Creating festive items out of timber has seen the residents’ workshop at GemLife Highfields get busier in the lead up to Christmas.
Since featuring a story in the October issue of The Gem about the woodwork items made by GemLife Highfields resident Esme Gallatly, other women at the resort have been inspired to make their own wooden Christmas trees this year.
“After reading the story, the ladies got together and suggested we make timber Christmas trees,” said Homeowners Committee member and events coordinator Judy Jensen, who is organising the resort’s annual Christmas Market.
“I have made a Christmas tree in neutral, white and light grey/blue and sanded it down to resemble a shabby chic look. I had to paint the timber and then sand it back a bit to give it an aged appearance. The hardest thing to do was Christmas market to feature festive handmade craft wait for the glue to dry. All I need to do now is decorate it.”
Judy said the handmade trees vary in size depending on where people want to put them. “I made one that is three feet tall for the entrance of my home and another 18 inches tall that I can use as a table decoration.”
She said they are not hard to make, especially for someone such as herself who has made a lot of handcrafts in the past.
“I had never worked with timber before, but it was quite amazing to see it progress and turn into something so unique that will last for many Christmases to come.”
While many residents are making the festive items for themselves, there is a strong possibility some will also be available for sale at GemLife Highfields Christmas Market on 4 December, according to Judy.
“The Christmas trees fit in with our `all handmade’ theme for the Christmas Market.”
She said that all the resort’s activity groups and residents can book a stall at the markets, to be held from 10am to midday on Saturday, 4 December.
GemLife Highfields Craft Group member Leanne Gibbs has already booked her stall.
“I make children’s clothes, Christmas ornaments, embroidered coasters, and small bean bags with a stand to rest mobile phones on. The art group will also have a table to sell their paintings,” said Leanne.
Craft group members have also made some amazing Christmas wreaths for the market.