Tag Archives: handmade gifts

Bella! Feline Votives in Pink and Blue

Bella! You can’t miss those round eyes, curling tail and ebony black fur! I had the idea for Bella! and first used her on the tote bag, but knew I’d use her silhouette on many other things. As I sorted through my repurposed condiment jars with ideas for votives, I could picture her on these […]

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“My Mother’s Columbines” Keepsake Box and Tile for Mother’s Day Gift Giving

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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Summer Flowers Tiles

Warm mornings, bright afternoons, hot evenings. The first warm days are here and I’m ready for flowers. I made tiles out of some of my favorite flower paintings for you to enjoy, to use set down your iced tea or coffee, protect and decorate a countertop or hang on a wall like small paintings. Each […]

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Feline Decorative Dishes and Coasters in Spring Colors

Some variations on a theme, 6″ plates and 4″ coasters with the image stamped into the surface then painted and glazed in various ways, using “Bath” and “Three Cats Looking”. Because they are handmade and shaping, stamping, glazing and drying changes their dimensions, they are not exactly uniform in size, shape or thickness, but that […]

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More New Feline and Flower Votives

Since we’re not recycling glass anymore I’m still using glass jars from condiments and pickles and such for feline and flower votives, and this time I worked out a few different designs of ones that are painted on the outside rather than using the clear labels, and some can be used with pillar candles or […]

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

A gardener can use it to hold seed packets, gloves and small tools, or small books and notes to have handy when planning the garden, and look at the summery sun-splashed bench, roses and larkspur when it’s snowing outside. It’s perfect as the box to hold a gift, or as the gift itself. You can […]

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My Cats in the Sun Feline Votive

These four images are four early paintings inspired by my cats enjoying a spot of sun with a nap or a bath. They date from the early to mid-90s when I was working hard to refine my skills with pastel, with color, with shape and even the strokes in my paintings. I felt I really […]

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Angel Daisies Votive

A photo from a warm and sunny June morning. Years ago I gave my sister some seeds and plants from my Shasta daisies and she grew them into a huge daisy garden. “Angel Daisies” features a whitewashed angel she had placed in the garden of daisies and she looks right at home. This glass votive […]

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More New Feline Votives

Last week when I made five new votives trying out a few new techniques I had plenty more ideas but ran out of the label material I use to print the images I burnish onto the jars. I found an alternate material to try but didn’t care for it. The labels are available again and […]

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New Feline and Flower Votives

Some more of my Star of Wonder votives, and then some new ones! Since we’re not recycling glass anymore I’m still using glass jars from condiments and pickles and such for feline and flower votives. They are etched inside and have either a vinyl label I’ve printed or hand-painting on the outside. Because I’m largely […]

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