When I was designing a reindeer for a class ROotie StudiO; this started me to think about reindeer...I find when I am creating something new, it is best just to go with what your intuition is telling you and mine what shouting 1950-60 style reindeer!
So off to scout for "inspiration"...here are some photos of reindeer I found from that time period. I love these especially because of their sprightly stance.
And it did! From the drawing of the pattern to the materials for it, everything came together just as I saw in my head... Twinkle Dash...
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,
with a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call'd them by name:
"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer, and Vixen!
"On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!
"To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
"Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"