A dreamy, deep snow came early to Arkansas, 2013.
We hope for snow in the Ozarks
We woke one morning to a mid-December snow, 10-inches deep, over a slick layer of ice. We were glad for the surprise snowfall.
It is always super nice not having to fret about if or if-not we will have a Hallmark snow before Christmas Day … always a quandary in the Arkansas Ozarks.
Snowbound and off school, the grandchildren went sledding, built snowmen, and decorated gingerbread houses … putting everyone in a holiday state of mind.
School buses, parked. Our world stood still.
As we were on the verge of cabin fever, the sun came out and melted the snow. Alas, we were as happy to see the snow go as to see it come.
Pillowcase art for a snowy Christmas
The snowy woodland scene is an illustration by hubby Darrell Wiskur for a book daughter Wendy O’Dell wrote and designed.
The book, Mommy’s Days, Planning Daily Activities with Infants and Toddlers, was published in 1998 by Heir Press.
Darrell’s illustrations were pencil line-drawings. The book was printed in black & white. I wanted to color it, so I scanned the art and turned it into a vector illustration in Adobe Illustrator.
I created shapes, which I filled with color, then added a gradient to the background in Photoshop.
I love the art and the verse:
Stars shining brightly
Soft snow on the trees
The ornaments of God
All nature can see!
Art for a pillowcase
So much in love with the art, I printed the snowy woodland scene on pillowcases for our grandchildren to color.
Our family likes a calming craft for the children before Christmas dinner. I thought this wonderful verse and snowy woodland scene would make a perfect Christmas craft.
I had the line-drawing printed on pillowcases at a specialty printing shop.
Oops, didn’t think that through
Coloring snow is less than a perfect idea. After-all, snow is white. Fortunately, we have creative grandchildren.