Looking a Lot More Like Christmas

We’ve had late start getting ready for Christmas this year. We just got a tree a few days ago.

The tree is all lit up but still without ornaments.
The tree is all lit up but still without ornaments.

This tall, slender tree is the perfect shape for our living room.

Not yet sure of the technique I'm going to use to polarize these bears.
A group of wooden bears to become polar bears

Meanwhile I had a small project of whitening the natural wooden bears Charlie picked up from our local toymaker.

White acrylic paint and clear extender to thin it.
White acrylic paint and clear extender to thin it.

Using some white acrylic paint and some painted extender I mixed up some whitewash.

The painting went quickly.
The painting went quickly.

I haphazardly applied the paint with a foam brush.

The whole celebration of polar bears is painted.
The whole celebration of polar bears is painted.

At first I smoothed on the paint but decided it looked better with a more splotchy application.

My characterizations improved with practice.
My characterizations improved with practice.

With a black paint pen I enhanced the ears, eyes, and nose.  Some of the bears already had holes for eyes and others had faceted beads in the eye sockets.

Polar bears on a silver platter.
Polar bears on a silver platter.

I spread the newly painted bears around the house pairing them with my pinecone tree project.

The coffee is adorned with polar bears.
The coffee is adorned with polar bears.

I love the simplicity of these polar bears.

The bears look at home on the mantel, too.
The bears look at home on the mantel, too.

If you don’t scrutinize them too closely they’re really cute.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

11 thoughts on “Looking a Lot More Like Christmas”

  1. I love the bears. We only just finished decorating our house a couple of days ago, hence I finally posted about it on the blog today! We always make New Years Resolutions, the fun thing is to see if one has stuck to them a year later!

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