Saturday, 12 December 2015

Show Your Face on Friday - Christmas - it can't be!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! I'm arriving a little bit out of breath and dishevelled to Kim Dellow's 'Show Your Face on Friday'! Please click here if you would like to find out all about Kim's great rendezvous for anyone who wants to try their hand at drawing, painting or making a face in any medium! I knew it would happen - Christmas has caught me out again! Never mind, I'm telling myself not to panic and all will be well because, after all, Christmas will happen whether I think I'm ready or not! I have a little gift to share with you this week. It's a tiny wooden house I've made for a very old friend of mine. It features faces burned into the pine wood and then coloured with PaperArtsy paints diluted with Satin Glaze. On this side my portrait is of one of my friendly trees!
The house itself is about 2 inches high and stands on tiny blue bead feet. My friend loves robins, so I've given my tree with a face a robin companion who might just have warned him about that very slithery icicle melting close by!
Whatever the weather the companions are determined to be merry because there is nothing more cheering in a sometimes chilly world than friendship!
Santa has made an appearance around the back of the house. He's looking decidedly flushed and cross-eyed - probably from delivering all those presents - and he isn't getting any younger! After burning his features onto the house, I thought he looked a little like Albert Einstein! And what could we need more for Christmas cheer than Energy! Perhaps I should have written 'Merry E = MC2' over the door and described it as a portrait of Einstein in a Santa costume!
The roof is bead gel with a good slathering of Snowflake Fresco and Distress Glitter. I do hope this little ornament will make my friend smile this Christmas.
I also just had time to make another little angel brooch with a heart-shaped face for the tree. Which reminds me - I have to start decorating our tree right now! We have a tradition in our family that the tree is dressed on the Saturday before Mr Magpie's birthday on the 15th December! Thank you so much for stopping by today. I do hope your preparations are all going well and that you will find some time in your busy schedules to show a face of your own on Kim's blog! Enjoy the coming week everyone!


  1. mirning Julie Ann..your little house is lovely as is your little ornament..we are putting the tree up tomorrow but other than that I have nothing ready!! Have a lovely weekend xx

  2. OMGosh! You have me giggling at this and what you wrote!! I thought that Santa looked familiar! heehee
    I know what you mean about Christmas coming so soon- and i thought i was going to be on time! heehee oh stopping it now, so we must just roll with it dear friend!
    Happy weekend Julie Ann and thank you for sharing your delightful handmade treasures!! I love them all!! xo

  3. You're not on your own Julie Ann! I am way behind this year having been lulled into a false feeling of 'nothing much to do' as we are visiting others over all the Christmas/New Year period for the first time ever......silly me! As for your little house, it is as always delightful and I am certain will cheer your friend no end. It cannot fail to raise a smile and maybe a little tear or two because you are such a lovely and thoughtful friend to have.

    Lesley Xx

  4. Hehehhehe - totally loved this post Julie-Ann. Your Santa is just PERFECTLY WONDERFUL as it the entire project. So fun! Beautiful Bliss Angel too - your tree must be stunning. Hope it's all done by now!!! Or nearly! Merry Christmas. j.

  5. Dear Julie, your gift house is so wonderfully sweet, and fun. I love every turn of it, and that you burned in the faces. There are so many funny little things going in your art, always, and also here, - Mr Einstein looks exactly like this tired jolly Father Christmas,with white hair, and big eyes, lol. The angel hanger is so gorgeous, my friend.
    Dorthe, xxo

  6. Gorgeous post, love your art as always! Hugs, Valerie

  7. Love your little house - that snowy roof is fantastic! An Einstein Santa - you make me laugh!! Can't wait to see my pieces winging their way from your shop! xxx Lynn

  8. If it makes you feel any better, I only properly finished my final card yesterday, I think many of us can relate to how you are feeling!
    Isn't this just so precious, all the moreso because you have taken into account your dear friend's favoured bird, a robin. We can tell that the robin and friendly tree are definitely the best of chums, they look so contented in the company of each other. Father Christmas is so jolly and I love his abundance of white hair.
    The sweet angel is divine, I can just imagine how beautiful your tree will be, all decked out with your beautiful artful creations, that is very special indeed.

  9. What a fabulous mini house, it is so darn cute. Petite and festive. xox

  10. What a wonderful Christmas gift, your friend will treasure it!
    Thank you for your beautiful Christmas card by the way, I love your snow queen!
    Alison xxx

  11. I just love your teeny tiny snow house - the friendly tree is adorable, and Father Christmas looks full of Christmas cheer (or fully of Christmas sherry!). I'm sure your friend will love it. The angel brooch is wonderful too - I love the coppery gleam of the door.
    Alison xx

  12. Oh how wonderful...I love your tiny house and wonderful brooch!! I would wear that one with pride it's so awesome!!
    Merry Christmas to you!!

    Hugs Giggles

  13. That little house is so cute & the angel brooch is gorgeous. Hope you've got tree decorated by now. :)

  14. These are adorable, Julie Ann and I love the friendly tree,

    Lucy x

  15. Nearly missed this fabulous little house! I can't imagine that gorgeous brooch not raising a smile! Hugs, Chrisx


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