For Christmas I had designed, burnt (pyrography) and painted a set of presents for family members. I made napkin ring boxes, lazy susans and a table and chairs. All have been put to use in the respective homes. Now, when one checks out the material and the time spent to make such items one qustions whether or not I might have been better off just spending money at a store.
However, for me the work is a positive endeavour as each item represents a new bit of learning about my craft. And, the quality of my art works improves with each new venture.