Do you include your dogs in your holiday traditions? Since they’re part of the family, of course dogs should join in the festivities too. Jackie from Pooch Smooches and I thought it would be fun to trade some of our holiday traditions on our blogs today. I wrote about Family Photo Christmas Cards with the dogs. And here’s her post about a great tradition painting these pawsome scenes on windows! So, without further ado, here’s Jackie!
Guest Post by Jackie from Pooch Smooches
Thanks, Peggy for inviting me to talk about a fun holiday tradition we’ve been doing for years in my family!
It’s a bit difficult to involve the dog in most of our Christmas traditions (for example, our dogs have never wanted to watch It’s a Wonderful Life with us!), so sometimes you have to settle for involving them indirectly. And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing at my sister Kathy’s house for the past decade or so.
My other sister, Jean, is a fabulous artist, so every year shortly after Thanksgiving, we meet up at Kath’s ready to paint her windows, always with a dog-theme that features Kath’s rescue pup, Indy.
|Here’s Indy as Max, with The Grinch|
|Bark the herald Pooches sing!|
|“All I want for Xmas is an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!”|
I did my own windows at our old house once as well, with a pup theme, but our new house has very few windows facing the street, so there’s no point painting the sliding glass doors just for me and the hubs to enjoy! Anyway, here’s that window that I painted for the Christmas after we’d lost our angel Bailey and just adopted Abby.
|“Checking the list to see who is naughty [puppy Abby] and nice [angel Bailey]”|
you’d like to try painting your own windows, here are some tips:
Supplies: tempura paints, a Sharpie pen, some brushes. For the brushes, the cheap kind at the craft store work fine. Be sure to
get nice fat ones (we use round brushes, with the face of the brush around the
size of a nickel), or else it will take you forever to fill in.
Outline the design first in Sharpie (you can always
clean off the Sharpie and start over if it doesn’t come out right the first
time), and then fill in with the paint. But don’t load too much paint up on
your brush, as you don’t want it to run.
It will likely look streaky and ugly from inside, but
go outside and check – it always looks much different on the outside. (It’s up
to you if you want to check it every 5 minutes and say “Oh, how cute!” every
time. It adds to the enjoyment, but is not required.)
Dogs are MUCH easier to paint than people. (Flesh tone
is so hard! That’s why so much of Santa’s face is hidden in the last drawing!)
If a dog is too hard to paint – try something easy: bows, ornaments,
snowflakes, evergreen boughs. Look at your Christmas cards for ideas. A few
paw-prints or dog bones with red ribbons will add an easy doggy-feel to your
If you want to add words, use a Sharpie on the outside
of the window (much easier than writing backwards on the inside!).
Clean up involves LOTS of paper towels and some Windex.
If you used a Sharpie on the outside, WD-40 or nail polish remover helps get it
off easier. Windex alone requires more elbow grease. (The outside is harder to
clean, maybe because the pen gets “baked on” when it’s exposed to the