Cow Christmas Ornaments

Posted November 30, 2018 by Guest Poster - 13 comments

Guest post by Past Prairie Wife of the Week Ginny Butcher

I am an artist.

But I wasn’t always an artist.

First I was a kid, a kid who liked to “make things”. When I was growing up, painting was just a small part of the many things I made. Christmas time, in particular, was a flurry of combining parts and pieces for all sorts of things. I loved the varied activity of “making things”. The only time I really did much painting was when making Christmas cards.

Then I grew up, and eventually earned a degree in Fine Art and launched into a career as a “fine artist.” I paint in oil on canvas in my studio or outside on location. I love painting and am glad I chose that path.

ginny butcher landscape

This year, my friend Cheryl asked me to be a part of a local Christmas Shop.

I liked the idea but didn’t have any crafty ideas.

I thought about my paintings, and although I’m currently crazy about painting landscapes, I’m more known for my paintings of cows, especially those cute quirky faces. That’s when I decided the only really appropriate thing I could make was painted cow face ornaments. If I’d had more time, like months, I would I might have crafted my own surfaces, but without much time I found some cute ones online.

cow face

I chose two different styles of surfaces, both wood. Once I gathered all my pieces and parts in one place – surfaces primed, a tiny brush, red, blue, yellow and white oil paint, walnut medium, various hanging materials and boxes for packaging…the work commenced.

A kitchen table littered with parts and pieces gradually began to be clear as the days and weeks went by, and a nice little collection of Cow Christmas Ornaments appeared.


Each one a tiny original oil painting.

And the best part of it all?

It has awakened that inner younger me who loves making things.

Pure bliss!

From my place to yours, Merry Christmas!

You can learn more about Ginny Butcher, and purchase her art (including ornaments) by following this link.

As a special Merry Christmas, we are giving away one of Ginny’s unique hand painted ornaments away to one lucky reader! All you HAVE to do is let us know in the comments what you love about these cow ornaments. You can earn extra points towards the giveaway by using the form below.

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13 thoughts on "Cow Christmas Ornaments"

  1. Kelly D says:

    I love the ornaments and how they incorporate nature.

  2. Margaret Carpenter says:

    My sister bought one of Ginny’s cow portraits. I’d love to give her an ornament for her tree, too. They are wonderful

  3. Rachel says:

    These are great Ginny! I love cows and these would look great on our tree, each a unique work of art!

  4. Audrey Stewart says:

    I love everything cow. They are just so cute and have the prettiest eyes.

  5. Bennie says:

    I love cows and their faces. I’ve always loved cows even as a kid. Being a vegetarian (now) I felt a little guilty lover the years when I did eat beef. I also love the cows on Southpark.

    The ornaments and paintings are very sweet.

  6. Julie R says:

    I think the cows are adorable and my daughters would love the ornament!

  7. Dawn says:

    Ginny. These are so cute! I’m kind of in love with the way that you paint the cows’ eyelashes. 🙂

  8. Amanda Munford says:

    Ginny consistently creates pictures that transport me. I forget where I am and what I’m doing… even if just for a moment.

  9. Ellen Jervis says:

    Being city born I was informed by one of my best friends at college that her daddy taught her that they weren’t cows, cows are for milking and female, and since one couldn’t really tell which were female or male from a far bit she learned to just call them critters. She told me that over forty years ago and to this day I refer to them as such. Which I supposed says something about being a city girl raised in Wyoming. I don’t think for any of us a sun filled landscape would be quite the same if it were not decorated with the
    sweet faces of these critters decorating my view. Hanging one Ginny’s ornaments on my Christmas Tree will be like thank you prayer for that friend who taught me to call them critters and all the people and vistas that have homes in my heart because I grew up and still live in Wyoming.

  10. Haley says:

    These are so cute! My cousin would totally love them.

  11. Haley says:

    These paintings are amazing!

  12. Karen Edwards says:

    I love those cow ornaments…can I purchase them from you?? What would the price be??

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      You can reach out to Ginny Butcher she is the artist and has a facebook page as well as instagram. Let me know if you don’t get a hold of her.

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