Art, Shara Jane

Santa Pop Up Toy Ornament

When I was asked by Sue Bowers of the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) to design an ornament to teach in their academy in November I thought of this design that I had in my sketch book. This ornament is reminiscent of a vintage pop up toy were you would pull down on the stick and Santa would disappear, and then you would push up on the stick and voila Santa would appear.  Even though this toy is stationary and designed as an ornament, it is a reminder of those simpler times and toys. 

People started signing up for the class before I was even aware that it was posted on their site. I found out that people who subscribe to the Decorative Painters Academy newsletter receive advance notice of classes. Usually a day or two earlier. If you want to be in the know right away you can sign up for the newsletter by going to their website When you go to the site you will see a pop up box to sign up.

Class Info:

Date: Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021
Time: 11 am – 2 pm Central Time
Where: Online virtual class via Zoom
Cost: $30 Members, $40 non-members

If you are interested in the class or would like more information you can go here: Pop up Santa Toy Ornament.

I am also selling kits and supplies for class if you need them. My website is

Did I tell you that I created a companion piece to go with Santa? Here is a sneak preview. I will be teaching this cute snowman in January. Stay Tuned.

Happy Creating my Friends,


Art, Shara Jane

Shara Jane Holly Jolly Santa is Back

In April of 2020 Shara and I had planned on doing two live in person retreats to create our Holly Jolly 38″ Santa. One was going to be in California the beginging of the month and the other was to be in Pennsylvania the end of the month. Everything was going along smoothly and then covid hit and we had to regroup. We ended up quickly deciding to do a virtual self-paced class with a private Facebook group.

Many people were disappointed that they were not able to take the class and have been asking us to do it again. We listened and we will be offering the class again in April of 2021. The class will be April 23, 24, and 25, 2021.

The Santa is cut from wood and embelished with Quikwood. No experience needed. We will teach you the basics of using Quikwood. Each day we will have a zoom meeting so that we can go over things and so that you can ask questions. We have step-by step videos on a web page that you will also have access to. You will be able to watch a video and then do that step. You will have access to the videos indefinately. Shara and I will be monitoring the Facebook group and you can ask questions there or email us during the class.

A number of people would like to put the class on their Christmas list so that someone can buy it for them. Here is a link to the class on my website: If someone is ordering it for a gift, ask them to place a note on the order and I will be able to send them a digital gift certificate. Also, if they are ordering it for you, have them use your contact information in the shipping area because that is what we will use to ship the kit.

Holly Jolly Santa Virtual Class


April 23, 24, & 25, 2021


The price includes the class fee, class kit and shipping the kit. It does not include the tools, paint and mediums to complete the project.

Link to purchase class:

We hope you will join us this April to make Holly Jolly Santa.

Shara and Jane