Holiday gift ideas and Projects

      Holiday gift ideas and projects. One I just finished today can provide you with something you can make. The Holiday gift ideas and projects vary in degree of difficulty yet they can also stimulate your thinking on how you can do something similar.

Today’s project can be found by clicking this link

The Dollartree wreath could be done before Christmas 

The Snowman on a framed picket fence

Christmas gift ideas and projects

( ie. picket fence section ) can be done up in a couple days… and you can use any piece of wood that would fit in the size frame you have. T1-11 plywood will also work.

A project that is a bit more involved would be ideal for the painter who would like something interesting to paint on. This old wooden sled

Or you can paint a simple scene featuring a snowman at play.  I painted both sides of this saw

Not trick photography I painted a second saw on one side so I could get pictures for the project post.  When I got started with the saw painted on both side I only took one early picture instead of the progression pictures needed.

Should you have a collection of empty pill bottles this project would be worth taking a look at

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As Holiday gift ideas and projects go you never quite know what will be a hit with the recipient but you certainly proved the sincerity of the gift because you made it yourself. And as a project, you have done something enjoyable ( I would hope ).

As I edit this post now the new year 2018 is only 2 hours and 55 minutes away. You now have time ( and a resolution due ) to work on Birthdays and upcoming Holidays to make something up yourself. Have fun and enjoy the process.

Painted Winter scene Vintage Hand Saw

    Holiday Project: A painted winter scene on a Vintage Hand Saw

painted winter scene on vintage hand saw painted winter scene on vintage hand saw I have a handsaw that was picked up at a Flea Market in the Fall of 2016. That is if I remember correctly. There was a nice winter scene that I wanted to paint  and this saw was ideal for it. That winter scene did not get done so a couple of days back I decided to do a different scene and include a painting on the opposite side of the saw as well.

Moving right along to get the saw painted I neglected to take pictures of the steps to do the paintings the on the first saw.                                                                                                                                                                This photo is of the saw I obtained from one of the garages in order to show part of the process for the snowman side.

  After lightly sanding the metal on this saw I applied a coat of Zinsser primer to seal the metal. Once this primer coat had dried (with the help of a blow dryer to speed things up) I began to dab in the background color.

Thallo blue with just a touch of white. Then I tapped in some distant evergreens and highlighted them.

The snow color for the field is a blending of browns with a little blue. Then to add depth to the snow, pure white was applied over the base color in some areas.

 The snowman base color is a blending of light blue lavender and white. This will add coolness to the white that will go on top of this mixture as well as add some dimension to him.

Next step is to add more white to the snow yet leave enough color visible underneath to make the snow have some depth to it.  The Snowman with the red scarf is on the first saw.

 In the previous photo and in this one the snowman is now being dressed up more in a simple scarf and black hat. I added a couple of fence posts here and a little pine tree, and a Cardinal.

 To finish the demo saw I dabbed in some lights for the tree and added some winter grasses, and finished the scarf and hat on the snowman.

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