Gifts from the Heart

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays.  I don’t know about you but I felt like they flew by faster than any other year that I can remember, although somehow I was able to make a few handmade gifts for family members.  I always struggle with the idea of giving my artwork as gifts.  My first thought is usually, “It is a personal gift from the heart that they will enjoy.”  Then I usually have the thought, “That’s kind of conceded to think that someone would want my artwork as a gift,” that follows immediately afterward.  Well, I decided to give it a shot and went a little crazy this year.

I made this She Art inspired Flower Girl for my Aunt Lisa.  If you have not taken any of Christy Tomlinson’s online classes, she has many online and in person classes to choose from, including her She Art classes.  You have to check them out.  I absolutely love Christy’s style and she is so sweet.  This style of She Art Girl she calls her Flower Girl and it is taught in her She Art 4 course.

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Aunt Lisa loved the painting and said that it was one of the best gifts that she had ever received.  It made me so happy to hear her say that.

The next painting was also inspired by Christy’s She Art 4 workshop and she calls this one her Quilt Girl.  I made this one for my grandmother.

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I also made a quilt girl for our extended family member (our son’s babysitter); however, hers was a Christmas quilt girl.

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And finally, this last painting is from my Innocence series that I made for my mother.  She had seen my original girl from the series and wanted me to make one for her as well.  So, I surprised her by sending this little girl to her in Florida.

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I also made two bracelets, again inspired by one of Christy’s workshops, her Belt Bracelet workshop.  My husband’s brother passed away unexpectedly several years ago at a young age.  My mother-in-law gave me one of his belts to possibly make her a bracelet.  So for Christmas, I made a bracelet for her and her sister.  I made them both a little different but added the quote, “Follow Me,” on both bracelets.  The song “Follow Me” by Uncle Kracker was one of his favorite songs before he passed away and his family always thought of him when they heard it.  I have to say that this was one of the coolest and most heartfelt gifts that I have ever made or given to anyone before. This is the bracelet that I made for my mother-in-law.

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In the end, I’m so glad that I decided to ignore the thought that I am a conceded person to want to give someone my artwork as a gift.  Everyone seemed to appreciate the gift even more since it was a handmade gift from my heart.

What about you?  Did you make any gifts for friends or family members this Christmas?

To learn more about Christy Tomlinson and her workshops, check out her website at http://christytomlinson.typepad.com/christytomlinson/

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