The wood chips have been flying over here in Lost Upon A Time land. The holidays are fast approaching, and I’m in hopes to join the ranks of makers with a line of goods made just for this season. I’ve designed some smaller pieces meant for the Christmas mantle or gallery wall.
Smaller pieces translate to faster turnaround time (if I’m doing it right- which isn’t always the case), and thus a lower price point. The new line is in keeping with LUAT’s aesthetic, and quality. Three pieces so far have passed the test. And the fourth… the fourth was a disaster from the start. I’d like to think I have a head start for Christmas 2017 with that baby.
Developing the Christmas Mantle Line
The tree came first. It’s a fun shape to cut and is a bit whimsical. A friend suggested adding a piece of wood for the trunk, which brought to mind an old yard stick I had. I have to say, that little bit of ruler makes a world of difference to this piece. It adds so, so much. Don’t you think?
The next in line was the Christmas Star, at the suggestion of a friend. (I’m so glad for friends.) I had been working on another design that wasn’t going well (see above). A star seemed easy enough; and it was. Until my cutting blade broke mid-slice and rapidly gouged the face of the wood leaving a string of punctures.
I can’t exactly spin that as a star-dust trail. It’s not a shooting star. But it is a prototype, and it will live in infamy among the rest of my “unique” holiday decor for years to come.
Lastly, I created an ornament silhouette, reminiscent of the vintage ones that hung on my grandmother’s tree. I tried several shapes, but simple won out this time. I’ll likely add more designs later.
Prince Charming and I mulled over several ideas for the top of the ornament. The piece of ruler worked so well on the Christmas Tree trunk, that I thought I’d use that for the ornament’s cap. But it just doesn’t seem to do the trick. However, we’re already working on a different idea. (Okay, if I’m being honest, my Prince suggested the perfect alternative. Hmm. It seems that everybody else has all the good ideas; I just have the saw.)
Photos are not my strong suit. You know this by now, I’m sure. And I love you for enduring my efforts. It did occur to me that you might like to see the size of these pieces, however. I took these shots below in an attempt to give you an idea of scale. (They give me the idea of kilts and Mardi Gras. Not the feel I was going for, but festive none-the-less.)
Each piece of The Christmas Mantle line measures roughly 8 by 8 inches, and 1.5 inches thick. They weigh somewhere around 2-3 pounds.
They’re $25 apiece, or purchase all three for $65. (And I promise, there won’t be any “stardust” on them.)
I’m still developing The Christmas Mantle line and have more rustic holiday decor to come. What would you like to see included? (Cause everybody else has all the good ideas anyway. Ha!)