Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Couple of My Favorite Christmas Gifts!

Christmas  is  fun,  but  it  sure  is  exhausting!  But  I  really  enjoyed  it  with  all  of  my  family  here--it's  really  hard    for  all  of  my  kids  to  get  together  at  once  anymore.   But  when  we  do,  it's  like  turning  back  time--they're  like  little  kids  again  with  all  of  the  "fringe"  benefits  included--if  you  know  what  I  mean ; )    BUT--it's  fun  and  it's  funny  too.....

And  I  really  liked  my  presents--I  like  any  kind  of  present!   But  I  wanted  to  show  you  a  couple of  my  favorite(but  not exclusive : )  ones.  


So  let  me  explain  this  one.   This  is  from  my  daughter,  son-in-law,  and  their  dog/son  Bob.   Earlier  this  year,  they  found  a  very  serious  form  of  cancer  in  Bob's  leg,  and  after  trying  different  treatments  on  him,  they  had  to  amputate  his  leg,  which  made  all  the  difference  in  the  world.   As  of  right  now,  he's  cancer-free,  and  back  to  being  crazy  Bob  again.   If   you've  never  met  him,  you  can  meet  him  HERE.

My  daughter  and  son-in-law  are  not  taking  this  for  granted  however.   They  are  spending  as  much  time  with  him  as  they  can.   So  this  summer  they've  been  taking  him  to  a  lot  of  the  beaches  that  we  have  around  here  (we  live  on  Lake  Erie).   He  LOVES  the  beach.   And  while  they  were  there,  they  started  to  collect  beach  glass,  and  by  the  end  of  the  summer,  they  had  a  LOT.   And  this  is  what  they  did  with  some  of  the  pieces  that  they  found--a  beach  glass  family  portrait  of  me,  Lenny  (our  turtle)  and  my  husband!


How  wonderful  is  this?!    I  love  the  fact  that  Lenny  is  entirely  made  of  beach  glass pieces  that  they  had  in  their  collection---like  finding  pieces  to  a  puzzle.   The  story  behind  this  gift  is  just  as  good  as  the  gift--don't  you  think?

And  then  the  same  daughter  kept  asking  me  what  I  wanted  for  Christmas,  and  I  honestly  couldn't  think  of  anything.    And  then  I  thought--I  know!   I  made  an  Etsy  Christmas  list!   I  no  doubt  love  hand-crafted  items,  and I  also  love  supporting  other  artists,  so  I  sent  her  a  ton  of  Etsy  links  so  I  wouldn't  know  what  she  picked  out.    And  this  is  what  she  chose--



This  beautiful  necklace  (I.....LOVE....IT!)  is  from  the  very  talented  Sharon--livewirejewelery Etsy shop.    The  way  she  turns  these  vintage  pieces  into  a  wearable  piece  of  art  along  with  her  skilled  jewelry-making (love  what  she  does  with  brass)  is  magic.   And  I  want  to  mention  that  this  isn't  my  first  piece  of  jewelry  from  Sharon--I'm  definitely  a  Livewire Jewelry  junkie!!!

I  haven't  been  able  to  spend  much  time  in  my  art  room,  but  I  HAVE   been  a  little  busy  in  there--next  blog,  I'll  tell  you...

Hope  everyone  has  a  very  Happy  2012!

26 comments:

Manon said...

What wonderful presents! So the talent is in the family I see.
ManonX

NatashaMay said...

What fabulous gifts! And that picture with beach glass is just priceless. Happy New Year to you and your family! :)

Zondra Art said...

Such nice presents! I love the first one, it is so creative and special!:)
Greetings!:)

Createology said...

It is easy to see how these gifts would be so very special to you. How clever to use the beach glass to do a family portrait. Gentle week to you...

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Oh my gosh, that little family portrait with your turtle is precious! What a clever, thoughtful gift. Thank you for your friendship Diane,Wishing you happy in 2012♥

Lisa D. said...

How fun! I love those kind of gifts!

Dorthe said...

Dear Diane, such a special, and sweet gift -and the one Sharon made is fabolous. I am also A Livewire Jewlery fan, and I ,too, have some of Sharon`s fantastic pieces, and love them-she is a wonderful artist, and a wonderful person.
I wish you a happy hop into yeR 2012 DEAR FRIEND- AND A BLESSED AND LOVELY NEW YEAR.
Hugs,Dorthe

~Rasz~ said...

What fabulous presents! I love the beach glass. I grew up spending lots of time on Lake Erie! What a perfect family portrait...creative mother/creative daughter. And the vintage piece is just beautiful. So happy you had a lovely, fun-filled Christmas!!!! And here's to a terrific New Year!

Cathy Bueti said...

Love this Diane!! What a cute, thoughtful present. And yes the story makes it even better! So happy to hear that Bob is doing well!

ANd that necklace is so lovely!!

Can't wait to hear what you have been up to!

Happy New Year!

xo

wanda miller said...

what a MARVELOUS time spent with the family!!! doesn't get any better than ALL of this diane. LOVE ALL THE TALENTS showing. xo

rebeca trevino said...

i can see the talent in your family didn't stop with you!

the sea glass portrait is terrific. what a thoughtful and lovely gift.

sounds like you are having an amazing holiday.

Heather Henry said...

Sounds like a wonderful gathering. And I love homemade gifts like that too, especially when there is an interesting story behind it all. Makes it even more special. What a fun and creative gift. I love it! The jewelry is very pretty too. I love supporting other artists as well.
Have a wonderful week! :) Peace!

sharon said...

You are an amazing gift to me Diane. Thank you so much, I am humbled.
I wish only the best for you this New Year and always.

Kathy said...

Oh my goodness - LOVE that beach glass picture. What a wonderful Christmas gift!!

Juls said...

love your gifts, especially the pebble picture! Hugs Juls

Giggles said...

So much love in this post! So fun the beach glass art. The turtle, amazing. Also to jewelry is beautiful! Bob is so adorable too!! Hope he lives a long happy life!

Hugs Giggles

Emelie said...

Such a thoughful gift, the sea glass art, I can see why youlove it and the necklace also so pretty and creative.
Nice tohear that Bob is doing well, such a little personality.

here to wish you a happy creative New Year Diane.

Marilyn Rock said...

What meaningful gifts and I can see why you shared them - thank you! I'm happy to read that Bob is doing well. Happy New Year to you and yours and look forward to more of your art in 2012! xxoo Good health to all.

Theresa said...

Hope your Christmas was wonderful! Special gifts indeed - the sea glass picture is priceless!

Buffy said...

Oh my gosh,I just love that sea glass art. So adorable. And the necklace is gorgeous. Glad you had a nice Christmas,especially with family being all together. It does get harder as they get older to get everyone together.

Isabel said...

What beautiful gifts:O)What a great idea with the beach glass:O) have a great New Year!:O)

BlackPumpkin said...

They are both so lovely! What a wonderful story that of your dog!
Happy Holidays!

Lovey said...

Beautiful presents Diane!! Wishing you a wonderful 2012 full of art!!! Thanks for visiting too!! You are AWESOME!!!

Julie said...

Oh my goodness...what a touching piece! And, I love the necklace too. I do hope you had an awesome Christmas...it seems you did! I'm glad you love the doll! Thank you SO much again! Happy New year to you! :))

Jennifer RIchardson said...

fantastic seaglass love!
and the etsy link idea is wonderful....so much deliciousness
to choose from!
HUGE bright hope to you
for an amazing year ahead,
Jen

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

oh man I love that portrait! Awesome gift! and so is that gorgeous necklace! what a great idea to send along your etsy wants :) I'll have to remember that trick ;)

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