Christmas Cake And More

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Decorating A Christmas Cake And More

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Those of you who know me or have come across me, or this blog, online in the past, may know that my bad health and disabling conditions don’t let me do everything I would want to do.  I can only manage a small proportion of what I use to do. Mostly stuff that can be done sitting down in short sessions with lots of breaks.

Which means that I have to pick and choose what I do, depending on how I’m feeling at any particular time.

So when it came to preparing for Christmas this year I started planning early, working out what shortcuts I could take while still having a Christmas day with most of the trimmings we are use to.

If you have struggled to keep up with tradition and expectation this year, perhaps suffering an M.E. crash afterwords, you may find some tips about short cuts you can take next year while suffering less at the end.

So, everything was ordered online and delivered.  I have Amazon Prime so tried to make sure that I ordered items that were applicable for quick, free delivery.  I also have a delivery saver deal with Tesco, so frozen food and stuff that would keep were ordered a few at a time in the weeks leading up to Christmas, with the fresh stuff ordered for delivery the Saturday before Christmas. If you don’t have Prime you can still get free Amazon delivery by ordering over a certain amount of cost in one order. And if you don’t order regularly from one of the supermarkets you can still place a big order for Christmas food items for a one off delivery price that depends on the date and time of the delivery.

There was a time when I would have baked a cake, made the marzipan, royal icing, and tree or penguin or snowman to put on top.  There have also been years where I have bought a fully iced and decorated cake.

This year I decided to buy all the bits ready prepared and then decorate the cake myself. A sort of cheats way to an uniquely, hand decorated, cake.

So I bought a rich fruit cake, cake board, apricot jam, ready rolled marzipan, ready rolled icing, edible cake decoration (I thought I’d ordered a snowman but I got a polar bear), bottle of mini icing snowflakes, spray bottle of edible glitter.

The cake was unwrapped and put onto the board. I put a couple of tablespoons of apricot jam into a mug and added several tablespoons of brandy before heating in the microwave to melt the jam.  This mixture was then poured over the cake and spread all over before the marzipan was laid over the top and then tapped around the sides and out over the board.  The rolled icing was added the same way.  (Nephews love icing and marzipan more than they like cake so covering to the edge of the board makes it look bigger and gives the boys more of what they like.)

I then stuck the polar bear on the cake to one side before dotting the tiny snowflakes all over the cake, pushing them into the icing to make them stick.

After that I sprayed the cake with the edible glitter. It gives more of an irridescent effect rather than convensional glitter.

Not nearly perfect, but just fine for us – and I can say I had a hand in creating it.

But of course, the cake is only one of the things we traditionally have at Christmas.

I haven’t made an ordinary Christmas pudding for several years (but did use to make a little low sugar one for my late father who was a diabetic), but this year I was given a recepie by one of our carers that involved measuring and mixing the ingredients on one day and cooking the next. So I decided to go for it. Adjusted the ingredients a bit as didn’t have everything as given in the list, but between Mam snd I we got it all measured and finished mixing in about an hour. Then back to bed to rest.

The following day the mixture was put into two pudding basins.  This is where I did change the method.  Rather than boiling or steaming Christmas puddings I prefer to put roastin tin in the oven with lots of water in it, then put in the covered pudding basins that have been tied with strings.

I then just turn on the oven to about 140 centigrade.  A check and top up of the water lunch time and again mid afternoon, and then turn the oven off at supper time. This means there is much less steam in the kitchen all day.

So, what about the actual Christmas lunch?

Well we had a turkey, along with mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, sprouts, spiced red cabbage, along with cranberry and apple stuffing, sausage meat, sage and onion sausage stuffing, chestnut and something pork stuffing.

But I didn’t peel a single sprout or potato!

It was all planned ahead and ordered in either frozen or fresh.

The turkey went into the oven, with some sausage meat pushed into the neck end under the skin, on Christmas Eve.  In at 9am.  Turned round every hour. Opened the foil covering an hour before it was due to be cooked to let it brown, off with the oven at 2pm and recovered the bird to keep it moist. Giblets were boiled for stock, and frozen cranberries, orange juice and sugar boiled up to make cranberry sauce, but those jobs took less than an hour so resting a lot between turning turkey the rest of the day.

