Friday, 2 December 2016

Winter Magic

December - the start of winter and of course Christmas ....
... and also the start of a brand new challenge at A Vintage Journey which this month is

Winter Magic!

For us in the northern hemisphere December brings the start of winter and for many that means freezing cold weather and Christmas. But winter is so much more than that and so we ask, how would you interpret the magic of winter - snow, icicles, colours of blue, silver and white, the festivities of Christmas, misty winter landscapes. Just show us your magical focus for the season in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling, industrial or steampunk style.


Debs is hosting this wonderful theme and I had great fun making this little winter scene to sit on the mantlepiece of our lovely Victorian sitting room.

As we draw nearer to the shortest day there is a distinct lack of daylight hours here in the very north. So I am afraid there are no step by steps, in fact it was difficult to even get these pictures!



 I started with a piece of greyboard and die cut the Tim Holtz Iron Gate and then a platform for it to sit into. Everything got a coat of brown paint and then I used DecoArt Acrylic Paint over the whole piece. It was not easy painting this onto the Gate so it is a bit lumpy in places, but amazingly this just adds to the wintery feel.

And then I had fun decorating it!


A cluster of flowers and berries - coated with gesso and a little silver Stickles here and there.


A Calico Craft Parts Snowflake adding a bit of height.


More Calico Craft Parts pieces - two gorgeous corners and mini letters.


I do hope you find time to join us in our challenge even though it is a busy month with the lead up to Christmas.  Do hop on over to the challenge post for all the details and to see all the stunning projects from the rest of the AVJ Creative Guides. You can't fail to be inspired!

Thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend when it arrives - although it looks as though we have a wet and windy forecast!

Jennie x




13 comments:

S@ndy Diller said...

Such lovely thoughts of Winter for your mantel. Frosty and crackled,
the perfect combination. Hugs, S@ndy xx

butterfly said...

Simply gorgeous, Jennie - as I said either here or at Calico, you and those Craft Parts are a match made in heaven. Love this frosted dimensional decor. I know I must have missed othr treats here, but I'm looking forward to some proper catching-up time over the festive season.
Alison x

Julia Aston said...

This is just stunning Jennie! I LOVE your beautiful cluster of flowers - the fence die, the PEACE and how you perfectly placed each piece! What a wonderful winter decoration for your mantel this season! Julia xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Truly a magical make Jennie, shabby vintage perfection!! And of course the perfect use of those CCPs, - I am really so chuffed you are now part of their team!! I can just imagine how wonderful this is going to look in your house over the festive season!

Jenny Marples said...

What a wonderful decoration Jennie! I love the frosting and flowers that adorn it xx

Redanne said...

A truly gorgeous way to celebrate winter Jenny! Frosty, cool and flowers that remind me of Christmas roses - Helebores - absolutely gorgeous work Jennie. I agree with Alison, you and Calico craft parts are a match made in heaven! Hugs, Anne xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

This is perfect for your Victorian sitting room, so elegant, delicate and classy. I adore howyou used the parts and dies to create such a wonderful home decor piece. Tracy x

Nikki Acton said...

Oh Jennie this is wonderful with a capital W - actually everything in capitals! As ever amazing flowers, beautiful subtle tones and great composition. xxxx

Marci said...

Oh, so beautiful! Elegant.

Brenda Brown said...

What a beautiful piece of home decor with a wonderful wintry feel to it, I'm sure this will have a very special place to be displayed over Christmas xxx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Jennie, what a beautiful decoration! I adore the wintery white over painted on the brown basecoat and how brilliant to use the Gothic gate as a base, love it! Beautiful floral accents as always, a perfect frosted decoration for your mantelpiece. Deb xo

A Pink said...

Elegant, Classy and absolutely stunning! Jennie Be still my beating heart......
hugs x

Juliz Design Post said...

Wow Jennie, a stunning home decor project that oozes elegance.
Julie x