Category Archives: holidays

Happy Easter!

Birthday Greeting Cards by Davia

 

A hundred years or so ago, when I was a child, they sold chicks for Easter at the local hardware store.  A bunch of us persuaded one of the moms to take us to get one.  (This was before it was generally known that this was not a good thing to do to the chicks)

There were about 5 of us and we each got a different colored chick. We named our chicks and proudly brought them home – to appalled moms all over the neighborhood who had no place for a chick, and the resulting grown chicken if the chick happened to live.  (I now look at this through a very different lens. Back then, I was in Heaven and couldn’t figure out why my mom wasn’t delighted with my CUTE light blue chick I had named Elizabeth.

They grew – as chicks do. As they did, the dye faded or the baby chick fuzz left, replaced by feathers. Some of the chicks died. Mine didn’t, but my mom was adamant she was not going to make a chicken house. I kept Elizabeth in a box in the garage for a time, and then my friend Ann’s mom said she would take the chicks at her house. I walked to Ann’s every day to see Elizabeth. Soon, though, it was harder and harder to tell one chicken from another.

Added to this, the sweet, CUTE chicks had become pretty LARGE, mean chickens – who pecked us!

I visited Elizabeth less and less during the coming weeks. Finally, the mom who was raising the chickens for us told us that if we wanted our now fully grown chicken, we should come get them. Otherwise, they were going into the freezer.

By that time, I wasn’t upset that Elizabeth was to become a fried chicken dinner. I learned a valuable lesson. Chicks, rabbits, miniature turtles, and all the other things that are so CUTE when they’re young really shouldn’t be sold as temporary playthings to children at Easter or any other time.

I was lucky that my friend’s mom was willing to build a chicken house so that Elizabeth and the others had the best possible life they could have had, given their start in life.

Source Unknown

Leave a comment

Filed under holidays

Easter Memories

Crosswalk.com

I loved Easter as a child.  Fond memories include getting something new to wear. I remember in particular the year when I got the softest, fuzziest pale pink sweater I ever saw – before or since. I LOVED that sweater and how ‘girly’ I felt each time I wore it.

One of my favorite things was dying Easter eggs. My mom wasn’t really into it, but she allowed us to get some dye. I still love to see all the creative ideas people have for decorating eggs!

Easter Egg Hunts were highlights of my childhood. Usually, we went to the one held on the grounds around our church. They would allow the smallest egg-gathers time to find some eggs before unleashing the next youngest group, giving each group the joy of finding eggs. I always had a basket and brought the eggs home as a carefully guarded treasure. I put the eggs in the fridge – separate from my brother’s stash – and would hope I got to eat every one.  My parents got us a chocolate Easter Rabbit in our basket of fake grass. I loved it!

I went with my friends to a lot of different churches when I wasn’t at my own. The Easter celebration I remember most vividly was the Episcopalian celebration. I was in the child’s choir. I loved the look of the church, with its beautiful stained glass windows and lofty ceiling. I loved the beautiful hymns we sang in harmony created by the choir director. I loved all the pretty Easter dresses, moms with Easter bonnets, and black patent leather shiny shoes.

Now I’m older than dirt and can hide my own Easter eggs, except that I might not find them all again….

I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

Leave a comment

Filed under holidays

Good Friday

Easter Images

“Alzheimer’s Advantage #2: You can hide your own Easter eggs.” ~ Unknown

Leave a comment

Filed under Favorite Quotes, holidays

Easter Goodies

Debbie Garrett of Creative Artworks creates really cute Easter bears, Easter Bunnies, and Easter Bunny Bears! These are full size bears that are sweet and huggable.  Her deadline on accepting Easter orders is April 1st, though, so you’ll need to get your order in quickly to make sure you’ll have it in your hands for Easter fun with the kids and grandkids. Makes a cute table decoration, too!

See all of Debbie Garrett’s bears and bunnies

Linda Faber’s paper mache’ Easter Bunny With Roses is all dressed up in her Easter bonnet. CUTE decoration!

I’m offering 3 different OOAK hand-painted Easter tote bags –

 

I also have an Easter hand-painted OOAK Box –

 

See all of our Easter offerings

Leave a comment

Filed under CREATIVE ARTWORKS GOODIES!, holidays

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Pat’s – Pinterest

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Favorite Pictures, holidays

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

 

Leave a comment

Filed under holidays, Lewis Art, Lewis Mailbox Decorations

Christmas in February

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

 

gc1

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

 

gc2

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

 

gc3

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

 

gc4

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

 

gc5

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

Filed under CREATIVE ARTWORKS GOODIES!, Holiday Gift Ideas, holidays

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Deposit Photos

Deposit Photos

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.”

Leave a comment

Filed under holidays

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!

Leave a comment

Filed under CREATIVE ARTWORKS GOODIES!, Holiday Gift Ideas, holidays

I’ll Drink to That!

val-entwinedheartsgoblets

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

 

val-heartstiedwabow

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!

