Category Archives: Gift Items

Getting Ready for Hearts and Paws This Saturday, June 22

I’ve been pretty busy making things lately! Hearts and Paws (information below) is coming up, so I’m stocking up for that and for my loosely-planned Open House next month. That means I’m making way more things than usual and it takes whole days. So when I have several things to make for events and to […]

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Cats After van Gogh Keepsake Box Set

Cats After van Gogh is one of the most popular design sets I have, and I am proud of that. It’s a style I developed entirely from seeing the internationally touring exhibit “Van Gogh Up Close”, bringing my cats into a new style of creative expression. More on that below. They tend to be popular […]

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Butterflies Votive or Accent Lamp

I etched the inside of the jar to better diffuse the light from the candle, then printed the design on a purchased clear vinyl label and burnished it onto the vase. The curved glass areas are painted with forest green permanent alcohol ink. The art can be clearly seen on the matte finish label even […]

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The Artist’s Life: The Importance of My Own Designs

I spent the weekend on art projects getting ready for the upcoming Hearts & Paws Pet Care and Adoption Fair on June 22, and, of course, restocking the shelves here on Portraits of Animals. As I move forward with creating unique handmade goods, though there are millions of pieces of artwork out there to choose […]

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Decorate Your Table With a Tortie Tablecloth

Handmade of unbleached cotton muslin, this little accent tablecloth is 36″ x 36″ and has the same image, “The Roundest Eyes”, printed and hand-tinted four times, one on each corner. It is signed and dated below the design and has my handwritten “label” reading “handmade, hand-printed, hand-painted” and the year. Washing instructions are included on […]

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Feline and Flower Votives in Summery Colors

This time I worked out a few different designs and styles with smaller jars than last time, and all in summery colors. All are etched on the inside with the design adhered on the outside and also have embellishments painted on the outside too, but this time I tried out frosted clear labels instead of […]

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For Someone Who Loves Columbines

Warm mornings and birds singing, when the columbines grow tall and bloom, that’s one of my favorite things about my spring garden. The pink columbines in the photo below were ones I transplanted from my mother’s garden to mine. If your mother was anything like mine, giving her something flowery was a perfect Mother’s Day […]

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Signs of Peace & Love: Flowers & Butterflies

The peace sign is a peaceful blue, and the heart is a vibrant red, and from there we have two opinions. The flower is a sunflower, specifically a woodland sunflower, a motif you may see frequently on this site. The color is golden yellow, but the center is stippled on with copper metallic paint, just […]

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Hearts and Paws Pet Care and Adoption Fair Saturday, June 22

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019, 9:30 – 3:00 Hearts and Paws Pet Ministry of Christ United Methodist Church’s 16th Annual Hearts and Paws Pet Adoption and Care Fair South Park Fairgrounds Agricultural Building Area 3734 Buffalo Drive, South Park, PA 15129 Admission is FREE At least 40 vendors and animal rescue organizations attend. ~~~ This is […]

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Flowers and Butterflies Cabochon Pendants, Two for $25.00

One of the things that’s always drawn me out into nature is the free flower show each year from the first thaw to the last frost. It’s happening out there right now with the floor of the woods covered with spring ephemerals all blooming in their turn. I already see the summer wildflowers putting up […]

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