On Christmas day itself I simply put things like roast potatoes, stuffing, etc., onto metal trays in the oven in the morning and went back to rest.  At 11.30am I turned the oven on. At 12.15 pm I got up and set to boiling the sprouts, heating the frozen mash in the microwave, makeing gravy and brandy sauce, etc., etc., and had lunch ready before 1pm, with the pudding being heated in the micto for 2 minutes while we ate our lunch.

Nothing fancy, but a roast turkey Christmas lunch with much more than an usual Sunday lunch of additions.

And for Christmas tea – cake, and a platter of assorted cheeses, sliced meats, smoked salmon, pate, served with fresh figs and crackers.

No taking time makeing sandwiches, no laying things out on separate plates, just sat with platter in front of me by the fridge and randomly pulling out an assortment of lovely food.  More than enough for the three of us that were here for Christmas tea after youngest nephews had left with their mother after a couple of hours here opening the presants I’d packed over the last week or so and put under the tree.

The nephews were the ones who put up the tree, decorated it, as well as putting up some decorations around the sitting room. So that was another thing I didn’t have to do – other than sitting down with decorations box and passing things to them.

You’ll notice that I went the simple route as far as wrapping is concerned  – a roll of white paper for everything, some clear sticky tape to hold it in place, then wrapping some brightly coloured tape around in two directions to decorate in a more festive manner.  Greeting was written directly onto the white wrapping rather than takeing time to make and attach tags – anything to make the job easier. It might have cost more than the several rolls of wrapping paper I usually go through at Christmas, but not a lot more, and there is plenty of paper and tape left for wraping gifts for birthdays, etc., all through the year, and probably into 2020 as well.

So there you have it – Christmas food and gifts our style.

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More Items I’ve Screen Printed On

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Some More Screen Printed Items

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I’ve put up two blog posts already this month where I had screen printed some items – here and here.

In this post I’ll show you the last few items I did the same time.

I’d used copper ink to screen print one set of items with a giraffe on, and blue/black ink on another set of items with a monkey on.

This time I have gone random, using a sprinkles background screen, and then dotting all over it with random splodges of several coloures from button nose pink to green, and several other colours, including copper.

The first print was onto a vest top for me.  The colours are more distinct.

The ink was gathered up on my squeegee and pushed back off at the top to to print off again onto a neutral coloured bag. The colours are a bit more merged on this one.

I again gathered up the ink on my squeegee and pushed back off at the top to to print off again onto a strap top vest. The colours are a lot more merged on this one.

Once again I gathered up the ink and pushed it off at the top of the screen and printed onto a black bag.  This time there isn’t much distinction of colour between the spots as the ink has marbled and mixed during the previous three prints.

I still had some ink left to collect up. I’ve put this into a spare pot until I do some more screen printing, as a mixed ink like this can’t be returned to any source pot like I do when printing in one colour.  I find the the mixture is quite good for prints of animals such as the fox as it gives a dark colour with flecks of colours appearing in it.

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For the 2018 new year I made up packs of random cards for some of the family and friends. I presented them in kraft paper bags.

I’m working on more packs now, but I will present them in the bags I’ve screen printed lately, which means that after the cards are used the bag can be used for shopping.  A double gift.  I’ll be showing you the cards in batches over the next few weeks.

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I’ve got several projects on the go, so I’m sure that I’ll have more to blog about before long. Keep an eye out for new posts from me in the future.

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A Christmas Card Swap Project

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A Christmas Card For A Swap

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A Christmas Card or Decoration swap was organised on the “Chronic Crafters!” group on Facebook .  I decidèd to put my name down and was allocated a swap partner.

As soon as I put my name down, even before I knew who my swap partner was I started thinking about which card to send. I decided not to send one I’d already made, but to make something new.

I got out some of my Christmas consumables.  I have got quite a bit left despite the large number of cards I’ve already made.

I took a base card, that was pre-foiled with some baubles and a Merry Christmas. I think it was from a Create and Craft collection, the kit certainly came from C & C.

I chose a topper from one of the Hunkydory Christmas kits. Not sure which of the Hunkydory kit though as I have some bits left from several kits, including ones from previous years. The topper was one that came with a frameing element.

I used a roller glue tape on the topper inage itself and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape around the back of the frame.

These were then stuck onto my chosen card front.

I used some sticky back faux gems to decorate the card.

I printed a greeing onto good quality paper, trimmed it and stuck it inside as an insert.

I received a lovely card with a penguin on back from my swap partner Avril.

It has decoupaged layer dimension to the image.

A big thank you to Avril for my card which is now on display in our sitting room.

