2009 was lush with crafting and homemade holidays. I gifted, and was given, more handmade treasures than ever before and for me it makes the year more memorable. I spent many nights making jewelry, crafting and sewing, leading up to Christmas and it was totally worth it! But the early bird catches the worm and I think the bird was Ashley (my boyfriend) this year. I'm pigeonholing him as one of the most original and creative gift givers ever!
Pico by Ashley Graj
As some of you may know, I have a little parrot named Pico. She is my pocket size chum that I am just cuckoo for. Although Ashley sometimes argues that I love the bird more than him, he put those feelings aside, and this year for Christmas he courted me with more than a dozen original Pico portraits.
He had emailed the above photograph of Pico to a bunch of our artist friends and asked if they were willing to do a piece of art based on the photo. The only restrictions were size, so that the originals could be easily framed. I was so surprised to see how differently everyone interpreted the image and what mediums they decided to use.
Needless to say, I was stunned! This was an over-the-top gift with many to thank. I can't express how happy it made me feel that all these wonderful people took the time around the holidays to make something just for me. Thank you Ashley and thank you to all who participated! ox