Saturday, December 18, 2010


Today I am joining Rebecca's Birthday Blog Party ,wishing her the happiest of birthdays ever, and sharing a little something I made for Christmas gifts. My Christmas gift crafting this year is enmeshed in the theme of winter. I figured I would embrace it if I could not erase it, winter not being my favorite season. It all began with a couple of " Thank You Hostess Gifts" I was tardy in sending out and an obsession with this little guy's photo...(Feel free to snag him if he inspires you too!)
I think it is OK to show these now that I know they have been received and they are a representation of some other winter themed bees wax canvas collage pieces that I am giving as gifts this year...I can't show the ones I am giving because I am afraid the recipients will see them so I used photos of the hostess gifts so you get the idea. They are similar in theme and tone and I tried to change each one up just a little so they would remain individual.
The one gift I am sure the recipient won't see is one I gave you a little sneak peek of in a previous post and here is the finished product, a winter themed snow banner, you can click any photo to enlarge for better viewing...Of all the people on my gift giving list, the recipient of this banner, my step-mother, is the one person who appreciates handmade items more than anyone else I know. In fact, she requests them and prefers them to store bought items. Last year I gave her a small simple winter themed collage that was tied on top of her actual gift. She opened the gift, thanked me, and put it aside. The little collage was cradled in the palm of her hand most of the evening or kept nearby where she picked it up, studying every detail. She must have told me a hundred times how much she loved it. She just kept saying over and over how much she loved stuff like this and how special it was to her.She dearly loves seasonal decorating of all sorts. This year I wanted to add to her winter themed collection and began designing this banner with a two fold purpose, as part of a class I was supposed to teach and to give as a gift. I won't be giving her a store bought gift this year, but fulfilling the wish of her heart, to receive a handmade item that enhances her home and brings her joy. After all, the Christmas season is about sharing joy, giving from the heart, and for me creating from the hand.
I ended up loving the result of this project so I gifted myself with one too!
A few up close details...Thank you, Rebecca, for hosting and may all your birthday wishes come true!
Wishing all you sweet friends the happiest and merriest of weekends!


LiLi M. said...

What a wonderful woman your stepmother is and I am sure that she will be over the moon receiving your lovely banner. It is just gorgeous and the bent characters inspire me! Thanks for sharing!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Sandy, you are so talented, this is just beautiful. Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great Christmas too!

trash talk said...

See...this is what I was talking about! You gals are real artists not "one month outta the year" artist wannabees like me! Truly beautiful...stunning actually!

Whimsey Creations said...

Absolutely gorgeous - what a lucky stepmother you have! All of your creations are so beautiful and creative - you amaze me!

Vee said...

That's so wonderful to have found a kindred spirit in your step-mother. I do believe that she's going to love this gift as well. It's so beautifully done and with such meaningful details.

Robin said...

Your Step Mother will be thrilled with her gift!


Lynn Richards said...

Love the banners,Sandy. They are full of wonder and amazing to look at.

Monica@The White Bench said...

Your handmade gifts are a delight to see and cherish, Sandy, and I'm sure you'll touch hearts with your art, this Christmas!
Thanks for ALL your sweet words. They really were very appreciated.

time worn interiors said...

Girl, I would be SO happy to receive one of your handmade gifts! My birthday is coming up in Feb., hint, hint! lol! Just teasing! You have an amazing talent! Have a Merry Christmas!

Rebecka said...

WOW!! She is going to love the gift! Your do amazing work! It's beautiful.

Rebecca said...

Hi Sandy
Somehow my comment didn't get posted...
These are just lovely! You are such a talent, your mother in law will be thrilled with the banner... who wouldn't be! The colors are perfection. Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us and joining my birthday fun. I have so enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to a year of friendship
Wishing you many blessings this Christmas

Beth Leintz said...

Sandy- I so love the collage you made for me- I have it sitting right here next to me at my computer desk. I will hang it eventually, but right now, I'm enjoying the chance to look at it over and over. After looking at the banner you made, I'm going to proclaim you the "queen of details".

Anonymous said...

Sandy, everything you touch turns to art. And all I can say is you must have one wonderful stash! LOL!
Hugs, girlfriend!


That banner is so wonderful. Bravo! And your step mother is a lucky lady indeed...

Have a wonderful Sunday,

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Sandy,

It was wonderful to discover you and your beautiful blog and many thanks for visiting me.
Hand made gifts are always so much nicer to receive and I love your wonderful creations you have made.
Your step-Mother will be thrilled.
Wishing you a merry Christmas and peace, health and contentment in 2011.


LDH said...

Such a lovely post full of the prettiest ideas!

Not sure if you noticed but I found a perfect use for the beautiful paper flowers you sent to me last year. Here is what I did with them:

Carole said...

It's such a pleasure to give a handmade gift to someone who will really appreciate the love and work that goes into them. Your step mother is a treasure.
Love this story
and your work is beautiful.

Charlene said...

Your banner turned out magical!!!! Soooooo LOVE it & the photo you shared with us. So cute! THANK YOU! HUGS!

luluslovlies said...

Merry Christmas Sandy, I'm with your Mother-in-law, homemade is the best gift of all and that is a beauty! Holiday Hugs, Marilou

Bohemian said...

Those gifts made by hand are always the most cherished because a part of us is in anything we create. I LOVE ALL the beautiful creations and especially your Banners! *swoon* I know that anyone receiving any of the Art you are inspired to create is sure to love it and be Blessed to have someone like you in their lives!
Christmas Blessings...
Dawn... The Bohemian

sonya said...

I don't know how I missed this posting but I did! The beewax collage is just beautiful! The little boy is adorable.
Your step-mother is going to LOVE this banner. It is just beautiful. I love the color and the pearls and the tinsel...I can't stop looking at it! She willed be thrilled, Sandy.
Blessings to you~

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