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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
~Irish Blessing

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St Patrick’s Day Mailbox Decoration

We put this up this morning to be ready for St. Patrick’s Day. We used to have just a bare shamrock piece cut out, but I like this one better This is the back of the piece. You can see where I tried to blend in the mounting bar into the painting.

 

And this is the front of the piece.

“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”  ~Adrienne Cook

 

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Christmas in February

I finished painting my “Gingerbread Cookies” Wooden personalized ornament collection this afternoon!

 

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Cookie Plate 1 – “Angel,” “Bell with Clapper,” “Ornament,” “Fancy Snowflake,” and “Rounded Snowflake.”

 

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Cookie Plate 2 –  “Teddy Bear,” “Moose,” and “Christmas Cookie.”

 

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Cookie Plate 3 – “Butterfly,” “Rudolph,” “Starburst,” and “Small Christmas Tree.”

 

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Cookie Plate 4 – “Rounded Christmas Tree,” “Christmas Stocking,” “Snowman,” and “Birdhouse.”

 

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Cookie Plate 5 –  “Rounded Bell,” “Dove,” and “Mitten.”

Each of these is made of light weight wood, perfect to hang on your tree. The back is painted brown, like the front, with a white band across for personalization. You can have the name of the recipient and the year,  “to _____ from _____ and the year,” “_____’s First Christmas and the year,” etc. at no extra charge. The size of the ornaments ranges from approximately 2.5″ across to 5″ across.  You can order as many ornaments as you like. They can be made to look like the ones above or each one can be different. I’ll work with you to make these just the way you want them. As each one is painted by hand, please allow approximately 3 weeks for creation and delivery. If you would like to order several of the same ornament, please email me at linda@creativeartworks.cc to check quantity in stock, as more time may be needed if you need more than I have on hand.

You are the first to see these. They aren’t listed on Creative Artworks yet. I’ll have them up soon. “:0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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L is for ‘laughter’ we had along the way.
O is for ‘optimism’ you gave me every day.
V is for ‘value’ of being my best friend.
E is for ‘eternity,’ a love that has no end.”

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

If you order quickly, you can still have the following in time for Valentine’s Day –

 

 

 

 

"Memory Box" - Hand-Painted - "Heart" or "A Rose is a Rose" by Linda Lewis

“Memory Box” – Hand-Painted – “Heart” or “A Rose is a Rose” by Linda Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order right away to be sure you have these items in time for gift giving.

Happy Valentine’s Day – Last Call!

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I’ll Drink to That!

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Two one-of-a-kind pairs of toasting goblets for you and your love. The one above is called “Entwined Hearts”.  

 

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This one-of-a-kind pair is called, “Tied with a Bow.”

Each pair is frosted in a sand-blaster and then painted with metallic paint. The paint is cured in an oven so these are dishwasher safe.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

 

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The Rest of the Gingerbread Cookie Cards

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“Butterfly” and “Fancy Angel”

 

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“Two Trees” and “Fancy Snowflake”

 

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“Rudolph” and “Peace Dove”

 

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“Christmas Bear”, “Candle,” and “Rounded Snowflake.”

I’ve had such a good time working on these custom Christmas cards, even though it’s the wrong time of the year, and I won’t see any sales for quite awhile. Now I’m working on wooden Christmas ornaments in the same theme. I’ll show you pics when they’re finished.

 

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Custom Christmas Cards – Take 2

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As I told you yesterday, I’ve had a lot of fun creating these “Gingerbread Coolies” Custom Christmas cards. I’ll be listed them on Creative Artworks soon, but I wanted to show them to you and see what you think. The design on the left above is “Christmas Bell,” and the one on the right is “Gingerbread Girl.”

 

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The one on the top is “Giant Gingerbread Cookie,” and the one on the bottom is “Starburst.” The customer can choose any combination of 8 cards in a package, and then can customize words on the front and on the inside at no extra charge.

 

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Since each card is made to order,  customers will need to allow approximately 3 weeks for delivery to be sure I can fill the order in good time. The one on the left is “Angel,” and the one on the right is “Blue Bird.”

 

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The one on the left is “Snowman,” and the one on the right is “Christmas Tree.” I can do the same design as you see in the picture or I can customize it further by changing color accents if you like.

 

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The design on the left is “Christmas Ornament,” and the one on the right is “Christmas Bird.”

I used cookie cutters for some of the designs, and wooden ornaments for others, painted them the gingerbread cookie brown, and then had fun decorating the cookies! :0)

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Happy New Year!

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“Saturday (Jan. 28) marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year, China’s biggest holiday, which is celebrated throughout the world, including in the U.S. Each year, Chinese people ring in the new year around when the new moon is closest to the beginning of spring, usually sometime between mid-January and late-February. Although China officially uses the international Gregorian calendar, the traditional lunisolar calendar remains a symbol to harken the start of spring.

Each year, the Chinese calendar assigns an animal from a rotating zodiac of 12 animals. The 12 animals cycle through rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. 2016 was the Year of the Monkey. Apart from 2017, the Year of the Rooster includes the years 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2029.

