Friday, December 16, 2016

Hug More

With all the craziness going on in the world and with an uncertain future looming in America with a President Elect who is woefully unprepared and unable to govern himself, let alone a country, I have painted. We need love. We need diversity. We need understanding and empathy.

We need hugs.

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Please hug someone today and bring a smile, a spark of hope, or a moment of peace and understanding. It is a small world after all and love makes it go around.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Brown Paper Packages




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I've been a bit delayed in getting another holiday traditions post up. So, without further ado, I want to share something fun I've been doing for a while now that has turned into a tradition. When I first met my husband and we spent Christmas together, we didn't want to spend a bunch of money on wrapping paper so we started wrapping packages in brown kraft paper since we always have a big roll of that around (for various projects and things) and tied the packages with string (you know the song) with a To/From sticker with our own design. Then I started writing the names in pen all fancy like. That got bigger and expanded each year to include drawings and designs. We lost the string as the artwork became more elaborate. And then, I decided to really have fun and broke out the color pencils. At some point in this process, I started to pick a theme for each holiday. One year was all about snowmen, another Santa and his elves, another reindeer.... And a new tradition is born.

This was something I did for fun and for the enjoyment of the receivers. I didn't take pictures most of the years, because I didn't really care, and as an artist of many years, I'm not that attached to every piece of art I do, so I let it go out into the world to suffer the fate of being ripped open, or whatever. Not until later when it became more of a thing that people always mentioned and loved about getting gifts from us, that my husband decided to start photographing the packages. I've shared a few of those with you. Enjoy!



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I love creating these packages. Besides helping get into and celebrate the spirit of Christmas, it's non-stress artwork, where I can draw whatever I want without any expectations of having to be perfect. And it's always fun to see how happy my nephews, in particular, are to get these personalized gifts. I will soon begin the decorating of this year's packages. Hmmm, what will my theme be this year?

I would love to hear about your holiday traditions. If you would like to share your tradions, I'll be happy to host you as a guest blogger here. Please let me know in the comments, or feel free to email me with the contact form on the side. It would be wonderful to be able to share a diverse range of celebrations from around the world.

Happy holidays!