Monday, 21 November 2016

30 somethings #6 - Modern Christmas Decorations

#6 Modern Christmas Decorations

I never appreciate the escapism of my hobby more than when real life becomes stressful. My employers announced in August that they needed to save five million pounds a year in staffing costs, which equates to at least 130 jobs. To date, 235 people have lost their livelihood and the culling process is not yet complete.
In one Faculty, the manager thought it would be appropriate to herd the 'redundant' and 'safe' group into adjoining meeting rooms, X Factor style, and tell them their fate simultaneously. One room cheering, the other red-eyed and subdued.
It is miserable.


So last weekend I opted for cheer over gloom and picked a half dozen or so Christmas decorations from Pinterest to make.

Pompom wreath -

Steps - you cut a circle out of card, punch out another circle smaller than the first and stick mini pompoms to it. Add ribbon as desired.

Steps - any bit of wood, painted. Wooden star from hobby shop and lettering painted carefully or rubbed on from Letraset transfer sheet


Steps - string teeny bells on wire hoop. Seal ends with heat shrink and add ribbon as desired


Steps - twist brown florists tape into a loose circle and wash with white acrylic paint. Add stars/decor


Steps - cut 5mm squares of festive material and thread together. Pull thread tight and knot.


I promise my next post will be less grrr and more yeeaaah!

Wishing you a happy week
Pepper =0)

53 comments:

  1. Well, there was still some yeeaaah in this post, too. :D Sorry you're under so much stress. :\ The minis are marvelous!

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    1. Thanks Brae, mini's always make for a good yeeahhh! :D

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  2. May this manager get pus-filled pimples all over his a**... and may some day someone give him a similar kick in his pimpled a** I'm sorry you have to go through such horror... but it's good to see you're able to enjoy creating lovely Christmas miniatures. Thanks for sharing these ideas with us... I've been especially impressed by the look of the wreath made of brown florist tape.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Thank you Birgit, I second your wish for that manager. Some people seem to enjoy giving bad news o~o

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  3. this is very depressing, especially when the festive season comes along and the job market is slack. were you in the cheering crowd?
    good thing to be able to escape by being creative ....
    hugs, mairon

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    1. Not yet the cheering crowd Marion. My review is end of December...just before Christmas :(

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    2. extremely good timing... crossing fingers for you big time!

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  4. I am sorry to hear about so many people loosing their jobs. If I understand you correctly... you're still sitting on the hot seat. I am keeping my fingers crossed that all will be well for you.

    Sometimes it's fun to make things other than 1: 12 scale miniatures. Christmas ornaments are always fun. Yours are adorable. Thank you for sharing them.

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    1. Thanks Catherine and yes, still waiting for the thumbs up or down. Festive stuff always gives me the warm fuzzies so I'll be making things for Christmas until I hear news :)

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  5. Glad you find stress relief in working with your miniatures. I was in same position and had to use savings to get by. BUT the situation motivated me to set up an online shop and I'm in the process of setting up now. Your work is of a high standard and maybe you can consider selling online. You have been generous with your tutorial information and I'm sure there is some good karma coming your way.

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    1. Thank you Tina for telling me your inspirational story. I know a lot of people are going through this sort of thing and it's good to know there can be a light at the end of the tunnel if you work at it. Hope your shop does really well x

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    2. You could do a thriving business in downloadable tutorials on Etsy. Just my two cents. And the lights from Christmas tree ornaments would be wonderful to ship, lightweight enough that the postage wouldn't kill you.

      Lots of folks don't understand that a job is more than money, it gives you validation of self worth, no matter how much you tell yourself it doesn't matter. So sometimes having the alternative of even something small in the way of self employment can help stave off the blues, even the potential blues.

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    3. @Sheila self-employment is a very respectable option. Selling online is part of the E-CHANGE revolution where people are actually giving up their day jobs to sell online. If a store has reasonable pricing, desirable products and good marketing then it could be very successful. Regarding the downloadable tutorials SENDOWL has good reputation. Pepper may still keep her job though and I guess thats her preffered option.

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  6. I too see the value in the escapism for minis. When the day gets too much or things go off the rails, instead of hiding in the bathroom for a moment of silence I sneak to the basement and play around with something mini. It helps to clear ones mind and focus.

    I love the ornaments. It helped with my humbug mood today.

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    1. Thanks Kat. I'm so happy to have something to take my mind off day-to-day stuff. Hope your day got better x

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear that about your workplace. Never welcome news at this time of year.

    I adore the mini projects you've shown us... I might have to try something with the bells one. Maybe for the fairytale house.

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    1. Thanks Sheila, glad you like them. Oo a fairytale house...your next project maybe? :)

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    2. It's actually one I started at the beginning of the year while waiting for the 2016 Creatin' Contest kit to be shipped. An Ashley dollhouse. I'm probably going to go back to it once the NOLA House is done.

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    3. Ah, of course. You are a true miniaturist Sheila - a thousand and one projects on the go at any one time =0P

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  8. Oooof... I am reliving when this happened to us. Our awesome little company (in business since 1925) made a bad loan, lost lots of money, then got bought out by a giant corporate machine. It was awful. Round after round of people you care about getting told essentially that they weren't important. Some of them had worked there since right after high school. It may be easier to be one of the ones let go, because the survivors guilt is horrible. I wish you all the best in this process, and thank you for reminding all of us that when life gets tough, we have something wonderful to turn to: minis, and the kindred souls who share the passion with us. Your creativity knows no bounds!

