While 30 ornaments may not seem like much,
I am a stickler for details.
I first began selling this burlap star design
a couple years ago on Etsy.
I had a box of antique ink pen nibs
that I hadn't yet found a use for.
Once I combined them with old bingo cards and burlap,
there was no stopping me.
Finishing touches of German glass glittered stars,
Lametta silver tinsel, and just the right gunmetal chain,
make for a perfect mix of rustic elegance
and Steampunk industrial
The glass glitter and Lametta tinsel
will both tarnish over time,
bringing harmony to all the components.
This is a newer version,
using a Dresden star with an Amber rhinestone,
making this less rustic, and more Steampunk.
Never satisfied with just one design, as I get bored easily,
I created a version of this map design last year.
This time, I stamped the direction letters,
making it look more like a compass rose.
The backing star is decoupaged in
wrinkled tissue paper, giving it the look
of Old World leather or parchment.
My newest design for this custom order
is the use of old dictionary paper.
At a glance, this collection of stars may look like simple crafting, with some cutting and gluing. While that's technically true, these are surprisingly labor-intensive, with lots of cutting, adhering pen nibs one at a time, 3 different types of glue, 3 different layers of alcohol ink, attaching connector tags and chains, lots of varnish, etcetera, etcetera.......
While I am happy with these creations,
I can safely say that.......
I was not built for mass-production.
I am an Idea girl,
and my hands cannot keep up with
the daily inspiration swirling in my head!