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Inside the Current Issue — Christmas Countdown!
Christmas is a joyous time for celebrating life and for sharing hope and joy with those around us. In the wake of recent challenges and tragedies both here and abroad, the upcoming holiday season offers each of us an opportunity to help those in need. The value of the process of sharing and giving is one of the best holiday gifts you can give to others and yourself. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have suffered.
Projects
chickadee Chickadee Christmas Ornament by Johanne Morin
On the coldest days of winter these beloved birds remain acitve and cheerful!
nesting dolls Nesting Doll Crèche, Part 1: The Stable and Mary, Joseph, and Jesus by Peggy Harris
These nativity nesting dolls magically open to reveal the infant Jesus and the story of the first Christmas.
peace dove tree Peace Dove Tree by Susan K. Stamilio
Paint both sides of the wooden tree cutout to create a stunning centerpiece or a single dove for an ornament.
wine box Santa Wine Bottle Box by Sharon Hamilton, MDA
This Old World Santa captures the spirit of the season as he hurries along to deliver all his goodies.
poinsettia plate Poinsettia Plate by Juanita Denton, CDA
Here's a lovely plate to add to your collection of Christmas decorations.
christmas trio A Christmas Trio by Trudy Beard, CDA
This unique set of tin trees will be a part of your Christmas tradition for years to come.
irish santa and lamb Irish Santa and Lamb by Vicki Allwardt, CDA
Add this porcelain duo to your cherished Christmas collection.
good shepherd Good Shepherd Plaque, Part 2: Nighttime Scene by France Quirion
In this issue, we feature the nighttime version of a shepherd and his sheep.
puzzle tray Holiday Christmas Puzzle Tray by Patricia Rawlinson
When removed from the bottom of the tray, the puzzle pieces become coasters!
tray Christmas Tray by Shara Reiner, CDA
Serve up something special this holiday using this whimsical Santa tray!
hinged box lap desk Hinged Holiday Box/Lap Desk by Sharon Saylor, CDA
Here's a must-have for the cat lover and teddy bear collector!
santa sled Santa Sled by Roxanne M. Jarvis
Santa and his elves rest up before the big night!
garden basket Christmas Garden Basket by Judy Diephouse
Paint this perfect gift for the gardener in your life.
christmas and company “Christmas & Co.” Snowman Ornaments by Kim Christmas
These wooden snowmen are dressed up for Christmas!
santa star ornament Santa Star Ornament by Kim Christmas
This holiday piece can be hung just about anywhere as a reminder that Santa is on his way.
Features
winter foliage Brushstroke Technique Guide by Debby Forshey Choma
Create realistic winter foliage.
under the tree Holiday Shopping, Part I: by Judi Kauffman
Under the Tree—Gifts for Kids and Grown-Ups
tara leigh Behind the Scenes: Going Professional by Tera Leigh
A behind-the-scenes look at how professional painters can make money.
roses Try a New Technique: Roses, Poppies, and Five-Stroke Flowers by Heather Redick, CDA
The technique closely follows the one practiced by Zhostovo artists for many years.
homespun Homespun Elegance: Visions of Sugarplums, Part 1: Cone Ornament and Tin by Rebecca Baer, CDA
Part 1 is a simple, stenciled design; Part 2 (PaintWorks January 2006) features hand-painted poinsettias.
train bank Created Just for Kids! “All American Railway” Train Bank/Clock/Lamp by Jill DiMaria and Maria Grimanis
This unique surface is a savings bank that also houses a clock and a lamp.
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