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So, I’m hopeing that I’ve shown you all the cards I’ve made for Christmas this year – but something tells me that I nay have missed some.  I’m going to go through all my crafting photos over the next week or so, and if I find any that are not up on my blog I’ll be back with more to show you in the new year.  Now I want to concentrate on makeing an assortment of everyday cards that I want to give various family members and friends as Calenig – New Year’s Gift – not really started yet, so it may be a project on a quiet day between Christmas and the New Year. I’ve also got several other crafting projects I’ve either planned or have started on.  So no telling what I’ll have to show you next.

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Nadolig Llawen – Happy Christmas

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Nadolig Llawen – Happy Christmas
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Well, Christmas day has come round again.  A time to cellebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ.  A gift from God to the world.

To all you Christians out there – I wish you “Nadolig Llawen”, a Happy Christmas.  May you keep the reason for the season to the forefront of your mind as you enjoy the day and the festivities.

I know that not all of those I come into contact with online are Christians, so not everybody will be celebrating Christmas, though some will be celebrating their own religious festivals around this time of year.  Whatever your faith, I wish you a peaceful and joyous time.

While I send Christmas cards to family and close friends, there is no way I can send cards to all of you I come into contact with online, so I’ve made a Nativity scene card to share with you all today.  It is for all of you who’ve commented on my blog this year.  All of you who have commented on my Facebook profile.  All of you who have interacted with me in any group or page online.  Thank you for being there.

I have used some more items from a Hunkydory Christmas kit from this year to make this card. Together with a sheet of gold foiled background card and a piece of wrapping paper for the greeting panel.

As the base card was a sheet of background cardstock from the same kit, that I scored and folded in half, the background image from the front caries on to the back of the card.

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A Big Christmas Card

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A Big Christmas Card

Hi and welcome to my blog.  Whether you are a returning visitor or somebody who is here for the first time, I’m glad you’ve popped over for a look.

Because of health/disability issues both my mother and I have help from carers.  Mam has help a couple of times every day, whereas I get less help, but the help I get does make a difference to my life.

So, of course, both of us wanted to give thanks to the carers and give them a little something at this time of year.

With different carers from the same company coming here on a rota we decided to send something to the office that they could all enjoy when in doing their paperwork, or collecting shift details, or whatever they do when they go in, rather than try and remember all the carers who have been here during the past year individually.

So the first thing, of course, was to make a big Christmas card addressed to all of them.  I decided to go for an A4 size card.

So the first thing I did was score and fold in half a sheet of A3, hammered, white cardstock.  I then found two sheets of foiled red cardstock (not exactly the same foiling pattern but same colour – I think they are Adorable Scoreable foiled cardstock but not sure as the box they are kept in isn’t labeled with manufacturer with me).  These were trimmed so that they were a little less than A4 and stuck, one on the outside of the base card and one on the inside of the base card, using fingerlift tape.

I then took two sheets of different backgrounds from the same Hunkydory Christmas kit and trimmed these a little more, so that when I stuck them onto the card front and inside there would once again be a border of the cardstock underneath showing.  Then it was a case of choosing a couple of toppers from the same kit as the backgrounds. Using foam tape and fingerlift tape I stuck these onto the front of the card.  I took a sheet of gold cardstock with some pattern foiled in gold onto it, cut a strip to go on the front to stick the greeting on, and cut a panel to go on the inside with the greeting on.  The greeting on the front comes from a sheet of wrapping paper that has “Nadolig Llawen” written all over it in different sizes of gold font.  The inside greeting was typed up on my laptop and printed out, before both the greetings were stuck to their gold backgrounds with fingerelift tape.

Here’s the front of the finished card.

And here’s the inside.

While I do have C4 envelopes, the addition of so many layers inside and out, including some added with foam for dimension, meant that the card had too much depth to fit into those envelopes. I therefore put some of the same wrapping paper as I’d cut the greeting from around the card before giving it to a carer to take into the office.

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Nativity – Part 2

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Nativity Christmas Project

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In my Nativity – Part 1 blog post I told you that I had a discussion with the nephews about what we wanted to do in Sunday School ready for the Christmas service at our chapel. And I told you that we had decided on a hand puppet show, but we had realised that those at the back wouldn’t be able to see what was going on if we actually did the show as part of the service, so we had decided to pre record snippets.

Who knows what this is?

It’s one of a set of display stands I made so that the glove puppets could be displayed as part of a Nativity scene on the front table during the service.

