After asking for advice from fellow bloggers for Christmas present ideas this past October, one of the things I decided to do was create one 20 x 20 inch canvas portraits of each daughter and add a poem or thought onto each one specific to each daughter. So many internet friends mentioned how some of the best gifts they received were the handmade treasures that their Dad actually took the time to create.
I decided that one of my attributes was my knack for creativity and I decided to use family photos to make each daughter some both memorable and usable. I started with a self portrait photo of each girl and added either an authentic poem by Daddy or Words of Wisdom that I felt was pertinent to the specific child.
I was able to get six 20x20 unstretched canvas photos (without frames) for $45 from ArtsCow thanks to a coupon code. It took a few weeks to arrive but it was SO worth it. I took them to the local Hobby Lobby and had them framed. Now that I've seen how canvas is matted and framed, I'm certain I could do it myself. The employee was kind enough to let me watch her do several and showed me a few tricks of the trade.
Our blank-walled main hallway is now adorned with six LARGE portraits of our beautiful daughters. Every night, when they go to bed, they will pass by a beautiful portrait of themselves adorned with a personal thought written specifically for them.
Next I decorated xtra-large cosmetic bags. I made three for the little girls to hold their pens, pencils, crayons and stuff. Then I made three for the big girls to hold makeup or whatever. They looked very nice and for $18.96 for six xtra-large zippered bags (again, coupon codes at ArtsCow) I couldn't go wrong.
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