Large Whimsical Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments Black and White Checks, Stripes, Animal Print and More

tomato cage topiary Christmas tree with hand painted ornaments
For the past 4 years or so I've painted giant whimsical 
Christmas ornaments and this year is no exception.

I got one of my tomato cage topiary trees down from the attic 
to photograph them.  I made the topiaries almost 6 years ago 
and they are still going strong.

hand made large ornament shapes
Since I rework new shatterproof ornaments and create my own, each year the
shapes are a little different and these are the shapes I came up with this year.
Large 6" and smaller almost 5" diameter. The lengths vary from 9-11" long.

hand painted whimsical animal print ornaments
You might remember these versions from last year. 
I even show you how I made them in my whimsical Christmas ornament post.

Use the Christmas Ornaments category tab to see all past ornaments.

hand painted black and white checked ornament
I also painted a few large black and white checked ball ornaments
with no finial pieces this year.

oversized 6" black and white checked ornament
They are 6" diameter with hand painted black and white checks.

shatterproof oversized 6" black and white check hand painted ornament
I also combined the checked ornaments with polka dot onion shaped finial pieces...

hand painted and hand made shatterproof black and white check ornament

oversized black and white checked Christmas ornament

hand painted black and white checked christmas ornament large

hand made and hand painted black and white checked ornaments
I really have a lot of fun combining all the different colors and patterns.

hand painted pink polka dot and gold ornament
This ornament is deep pink with a touch of animal print and stripes

hand painted peacock feather pattern Christmas ornament
Of course I had to throw in a couple of peacock feather ornaments too.

hand made animal print Christmas ornaments
And it wouldn't be Christmas...around my house anyway...
without a little animal print.

hand painted animal leopard print and stripe ornament

large hand painted ornament animal print

hand painted animal print and black and white stripe ornament

hand painted black and white check ornaments
These ornaments are like little works of art for your tree...
or hang from garland or a chandelier.  
Each one is hand made and hand painted. I don't use stencils or patterns and you may see an imperfect brushstroke or two but it only adds to their artistic charm. 
Visit my Etsy shop to see all of them.

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Thanks for being here...until next time!

Stained Glass and Seashell Mosaic Sea Creatures - Octopus, Seahorse and Sea Turtles

octopus seashell mosaic art
Hi All!
In addition to being in full swing mermaid season, I've been
busy creating other sea creature pieces this summer.

shell octopus mosaic wall art huge
This giant 4 ft octopus is made with the same body style of my 
mosaic octopus, but covered in shells instead of stained glass.

seashell mosaic octopus
I used round donut beads for his "suckers". 

mosaic of beautiful seashells
Every square inch of him is covered in a mixture of 
beautiful seashells, barnacles and coral pieces.

huge mosaic shell octopus
This octopus would look incredible in a beach house ;)

seashell seahorse and sea shell sea turtle mosaic
I made a large sea turtle and 4 ft seahorse in the same 
seashell "mosaic" style.
Sorry for the weird photo, they are leaning against the wall here.
I've got to come up with a better way to photograph my pieces ha! 

shell mosaic
The seahorse body has huge white scallop shells with a mix of other shells. 

shell covered seahorse
I tried to keep most of the shells in the white family on this piece
along with iridescent mother of pearl pieces...very pretty.

hand made sea turtle shell mosaic
His companion is a 3ft sea turtle also with a shell mosaic.

sea turtle art hand made
I used wonderful natural cockle shells on his back.

large stained glass sea turtle art
This stained glass mosaic sea turtle was something I made 
a while back and realized I never posted about him.

stained glass mosaic sea turtle
I cut the shape out of wood and applied the hand cut
stained glass in shades of green. 

mosaic octopus art
I've made 3 more of the stained glass mosaic octopuses...

stained glass mosaic octopus
After making these last two, I wanted to make a 
different style of octopus and came up with this version..

octopus wall art
Lots of swirling tentacles on this octopus.

blue glass octopus art
I used the same color glass in a cool blue/green mix.

hand made octopus art
Just like the other pieces, I drew out my own design, cut
him out of wood then applied the glass and grout.

You can check him out and all the other pieces in my
Etsy shop or visit me on Facebook and Pinterest too.