This is the Joseph puppet I showed you in the scene in my previous Nativity post put onto his stand.

I got a stock image of a donkey to print, cut out and stand up in the stable.

I used some wood effect digital downloads from the pack – 12 Wood Papers Cu4cu – to print out and make the “wood” planks for Joseph’s workshop, as well as the manger and animal pen in the stable.

Jesus was made by 3D printing a dolls head out at a much smaller size, rolling up a bundle of cotton wool, and then wrapping around the bundle and head with strips of a sheet that I’ve cut up for crafting (the inner “glove” for each puppet was cut from the same material) glueing it in place so that it didn’t come apart.

And this is the whole display as it was set up during out Christmas Service.

We even had a little lamb 3D printed for the shepherds to give to Jesus – although, as our minister pointed out in the service, the Bible doesn’t actually mention the shepherds bringing a gift for Jesus.

I think this different method of going through the Nativity story went down quite well in the service last Sunday.

I think I may even put together a video of some of the out-takes for a post before long.  One that includes Mary head-butting the baby Jesus into the manger because he wouldn’t go in, and the Wise men head-butting Mary instead of giving her a hug.  Oh, and one of the shepherds managed to toss the lamb half way across the stable.  Keep an eye out for that in the next couple of weeks.

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This is a list of the 3D files attributions.  We shrunk most in the Ultimaker Cura slicing software to make them a suitable size for this project.

The dolls head was a file called Doll Head by CreativeCoPilot.

The lamb was a file called Lamb by teentechsquad.

The face used for Joseff and one shepherd was a file called Face by Mucugaro from Thingiverse.

The face of the angel and Mary was 3D printed from a file called Female Face Mask – Rough Cut Stone by The_BeardBot.

Wise man’s face was Face Mask by TheFoundryTeam.

Another wise man and another shepherd was printed from Mark’s Face by brainwagon.

If I’ve missed any attribution for any 3D file we used please leave the details and Thingivers link below in the comments.

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I hope you have enjoyed looking at our puppet creations and the few clips I put together of the puppets in action.

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3D Printing 2

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3D Printing

Another Text Heavy Post Everybody! But some photos and a video clip towards the end.

In my 1st 3D printing post – here – I told you about my nephew WMG getting his 1st 3D printer, the nice 3D items he printed with it, and the fact that it had to be sent back because of problems.

I’m starting this time with the arrival of the 2nd printer. Again a Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer v2.

This time setup instructions came with it, along with a paper with instructions regarding what E-mail address to contact should a problem occur. So I sat with my nephew and we went through the setup step by step. But there wasn’t anything different in the instructions than the way he’d set up the first time following what he’d learnt on YouTube.

Again, there were no initial problems, a bit of tweeking of the level of print bed and off he went printing.

But a problem occured very quickly with this one, a problem that couldn’t be worked around.  The printer stopped reading the included microSD card.  Kept on saying that there were no files on the card when it had come with content and my nephew had added a few files that he had already printed and a new one he hoped to print, and looking at the card in a PC showed that the files were all there.  We even formated and put some files on a card that my nephew had for his camera, with the same result.

A look online showed us that we were not the first ones to have this problem but there was no solution given, only saying that Monoprice was sending them out a replacement microSD card, but no indication of whether this had been a success or not.

So I E-mailed the address given inside the top of the box when we received it.  No response other than the automatic one.  I sent a second message.  Again, no response.  It was only at the third time of asking that I got a response, and that response wasn’t much help.  The person who responded wanted to know what size and type of microSD cards we had been using.  Now seeing as I had made it clear in my message that it was the microSD card supplied with the machine that had been the first one the machine didn’t recognise had any files on it, he shouldn’t have had to ask me what size and type of card I was using – surely the tech of the manufacturer shouldn’t need to ask particulars of the card.  I was then asked to try it with a microSD card that was known to be nonHD and smaller than 4Gb.  I did, but same result.

So once again Monoprice told me to contact Amazon UK for it to be returned to them.

And once again Amazon were wonderful.  I discussed it via online chat, a pre-paid label was E-mailed to me, and as soon as the package was there the money was sent back to me.

Which left my nephew without a 3D printer, and, as much as he liked the price and the print quality, when it was working, of the Monoprice mini, he didn’t feel like putting in an order for another of the same.  But he only had the same budget to work with.  So, we set about some more research – new machines, different prices on older models, etc., all to be taken into consideration when thinking about what I should order for him this time.

