Category Archives: handmade gift items

Tulips for Spring on an Vintage Cigar Box Keepsake

A sunny day was perfect for some product photography, and with the crocuses still blooming I could hardly resist the temptation. I’m looking forward to my tulips blooming in nearly this very spot. This vintage cardboard cigar box is finished with a white and antique silver crackle glaze and antique silver trim with an image […]

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Whimsical and Fine Art Feline-themed Vintage Cigar Box Keepsakes

The weather was so beautiful today and more spring flowers are blooming, so I had to take a few new items outside to photograph them. We never know when the next sunny day will come along! I’ve been busy replacing items that have sold and embellishing things that did not, and the cigar box keepsakes […]

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Dancing Woodland Sunflowers Votive

Typically my votives have just the design and some painted embellishments, but looking at my display of wildflower votives I felt the warm yellow wildflowers needed a little extra something. I pictured some burlap ribbon in autumn colors, some flower and leaf-shaped buttons and novelties and then some raffia too, and went to town with […]

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February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 22: New Purse and Bag Designs

I’ve purchased premade tote bags of various sorts and imprinted on them for years, but I can’t always find consistent bags, or sizes I like, and I often can’t work out a design that I want. Last autumn I decided I was going to start making my own bags so that I could both be […]

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Hold Jewelry, Memories or Just Stuff in Feline Vintage Cigar Box Keepsakes

I had another stash of vintage cigar boxes in reserve and decided it was time to make some new keepsakes with them. I’m featuring my feline designs here. I’m working on the flower and butterfly designs and will post them as soon as I have them finished. About the boxes These cigar boxes are the […]

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February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 11: I Will Always Walk With You Pet Memorial Gift

In addition to other creative activities, I also design and make handmade goods which I sell to be used as decorations and gifts. I’m counting this activity toward my creative challenge too. In addition to these items today, I also designed a 20-page course catalog for a local community’s quarterly parks and recreation activities. That […]

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Cloth Placemats, Which Do You Prefer?

I already have laminated placemats, but I’ve always liked fabric placemats, and, of course, I’ve always seen my artwork on them. The question is this: which style? Fringed or hemmed? and using opaque transfers or light fabric transfers? Let me know your opinion. Read more on The Creative Cat and let me know what you […]

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Got Ginger Tabbies?

I’m not sure what the weather’s like where you are, but where we are it’s dark and cold and kind of slushy. What better way to brighten up a day like that? And though these two designs were based on a black tabby and a torbie, part of the fun of being an artist is […]

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Organize With Nature, “Found Along the Panhandle Trail” Series Cube Keepsake Boxes

Are you sorting photos or correspondence, even bills? Clean up 2019 and start 2020. Colorful boxes inspired by flowers, butterflies and scenes of the Panhandle Trail will make the job easier and be prettier to look at than an old box. This set of cube-shaped papier-mâché boxes ranges in size from 9″ x 9″ to […]

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Bella! Dish Towels

These dishtowels are printed on premade 18″ x 32″ flour sack towels with my “Bella!” silhouette stenciled on the bottom edge. The design is 8″ wide so that you can fold the towel in thirds and still see the entire design. Read more on The Creative Cat: Marketplace: Bella! Dish Towels

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