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Holiday Gift Certificates
 custom home portrait in acrylic, michelle schneider

custom home portrait in acrylic, michelle schneider

Hello all!

This time of year is so busy for me, and I tend to get a lot of emails in October, November, and December from people wanting portraits or ornaments by Christmas. However, I usually book up by September, so there's not a lot of availability in my schedule to serve those customers shopping later in the season, which is a bummer! I hate to turn away business because I really do think these portraits make the best Christmas gifts. But since I'm just one lonesome lady over here painting while my kids are napping, I have to be pretty strict with the work I agree to take on.

Last year I created these cute gift certificates to serve as place holders for my custom home portrait ornaments...

and so on. I have gift certificates available for each portrait/ornament I offer in my shop, so if you'd like a custom Christmas gift this year, please let me know by purchasing a portrait and then writing "gift certificate" in the notes to seller box during checkout. I'll email you a PDF printout of your gift certificate for easy and fast delivery.

I've just opened up 10 spots for ornament gift certificates and 10 spots for portraits in my shop (to be fulfilled in January), first come first serve.

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Please know that ideally I'd LOVE to serve every person who writes to me over the next few months, but simply can't squeeze it all in before Christmas. These gift certificates are my way of serving my customers without the pressure of having to work 60 hours a week (boooo). 

Please email me with any questions or special requests by filling out the form below.

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Christmas Wait List Update
 custom pet portrait, christmas gift idea, birthday gift idea

custom pet portrait, christmas gift idea, birthday gift idea

Hello folks!

I'm sitting here in my studio with the cold air from the AC blowing in my face (because, SUMMER) and an almost 5-month-old chewing on my arm (because, HUNGER), and I've just updated my Wait List to see where we're at with portraits for the second half of the year. 

It looks like right now I'm booking into early October, which means I only have about 8 more weeks to fill in my schedule before I close my 2017 Wait List. Yikes! 

I know it's weird to be thinking about Christmas when it's 115 degrees outside and your sweating your buns off, but alas! When one decides to paint everything meticulously by hand, one must plan ahead!

 custom home painting, client gift idea, anniversary gift

custom home painting, client gift idea, anniversary gift

May I perhaps recommend something to you? 

Think of the one person in your life who is the HARDEST to buy for. Are you thinking of this person? For me, it's my husband and his grandparents. My husband loves to say "just don't worry about getting me anything for Christmas this year" (biiiiig eye roll from me). And my in-laws have everything. So every year I stress myself all out thinking about what in the world I'm going to get these folks.

 custom ornament, christmas gift idea, custom home painting

custom ornament, christmas gift idea, custom home painting

Here's my recommendation to you. Just buy them an ornament. Think of something meaningful for me to paint on the front and viola. It's done. Piece of pumpkin pie!

Or perhaps you want to go all out and get a custom portrait. Perfect. You'll impress some people- trust me!

It's really easy and now is the time.

Custom Home Ornaments of 2016
 custom home portrait ornaments by michelle schneider

custom home portrait ornaments by michelle schneider

This week, now that all the gifts have been received and I'm not spoiling any surprises, I'll be sharing a collection of my favorites from the over 60 custom ornaments I painted last year. I still can't believe I was able to get that many ornaments out the door in time for Christmas (Lord knows the panic I felt at times!), but alas, my customers are the best and most supportive people in the world and came back over and over to purchase more.

By far, the bestsellers were the Home Ornaments. I plan to paint many more this year, but won't be officially starting holiday orders until September 1st, 2017. I really appreciate that people are already starting to purchase gift certificates for this next season because it helps me prepare and gather a Wait List. 

To add your name to that list, simply purchase this listing. Thank you again for making my Christmas season so special!