Silly, but this Cajun Santa hand-painted canvas was one of my original Crazy January Challenge projects. But somehow it didn't make the final cut. Too bad, because it's finished. Jokes on me, I guess.
Santa's in his pirogue in the bayou. He seems to have caught the attention of an alligator. Maybe Monsieur Gator is looking for his presents under the light of a full moon as the swamp grass and stars twinkle in the night.
The moon and the gator's eye are a ribbon floss and the rest is wool. It was all kitted up and I bought it at the Quarter Stitch in New Orleans. I tried substituting beads for the stars, but didn't like how it looked. No fun frogging beading thread from tent stitched wool. But I did it. I'm sure there's a couple of beads buried in the rug somewhere in the living room.
And last week, I completed the finishing on this one. This is a version of the Acacian flag. Don't ask, as there are several depending on where you are. This, too, was bought as a kit in New Orleans, but this one came from the Garden District Needlework Shop. Google them if you're interested in any New Orleans themed ornaments. There's over 100 kits available.