 

Leave a comment

Filed under CREATIVE ARTWORKS GOODIES!, Holiday Gift Ideas, holidays

The Rest of the Gingerbread Cookie Cards

gc4

“Butterfly” and “Fancy Angel”

 

gc3

“Two Trees” and “Fancy Snowflake”

 

gc2

“Rudolph” and “Peace Dove”

 

gc1

“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.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under CREATIVE ARTWORKS GOODIES!, Holiday Gift Ideas, holidays

Custom Christmas Cards – Take 2

gc6

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.”

 

gc9

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.

 

gc8

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.”

 

gc7

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.

 

gc5

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)

Leave a comment

Filed under CREATIVE ARTWORKS GOODIES!, Holiday Gift Ideas, holidays

Happy New Year!

fameimages.com

fameimages.com

“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

Chieu Luu - CNN

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!

Leave a comment

Filed under holidays

Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

 

Leave a comment

Filed under CREATIVE ARTWORKS GOODIES!, Holiday Gift Ideas, holidays

Ideas for Valentine’s Day

(Please allow approximately 10 days for delivery).

 

 

(Allow approximately one week for delivery.)

 

(Allow approximately one week for creation and delivery)

 

(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.)

 

 

(Ready to ship)

 

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Holiday Gift Ideas, holidays

Great Valentine’s Day Bears – So CUTE!

val-beminebear

Be-Mine-Bear” by Debbie Garrett

 

val-beminecupidbear

Be-Mine-Cupid-Bear by Debbie Garrett 

 

 

val-gentlemanbear

Gentleman-Bear-With-Rose by Debbie Garrett

 

val-panda-sweater-convhearts

“Panda Sweater Bear 1” by Debbie Garrett

 

val-panda-sweater-iloveyou

“Panda – I Love You” by Debbie Garrett

 

 

val-pandalovebear

Panda-Love-Bear by Debbie Garrett

 

val-prisoner-style2

“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.

Leave a comment

Filed under CREATIVE ARTWORKS GOODIES!, Don't Miss These Products!, Holiday Gift Ideas, holidays

Happy 2017 !

newyears-www-shutterstock-com-pinterest

The Catholic Catalogue

The Catholic Catalogue

Leave a comment

Filed under Attitude, holidays

2017 New Year’s Resolutions

Postconsumers.com

Postconsumers.com

These are my ACTUAL resolutions –

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

Southern and Blessed via Cindy Bassnett Thurman

 

2.  Fold Myself into a Paper Airplane Daily

 

 

Damn Cool Pictures

Damn Cool Pictures

 

3.   Continue Getting the Lard Off –

 

GrowingBolder.com

GrowingBolder.com

 

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

 

GrowingBolder.com

GrowingBolder.com

 

5.  Take Time for Art –

 

 

6. Take Time to Play –

 

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

 

7.  Quit Being So Hard on Myself –

 

Nino Chakvetzdze via Zen to Zany

Nino Chakvetzdze via Zen to Zany

 

8.  Read and Dance –

 

Anita Opper via Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

Anita Opper via Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

 

9.   Be Better Than I Was Yesterday –

 

TaoLife.com

TaoLife.com

 

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

Inspirely

Inspirely

MAKE 2017 A GREAT YEAR!

Leave a comment

Filed under Attitude, holidays

New Year’s Resolutions?

advancehappynewyear.com

advancehappynewyear.com

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

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Attitude, Favorite Quotes, holidays

My Wish for You in 2017

TimeandDate.com

TimeandDate.com

 

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Favorite Quotes, holidays

Happy New Year – Take 1

Sanbornton Public Library

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

Leave a comment

Filed under holidays

Sweet Snowman at Christmas

screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-11-12-04-am

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/

Leave a comment

Filed under holidays

Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 9

bfc28

 

 

bfc29

Thanks to The Riflebird via The Kakapo via Ann Gilstrap

Leave a comment

Filed under Awe-Inspiring Photography, holidays

Merry Christmas!

pinterest

Blingee via pinterest

“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

Leave a comment

Filed under Family, Friendship, holidays

Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 8

bfc26

 

 

bfc27

Thanks to The Riflebird via The Kakapo via Ann Gilstrap

Leave a comment

Filed under Awe-Inspiring Photography, holidays

A Wonderful Christmas Gift

lindaandbri20071230

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!

3 Comments

Filed under Family, holidays

Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 7

bfc24

 

 

bfc25

Thanks to The Riflebird via The Kakapo via Ann Gilstrap

Leave a comment

Filed under Awe-Inspiring Photography, holidays

Christmas Gift Suggestions

Wright-Hennepin Co-op Elec. Assn

Wright-Hennepin Co-op Elec. Assn

“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

Leave a comment

Filed under Favorite Quotes, Holiday Gift Ideas, holidays

Hug

Favim.com

Favim.com

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Family, holidays

Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 6

bfc21

 

 

bfc22

 

 

bfc23

Thanks to The Riflebird via The Kakapo via Ann Gilstrap

Leave a comment

Filed under Awe-Inspiring Photography, holidays

Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 5

bfc17

 

 

bfc18

 

 

bfc19

 

 

bfc20

Thanks to The Riflebird via The Kakapo via Ann Gilstrap

Leave a comment

Filed under Awe-Inspiring Photography, holidays