Inside this Issue — December 2008
Wrapping Up the Holidays...
In this issue of PaintWorks, we have a dazzling array of holiday designs.
These projects represent a variety of styles painted on tin, wood, suede, fabric,
and more. From country to folk art to classic to whimsical, this issue’s
features include something for everyone.
The holidays are about sharing time with family, so why not begin in
the kitchen! We’ve got you covered while baking cookies and sweets
with Patricia Rawlinson’s mother-daughter (son) apron set (page
73). This adorable denim duo will set the tone for the season and create “sweet” memories
to savor for years to come. What a perfect gift for any young mother!
In keeping with the kitchen theme, stand your cookbook up on Debbie Cotton’s
recipe book holder (page 57) while you whip up your holiday feast. For a
perfect presentation, serve appetizers or desserts on Judy Diephouse’s
Holly and Berry Strokework Plate (page 23).
Over the past year, we’ve received requests for designs specifically
created for people living in the South. We heard you, and with that in mind,
we’re thrilled to present Pat Smelkoff’s Southern Santa board
(page 68). We’re certain this unique piece will be appreciated by
any Santa collector!
Do You See What I See?
Over the years, we’ve encouraged you to not only paint the designs
as we present them, but to adapt them to additional surfaces. When thinking
in terms of painting holiday gifts, you can simplify your gift planning
process by choosing several designs and adapting them to a variety of surfaces.
Check your “stash” to see what surfaces you already have on
hand. Also, go to your local dollar store or department store and discover
what treasures they hold.
A Time to Share
Christmas is a time for love, joy, peace, hope, and sharing. When painting
gifts and decorations for the holidays, be sure to remember there are
those who are less fortunate. In the spirit of sharing and giving, we
hope you take the time to paint an extra piece or two and donate it to
a local church or charity. Remember that the best gifts are those hand-painted
from the heart!
Have a blessed holiday,
Linda R. Heller,