It took a bit of sorting through possibilities, but we came to a descision in the end and put in an order for a …..  Creality Ender 3 Pro.

Ultimately he would like to upgrade to a printer with a much larger print bed, and even build his own 3D printer in a few years time. But at this point the much larger sizes are much more expensive and therefore out of his budget, and he doesn’t have the knowledge and experience to build from scratch yet.  But this new model from Creality caught our eye.  No reviews yet as it had only just come into the country, so we looked at the reviews of the previous models in this same range, as well as looking carefully at what customers had to say about the company.

What we found out was that the printer we liked the look of was not hugely more expensive than the money that was refunded for the returned printer.  And this was because it was part built and therefore need a couple of hours labour to finish the building and connecting all the wireing.  This would be good experience for my nephew, under supervision as he is only 12.  The build plate was larger than on the previous machine as well, and came with a magnetic mat that went over the heated plate so that the mat could be removed from the base after printing, and the printed item peeled off this magnetic mat, rather than having to try and pull off a printed item off the heated base using a pallet knife as on the Monoprice.  And also not needing any sort of adhesion material put on as many a 3D printer require.

The reviews for previous models were favourable, and people were very complimentary about the company and the support they offered. As I said in one of my previous posts on this subject, I would expect there to be teething troubles or bigger problems with a small number from a big batch of any type of machine, but I would expect the company to sort them out, and the company involved with this new machine appeared to have dealt well with any and all problems experienced by a small number of customers of other models of printers they had sold.

When it arrived everything was well packaged, there was a quick guide sheet in the box as well as two versions of the setup booklet on the microSD card.  I printed out both – the one that was all pictoral for WMG and the one with pictures and text description for me.

All tools needed, spare nozzles, even a nozzle cleaning wire and pliers, came with the printer.

We took half an hour or so on several different days to build the printer completely.

We took lots of photos during the construction and short video clips while testing and put them into a slideshow video with WMG narating.

You can see it – Here.

And this is the little puppy dog that we printed first with supports all cleaned up. This was the test piece whos file was on the supplied microSD card. No painting on of details or anything has been done to it yet.

He’s printed out a lot of things since the new printer has been set up, in addition to the things that have been printed for my crafting – here and here, and Sunday School Nativity puppet show.  He’s been busy the last couple of weeks printing out items to give as Christmas gifts to family members.

Firstly, this …

  

This was printed using white, black and orange filament from the file “snowman_V3 3 color multipart” by pgraaff.  He’s tried to colour in the “coal” for eyes, mouth and buttons, but the ink ran a bit on the surface of the print.  He’ll need to try and use thicker paint next time I think.

He’s also makeing up lots of Labyrinth Gift Boxes designed by sneakypoo, to give to different family members.

The one on the right is as they will be presented, with both halves put together, the one on the right is the outer part and the middle one is the inner one with the labyrinth/maze.

This is a closer look at the inner part.

And this is the inside of the outer part – you can just make out the blob inside the top edge that is worked along the channels of the inner part to close and open the box.

I’m very impressed with how accurate the printer is, because if it wasn’t acurate then the two parts of a printout such as these labyrinth boxes wouldn’t go together so perfectly.

And then there’s this tray of pieces which he tells me will make a Servo Arm.  The file he used was EEZYbotARM MK2 by daGHIZmo.

Hopefully I’ll get back with everything constructed.  He needs to collect all the non-3D printed parts (screws, servos, etc.) before he can do the construction, and he recons it might be well into the new year before he’s able to do that.

I expect that a lot more 3D printed items will find their way into my crafting before I get to come back with photos of the Servo Arm completed.

Keep an eye out for more posts from me over the holiday period.  I do have more photos of my own crafting to crop and upload, so you can expect something posted in the next few days.

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Some Screen Printed Objects

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Some Screen Printed Clothing

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When I showed you a week ago how I’d turned a pyjama set I’d got on a sale into a pair of shorts and a decorated top, I said that I’d printed a few other items while I had my Screen Sensation screen printing equipment and consumables out.

The items I’ve got to show you today are around half the items I printed on that morning.

The first item I printed onto was a simple dress.  I used the Stand Tall screen and copper ink.

I did mask off the wording as I just wanted the image.  Here’s a closeup of it.

I then used exactly the same screen and ink on two bags.

One a natural cotton colour.

And one which was black.

