The Old Tattered Flag

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Introducing "Folk For All Seasons"

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........ 


Anonymous said...

Julie/Lisa these are SUPER!! I know what book you are talking about, I made a few too when it came out. Lisa you have taken the concept to new and wonderful places!. I will be watching for the rug and quilting ones especially.
Deb (peanut1smom)

theoldtatteredflag said...

Thank you very much, that will mean alot to my sister. The ones in that book were fabulous as well, weren't they? But she sure has broadened the art!

moosecraft said...

Yes! Yes! Yes! She needs to offer these online! I like the santa sitting in the big chair and the one holding the key! Even an etsy shop will be a start....

jan said...

Most definitely interested! I made several of those same craft magazine paper mache Santa's myself years ago, also made some based on a large egg styrofoam form, and I too sold at craft shows. I don't think anyone tires of Santa. I hope you will get to expand your blog and/or web site to include your sister's work, at least for this Christmas season until she gets fully geared up. Best of luck to her.

Linda C said...

l live in Australia and would dearly love to own one of your sisters santa's. l have been collecting antique looking santas for a long time, and just love these!! Thanks for sharing about them. Please let me know if she would sell them overseas. many thanks.

theoldtatteredflag said...

Thank you for all the nice comments ladies. I think my sister can see now that her art is indeed appreciated. She better get to work. I'll let you know if we get them up on the website.

Michelle~Sugar House Creations said...

I don't collect Santas, but they sure are beautiful and I know other hookers and stitchers would love a Santa made just for them!

Anonymous said...

I have 4 of Lisa,s creations :) There is true unending talent in this family! Go for it Lisa and let your sister do help! Congrats on the retirement, when I find my talent I hope I can find the help and support you are being offered. Annette

Deb said...

I know I would love to own a Rug Hooking Santa!! It's sometimes hard to find things the pertain to rug hooking and a Santa would be perfect!

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