When you come across at Christmas cottage with a FLYING SANTA AND SLEIGH, plus it is a music box, can you say no???
I almost did, because it was waaayyy too red for me.
And a decapitated Mr Claus isn't very festive. But I knew glue and paint could solve that.
White chalk paint and glitter can work magic.
Along with fake snow paint, mica flakes and some bottle brush trees. Oh, and an friendly angel.
Much better! I'm glad I didn't pass it up at the flea market. It was only a quarter and it took very little time to redo. The sleigh flies in circles to the tune when it is wound up, so the grand fairies love it, of course.
This was in the same quarter pile, and I liked it as is. But while I had the paints out...
It got a redo too.
The Santa is an old, red flocked guy, whose suit got a dose of silver glitter.
I then filled the sleigh with vintage toys and goodies, making sure I'd used plenty of glue.
I think I prefer silver glitter to red for his suit, it is very festive.
This sleigh got a major makeover. This is the after.
And here is how it started out at an estate sale. How could I say no to those reindeer??? All it needed was love, hope, and lots of glitter.
I pulled everything off, emptied the sleigh and started over, covering the base in white velvet instead of the green feathers. The sleigh is redone in bronze glitter, and the presents were replaced with various vintage pieces spiffed up with white paint, glitter, and mica flakes.
His suit was covered over in cream velvet taken from a vintage jacket I'd bought for myself at Goodwill and wasn't wearing any more. (No sewing here, I just cut up the jacket and pieced it onto him, then glued them down.)
His belt is brown velvet with a nice, old buckle. The beard was changed to fluffy, white wool roving.
The scroll on the side is from a broken chandelier. My studio is filled with odd bits and pieces like that, thinking I'll use them someday for something. And usually I do.
The best and final touch? I sat it on the dining table and surrounded it with good friends!!
PS- I'll be in Mexico(!!!!!!!!!!!!!) for a few days over Thanksgiving, but will have a limited number of extra Snowbird Song kits to sell when I get back, along with some other holiday foofies.