A Christmas Mouse

Dec 22, 2010

Mom and I love all the lit­tle fig­urines of Christ­mas mice that can be seen dur­ing the hol­i­days. My grand­moth­er on the oth­er hand could not STAND see­ing any­thing which slight­ly resem­bled that of a mouse. I can remem­ber once when I was very, very young being at my grand­par­en­t’s camp in Acton, Maine and gram run­ning out of the camp scream­ing. It was years lat­er I found out my mom had dis­cov­ered a lit­tle mouse nest in one of the kitchen draw­ers that had a baby mouse sleep­ing inside. Well gram did not want any­thing to do with that and left in a dash. Poor gram. So in the spir­it of all the adorable Christ­mas mice mom and I see dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son I thought it would be fun to make one for her Christ­mas tree. I think my mouse looks as though he is in com­pe­ti­tion with San­ta on the most cook­ies eat­en as he does have the look of a super full tum­my.

Sup­plies Used: Maya Road Cir­cle Coast­er Album (1 page), Maya Road Foun­da­tion Chip­board (2 ovals), Cream Felt, Brown & White Bak­er’s Twine, Red & White Bak­er’s Twine, Vin­tage Sheet Music, Book Page, Creamy Brown Ink, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Hol­ly, Pale Pink Seam Bind­ing, 1 — Self Adhe­sive Red Gem, 2 — Rhine­stones, Fab­ri-Tac, Glue Stick

Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Zigzag Scis­sors or Pink­ing Shears, Sand­ing Block, Paint­brush, Pen­cil

Instruc­tions:

  • Trace one page of a cir­cle coast­er album onto cream felt.
  • Using Zigzag Scis­sors or Pink­ing Shears cut out the cir­cle just out­side the line. This way you will have a slight zigzag edge.
  • Remove the out­er piece of the foun­da­tion piece, cov­er the out­er areas of two oval foun­da­tion pieces using vin­tage sheet music, sand and ink the edges using creamy brown ink.
  • Cov­er the inner area of the two oval foun­da­tion pieces using a book page, sand and ink the edges using creamy brown ink.
  • Put the foun­da­tion pieces back togeth­er, using a paint­brush cov­er the entire oval foun­da­tion pieces with col­lage pauge instant decoupage then gen­er­ous­ly cov­er the two pieces with crys­tal coarse glit­ter, tap off excess, let dry.
  • Cut a piece of brown & white bak­er’s twine to 12″ in length, tie the ends togeth­er and loop through the hole of the album page at the top of the page. This will be the hang­er for your orna­ment as well as the tail for the mouse.
  • Apply Fab­ri-Tac to the front of the cir­cle chip­board album page, attack the round piece of cream felt.

  • Apply Fab­ri-Tac to the back of the oval foun­da­tion pieces and attach to the felt cir­cle as shown in the pho­to.
  • Cre­ate a small bow out of pale pink seam bind­ing and attach to the ears using Fab­ri-Tac.
  • Using Fab­ri-Tac attach a small piece of hol­ly as shown in the pho­to.
  • Using Fab­ri-tac attach two small clear rhine­stones to cre­ate the eyes.
  • Attach one self adhe­sive red gem to recre­ate the nose as shown in the pho­to.
  • Cut six pieces of brown & white bak­er’s twine to 2″ in length. Using Fab­ri-Tac attach 3 pieces on each side of the nose to recre­ate the whiskers as shown in the pho­to.
  • Cut one piece of red & white bak­er’s twine to 6″ in length, cre­ate a bow and attach to the base of the (hang­er) tail as shown in the pho­to.

I want to thank you all for your com­ments of sup­port as well as the loads of email you sent regard­ing my pre­vi­ous blog post. Please don’t get me wrong, this indus­try does have lots of fab­u­lous peo­ple to work with and I have been so for­tu­nate to work with many. But sad­ly there are some in this indus­try that aren’t eth­i­cal. I feel if we all stick togeth­er we can make a change for the bet­ter. I know 2011 is going to be the year we all help each oth­er, keep each oth­er informed and strive to see each of us be the best we can, not only as artists but as pos­i­tive upbeat peo­ple. We can make a dif­fer­ence.

Wish­ing you all a very Mer­ry Christ­mas.

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