I am so happy to be able to finally introduce my Sister's Santa's to you. You see, it has been a long time in the making. Back in 1998 when we were stationed at West Point I found these cute Santas in a craft book. They were made of papier mache. On one of her visits my sister and I made one. Well, skip forward a few months and we were making 100's of them and selling them at craft shows. Back in 1998 these were a simple little Santa hand shaped on a cone. We even started making little West Point Cadets. I quickly burned out on the Santa making, but my sister Lisa has continued on with the Santa making.
Let me tell you, the Santa's she's making now resemble NOTHING of the Santa's we made years ago. Not to say that what we made was bad, but she has turned in to a true folk artist. She does one show a year in Vermont and I'm not kidding when I tell you that when the doors to the show open there is a rush of frantic women running to her table to get their special Santa for the year. So, with that in mind, my mother and I have told her for years that she needs to expand. She needs to start a blog and write about her little guys and the inspiration that goes in to them, AND, she needs to offer them to other people than those in Vermont. I think you will agree with me that these are truly fantastic!!!
So, I got a call yesterday that she has decided to give her notice at her job and focus full time on her art. Now, my sister will fully admit that she sometimes needs a gentle nudge, ok, she needs a kick in the ass!!! I have told her that I think the nice ladies I have met through my blog, website and ebay might be interested! I have asked her to design a Santa based on my Santa 2012 rug I showed yesterday and a special "Rug Hookers" and "Quilters/Stitchers" Santa. Since her Santas are completely hand sculpted she can pretty much do ANYTHING!!
Here's some of the other ones she does:
Grandparents Santa ~ He holds a list with all the grandchildren's names.
Sports Team Santa ~ Basketball, football, baseball, golf, you name it, she can do it with personalization
Baby's First Christmas ~ Santa holding a little bundle of joy
Santa on a motocycle ~ he's funny
Santa riding a cow, sheep, pig, swan
Then there's her fantastic line of Santas sitting on Antique spindles and other great primitives!!
So, I'm sharing this with you not to pander, but, because my sister follows my blog and I'm trying to motivate her. Please, please, please, send your comments if you like her work and would be interested. Her Santas go from $35 and up. I'm trying to get her to let me build her a "button" on my website for this Christmas so she can get going.
She plans to design a Rug Hookers and Quilters Santa for around $50. Let us know if you are interested!!
Until next time........