Thursday, January 14, 2010

with heart in hand...

I promise this is the end of the handmade Christmas gifts! I'm sure you've all seen the jewelry hands for sale in a variety of stores... I decided to buy one for each of my girls, but in keeping with our handmade Christmas, I gave the hands a makeover and personalized them.

And since "hearts" figured prominently in the makeover, I thought I'd share them with you in case any of you are looking for Valentine gift ideas!

The hand on the left was stark white with silkscreened green vines and pink roses... The hand on the right was matte black with an ornate gold cuff. The first thing I did was apply sealer to both pieces and paint the hands creamy white. I then 'tattooed' a little black heart on each palm.

Left: With the help of a little craft paint, the gold ornate cuff was transformed into a blue-green/turquoise-ish cuff (Amanda loves all shades of blue). Right: I glued inexpensive pearl beading (a junktique store find) around the wrist of the other hand to dress it up a bit (Courtney likes pearls). Amanda's hand got a coat of clear pearlescent paint on the nails because she rarely wears nail polish; Courtney, on the other hand, is always applying nail polish so the nails on her hand got a coat of pretty rose pink paint!

The final touch was this quotation that I painted on the bottom of each hand, which fit right in with the "hearts" and "hands" theme.
"A mother holds her children's hands for a while, their hearts forever."
And there you go - that's the end of the Christmas gift posts... Promise!
Good luck to all of you who are going to be making photo canvases! I hope you have lots of fun! Let me know how they turn out! .................. Donna


Joanne Kennedy said...

I don't know how you come up with some of these great ideas!

I wish my mom had made me something like that when she was alive. What a treasure to have.

Not only knowing it's something she bought and then made but it also would have her hand writting on it and the date.

Your girls are very lucky to have you for their mom. But, I'm sure they know that.


Nancy said...

Oh, I just love this. And, the poem on the bottom...sniff...sniff. Great job!

Sandy said...

I love the makeover you gave the hands. I wish I could find some to use as props for my jewelry. These are just lovely.


The Old Parsonage said...

What sweet gifts. I love how you've altered them. I've been looking for a white hand myself, and have only seen one that I don't like. Never thought to re-do the ones I do find.


Brenda Pruitt said...

Your daughters must cherish you as their doting mother! I love the hands, and would love to come across some of these at the antique mall.

Claudia said...

Your girls have a wonderful Mom! The time and thought you have given to their gifts is so priceless. I love the hands, Donna and the girls will treasure them.


Joyce said...

Clapping my hands as I like your creative hands:)

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Donna, these turned out so cute! I love how you personalized each one for each daughter. I know they will cherish these forever.


GwendolynKay said...

Those hands are very unique and sweet. Have never seen anything like them, you have done a great job with them.

Donna B. said...

What a creative, informative, pet loving blog you have! May I suggest the book THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN...have not read it yet, but another tissue toting read for dog lovers.

I'd love to visit you again, so will follow. You are so talented. See you again soon!