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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

#594 ~ More inspiration . . .

Well, I'm not quite finished with my tutorial but I thought that I would show you the finished product! It's an altered composition book featuring a beautiful image from Shabby Cottage Studio. I'm on Gail's design team and I have to say these are the most wonderful images to work with! They have the look that I love ~



Here's a few more of my clippings. First a wonderful page full of techniques on how to age your fabric. I know, usually you are trying NOT to let your fabric look old and faded by the sun but this is for those of us who love all things old and just can't seem to wait for the beautiful muted tones!



Nothing too special in the below photo except I want you to notice the layered curtains. They seem so very simple. Straight drapes to the floor with a bit of a puddle, no custom, fancy treatment here but don't you think they have the most luxurious look??




Another drapery photograph, simple but oh so luxurious to me in the way they are pulled back and tucked behind and slightly puddled on the floor as well. Billowing fabric always looks so beautiful . . .





I just have to say that I love my friends here in the Land of Blog. Such kindness, encouragement and friendship exists here and I can't tell you enough how happy I am just to be a little part of it!! Thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog and for always leaving me such sweet comments. Each and every one is treasured . . .

Wishing you a wonderful Thursday dear friends,
xxoo, Dawn

13 comments:

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

WOw what a beautiful project Dawn! I love it... and I love these curtains you have shown. I LOVE simple curtains that puddle on the floor. SOmething so pretty about that. Hope you are having a great week! xox Heather

vikki said...

love, love your journal, sweetie! how blessed are we to have you in our lives! such beautiful creations from a lovely lady! your blog inspires us & encourages us every time we check in! you keep us wanting to come back for more & you provide ~ with such wonderful creative treasures & goodies from your gracious giving heart ♥ have a beautiful thursday m'dear friend. hugs & blessings, vikki ♥

Lori said...

that is a beautiful image you used for your collage, that girl's face is so lovely and compelling...love the curtains all puddled on the floor...i could never do that d/t all the cat hair rolling around over here, but it really does look so pretty:)

Country French Antiques said...

Dawn~Your book is absolutely stunning!
I've used the tea method before, but actually never knew about the bleach. Thanks for the tip!
And love the puddling drapes!

vivi said...

hi dawn! i have been coming to visit you, think your blog is beautiful and inspiring
my sister gave me last week some old keys :D, i will post a pic of them in my blog, and will make some vintage art work, i am sooooo happy
big kisses, vivi

Dana said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful images and great ideas. I always feel like I just want to run out and try it . I just can't keep up with you!!

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

JUST LIKE SWEET DANA SAID...
I TOO, CAN`T KEEP UP WITH YOU!
YOUR BLOG, ITS A REAL SOURCE OF WONDERFUL INSPIRATION!

WITH LOVE AND KISSES
DEBBIE MOSS
xxxxx

(FROM ENGLAND)

Alisa said...

Gorgeous journal Dawn. I have to say journals are my most favorite thing to make. I'm working on some right now, using an image you have shared.
And thanks for sharing the "aging fabric" instructions!
Alisa

Lady Em said...

That composition book is awesome!!!!!!! I would be terrified to write in it!! I would want to display it on a picture hanger, or one of the ones that stand up on a mantle or something. Oh it would look good on a plate stand on a bookcase!!
I love curtains. Next to lamps they are my favorite. Of course if only I could sew then I wouldn't have to spend a gob of money buying them, and I could have the style and colors I wanted. Maybe one day I will learn the art of sewing.

Mrs. Staggs said...

Your book is turning out lovely.
Those are very nice window treatment ideas too. Thank you for sharing them.

My friend Liisa tells me she often hangs fabrics on her lilac bush for a few days to age them! I too prefer that softer aged look in most things.

Diane said...

Dawn, the journal is beautiful. I love the faded look and all the tips you posted are wonderful. Did you know you can even make little "worn" holes in fabric prior to washing and the edges will soften a fray a bit - all you need to do is snip a tiny hole with scissors, throw in the washer and dryer and viola: an aged worn spot!
Thank you for telling us about Caramelos. I posted a picture on my blog of an adorable little wire dress form that I bought from her. You always tell us about great sites! Thanks!
Diane

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Wonderful altered journal! I'm watching this one very closely...have already purchased five at .50 each!

Sweet Repose said...

I can't imagine life without tea stains...how boring and yet so common...it is good to be common, right.

sharon

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