Custom Keepsake Ornaments
It has been my tradition each Christmas to give a specially chosen ornament to each of my two daughters, Tina and Danielle, and I’ve been doing this since they were quite young. At first, they were purchased from a store, but then I decided to create my own so I could incorporate a personal inscription as part of the gift. Eventually, hand-painted ornaments like those pictured here became the norm. Now, my grandchildren also receive a special ornament from Gramma each year to commemorate a special interest, a special event, individual portraits, or just their own decorated name.
Working through a magnifying light, I use tiny brushes to ensure that each hand-painted image has as much detail as possible. Sometimes, the tiniest stroke has the biggest impact. When Mark received the ornament of his castle/home, he exclaimed, “She even painted the garage door opener!” While I was unaware of the identity of the dark spot on the photo, I decided it was important enough to include. I guess it was.