This past weekend I was to attend a craft fair. Though I had some great paper mache sculpted pieces to bring, I wanted to put together some quick "fun" pieces to go along with them. And as I fished through draws and draws of craft material, I thought to myself, "Girl, you have way to much stuff!!" Well, maybe, not in those words. But nothing I would be able to repeat without possible offending someone. LOL
So my personal challenge came to be! Use nothing but what you already have in the house. Get rid of the "collection" of craft material that sits in the boxes and drawers and finally do something....anything with them! So, tonight I will start to share some of these creations with you. And as they are finished, I will post. Hopefully this will inspire all you creative souls to try the same.
Think of it this way. It will free up some space so you can buy new stuff!!
So, where to begin....
Well, I had bought a bunch of glass domes ages ago. They were in AC Moore in the clearance section. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but at the time, I "needed" them. They have sat in a box for almost a year. So much for "needing".
I wanted to find a base for them, but none of my wooden bases were big enough. Go figure.
And then I noticed my paper mache boxes. I have tons of these around the house waiting to be painted. The dome actual fit on the smaller box if I flipped it upside down. And the cover held it in place. Perfect!
I grabbed my box of vintage "kitschy" christmas love and got crackin' know you have the same box....admit it!
There were a tons of vintage paper mache snowmen that had seen better days. Some were missing parts, Others had their plastic hats broken. I never had the heart to throw them out (oh no!) so I gave them a little tender loving care, and tah dah.....cute winter wonderland scenes.

The cutie on the right is still waiting for his dome and "bling" trimmings. I had to cut the box down because he was a tall one!
That poor guy had half a hat, and his head was almost decapitated. So sad. He is happy now.

Till next time,


  1. You have really been busy! These domes are so cute. Great idea.

    Best wishes always,

  2. Thanks Natasha! That is a compliment coming from a Christmas Expert!

  3. Love them!!!! Will these goddies be for sale? If so, when?

    Wishing you a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Sharon

  4. Hi Sharon!
    They will.....I have a few more to finish this week. I will let you know when they are ready for Etsy :)

  5. Well I think you did wonders, I love them great way to use your supplies! Hugs, Diane

  6. Holy mackerel! They are wonderful. I love anything in a glass dome, especially adorable little snowmen. These are going to fly out of your shop! xoxo Pam

  7. Thanks Pam and Diane.
    I have a bunch of cute snowmen and santas that need some extra TLC and are patiently waiting for their new homes.

  8. They are so adorable!!! Love them!!

  9. Very cute and yes, inspirational. I've been running around like a nut to all different thrift stores and such, knowing there would be Christmas items to be bought. Like you, I "need" them all. Yet, my work area is getting overstuffed. Gotta love a great bargain, but I have more ideas than time!

    I will TRY to cut down.....well......maybe after Christmas, when everything's slow!


  10. HAHAHAHAHA! Jill, I always say the same is always "next week" that I am going to start and organize myself, or clean up my work area, or start that diet!

  11. How Wonderful!! I love the paper mache snowmen.
    So cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  12. Oh my heavens! I love vintage things!! I love the snowman globe you did, so cute. I saw where Martha Stewart made snowglobes with canning jars and thought that was cute but this tops that by a long shot. I am a new follower and love your blog!

  13. your domes are just darling! I love the sweet snowmen you used - very vintage! :)

  14. Thanks Mandie!
    I am so glad to have you follow. I only started blogging a few months ago after much prodding from fellow artist friends. I love connected with people so hopefully I will have lots of fun things to share, and nt bore anyone to tears! LOL Love your blog.

  15. Adorable! Great idea for using what you already have. :-)

  16. Thanks Nancy!
    Your blog is lovely. I fell in love with your heart ornaments.
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by. :)

  17. HI Cyndi,
    Love your little blog..I am a major Christmas girl too! Come see my blog. Not sure if I am staying on the Cloth and Clay making the dolls though. I want to see your when you get her done. Please visit me either on my blog or facebook..deirdradoan Do you have a facebook? I have a Christmas song I wrote and made into a viedo on my blog.
    Happy Christmas...and geez..didn't know I only have 35 days till Christmas! Wow...

  18. Oh I really need to do this...use only what I have. It will probably stir my imagination up, because I know I bought those crafty little things with a purpose in mind to begin with.
    I love what you produced with what you had!

    Hugs Cyndi

  19. Thanks Lisa....
    I am hoping to post more pieces this week.....and it feels good to use up what I have. It's like cleaning out a messy closet! LOL
    I'm cooking this Thanksgiving, so how much gets done will depend on how organize I am for Thanksgiving. :)

  20. What a great idea! It's funny what we can come up with just using our own supplies....I REALLY need to do that!!

  21. Beautiful work!!! I love snowmen, never can seem to find glass domes anywhere, they look wonderful with your designs :)
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.....
    Lynn in Canada

  22. Hi Karin and Lynn!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and joining in my fun.
    Happy Holidays


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