Category Archives: Handmade Gift Items

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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Bella on a Dishtowel!

When I created the Bella! Tote Bag I also had the idea of adding Bella to as many other products as I could, including dishtowels. I had some on hand I’d bought for just this purpose so I stenciled her graceful silhouette onto the flour sack cotton. After debating the issue I decided I liked […]

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Hearts and Cats Picture Frames

I purchase unfinished frames and add color and black cat silhouettes in acrylic paint. Your photo fits in the heart-shaped opening. Frames are 5.5 x 8.5 and are displayed using dowel pegs in the back of the frame. I add a hanging hook as well just in case you’d like to hang it on the […]

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Colorful Handmade, 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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Felines and Flowers Vintage Cigar Box Keepsakes

I posted on Monday about my big weekend project with vintage cardboard cigar boxes as I had gotten the bulk of the work on them finished, anticipating the Mother’s Day Vendor and Craft Show this Saturday. I finished up all 13 and because readers expressed an interested I also managed to get them listed on […]

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Celebrate Spring Gift Giving with Flowery Gift Bags

As soon as I saw brightly-colored gift bags for spring and summer I knew I had to get right to my latest idea: gift bags with flowers! Just like my picturing my feline art on gift bags, I have so many paintings and photos that I’ve always pictured on gift bags too. Time for my […]

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Floral Keepsake Boxes, New for Spring!

I’ve been considering floral-themed keepsake boxes for a while and it’s finally the season. I’ve had a stack of blank keepsake boxes just asking to be decorated and I used some of my favorite paintings to decorate them. I’ve made them look like something I’d like in my own bedroom. I choose a variety of […]

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