Today I’m sharing a fabulous set of Cookie Cutter Ornaments made by Dobie in Texas, USA for Iris in New York State, USA:
Dobie wrote me a long letter about how these beautiful ornaments came about:
What happened to me on the way to WOW ornament exchange.I knew right away what I wanted to do for the exchange, as I had fallen in love with the photo Debbie Dusenberry of The Curious Sofa had published on her blog. http://curioussofa.blogspot.com/2013/04/texas-romance.htmlAfter receiving permission to use the Madonna and Child photo, I got to work. My computer was having a few problems [like the blue screen of death popping up] Before I could print my pics the computer crashed. My son tried to get it going but told me it was gone.I got a good deal on a new one but ,lo and behold, the program was written by an alien. Win 8.1 makes me feel as if I have never used a computer before. I could not even find a way to turn it off. After several days experimenting with it ,I was ready to print pics for the ornaments.I turned my printer on and it chattered and coughed for a good 10 minutes but would not print. I got error messages saying the computer could not find the printer. Sent Microsoft Tech a message asking what could be wrong???The answer, my printer was not compatible with Win 8.1 and I needed to buy a new printer. After a few more days ranting and looking all over the internet for help I called Kodak Tech. He said of course my printer was compatible and he could fix it if I let him have control of my computer. I did and he got it set up and was able to print a text test. He did remark on the chattering and coughing.I tried to print photos several times with strange results. After several tries and new ink cartridges and more research, I had to face it, my printer had apparently had a stroke and no longer knew how to print.After several more days of hunting I bought a new printer and finally printed my pics. After that I quickly finished my ornaments. The ornaments were easy compared to the technical problems. Working on them helped calm my nerves.I am so excited to get my ornaments from my exchange partner and for her to get mine. This was really fun even with all the obstacles. Thank you for all your work in organizing this swap. Blessings, DobieP.S. The cookie cutters are mounted to metal Christmas ornaments that I painted. I spray painted them with flat brown[looks like rust], then dabbed on petroleum jelly where ever I thought it might have chipped over time and then spray painted with white satin paint. Then use paper towel and rub the petroleum jelly off and it will leave the brown exposed, now looking old and chipped.You may also use candle wax if painting with a brush. The pet. jelly is my favorite as sometimes when rubbing the paint off the wax , it will remove the base coat as well as the top coat . I have used this technique on furniture, lamps, candle holders and just about anything that does not move.
I love the idea of using petroleum jelly when painting to create that shabby chipped look, and I already was out and bought a box of Vaseline, to try it myself!
Thank you so much Dear Dobie, for participating in the WoW-ornament swap! I am so happy to share your lovely work with everyone here 🙂 I love all 3 ornaments, and I wonder if you did not use one of my Clapsaddle Cherubs for the face of the Christmas fairy? If you want to copy Dobies ornaments, I’m sure you could use them (click on image below to go to original post and download):
Did you miss out on the planning of this swap? This is what my swappers signed up for back in September:
- Each swap is for a set of 3 ornaments. Either 1 tart tin swap or 1 cookie cutter swap, swapped with one swap buddy
- Deadline November 15th to craft your ornaments, take pictures and get the packages ready
- Send pictures to me of the finished ornaments
- Alert me when the swapped ornaments arrive at their new home
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