Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hand Made Gifts: Art for Your Home (If you are related to me in any way, shape, or form, DO NOT READ)

Before you read, just a head's up that my friend Julia is having her first ever giveaway on her blog, Cuckoo 4 Design.  She is giving away a custom couple silhouette digital art file ($50 calue) from her etsy shop.  Head on over for your chance at this....
Couples silhouette DIGITAL art file (no frame)

Now, if you've been reading this blog for over a year, you know that I am big on handmade gifts.  I love giving them, and I love receiving them.  Something about the time and effort someone put into creating something me just makes it all the more special.  Last year I made soy vintage teacup and jar candles, vintage insulator photo displays, clay penguin ornaments, and painted coasters.  This year I am working to create more handmade gifts.   And I love using the kids for creative artwork and gift giving!

A couple years back we made "Handy Warhols" using their hand prints.
This year, I used stamp ink, their finger prints, and a fine point black sharpie to create one of a kind art for family members.

REMEMBER IF YOU ARE FAMILY STOP READING HERE.








These are for my parents.  We created holiday lights as well as a bouquet of balloons for my Dad.  Emmy did both of these and chose the colors, as you can tell. :)  On my Dad's I wrote, "Fly away with me".    (The Lights were inspired by Meet the Dubiens, but the balloons were my idea)  I simply framed them in Ikea frames.

For Chris, I created the "me + you" and you can see it still needs his fingerprint!  Emmy created the cardinal family (She wanted cardinals) and I wrote "We are family" on the branch.

My kids created these for Ali's kids.  (Don't worry, Ali, Hayden's will be framed, but the frame was defective and will be exchanged!)
Sawyer chose monsters as his design for Noah, so he chose all the colors and did hiss finger prints, and told me which monsters to draw, based on this image from The Earth is Our Teacher.  Emmy chose birds for hers, and we added the tree trunk with her initials in a heart, just like on Emmy's faux bois wall.
 Here's a closer look at Sawyer's artwork, which he titled, "Monster hunt".

For my brother and his girlfriend, and for My brother in law and his fiance, the kids created these reindeer in love images... too cute!  And for my in laws, Emmy made a chain of reindeer (Ok, so she printed and I filled in with the doodles).  And I wrote "Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" on it.  The reindeer with hearts were inspired by Thumbelina cards, and the other one was our own design.


And if that's not enough I have more artwork ideas for you!  I am always attracted to paintings at thrift shops and yard sales and a while back I bought a bunch of watercolors at a yard sale.  I was going through all my pins in preparation for a pinterest party I attended last Friday night so I could decide what to bring... I found this pin which was to paint lettering over an old painting from Young House Love.   I LOVED this idea so much!  I pulled out all those watercolors and ha a blast coming up with phrases for them....

My recipient received the above "it is well with my soul",  a wine crate, and a teacup tree, and a spool ornament.


I am keeping this one...



Anyhow, I think Young House Love is pretty darn smart for coming up with this simple idea that transforms and updates an old painting!  They took no time to add to, and would make great gifts for special people in your life.

Do you like to give handmade gifts as well?  What are your favorites to create?
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40 comments:

Julia Konya said...

Thank you so much for the shout out! I really appreciate it.
Your list of handmade gifts is awesome and gives me some ideas ;)

The Far Fifty said...

I love these, so cute! I'm gonna try the little birds.

Cathy Wall said...

Those are the best gifts Cassie! Hope your family follows instructions.... The embellished watercolors are amazing, you never cease to amaze me! YHL now has a place where you can share your take on their projects....

Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

I love both these ideas! The kids prints pictures are so personal - perfect gifts for grandparents! And the watercolor upcycle is genius. I love the butterfly one!

Holly @ Life as a Thrifter said...

SO fabulous! I'm dying of the "Handy Warhols!" I definitely see THAT in our future!! Thanks for sharing!!

DecorandtheDog said...

I'm dying at the balloon thumbprints. How awesome! And those watercolors. I really like your take on the project. They are super pretty!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Hey artsy craftsy girl! You are full of wonderful ideas today! The thumbprint art is SO cute, I can't wait to do that with my little niece and nephew when they're here for Christmas. They make such cute Christmas decor, all framed up. My fave is the two reindeer in love :)
And the revamping of the thrift store art is genius and so fun!!

Jen @ Paisley Print Shoes said...

these are so great!! I bet Katie would love the ones her kids can help make - and I love love the It is well painting. And I bet at least one of your family members peeked...I probably would have. :)

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

I am making gifts this year, as the doctors were pretty well convinced I had cancer (Stage four) in the fall. It turned out to be something else entirely, but I am making gifts so that everyone will have something to remember me by when I AM dead, which will not be this year (or next), I hope.

Ange said...

Wow, you've been busy! I love the fingerprint art work, so fun and one of a kind! Also the lettering on the art work is a genius idea.

