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Gifts from the Heart!

Homegrown vs. store-bought. What better taste is there than a freshly picked homegrown tomato! Now that’s some food for thought. How does this relate to the upcoming holidays? There’s nothing quite like a handcrafted gift, and this issue features a number of ideas for your Christmas gift list. Although many of us don’t have time to craft gifts for all our family members and friends, there are some things that you can do to give a gift that has a special “handcrafted” appearance. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

The easiest and quickest way to personalize a gift is to paint gift tags, greeting cards, gift boxes, and even wrapping paper. All of these can be created with a variety of stencils to speed up the painting process.

Perhaps you intend to paint Chris Thornton-Deason’s Festive Glassware set (page 18) to use for serving hors-d’oeuvres at this year’s holiday get-togethers. You may not have time to paint this grouping for others, but instead, why not paint dark mugs with the poinsettia and holly design, fill the mugs with hot chocolate packets, wrap them in holiday cellophane, and then tie them up with a fancy bow and small candy cane for a festive display. What a great gift!

If you plan to paint Margot Clark’s Elegant Floral Ornaments (page 86), consider using the same techniques for pins, pendants, eyeglass cases, and more.

The whimsical snowman and Santa designs featured on Deb Antonick’s Holiday Accent Pillows (page 72) can be easily adapted to fit on tablet or laptop cases, floorcloths, totes, sleds, boxes…the list goes on and on. Just be sure to use the proper paint and mediums for your surface of choice.

I am certain that you can come up with many more creative ways to use this issue’s holiday designs.

We at PaintWorks wish happiness to you and yours for the upcoming holiday season. Remember, it’s not how much you spend or how large the gift, but rather the thought and effort you put in to creating it that people treasure the most. There is nothing more personal than giving a handmade gift that has been crafted with love and care. We hope to help you check off that gift list with the designs featured on the following pages.

Happy Holidays!

Linda R. Heller
Editor in Chief

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Projects
Holiday Reflections
Holiday Reflections
Festive Glassware
Festive Glassware
Holly and Ivy Pin
Holly and Ivy Pin
O’ Holy Night Star Box
O’ Holy Night Star Box
Victorian Cones
Victorian Cones
Woodland Santa Tray
Woodland Santa Tray
Letters to Santa
Letters to Santa
Santa’s Workshop Clock
Santa’s Workshop Clock
Santa and Friends Ornaments
Santa and Friends Ornaments
The Wool Gatherer
The Wool Gatherer
Primitive Santa Candle Stands
Primitive Santa Candle Stands
Forest Friends Sled
Forest Friends Sled
Christmas Glow
Christmas Glow
Joyful Welcome Plaque
Joyful Welcome Plaque
Holiday Accent Pillows
Holiday Accent Pillows
Snowfolk Carolers
Snowfolk Carolers
Santa’s Music Shop
Santa’s Music Shop
Believe in Christmas
Believe in Christmas
Elegant Floral Ornaments
Elegant Floral Ornaments




In this Issue
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Winter 2013

Projects

Holiday Reflections by Cheri Rol

Festive Glassware by Chris Thornton-Deason

Holly and Ivy Pin by Barbara (Franzreb) Bunsey

O’ Holy Night Star Box by Nancy Scott

Victorian Cones by Della Wetterman

Woodland Santa Tray by Nancy Scott

Letters to Santa by Rebecca Trimble

Santa’s Workshop Clock by Chris Haughey

Santa and Friends Ornaments by Cyndi Combs

The Wool Gatherer by Lynne Andrews

Primitive Santa Candle Stands by Debra Mills

Forest Friends Sled by Pam Grady

Christmas Glow by Patti DeRenzo

Joyful Welcome Plaque by Cynthia Erekson

Holiday Accent Pillows by Deb Antonick

Snowfolk Carolers by Bob Pennycook

Santa’s Music Shop by Monika Brint

Believe in Christmas by Kim Christmas

Elegant Floral Ornaments by Margot A. Clark

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