Sunday, October 4, 2009

Thyme to build a snowman fireplace screen

Well this is it....... I'm starting to switch gears and start painting for Christmas!
This is a snowman fireplace screen.

I have painted 3 of these.
 The lantern in the snowmans hand has a flicker light that lights up!
I painted 2 of the blue ones seen below and gave them to friends for Christmas one year.
We have had a Christmas swap every year with 2 other couples with one stipulation, the gift has to be HOMEMADE and BOTH husband and wife need to take part in the making of the gift!
We have been doing this for at least 12 years with these 2 couples and I must say
it has almost become a contest among us with who can come up with the BEST idea!! 
We usually go out to eat at a nice restaurant then back to one of our houses for coffee and dessert
 ( of course again homemade!!)
We then open our gifts from each other.
I have to say these are the gifts I treasure the most every year because they are handmade with  LOVE!!!

 I came up with the idea for the fireplace screen but used snowman patterns from
Monika Brints 
book called
Snowmen to Melt Your Heart
I don't know what I would do without my husband who spends many hours in the cellar every weekend cutting my wood!!!!
I have another one cut out and HOPE to get it done for the Folk Art Festival of New England Show I'm doing at the end of the month!


  1. Lynn how wonderful I love snowmen they are wonderful. Your snowmen are so adorable great job at making them. I love to start with blank canvas and make it turn in to a winter wonderland. Have a wonderful day.


  2. Hi, Linn
    Your snowmen are really cute and funny.
    Hugs :-)

  3. I love these snow people!!! :)

  4. Hallo Lynn, these snowmen are wonderful!!!!!

  5. Wow, those are too cute and I love the gift exchange idea with the other couples. Homemade gifts are the greatest.

  6. You're right, handmade gifts are the most precious. Love the fireplace screen! Dawn

  7. OMG!!!!, They are beautiful I love Snowman, and yours are amazing!

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  9. Okay maybe I can type now.What agreat firescreen! Too cute.
    Best wishes at your show!

  10. girl...this is just gorgeous!!! snowmen are winter and can get us thru christmas too....I love the cheerful feelings they give us and the memories they bring out!
    I just love this and if I had a fireplace, I'd neeeeeeed one of these!

  11. Lynn, Your snowmen are just too cute - they've melted my heart! I think your gift swap idea is also fantastic much more fun and special!
    Best wishes

  12. Lynn...absolutely LOVE this!!!! Too bad I don't have a fireplace :( It's really awesome!!!

  13. Ohhh Lynne... this is the best firescreen I had never seen!!!
    congratulation to you and your husband

  14. Love your banner and beautiful snowmen! Your blog is amazing!


Keep those brushes flying!
Lynn Barbadora @ Painting Thyme Needfuls

"Life is a great BIG canvas and you should throw all the paint you can on it!"
~ Danny Kaye