All photos were taken in the same location but somehow the colour appears different on each item.

I then took my Cheeky Monkey screen, and once again masked off the wording. I selected the Blue Black coloured ink this time.

The first garment I printed onto was a baggy top for me.

Here’s a closeup of it.

I then took a T-shirt that’s the right size for my youngest nephews.

Different textured material this time.

And the third print before I put the spare ink back into the pot and the screen to wash was onto another bag.

After everything had dried I ironed them to heat set the ink.

(I should have photographed everything straight after ironing, rather than putting everything I worked on that morning jnto a clothes basket and coming back later to pop them on a hanger and photograph, as it got wrinkled before I photographed.)

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I still have a few more bits I’ve Screen Sensation printed on, so please do pop back to have a look at them in about a week once I get the post sorted..

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Nativity – Part 1

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Nativity Christmas Project

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A couple of months ago I had a discussion with the nephews about what we wanted to do in Sunday School ready for the Christmas service at our chapel.

They believe that they are too old now to dress up as any character from the nativity story. And they were seriously unimpressed with the video produced by the Bible Society that could be used in Christmas services. So we had quite a discussion about possibilities before a decision was made.

And that descision was Glove Puppets!

We discussed the scenes we’d want to create, which characters in the nativity story we’d need to create puppets for, and whether each character would be talking or whether a storyteller would narate the story while the puppets acted out the scenes.

The descision was to have a storyteller rather than have individual characters speaking.

We searched online for ideas and images we could use, including looking on Thingyverse for faces to 3D print out for our creations.

Once everything was gathered together I started the construction work – the nephews were busy with school exams etc., so it wouldn’t have been fair for them to have homework from Sunday School at the same time.

The “puppet theatre” itself needed to double as Joseph’s workshop/home in the first scene as well as the stable after that. The nephews thought that Joseph’s workshop would have hanging racks for wood. Therefore it needed a way to quickly change the scenery inside.

The decision was to use magnets. Two stuck inside the roof.

And two attached to the top bar of the suspended wood rack, that can be seen here with the other props for Joseph’s workshop and sleeping area – lots of wood and a bedding roll.

And here’s Joseph in his place. The decision was made to use a box and cut it to shape for our puppet theatr.  Going for a really rough, old building look.

The face used for Joseff was a file called Face by Mucugaro from Thingiverse.  The licence details that came up were as follows.

We realised that, if we did the hand puppet Nativity show as part of our Christmas story, anybody sitting in the back wouldn’t be able to see the small characters, so we decided to record the puppet’s activities ahead of time, and then edit, put together, and play around with the clips, adding photos and maps, until we had individual, short, video scenes, showing what we wanted.  The scenes, 5 short ones in all, were then shown on a screen at different points in the service, in between the hymns, prayers, and address from the minister.

Here is a link to the 1st scene – Golygfa 1 (It is in Welsh as we are Welsh and attend a Welsh medium chapel).

The face of the angel was 3D printed from a file called Female Face Mask – Rough Cut Stone by The_BeardBot.  The licence details that came up were as follows.

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I’ll hopefully be back again during the coming week to show you more of our puppet characters, and perhaps another scene from the production.

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One More Tree

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Boxed Tree

I’ve shown you a few diffrent wire work trees I’ve made during the last few months, such as in the blog post – here.

This time I decided to gift it in a wooden box which I bought from The Works.

Not flat, but upright like this.

I won’t go through all the stages of creation this time, as I’ve gone through the adding stone chips and gwisting in previous posts. I’ll just say that I used – thin copper wire, Amazonite stone chip beads, battery opperated lights, stone, black and green cardstock, glue pen, silver foiling.

No decoration on the outside of the box because it won’t be seen when the box is opened to display the tree.  The inside was covered with black cardstock, putting some dots of glue around the inside right which were then covered with foiling to represent stars.  I also glued and foiled a quarter circle of cardstock which was stuck top right of the box as a moon just in view.  I printed out a verse from the creation story in the Bible and stuck it the other side from the tree.

So when opened to be displayed it looks like this.

You may be wondering why the green cardstock at the bottom right is curled outwards.

It’s because the bottom compartment needs to be opened so that the switch for the lights can be switched on.

Because this time I haven’t put the lights in the top to shine down on the tree, but rather I’ve wound it up the tree trunk and woven and twisted it around and between the branches of the tree.

So this is what it looks like when displayed with the lights on.

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