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The Santamaker's Collection

Updated: 2018-03-09T21:04:46.371-08:00




Hi Everyone and welcome to my Father Christmas Blog," The Santamaker's Collection"I hope you enjoy perusing through my creations and learning a little about the history of the greatest legend of all...Santa Claus!I started making Father Christmases about 20 years ago... just about the time that being a stay-at-home Mom was starting to make me a little "loopy". I loved being a Mom and able to take care of my girls full time but I also missed having "me time", so I would squeeze as much crafting as I could when ever there was a spare minute. It's funny, but I have always called them father Christmases because the type that I make resemble the old world, European style, versus the Jolly Santa ...Having seen some handmade Santas in a magazine, beautifully displayed on a mantle..I fell in love. I wanted them ! Of course, I thought the prices were way too high... but now being on the other end of this, I can totally see that one does not go into this " santamaking" business to make money. In fact, when I sit down to figure out my pay per hour, it's much less than minimum wage! I've been asked how long it takes to make one, but I've never logged the time, as each is different. Sometimes it takes days just to sculpt the face... I guess the average time would be about a week.So much time is involved in sculpting each face, painting them, fashioning beards, mustaches, eyebrows and hair, creating the body, an armature for each figure with wire, wood and batting, selecting the fabrics and trims, cutting recycled furs for trimming hats and cuffs, designing each outfit and sewing them and then putting everything together to create a special character... oh yeah...and he's got to have gifts! Trees, toys, trinkets, presents, every little detail to make him unique!Well, I enjoy most aspects of the process except one: cutting the fur. You have no idea what a mess this is! I end up with fur in my eyes, nose, ears , mouth... not to mention my clothes...The aspect I enjoy most would be the thrill of the hunt... finding just the right fabrics, trims and treasures.My purpose in creating these legendary figures is to celebrate the spirit of Christmas , which, I believe is the love we express to one another during this time which is symbolized by the "gift-giver" : Santa Claus. I take great care in making these one of a kind, hand sculpted pieces and my hope is that it will become a family treasured heirloom.If you have any interest or questions about the Father Christmases on this post please email me at about the process....NOW...on with the show!(prices range from $ 139 (18") to $ 350(about 27")"Winter White Wishes" (available)This beautiful Father Christmas is a vision of winter white in a linen and wool gown. He is about 27" tall and carries a walking stick. His presence is sure to be the focal point of any vignette."In the Garden" ( available)Father Christmas is warm and cozy in his denim and quilted coat. He has been in the garden and carries a wheelbarrel full of fruits and flowers. Perched in the flowers is a handsome rooster. He will complement a country french decor as well as any Santa collector's wishes. On his back is a burlap sack filled with little treasures."Simply Elegant" ( sold )A stunning Father Christmas decked out in mink, animal print, feathers and pearls. This truly one of a kind piece will be the center of attention in your home for the holidays. He brings an regal touch to the spirit of Christmas. About 27".Pere Noel (sold)In the spirit of the French countryside, this Father Christmas is loaded with flowers, berries, a french rooster and a hand painted floral tray. His quilted coat and paisley gown are rich in color and flair and would be the highlight of a Country French inspired home. About 27" tall."A Classic Christmas" (sold)What a classic Father Christmas, in his houndstooth black and white coat with black mink trim! Teddy bear, doll, rocking horse, wreath, french horn are some of the goodies he carries with him. About 27" tall. A must for any collector!" Antique Noel " (SOLD)This sweet Fat[...]