Last year I was so busy closing up the shop that I didn't have time to make my friend her Birithmas (mix of Birthday and Christmas) gift. I knew what I wanted to make her; I had even bought most of the supplies to do it in early 2019. I just didn't have the time.
Several years ago I made her THIS (click to read blog post about making the box) for Birithmas:
|One side of the Birithmas Gift from years ago:|
Large Shop Window to be decorated
When I gave her the box 3 of the sides had been decorated. Side 1: Tiffany & Co was painted and designed - my friend just needs to fill the window with jewelry and stuff. Side 2: We contacted our friend Tish to make a doll for the Queen of Heart's large window display (Link to Post about Other Large Shop Window). Side 3: And the flat side of the box had been decorated with Broadway Show posters. Which only left this one window left to be decorated.
I knew friend loved this real life New York City florist window display (from her New York city trip in 2015):
|Lots of roses....|
So I wanted to replicate something similar for her in miniature. Plus add a few touches of my own (the miniature window is slightly larger than the real life window so there will have to be more in the window than just the dress and gift boxes).
First up was a reindeer that my friend was giving away. She got this for a project and then didn't use it. So I told her I could use it (she didn't know it was for her own gift):
|Scrawny little reindeer|
|Started to fill him in with some lycopodium:|
He's got a bushy butt!
|Reindog reigns supreme|
|Poor thing looks like Christmas sneezed on his head|
Project #2 for the window scene is a shelf unit filled with goodies. However, I wanted friend to put some of her own style into the window scene so I only added a few items to the shelf (which she can move around, take out, or glue down once she decides what she wants on the shelves). I added some "garland" (sparkly pipe cleaners) to the edges of the shelves and it was done:
|Sort of plain looking: needs some Christmas!|
I had various bits and pieces that would dress this up, such as more sparkly pipe cleaners, ornaments, flowers, and...
|and a sparkly reindeer|
|Hung larger ornaments and glued smaller ones to the lamp post tray|
|Lantern and reindeer (bare trees got ornaments and a star topper)|
|Added a candle to the top lantern and flowers to the bottom basket area and it's done!|
|Don't ask me what those arm holes are doing; they look scary. That's tomorrow's problem.|
|Not bad from the front.|
|Have some side skirts happening. Middle is still a bit drafty.|
|Now has a back skirt in place|
|The "nice" enough dress|
|Luckily I had bought 3 packs of roses (for a total of 150 roses) for this project!|
|Glued aida cloth to the mannequin and finished filling in flowers|
|Roses spilling out in front of the dress in real life shop window|
|My foam base for my blanket of roses|
|Dress and removeable blanket of roses|
|Front and center is the dress and blanket of roses|
|The larger and lighter roses actually make it look realistic since roses aren't all the exact same size and color.|
|My reindog and lamp post|
|Wish the lamp post was more visible but the main focus is supposed to be the (roses) dress so...|
|The shelves with snow globes and a snow white village scene by MagnoliaMinis|