Saturday, January 10, 2015

Larky from Larkyville 

Christmas Leftovers.... read on.... :)

Wow - hard to believe that the New Year is going strong already! This is my first post for the new year and believing there will be MANY more :)

My grandchildren are always so disappointed when Santa takes Sparky - their elf on a shelf - back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.  So this year, Grammie (that's me) created Larky - the gingerbread boy to stay awhile after Sparky leaves. He is on an 11 x 14 canvas - turned upside down - like a shadow box.  Then  my sweet hubby mounted it on a piece of cedar from the ranch!

I actually finished this on New Years Eve and Larky finally arrived by mail last week to their home. It seemed to help ease their longing for Sparky! PLUS....every year my grandchildren have a tradition - making gingerbread houses on Christmas eve.  I printed pictures of their houses on cardstock and used them for Larkyville - where Larky lives.  So now the grandkids think they created a place for Larky to live!!!!  He gets to stay until Valentine's Day.

Here he is and the poem that I put on the back!! 

Larky’s Goal

Santa took Sparky away in his sleigh
Now Larky will stay til Valentine’s Day!

He lives in the house you built for him…
going outside to play amongst the limbs.

Larkyville is a happy and safe place
Where everyone wears a smiling face.

Sparky will miss you but he loves the North Pole
Bringing a HAPPY NEW YEAR is Larky’s goal.

Grammie and Pappy


The project was done with gesso, mat medium, molding paste, stencils, colorful ink sprays, embossing powder, glitter powder, prima leaves, die cut trees and grass and more! Plus there is some sparkling lace around the edge of the canvas frame.

 Larky was two pieces of blank wood shaped to form his body and head. I painted on his clothing and designs!!  The path in the village is made from an old necklace. The logs, twigs, pine cone, acorns and pecans are from the ranch (of course)!  And then I added some little charm animals - a deer, 3 geese, 2 owls, an eagle, a turtle, a little bird, and a gecko because my grandson has one for a pet!  

I added a little quote metal plate that says:
"What one loves in childhood, stays in your heart forever".

Maybe someday my grandchildren will make gingerbread houses with their children and remember Larky from Larkyville!  And talk about Grammie too!!!

Thanks bunches for allowing me to share my gingerbread adventure with you! Joi@RR

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The " Christmas leftovers" were the gingerbread man vintage Christmas wood set, the gingerbread house pictures from the original grandkids homemade houses this Christmas, the silver deer, the red pine cone and the glitter lace around the canvas edge.  There were also a 3-4 green flocked leaves!


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Thank you for this opportunity to enter my first project with you!


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9 comments: said...

Hi Joi, what a beautiful, colourful canvas. I am sure your grandchildren will treasure their new little friend. I love the gingerbread theme, something I do with my granddaughter. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Our Creative Corner.
Jan x

Unknown said...

Thank you Jan - love your picture - so fun! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. It means alot to me. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! joi

Pamellia said...

What a gorgeous project! So creative and such a great use of your scraps and leftover bits!

Thank you so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner for our 'Christmas Leftovers' challenge!
and Frilly and Funkie for our 'Anything Goes' challenge!

Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

Nicole Wright Designs said...

WOW isn't this project full of life and colour! At first I thought it was a yummy cake. Hmmmm... I must be hungry! Thank you for sharing with Frilly and Funkie!

Rita Marie said...

What a creative and fun project! Love it! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Mirror Crack'd. xo

Julia S-W said...

I'm sure your grandchildren are delighted with their personalised canvas! Such a wonderfully creative idea to add images of their gingerbread houses. Love the colours and small details.
Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner this time, Juliax

Lisa Winnard - TheCraftarageStudio said...

Very cute!!
Thanks for sharing at Eclectic Ellapu.
Lisa - Eclectic Ellapu DT.

Lin said...

What a gorgeous creation for your grandchildren. They are lucky to have such a talented and thoughtful Grammie! Love all the fabulous detail and the clever poem.

Thanks for sharing with us

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Susanne Rose said...

Fab work! Thanks for joining our mixed media challenge over at The Mirror Crack'd! Hugs, Susanne.