Category Archives: Handmade Gift Items

A Gift for the Gardener, “The Perfect Place” Keepsake Box

Just one little careful study of sun on the bench and flowers, from anothers’ garden. My own garden bench should be so well landscaped. Use it to hold seed packets, or your own collection of heritage seeds, gloves and small tools, or small books and notes to have handy when planning next year’s garden so […]

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Curving Silhouette Trinket Dish

This 4” round curved dish is made from natural white polymer clay, handpainted with black design adapted from a daily sketch. The design is adapted from a daily sketch that was actually made from cut paper, in black of course, and Mimi was the model, “Curving Silhouette”. Each dish is formed and painted individually, and […]

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Stock Up on Gift Bags for the Holidays

Holiday gift giving is beginning and a gift bag with art the recipient will appreciate makes the gift even that much more special. I have dozens of designs that feature cats, dogs, flowers, butterflies and birds, and nature, and a quantity discount for purchasing three or six bags. From the first time I received a […]

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Get Ready for the Season of Black Cats

One August afternoon a few years ago Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine cuddled together for a nap on the drafting table in my studio, pure black against the sunlit white surface. The clear silhouettes inspired me to pull out the package of scratchboard paper I’d recently purchased because when you have all these black cats a […]

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Keep the Colors of Summer With the Summer Nature and Wildlife Sampler Box

I’m happy to see gold-toned autumn colors creep into the local palette of trees and wildflowers, but the blues and pinks and bright greens of summer seem to leave too soon. That June morning when I found the back road in “A Bend in the Road”, the July morning I photographed the angel amid the […]

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Votives Made from Repurposed Jars

I see things others might recycle or throw away as creative possibilities. I save jars and use a fair number around the house for storage and for projects in my studio and recycle the rest. For years I’ve considered ways to make votives with my artwork just like the ones I’ve received as gifts and […]

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Hemp and Jute Wildlife Tote Bags

I’ve been enjoying trying out the various pre-made tote bags I can purchase to print on. I’ve always wanted to see my lady leopard, “Yes?”, on a burlap bag and in my searches found various large and small bags in hemp and jute, lined and unlined, large and small. I imprinted a few bags to […]

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Flowered Keepsakes for Storage and Gift Boxes

Any flowers are great for summer decorating and gift-giving, even if they bloom in spring! These large and small keepsake boxes are detailed with prints of my artwork and specialty handpainted finishes that coordinate and make the box unique. Some are the blank papier-mâché boxes from the craft store, others are made from vintage cigar […]

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Let the Sun Shine With Handpainted Trinket Dishes!

These little trinket dishes are 3.5″ in diameter and approximately 1/4″ to 1/2″ deep, made from natural white polymer clay. Each dish is formed and painted individually. When I first made polymer clay trinket dishes last year they were kind of lumpy until I worked out how to make the shape for “Curving Silhouette”, but […]

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