When I was on vacation to Boston last year I was searching for unique ornaments to buy for my son as a memento of our trip. Leaving without anything, I decided I would paint an ornament for him, I am a painter after all.
In the nick of time, I found some blank ceramic ornaments and came up with a design for both Joel and Auggie. We took Joel to Boston when I was pregnant with Auggie as a final weekend with just us. After Auggie was born, Joel started telling us he wanted to go back to Boston. No wonder!
Aside from him having us to himselves, we had a magical time in Boston. So many firsts: one of them, touching a starfish. I decided that would be the subject for his ARTament. It took him a lot of courage to reach into the tank and touch the sea creature. Afterwards he was so proud of himself.
Auggie also took his first trip on a plane to Rochester in December, so I decided to memorialize his trip with an ARTament featuring a plane. Though I prefer not to repeat a trip with a six-month old (not the easiest one I've experienced)!
I shared these on Facebook last year and the response was very positive, with several people conveying interest in purchasing some this year. So, after some thinking, I came up with the name ARTaments and am offering custom hand-painted ornaments for this Christmas.
In honor of my new web site, I'm offering $10 off all orders of ARTaments to those who share #ARTaments on Facebook or Twitter thru July 15th. This is a great opportunity to give or preserve a special memory. Learn more here.
6/13/2014 03:36:58 pm
Every year at Christmas, I am in search of ornaments related to Heifer International. If you are not familiar with the group, they offer gifts of live animals to those in third world countries who use them to help their family economically...flock of geese, clutch of rabbits, etc. We give the real gift to each of the children in our family and send along an ornament as a concrete reminder....you might consider cruising around those kinds of catalogues and offering them. I personally would be thrilled!
6/14/2014 01:01:03 am
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Jennie Traill Schaeffer
Sometimes called the Kitchen God's Artist, I'm balancing mothering two energetic sons, our new pup, Cider, while making and teaching art. TraillWorks is the apron under which I create and teach. My own art develops mostly in my home studio, but is often spurred through my teaching, and travels. I just relocated to Durham, NC, from West Orange, NJ, so my studio is in renovation right now.
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