I live in a very small compound in the middle of a desert.  Getting gifts for special occasions is not very easy.  To top it off, when we do drive the 1.5 hours to get to the closest mall, the inevitable prayer time inhibits our shopping excursions.  There are people everywhere, milling about to escape the oppressive heat.  Shopping is not pleasant.  It is said that if you get 10% accomplished, it is a good day.

So I don’t shop.  I can order through Amazon, but that has it’s own trials and tribulations.  Because I’m not a shopper in the first place, and because it’s so tough, I’ve started to find other ways to give gifts and let people know I care about them.  I’ve done it all, from baking to making salsa.  And now, I’ve discovered something I really like to do: making cards.  I’ve made two so far, but plan on doing lots more around the Christmas season.  Heck, I may try to sell a few here and there.  Wanted to put them online so I don’t lose them.

Cheeky.  And fun.


This one was for a friend whose last name is Fox.  I think I captured his essence.  He loves to dance and play the harmonica. I got the fox from an image on google:  audreymillerart.com which I am very thankful for because I really need photo or drawing references.

My Principal asked me to have all my students make a card for our associate principal.  She moved to another posting.  I made this one for her with the help of grades K – 3 using liquid watercolors and Sharpie pens.




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About Sonia Chapman

I am an art teacher, living in the Middle East, following my passion for art, teaching little children about the finer things in life, and loving every bit of it.


Personal Art Projects, Projects by Grade Level