2017 is a Fire Rooster Year. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with one of five elements as well as an animal, including gold (metal), wood, water, fire or Earth. The element, combined with the zodiac animal, set the astrology for the year. This year is a fire year, and so those born in 2017 are Fire Roosters. The last Fire Rooster Year was 1957.”  Source: Time.com

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Chieu Luu – CNN

Our son is a traveler who loves to live and work in other countries (plus try to learn their language), so we’ve been introduced to the Chinese New Year when he was living in Chengdu, China; then Shanghai, China; and now Chiang Mai, Thailand. Each year HUGE celebrations are held with people going wherever home is to be with their families. Some shops are only open sporadically, while others are open 24 hours a day.  A wonderful time for optimism and joy!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See all of our Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions on Creative Artworks

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

 

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Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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(Last Day to order Valentine’s Day Bears using Cross stitch is January 30th. Last Day to order other Valentine’s Day Bears is Feb. 3rd.)

 

 

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Order today from Creative Artworks! to make this an extra-special Valentine’s Day!

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Great Valentine’s Day Bears – So CUTE!

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Be-Mine-Bear” by Debbie Garrett

 

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Be-Mine-Cupid-Bear by Debbie Garrett 

 

 

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Gentleman-Bear-With-Rose by Debbie Garrett

 

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“Panda Sweater Bear 1” by Debbie Garrett

 

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“Panda – I Love You” by Debbie Garrett

 

 

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Panda-Love-Bear by Debbie Garrett

 

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“Prisoner of Love 2” by Debbie Garrett

*Last Day to Order for  Valentine’s Day 2017 for items using cross-stitch is January 30, 2017

*Last Day to Order is February 3, 2017 for all other items.

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Happy 2017 !

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The Catholic Catalogue

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2017 New Year’s Resolutions

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These are my ACTUAL resolutions –

  1. Be grateful as I age –
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Southern and Blessed via Cindy Bassnett Thurman

 

2.  Fold Myself into a Paper Airplane Daily

 

 

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Damn Cool Pictures

 

3.   Continue Getting the Lard Off –

 

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4.  Show My Friends How Much They Mean to Me –

 

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GrowingBolder.com

 

5.  Take Time for Art –

 

 

6. Take Time to Play –

 

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Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

 

7.  Quit Being So Hard on Myself –

 

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Nino Chakvetzdze via Zen to Zany

 

8.  Read and Dance –

 

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Anita Opper via Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

 

9.   Be Better Than I Was Yesterday –

 

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TaoLife.com

 

10.  Show my husband I love him every day, in every way I can –

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Inspirely

MAKE 2017 A GREAT YEAR!

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New Year’s Resolutions?

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“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other.” ~ Anonymous

 

 

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My Wish for You in 2017

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My Wish for You in 2017

“May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts.
May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills.
May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!
May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires
may happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy.
May the problems you had  forget your home address!
In simple words ………… May 2017 be the best year of your life!!!”
Author Unknown

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Happy New Year – Take 1

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Sanbornton Public Library

 

 

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” ~ Bill Vaughan

“My wishes for you, Great start for Jan, Love for Feb, Peace for March, No worries for April, Fun for May, Joy for June to Nov, Happiness for Dec, Have a lucky and wonderful 2017.” ~ Unknown

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Sweet Snowman at Christmas

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Waving Snowman by StarbrightAngels via Ann Gilstrap

Hopefully, if you click on the link you’ll see the cute snowman waving. If not, here’s the URL to try – https://www.facebook.com/starbrightangels.angels/videos/1244227582333241/

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Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 9

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Thanks to The Riflebird via The Kakapo via Ann Gilstrap

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Merry Christmas!

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“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”  ~Norman Vincent Peale

 

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”  ~Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby

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Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 8

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Thanks to The Riflebird via The Kakapo via Ann Gilstrap

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A Wonderful Christmas Gift

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This is an old picture of our son Brian and me, but it’s one of my all-time favorites. He gives absolutely the best hugs I’ve ever had, bringing tears to my eyes.

He’s living and working in Thailand. He loves it there. He can live alongside good friends, also from the States, do computer work for clients in the United States, and live the life he wants, cooking for himself, working out every day, meditating, and learning Thai.

We’re very lucky, in that we’ve always been close, and he’s a wonderful communicator. We have a chat program he set up that is super reliable and private. We can ‘talk’, sometimes in real time when we’re all up at the same time (he’s 12 hours ahead of us at any given time), or we can leave messages for each other. We can send music clips, photos, etc. We talk almost daily.  We tried Skype, but since we live in the sticks. we lose the connection and the images are fuzzy.

Today I checked the chat program to see if he’d left anything.

I read the second-best thing possible – (the first would be that he’s coming home for a visit) –

He’ll try to call us tomorrow for Christmas, when we’re all up at the same time!

Merry Christmas to us!!!!

And to YOU!

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Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 7

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Thanks to The Riflebird via The Kakapo via Ann Gilstrap

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Christmas Gift Suggestions

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“Christmas gift suggestions:

  • To your enemy,  forgiveness.
  • To an opponent, tolerance.
  • To a friend,  your heart.
  • To a customer,  service.
  • To all,  charity.
  • To every child,  a good example.
  • To yourself,  respect.” ~ Oren Arnold

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Hug

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“A hug is a great gift – one size fits all, and it’s easy to exchange.”  ~Author Unknown

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Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 6

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Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 5

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I Love Christmas Trees – Take 5

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Free Jupiter

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Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 4

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Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 3

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Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 2

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