I wish all Christmases were recession Christmases. Virtually all of the gifts here at my sweet second home have been hand made. The presents end up being so much more personal this way. They're an artsy bunch, this family, and it shows.
My gifts to them were either homemade or scavenged from around the house. Hats, scarves, too-small cashmere sweaters, a winter coat that didn't fit and that I've been too lazy to return (mail order! Annoying!), and the like. Since I hadn't prepared for gift-giving, I had a blast running around and seeing how creative I could be.
May your celebrations be simple. Happy Holidays.
(my new, original) artwork, pictured above:
Perfect from now on 7
acrylic on paper
9" x 12"
by Wendy Heldmann
(Note the birds)