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The New Standards and Christmas Crafts

Posted by Heather Donohue on

The New Standards Holiday Show is a beloved tradition in the Twin Cities (of Minneapolis and St. Paul), and I'm delighted to have added to the merriment over the years with my creative projects, big and small. 

In 2019, I made three backpack-style yeti costumes that bring to life the yeti concept by Lucy Michelle. (See my face peeking out of the chest? That's a tall yeti!)

Heather Donohue makes a yeti costume for the New Standards Holiday Show
life sized yeti costume

In 2020, there was no show, but I created ornaments to bring home a bit of that special Holiday Show feeling. 

Devil, Dancing Tree Lady, Yeti, and plaid candy cane ornaments


  • Devil: Inspired by age-old iconography of Krampus and the Devil, and crafted from felt, pipe cleaners, and a hand-painted wooden bead.
  • Dancing Tree Lady: An homage to the Christmas tree dancers from the show. Crafted from tulle, pipe cleaners, and a hand-painted wooden bead.
  • Yeti: A C-9 bulb is transformed into a yeti head. The hand-painted face is wrapped with cotton fabric fringe to create the fluffy fur.
  • Candy Cane: The bias-cut plaid flannel candy cane is a nod to the dapper duds traditionally sported by The New Standards at the Holiday Show.
  • The New Standards Holiday Show Album, and a Yeti Stocking
    For the 10-year anniversary, I made commemorative stockings. Years later, the felt yeti faces made their way to the Holiday Show album! I even got Felt Yeti Rendering credit in the liner notes. 


    You can learn more about The New Standards on their website. 


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