Friday, August 26, 2016

Get a Jump Start with Whimsical Christmas Art!

Today I wanted to share with you a few easy, homemade Christmas gifts.  After all, Christmas is only 121 days away!  I adore homemade gifts.  I am always grateful for homemade gifts whether it be jam, salt scrubs, or a tin of cookies.  One of my all time favorite gifts has been a piece of wood used to pull open hot oven racks.  A student chiseled and sanded the wood until it was completely smooth.  He fashioned a hook on one end of the paddle. This student proudly explained that the hook was "so you can pull out a hot rack without burning your hands".  I cherish that sweet gift and still use it today.

There are many reasons for giving homemade gifts, but here are my top 5:
1.  Homemade gifts are usually less expensive than store bought gifts.
2.  A homemade gift is incredibly thoughtful.
3.  What do you give the person who has everything...a homemade gift!
4.  Or what about the person who wants nothing...a homemade gift!
5.  A homemade gift is unique and can be individualized.

I painted a few very simple whimsical Christmas scenes for my family one year.  The first one I did was a set of whimsical trees for my mom and dad.  It reminds me of the trees you might see in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  I selected a couple of colors and went to work.
This is a simple Christmas tree on a winter's night.  A few drops of snow adds to the whimsical nature of this painting.
The last painting I'll share with you is a whimsical monogrammed Christmas stocking I did for my sister.  It's hard to see in the photo, but there is glitter on the red and purple balls.
Whimsical art is the best because you don't have to be perfect!  I used acrylic paints for each of the paintings due to their quick drying ability.  I also sprayed the final project with a light coat of acrylic varnish to seal and give the canvas a shine. Hope I have inspired you to create your own thoughtful gift to give this Christmas. There is plenty of time to get creative before the big day!

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  1. Those need to be made into greeting cards. So nice, I'd love to get one myself.

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    1. Hi Latane,
      Thanks for the sweet compliment! I hope you have a wonderful week. Stop by and see me tomorrow. I hope to have something yummy to share!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  2. Very creative. I especially like the trees in that first painting.

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    1. Thank you! I am working on a cute snowman scene now. Might share that later with everyone. I am glad you stopped by and hope to see you again!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  3. Very Nice Paintings!!
    You just lit a fire under me!!
    I have an old family quilt that is beyond use - sadly tattered and torn!!
    In my mind--- I want to cut triangles in the shape of Christmas trees and hand stitch the edges. From the other side of the family, I have glass buttons in a sewing box and I want to sew them to the top of the tree. Then give them to my sister and kids and my kids as Christmas decorations for their tree!! And mine!!

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    1. Suzan,
      What a terrific idea! I hope you share your creations on your blog. I think they would make a beautiful and meaningful gifts. I know your sister and your kids would be proud to display them on their trees. Can't wait to see one!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  4. These are lovely, Linda and I completely agree regarding homemade gifts. Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm.

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    1. I was happy to share at Vintage Charm and you will see me back again this week! Have a wonderful week!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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