Simple Inexpensive Gifts

Recently, a dear friend taught me how to watercolor. We watercolored many times a week and it was one of our favorite things to do! She still creates these beautiful watercolors of clouds, trees, and animals. She’s got great talent! If you’ve never watercolored, you should try it. It’s simple to do and if you mess up, which I do often, then you can dab some water on the area that you want to “erase” and wipe it with a paper towel. It’s great.

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As a momma, it can be hard to find time to do crafty things, remember people’s birthdays, cook dinner, and take care of your child. I’m reminded of what it means to be selfless. Being selfless is hard work but so essential to our lives. Sometimes it’s a lot of work to go out and purchase a card because you have to get your baby ready, put him in a carseat, get to your destination, take him out of the carseat (or carry it which is heavy and you have to lug it around the store), get what you need, pay, put baby back in carseat, return home, take baby out, and continue with other tasks of the day. Why not try and make gifts? It not only saves time, stress, and money, but many people also love to receive handmade gifts. When I receive a handmade gift, it makes me feel special knowing that someone actually took the time and made the effort to do something so sweet. Handmade gifts are perfect for a large or small budget and it can mean so much to whomever receives them.

After learning how to watercolor from my friend, I was inspired to paint cards for other people or to create DIY decor for our home. It definitely doesn’t always turn out the way that I want it to. I’ve really come to enjoy it. The card pictured is made on watercolor paper. I painted a leaf wreath with a few flowers and then sketched an outline around the leaves and flowers with a fine point pen. The words were handwritten with the same pen but made to resemble calligraphy. Some of the best things about this card are that it didn’t cost $5  like normal cards do, I can write whatever message on it, and it’s handmade! Hopefully this gives you an idea of what you can do or make for others!

 

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