came around I had a big scene of a neighborhood of plaster homes peopled by plaster winter characters.
Sadly, all are gone now. A storage shed we rented upon moving to Oklahoma was cleaned out and everything sold off when we got behind in the storage rent. Everything was gone. All of our children’s school photos and the things they made with their little hands. The storage shed owners would not give us the name of the person that took (bought) our stuff so we could get those treasures back.
In 1998, while I had nothing to do I picked up a couple plaster houses, restocked my supply of acrylic paint and got back to painting once more. Joe was traveling all over the US doing the Drive-Away while I stayed at home. The kids were all grown and gone. There was just me to entertain and I could spend all the time I wanted doing this project.
Today I only have the three but I do have fond memories of making that entire village long ago. When I think of all the time involved in making these I wonder if I had totally lost my mind during that time (I think my family wondered at my sanity also).
They now reside beneath the Christmas tree and bring a smile to my face when I see them.
1998 I decided to share my skills with family and friends. I found these adorable plaster ornaments and spent that winter painting the lot of them and mailing them out. I saved some for myself and I enjoy these little bits of Christmas.
I did make sure to leave myself a note on the bottom of each ornament when I made these. My memory sometimes is pretty bad. Most things happened more than 5 minutes ago and that is too long for me to remember 🙂
These plaster items used to be sold at Michaels. I don’t know if they are still even made. If you do find some and want to make them yourself, I have to tell you they are ADDICTING!!
If you are a perfectionist, addictive personality (like me) you may have some grumbling going on in your home. If you and your family survive this obsession they will all have smiles on their faces when you display your beautiful hand work.
Do you have items you make, or you have made, for your Christmas decorations? What is your favorite Christmas ornament or display? I’d love to know.