As a side note, this week my Etsy shop is closed so links will
take you to my shop "vacation" message. Please check back, shop
will be back open Monday August 25, 2014 :)

Below is a photo of one of my beautiful sisters Shirley and her grandchildren...
I also have 2 more sisters, just as beautiful, inside and out! 
If you are a frequent reader,...well, as frequently as I post haha,
you may remember me writing that Shirley has cancer right now.

my sister Shirley and her grandchildren
So... I'm taking the week off to finish up orders then fly to Tampa with 
Shirley and other family members on Wednesday to Moffitt Cancer Center.
I'm so thankful I'm able to go with her for this appointment
to support her and be there with her.

That's all for today...see you next time!

Table Leg Dragonflies with Stained Glass Mosaic Wings, Yellow Fleur De Lis Wings, Graffiti Wings, Glass Beaded Wings, a Chair Leg Butterfly and More

table leg dragonfly with stained glass mosaic wings
I have a few new table leg dragonflies and one butterfly to share
with you. I haven't kept many in stock in my Etsy shop 
lately since I've been busy with other projects, but I still
make them to order.
Click the email icon under my photo or contact me 
through my Etsy shop if you would like to discuss an order :)

stained glass mosaic dragonfly
This mosaic winged dragonfly was one of those custom orders.

mosaic dragonfly
I added glass bead eyes and embossed metal antenna.

stained glass mosaic table leg dragonfly
Since I was making her order, I made another
mosaic dragonfly for my Etsy shop as well.

colorful whimsical ceramic knob on dragonfly
I added a colorful ceramic knob at the tail...

mosaic dragonfly with glass bead eyes
I gave her pink glass bead eyes and repurposed beaded shower
curtain hooks for the antenna.

mosaic dragonfly
They both had the most beautiful iridescent glass that catches
the light on the wings.

table leg dragonfly art mosaic wings
I photographed them outside but these are strictly indoor use
since the base for the wings is plywood. Mosaic on top
of plywood will not hold up in wet weather.

I also had an order for a fleur de lis design in yellow.

fleur de lis dragonfly
The fleur de lis dragonfly in Pink is one of my most popular designs
and my customer liked the design but needed it in yellow.

pink fleur de lis table leg butterfly art
I've made this design many times in dragonflies and butterflies,
click the "pink parisian" category to see all of them.

yellow fleur de lis dragonfly
I added a little bit of green around the edges as well.

colorful ceramic knob
I added a coordinating ceramic knob at the tail...

table leg dragonfly
I used the little ceramic knobs I saved from my country cabinet makeover
for his eyes and added a strip of metal at the neck.

colorful table leg dragonflies
I also had an order for a set of three in yellow, blue and green.

blue textured wing table leg dragonfly
The blue one had the textured design on the wings, washed 
with brown to bring out all the detail.

blue table leg dragonfly
I added blue glass bead eyes and a chippy blue painted door latch on the body.

blue dragonfly wings art
Wing detail.

hand made yellow dragonfly
For the yellow one, I layered wood cutouts on the wings for dimension.

dragonfly art
I added a piece of a lamp harp for antenna and a 
rusty metal flower on the body.

green art dragonfly
The green one had scrolled wings...

glass knob
With an amber glass knob at the tail...

repurposing jingle bells into art
For the eyes, I repurposed metal jingle bells by opening
them up with needle nose pliers and bending the edges.
They look like little flowers!

metal flower on dragonfly art
I added another metal flower on the body, and wire antenna.

graffiti table leg dragonfly
I also had an order for one of my graffiti design dragonflies
but with a blue background

graffiti inspired table leg dragonfly art
You can see all the graffiti designs I've made in the past by clicking
the "graffiti" category

table leg dragonfly
I used more of the little knobs from my country
cabinet makeover and an aged metal drawer pull on the body.

beaded wing table leg dragonfly
A beaded wing dragonfly was my next order.
I've made lots of different versions of the beaded wing dragonflies before

glass bead wing dragonfly
I've even written a tutorial on how to make your
You can always click on the "beaded wing" category to 
see even more examples.

hand painted blue chair leg butterfly
Last up was a birthday gift for one of my 
sweet sisters.
I used the same wing shape I created for the 

colorful ceramic knob
I added a colorful ceramic knob at the tail...

hand painted blue butterfly wings
She loves pinks, aquas and purples with fun swirly designs.

blue and aqua chair leg butterfly
I added big purple flowers...

chair leg butterfly art
and swirly antenna with green glass beads.

hand painted recycled chair leg butterfly art
Hanging in her bedroom :)

large textured angel wings wall art
This is the same sister that inspired me to create my
I love you Shirley!

Thanks so much for visiting and reading about my dragonflies!
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