What do portraits and rice bags have in common? Not a lot, usually, but this year they are the items I made as Christmas gifts for my family.
I can finally show it off. The portrait of my lovely daughter, that is.
It was painted from this photo:
The portrait was started a while back and sat in my studio in various stages of completion for such a long time. It became a part of my day to walk in the studio, look at the picture and wonder what else I should do to it. I know this is going to sound crazy but I procrastinated finishing it because I knew it would be gone when it was done. It was comforting having it around. Having it in the studio was like having her there to keep me company while I worked on other projects. Just in case you are wondering if I’ve gone off the deep end, No, i didn’t speak to it. Ha ha!!
But now I’m going to miss it too.
Best compliment ever - When I gave it to her, her husband said I captured “Milli” perfectly. That’s his pet name for her cute as a button nose. Awww!
Several years ago, I made a rice bag (i.e. heat therapy bag) for my husband because he suffered from migraines. He loved it. Since then I have made rice bags for other members of the family because almost everyone in his family has migraines. This year, in addition to the painting, I made a few more.
In case you are wondering what a rice bag is, it’s simply a small cotton fabric bag filled with rice and includes a washable flannel cover. You put it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and then place it where it hurts. Because it’s filled with rice, not too tightly, it conforms to your face and feels good. The smell of the microwaved dry rice is comforting as well. It’s a quick and easy gift that keeps on giving.
Do you make any gifts for your family? If so, what were they? Please share.