Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Artistic Family Christmas

Happy New Year!

This year our cozy quiet home of 2 + 2 dogs became much more lively with 6 adults + 1 todler + 2 dogs. Mom and dad drove 3 days to get here, my sister's family drove a long 16hr stretch straight. And it was so worth it.

Christmas is a wonderful time for family to reconnect, and every time we get together I am amazed at how inspiring my little family is. Mom is an incredibly creative quilter as well as a wood artisan, dad is a wood artisan who specializes in wood-turning on his lathes, my sister is a graphic artist who creates nature-inspired prints and wood-burned brooches.

Each year we give each other home made gifts to add to our family collections. My home has become a kind of sanctuary art gallery where I proudly show off my artistic family. This year my sister gave me a set of 5 mini wood wall hangings where she woodburned nature-inspired designs on each. She also let me choose 3 wooden brooches! My dad gave me a beautiful wooden vase. Mom and dad asked us each to choose one of their latest creations- wood carved necklace pendants from owls to leaves to sea creatures and butterflies, each with transluscent organic material filled resin centers. Mom even busied herself during the holdays making a dozen mini Christmas coaster quilts.

We really need a family portrait of our wares. But a family gallery exhibit would be a dream come true for us all. I will post some photos of our creations for you soon.

But first, check out my sister's Etsy shop spotlight on Oh My Ampersand:

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