Andrea said...

The fingerprint art is so darn cute! Love that idea. Your watercolors are so much cooler now!!! Love all the sayings too.

17 Perth said...

Absolutely adorable! Handmade gifts are awesome! No doubt your family will love them!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Those are fantstic gifts! Great job creating all those. Almost finished with your skirt!

Jane Craske said...

Yowsers! You did amazingly! I like each one and can't believe how lucky the giftees are C:

CountryBelle said...

I don't usually comment, but I really enjoyed this whole post! I wanted to start pinning at your fingerprint artwork, but alas, the WHOLE post needs pinned!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

I like to give handmade gifts - but - I always worry the recipient will not like them!
-Trish

Rita said...

I have to agree! I love giving and getting handmade stuff and as much as it annoys me I hate when a family member calls my husband and asks what to give me. or tells us what they want. I may have to post about this as it annoys me every year... but I dont' want to come off as bah humbug either! Maybe I'll just rant to you and let the buck stop there.

But JUST IN CASE you do run accross post about it from me soon...Please don't roll your eyes and tell me "told ya so" when I get hate comments haha!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

What great gifts! I love the idea of getting the kids involved. So special!

Nancy said...

FANTASTIC Cassie! great ideas, and love how personal they are.
Happy Holidays.
xo Nancy
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Lisa @ Turning Tables said...

You are so creative!! Those gifts are going to warm the hearts of all of their recipients :) Those little fingerprints are so cute and will be fun for Sawyer and Emmy to look back at when they are all big 'n stuff :/

(& I hope you aren't disappointed when you receive my non-handmade gifts this year. I promise that a lot of thought and heart went into them too ;) )

Dear Emmeline said...

love these Cassie! fingerprint art was my favorite to do when I was doing day care! i think i need to resurrect that again and let Elise do some! :)

amber-wills said...

The thumb print Christmas light painting is too cute! Of course the ballon one is awesome too and bonus it can be used all year.

We spiced up an old painting with some words for our summer pinterest challenge. Of course I didn't dare paint the words. I am not that talented!!

http://www.willscasa.com/2012/07/summer-pinterest-challenge-1/

Allison said...

Those are such special gifts and so so thoughtful. All made with love. I think it is so sweet that you and Sawyer and Emmy made all of these together. You are creating wonderful memories and traditions.

Twice Nice said...

Love every one of those ideas! The fingerprints are so inspired!! And what a great restyle on the watercolors.

pam {simple details} said...

Too cute! The fingerprints are darling, these are the types of art that become more treasured as the years go by! :)

The Bold Abode said...

Dang, girl! Those are so super amazingly cute! I've done nada, zip, zilch!!! I can't take it. Must make somthing!!!!

Renee said...

Love those reindeer! I remember creating these types of gifts when my kids were young...everyone still has a handprint wreath and tree! We also may handprint wreath sweatshirts for the grandmas one year!

Kelly said...

Those little reindeer thumbs are SOOO CUTE. I'm thinking Weston needs to get crackin' on making everyone's gifts now!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

wow! this post is jam packed with so much goodness! So many clever, creative gift ideas Cassie! I love them all, really love the balloons, and lights--ohh, but the reindeer are so cute. The words written on artwork, fabulous! I missed YHL post on that.
pinning this post!
gail

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Aw, such sweet stuff, Cassie! I love all the thumbprint projects, and those painting with the phrases are AWESOME! Thanks for all the inspiration!
xo Heidi

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Wow, you have really been on a crafy roll Cassie! I love the artwork you created with the kids - so cute and personal! And those paintings are just awesome! I want one or two or three!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Wow! These are all amazing gifts. I think anyone would be happy to receive them. I'm sort of dying over the thumbprint art, and don't get me started on the Handy Warhols. SO CLEVER.

Thanks for linking to Dare to DIY

Ali Richardson said...

Soooooooooooooo awesome!!!!!! Love them (oh and if you haven't gone back to IKEA yet, get a white frame for Hayden :) If you already got black, no biggie). XO

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh my goodness. These are just way to cute! Adding to my list of projects to try!

Megan said...

Seriously, those are some of the best handmade gifts ever! I need to get on that!

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

LOVE all of these ideas! I really love the paintings with fun wording. It makes each one so unique!

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

I've made a few handmade gifts this year, and I'm currently hosting my first Handmade Gifts Link Party. Would love for you to share some of your creations with my readers (just saying!).

Erin @ His and Hers said...

Okay, all of those thumbprint pictures are seriously adorable. I love the holiday lights one. And "Handy Warhols" is hilarious. :)

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I love the fingerprint art! So cute creative and a treasure.

Anna@Directions Not Included said...

Such cute gifts! I really love them all. I also love that the kids are doing this when they are small. It will be fun to look back at that when they are older/

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