Handmade Frame with Swatch Art
One of the gifts we gave during the holiday season sparked a new way of giving for our family Christmas in 2018: instead of everyone buying for everyone, each person is challenged to make a gift for one other family member.
Here's a peek at what we gave this year and how the conversation began:
I enlisted the help of my brother-in-law, who built a handful of frames in his wood shop. In an effort to be less wasteful, we used things we already had. The wood came from an old futon!
Once the frames were built, my sister and our husbands spent a Sunday on an assembly line – sanding, staining, adding hardware, cutting glass, realizing we should just let the hardware store cut the glass, and preparing the swatches. And drinking mimosas.
The fabric was matted, a quick photoshoot took place, and the gifts were wrapped!
I think it turned out to be a beautiful gift for the people who have been endlessly supportive of this endeavor, and something handmade by their children/grandchildren/cousins that I hope will live on walls as jollifiers, lifting moods whenever they pass-by.