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Thursday, February 14, 2008

A little decision = following my bliss!

I loved creating this yesterday ~ A special collaged platter to give in celebration for my first year blogiversary!


A little decision can mean the difference between going through the motions and truly being happy! This past weekend I decided it was time for me to give up my room at The Plum Tree. I've always enjoyed selling antiques, owning a store of my very own and getting to know
all of the sweet customers.

But my true bliss is in creating artwork. It doesn't matter if it's collage, assembages, sewing, sculpting, whatever it is...to make something from a handful of supplies is so fulfilling to me!

So this week I told Cindy that I would give up my room at the store and become a full-time artist! She was so sweet to me and fully understands the way I feel.

You, dear friends, have had a huge part in this. In offering me encouragement, purchasing my artwork and giving me the confidence I needed to make this decision.
For that, I thank you.

To create artwork, to make beautiful things, is truly . . .

following my bliss!



Happy Valentine's Day!

43 comments:

Christie said...

I love that platter, it's amazing! I am sure you made the right choice.

SweetAnnee said...

I love you work Dawn..and I am so glad you can now follow your BLISS full time.
Congratulations dearest!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!
deena

Julie said...

Congratulations Dawn -- both on following yur bliss and winning the contest.

LivingTheLife said...

How exciting Dawn...I know you will enjoy every minute of this. I'm sure it was a tough decision to make...but you were right to follow what makes you blissful...

Oh! YIPPPPEEE on winning the art contest...I KNEW you would...!!!! And you know how I love it when my friends WIN!!!

Happy Valentines Day, too...wow...what a day it is!

blessings...
Teresa

titicandia said...

I love you work, it's beautiful.
Congratulations!!!!!

Happy Valentine's Day, we keep reading us.

Titi of Chile :)

wisteriagirl said...

I'm so excited for you!! Anytime you want to make a little road trip...I'm here..LOL!! Hugs, Cindy

Lori said...

yet another breath~taking masterpiece! you continue to amaze and inspire me Dawn:) i wish you well in your decision to pursue your art full~time, i know you will be so happy and so will we as you share with us the lovely things you have created:)

PAT said...

Your platter is so pretty, Dawn!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Pat

Dana said...

Hi Dawn
Your platter is adorable! I want one!
Thanks for stopping by yesterday.

Miss Sandy said...

Wonderful platter! I know you must a feel a bit of a divided heart at giving up one of your two loves. Doors are opening for you and it is so exciting to see you stepping through. Wishing you all God's best and success!

Deb said...

What a gorgeous platter Dawn! Wishing you all the very best as you pursue your dreams!
Happy Valentine's Day.

Lorrie said...

May following your bliss bring you joy and beauty.
Lovely platter.

Lorrie

Pherenike said...

Congratulations on your decision and to making it to this point. I hope I can do the same some day in the not to distant future.

Sam I Am said...

You Go Girl!! Follow that Bliss!!!
Happy Heart Day!!
hugs..
sandy

kelly said...

Hello,
congraulations on you winning ...i voted for you ...also love the picture of the angel by the pond...i have it in my bathroom....you have great taste in photos....:) This time i won't have you ask you about where i can find it.....
Kelly

Storybook Woods said...

Congratulations on making such a brave decision. Happy Valentines too xoxoxoxo Clarice

annie said...

so happy for you...you will keep soaring, sweet one...

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

Beautiful platter, I've loved that technique since I first saw it here... So, I've been searching for something like that to try it out. (I didn't want to use "my" own!) Congrats on making such a big decision and being happy and blissful about it!

Happy Valentine's Day, too!
*Heidi*
Everyday Cookies blog

cottagetiques said...

Life is so short, you should follow your bliss!! Thought I would let you know that Magnolia Pearl has a blog and it is wonderful! I know how much you like her beautiful clothes, check it out. Go to her web site to get to her blog.
Theresa

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Dawn ~ The platter is sooo pretty !!! I think that is a wonderful decision to get to focus more on what you love !
xoxo,
Lori

Kim said...

Follow your bliss , your heart , your muse - whatever you choose to call it. It's almost always the best thing you could do for yourself. Enjoy! :)

Anonymous said...

You have to follow your heart and before you know it, "success will gently land on your shoulder like a butterfly."

~elaine~
roz_etta@yahoo.com

Lee Weber said...

cool- congrats on your strength and vision. Bummer, though, I didn't get there yet. However, will be in your neck of the woods in June- maybe we can still get together?

Anonymous said...

Good luck, Dawn, how wonderful to be following your bliss. I can't wait to see what treasures you create.

shar

Mary said...

I know Cindy will miss you but I'm sure she is happy that you can finally have your own true bliss.......and follow your dream. The other good thing is that we will get to see even more of your fabulous art Dawn - and hopefully I'll have a special piece to hang one of these days! They are all so lovely - you make it hard to choose!

Hope your Valentine day was special and that your guys all spoiled you rotten!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Happy Valentines Day!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Alison Gibbs said...

Dawn that is wonderful. Good luck with it all.
Alison

Kalyan said...

lovely work!

Mica said...

what a huge step !!! But.. You will for certain do very well.. your work is whimsical and delightful !!! Hope all goes well Have a great remainder of the week and coming weekend !! Mica

Carol said...

I wish you great happiness on your new journey. It would be nice if more of us had the courage to leave our comfort zone and truly follow our passion. Maybe someday for me.
Smiles,

Carol

Nancy said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Best wishes in following your dream!

Lynda said...

That's wonderful, Dawn! I think finding your bliss and being able to follow it is the most wonderful thing. Good luck ... you're a fabulous artist! ~ Lynda xo

vikki said...

follow your heart,,, God will show u the way! =) wish we lived closer, we could "play" with our fun toys/treasures and create together. we havta have chocolates for our energy and it helps with inspirations, too =) have fun in your 'blissland', i am sure you will soar with great creations and will love nesting!! =) with blessings ~ xoxo ~ hearts and hugs, vikki =)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

A great choice, Dawn! I know it will be such fun following your bliss. Can't wait to see all your beautiful creations.
xo lidy

Mrs. Jones said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you that you are doing what you love. You create the most amazing art. I'm still trying to figure out what my bliss is. I wish you lots of fun and success!

~Heather

Lady Em said...

I will miss seeing all your beautiful things at the store, but I know that you will really be able to create and make your dreams come true!!

Fete et Fleur said...

Congratulations Dawn! I am excited for you. You're walking through a new door of adventure. Follow your Heart and your Dreams are sure to come true.

Blessings and Hugs! Nancy

Shop girl said...

Well Dawn, first congratulations on winning the contest. I do believe in adventures, fear not the unknown, believe in yourself, you are the story, make joy, and be filled. Love, mary

GardenGoose said...

Dawn..the platter is absolutely lovely. I am always amazed and inspired by the items you create. And even in this choice to "follow your bliss" you are an inspiration to other women out there and myself included..to "go after our dreams"
hugs to you,
Tina

Angie(quillysilly) said...

Congratulations! I am certain that you will excel!!

paperjunk-lc said...

I love that platter! Congratulation on winning.

Amy Wagner said...

Dawn,
More of us should be more aware of what we truely need in our lives to make us feel "right and complete". It sounds like you have made a right decision and I applaud you!
Amy

Rebecca said...

How wonderful, Dawn, that you have chosen to follow your bliss whole heartedly. It is such a wonderful feeling. I have never referred to myself as an artist...I would just say..'ah, I piddle.' The first time I referred to myself as a folk artist (because I had chosen to do art full time) it was such a great feeling. I felt 'full' in a way I had never felt before.

Congratulations! I wish all the best for you!

-Rebecca.

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