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    1. Thanks Jodi, our company is essentially good but now a lot of people at the bottom of the pile and the least able to cope financially are getting a raw deal because of mismanagment from the top. I hate seeing people cry - it makes me cry and there has been a lot of it the last couple of months :0(

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  9. I hope all will go well for you, Pepper, bad news never comes at the right time......Christmas or not. Mismanagement at the top, huh? It seems it's everywhere, here too.....grrrr. I hope you will be at the good side, so you don't have to cry....I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!
    Regarding miniatures making during stressful times: let's shake hands, it's a good escape from reality! Thanks for sharing these wonderful Christmas decorations, they all look wonderful.
    Warm hug, Ilona

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    1. Thank you IIona, for the crossed fingers and kind comment =0) I'm so happy to have a hobby and such wonderful people to share them with =0)

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  10. It's never a good time to lose a job...during the holidays has to be the worst. Sending positive energy your way and hoping for the best for you and the others. Makes you feel bad celebrating the holidays when so many are hurting in this world. May you find peace and comfort in your minis. Love the Christmas decorations.

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    1. Thank you sweets, I'm gonna hold on to that positive energy for a while. That and mini making will get me through this =0)x

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  11. Oh! I am very sorry for you. My country, Ukraine, is in constant crisis.
    I hope that all will be well with you. I wish you good luck!
    Your Christmas wreaths delight my heart!
    Tatiana

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    1. It seems to be happening everywhere, Tatiana. It is the youngster I feel most sorry for - just starting out, trying to save up for a home.
      Thank you for the good wishes =0)

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  12. I'm very sorry for your problem. Good luck!
    Your modern Christmas decorations are original and so cute.

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  13. I’m especially fond of the pompom ones… would make great ridiculous earrings to help people smile :)

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    1. That's a good idea Nancy, we need some smiles here. The lads would prefer pompom necklaces though over earrings :0P

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  14. I know your anxiety all too well Pepper! I hope that your job will withstand the purge, but what a horrible time of year for all of this to have happened, although I suppose that no time would be any better.
    I am glad that you turned to miniature therapy though because your wreaths are really cute and it is good to be able to do something that has positive results and makes you feel good too!
    Wishing you nothing but the Very BEST outcome, Pepper.

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. It's getting more common lately and I really feel for anyone who has to go through it. Miniature therapy - I like that phrase :0D Wonder what people would think if I said I was in therapy? :0P

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  15. I'm so sorry you have to wait for your review, to see if you still have a job....I like your decorations, it is good to have inspiration right now, it helps a lot with the anxiety---

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    1. Thank you Linda, yeah it really is keeping my mind occupied :0)

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  16. The same thing is happening at my work. They terminated 25% of the employees in July, and I thought I was going to be included because my new boss scheduled a meeting at 8 a.m. on the day rumored to be the "day." but it turned out just to be a meeting with everyone in his department about it. I also find miniature therapy helpful. I love the wreaths. I went right out and bought floral tape and I am going to try to make that one. Excited to try!

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    1. That's awful and I'm glad you weren't part of the 25% O~o
      Enjoy creating with the floral tape and post what fab things you make with it =0)

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  17. Hi Pepper! I am keeping my fingers crossed that it all works out for the best for you! What an awful time of year to be laid off! I am so glad you have taken "refuge" in minis! You always find the most wonderful little things to make! I think I will try a couple of these ideas myself! The Holidays are fast approaching... we have our "Thanksgiving" tomorrow and then the dreaded "Black Friday" of the seasonal shopping mania....! I hope your minis keep you sane through it all!

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    1. Enjoy Thanksgiving Betsy. I hope you have a great day and stay out of mischief in the mad shopping crowds =0)

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  18. How awful, the insecurity. And the inhumane treatment. :-(
    Crossing my fingers that you will be ok.
    Yes, miniature therapy is the best, not always the cheapest ;-)
    Stay safe!

    Veronique

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    1. Very true Veronique - therapy is never cheap :0P Thank you for the good wishes :0)

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  19. Argh, that sounds intolerable, those poor folk! :( Fingers crossed you can escape the purge!

    On the plus side, those minis look amazing! I've been in an unexpectedly festive mood recently so I've been browsing Pinterest for mini Christmas ideas too! XD I really love your florists wire wreath!

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    1. Thanks Christine. I can literally lose days searching through Pinterest :0)

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  20. What a stressful ordeal and the timing is not the best either. Keeping my fingers crossed for you! Escapism is great for your sanity. I love the wreaths, I think I like the white one the best. I've been out of the loop for awhile so I'm so happy you're allowing comments on your blog again!

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    1. Thanks Cyd. I got a fair few emails from peeps annoyed that they couldn't comment so...
      :0)

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  21. Grrr - Absolutely, not a fun thing to go through. I worked for a company that was relocating, so it was just a matter of time before everyone was jobless and my husband worked there too. Yikes! Double whammy! But, God worked with us! So, I will send prayers out for you and your coworkers. Yeeeaaah - your X-mas minis are soooo cute! Love the pom pom wreath! Didn't realize they were minis until I scrolled down and saw your thumb!

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    1. Thank you Beanie, I appreciate the thoughts you're sending my way :0)

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  23. What a stressful environment to be in. I hope you are doing okay. Glad to hear you've still found some escape in your miniatures.. I always think making Pinterest crafts would clutter my home but making them mini sized would be a heck of a lot easier to store! I know you usually make an awesome Christmas scene most years - can't wait to see what you come up with this time :)

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    1. Hey Kristine, were you been at Lady? I miss your updates :0) Yeah, mini Pinterest goodies are far easier to store :0P

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