Here are the Santas that I have finished so far this season. I have made and sold Santas for many years here in my area at a local retail gift store. After I found out about Etsy, I opened an Etsy shop and began selling my Santas at Persimmon Moon Cottage Art Etsy. They really require lot of extra care when packing for shipment because of the birds and bunnies and moons. My Santas are made from papier mache, driftwood, and acrylic paint. I also make the little birds, bunnies, moons, etc.
These are the pieces of driftwood for my next batch of Santas. They are cleaned with a metal brush, then they are rinsed in bleach water and left to dry for a long time. They dried quickly this summer. In this picture they are drying on nonstick foil after being heavily sealed with an acrylic sealer. They start getting fun to make after this point, when I start using the papier mache and paint. I can already see some personality in them while they are in this driftwood state. Can anyone else see their future Santa features? It is funny, but I never know how they are going to turn out until I give them their eyes and beards. That is when I decide on whether they will be a Woodsy Santa with bunnies, or a Belsnickel with a more serious attitude, a Prim Santa, or a Fat Woodsy Santa (none in this batch of driftwood). These pieces of driftwood look like they might be Belsnickel-ish.
Well, that's what I've been doing this weekend.
By the way, Fuzzy, my Blog Mascot, has been doing just fine. However, I am feeding him boiled chicken with rice and carrots and a dab of cottage cheese and a smaller dab of pumpkin for now. He is so full of energy now. It is quite a difference.