Three Gifts of Unframed Art

Today’s Joy Dare Challenge is to name three gifts of unframed art.

20131211-092145.jpg339. Mom’s Book. My 84 year old mother decided to create a personalized ABC book for her first great-grandson, Hudson. She began this project with doubts in her artistic abilities and doubts in actually turning it into a book.

20131211-092405.jpgEach page was carefully written and hand drawn to showcase aspects of Hudson’s life. On this page “C” is for cousins who are a chef, a captain, college students and their trips to China and other places around the world.

20131211-092635.jpgOf course I think this page describing “L” is pretty special. Hudson visits his cousin in Spartanburg who has a ladder on his bunk bed, a lizard in his room and where he takes long walks looking for ladybugs and spiders with long legs. This book is an absolute treasure. Now mom has to get started on the next editions for Parker, Aiden and baby Spencer!

20131211-093043.jpg440. Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. One of the very first Christmas decorations I made was this beanbag set of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. I knew I wanted something that my future kids could hold and move around. It has held together for 26 years and hopefully for 26 more.

20131211-093415.jpg441. Kid made Christmas Ornaments. As I decorate my tree, my most precious ornaments are the ones my kids made when they were younger. Not only are they special because their little hands made them, but I am reminded of how blessed we were with the Godly teachers and administrators they had in their public school.

20131211-093709.jpg442. Nativity Banner. Santa came to our house when the kids were growing up. We wrote letters to Santa, set out cookies on Christmas Eve, and he left presents under the tree. But he wasn’t our main focus during the Christmas season, Jesus’ birth was. This nativity banner hung where we lived most in our home. Although it is made with simple felt and paint, as I cut and glued, I knew it meant more.

20131211-094159.jpg443. Handcrafted Nativity Scenes From Around the World. As we travel, I like to look for handmade nativity scenes to bring home. Like this one from Rome, they remind me of how encompassing God’s love is. Gods love is for everyone! You don’t have to belong to a certain denomination or do certain acts, He loves us all!

20131211-094607.jpg444. My Crèche. I love my simple Dademco Crèche. It is displayed in the “fanciest” room of our house. The dining room is where we use our finest dishes, use our best manners and share our favorite meal with honored guests. I think it is only fitting that this is where Mary, Joseph and Jesus need to be showcased.

Again, I named more than three gifts. But once I got started thinking about unframed pieces of art, I couldn’t stop. I hope you don’t mind. What are your unframed gifts of art? I’d love for you to share them with me!

Thanks for dropping by!


Sending Some Ho Ho Ho

20131210-073551.jpgWhat is the first thing these guys ask for every Christmas season?

20131210-073649.jpgReindeer cookies!

20131210-073728.jpgHere is the super easy recipe for these delicious cookies. You will need Refrigerated Peanut Butter Cookie Dough in the tube, small pretzels, M&Ms, (and I usually use chocolate chips, but I didn’t have them, so I didn’t use them! So there.)

20131210-074210.jpgAfter slicing the dough into 1/4inch-1/2 inch circles, my assistant pinches the bottom to form the reindeer chin.

20131210-074358.jpgI guess you could turn them into skulls for Halloween or a snowman, if you look at it upside down or even light bulbs for Thomas Edison Day! (Is there such a day? Oh well….)

20131210-074614.jpgNow add pretzels for the antlers.

20131210-074715.jpgDon’t worry about if the pretzels are broken. I think it gives the reindeer some character.

20131210-074821.jpgTime to give these sweet guys some eyes and a nose. I usually use chocolate chips, turned upside down-flat side up, for the eyes. But as you know I don’t have any, so…..We are using the green candies for the eyes and red for the nose.

20131210-075035.jpgOne issue I have to deal with is the number of red M&Ms that are left in my hand. What’s a girl to do?

20131210-075248.jpgSam is hoping one will jump off the tray. A few weeks ago, I made some cookies and while they were cooling on the rack, I went to vacuum. When I walked back into the kitchen, there was an empty cooling rack on the floor! Sam innocently sat there wagging her tail. Needless to say, she got kicked outside. Anyway…bake the cookies for 10 min at 350 degrees.

20131210-075719.jpg“Psst….Do You Hear What I hear?”

20131210-075835.jpg“Ah shucks…I think I’m sweet on you.”

20131210-080022.jpg“Dear Santa- I want a dolly and he wants a truck.”

20131210-080150.jpg“With bows in my hair, I’m ready for the party!”

20131210-080233.jpg“Wrinkles don’t mean I’m just old. These are lines of living!”

20131210-080355.jpgSo, see that handsome kid in uniform there on the left? Well, he’s starting his college exams this week. What would help him study and succeed during this stressful time? Reindeer Cookies!!! A box has been packed and shipped to Charleston. Enjoy, Sweet boy!

Do you have any special treats that you bake or make during the Christmas season? Share with me in the comment section below! Thanks for stopping by!