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Friday, September 19, 2008

A few of my favorite things . . .

Every artist has their favorite supplies that they always keep in stock. These are my favs ~ not too expensive and believe me, I get every penny's worth
out of each and every thing.

The spray adhesive, fabric glue, hemp and pointy snips can all be found at W-mart . . . oh and the paper trimmer, rotary cutter, clear ruler and mat (not shown but I love it!) probably can be found there too!

The matte gel medium, I always get at Michael's with a coupon because it's 12.00 or so regularly, but 40% off is so much better!

I love this shade of Distress Ink but I can't find it at my Michael's and end up buying it at Hobby Lobby. It's a beautiful brown called Brushed Corduroy.

I think I found the jewelry glue at Michael's.

OH, and the deckled scissors I found at my grocery store!!! I think they were .99! But I love them and buy a pair as often as I can ~

So, there you have it. These are some of my very favorite supplies other than great old papers, buttons, lace, nests, eggs, bird images, etc.......





















My little muslin bird image turned out to be a little lavender sachet with the music fabric on the back!





I can't believe it's Friday already!!! The weather's been so much cooler here in Georgia and I'm loving it! Fall is peeking around the corner ~


Wishing you a great Friday!
xxoo, Dawn

26 comments:

Brandi said...

great little list of "must haves"!

Sherry said...

I would be bereft without gel medium!! ;)

Mary said...

Thanks for sharing your list of favorites - and all the beauty and kindness along with the tools of your remarkable trade!

Love your banner - chickadees are a favorite birdie around here!

With the lovely weather and some morning coolness in the air, I almost wish I wasn't leaving for a whole month so I could start back on some art projects - you always inspire me when I stop by to visit!

I hope to find some pretty things in the French markets to share later - of course they have to fit in the corners of one suitcase! I may just have to leave my clothes in France in order to bring back treasures!!!

Have a fabulous weekend Dawn.
Hugs - Mary.

KarenHarveyCox said...

thank you for sharing your favorite tools. I am always interested in learning what artists use to create their crafts. Have a wonderful weekend. Karen

Shannon said...

Dawn you have a lovely Blog... your banner is perfect, I need to get one made for my new blog :) I Love birds and vintage things too so I am thrilled to have come across your blog! It's a small world... I too live in Georgia and the break in tempature has been a true delight :) I look forward to visiting again and checking out your items for sale as well. Have a wonderful day.
Shannon

Myrna said...

Thanks for sharing your 'tricks of the trade'..I have one question--what do you use the gel medium for?

Love your darling sachets--so sweet and I bet they have a wonderful fragrance!!!

Anonymous said...

Dawn - I loved seeing your essential tools. Is Matte Gel like a Modpodge? The lavender sachet is really pretty - I love that there is something different and beautiful on the back.
--Vicki K

Wren Cottage said...

Thanks for sharing the tools of your trade ;)I just got the jewelry glue as suggested in your tutorial and loved it :) ~~~ but where can I get your imagination, lol!! hehehe ~ ohhhh, I think I get it, that's what the tutorials are for, lol!!
xoxoxo ~ love you, Madai :)
Have a great weekend and get out there and enjoy the cool weather...ahhhh I love it too!!

Diane said...

Dawn, the new banner is just beautiful!

Thanks for showing a close-up of the craft spray. I looked at printing sheets at Joann's today and they're $10-$15 for only 3 sheets! No thank you. I'd rather make my own with the directions you kindly posted! Thank you!

The little pillow is adorable.

Diane

Wren Cottage said...

oops, forgot... the birdy sachet is just enchanting!! And your blog banner is GORGEOUS!!! A perfect fit :)

Viv (VivLyn) said...

I have most of your *must haves* except for the jewelry glue and hemp. Guess another trip to W-mart in is order. Your sachet turned out adorable! Love the bird picture!

Miss Sandy said...

I think you have been in my crafting cupboard! It looks like we have the same "must haves"!

Dawn your new trend into printed fabric is so lovely! Your creativity is contagious. I finally got brave enough to post on my dashing raven today. If you have time, pop over and see.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Betty said...

Oh, boy, now I am really excited. We have a new mall with several shops already open. Michael's is supposed to open soon and I can hardly wait. Maybe I'll become 'crafty' with their help, and yours! Take care.

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Oh I love to see what others are using! Thanks for the tips! It's getting chilly here in Virginia in the evenings...another two weeks or so and we'll have a brilliant show of leaves!

Shopgirl said...

I can not find Medium gel anywhere...I went to Michaels and they don't carry it. I will keep looking. It's fun to know what you use, thank you, Mary

Relyn said...

This is a wonderful, helpful, awesome post! Thank you.

Joyce said...

Oh Dawn.....thank you so, so much for sharing your favs!! You are so talented, sweet and helpful!
hugs to you!

GardenGoose said...

love the sachet. and thanks for the info on your faves.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Thank you for sharing your favorite tools. It's very helpful.

Jane said...

Dawn, Your blog posts are always something to look forward to! This one with the "tools" was no exception -- so interesting to see what you use and with photos of the products too! Keep up your beautiful work and your blog! You are always so kind and sweet, with your images to share and beautiful creations.
Jane

Tammy said...

You could be showing my supplies. We have many similar. I love what you did with the pretty little bird image and the music. The lace is a darling touch.
Hugs,
Tammy

Anonymous said...

I LOVE ALL YOUR LACE AND OLD BABY THINGS. I'M IN AN ANTIQUE MALL IN WACO TEXAS AND HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR ABOUT 38 YRS. WHEN WE FIRST STARTED WE NAMED OUR BUSINESS ROSES, LACE AND PRAYERS, CAUSE IT TOOK SO MUCH OF ALL 3 THINGS TO GET A BUSINESS GOING. I HAVE BOXES OF OLD LACE, ESPECIALLY LACE TABLECLOTHS AND 4 LARGE BOXES OF VERY OLD LACE MOST OF THE PIECES NOT OVER 6 INCHES WIDE. I'VE GONE FOR YEARS BUYING OLD 1940'S DRESSES TO GET THE SMALL BITS OFF OF THEM.. IT'S BEEN A FUN 38 YEARS .AND THANKFULLY THE LORD HAS BLESSED ME BY BEING MY VERY CLOSE PARDNER YOUR SITE IS SO REFRESHING AND FUN TO LOOK AT. PLEASE KEEP IT UP. THANKS TO GOD FOR PUTTING YOU WHERE WE COULD ALL SHARE YOUR PICTURES AND PRETTY IDEAS. BONNIE HACKETT denbonwest@yahoo.com

Charlene said...

Your bird pillow turned out so pretty. Thanks for showing us the tools of a MASTER! Hugs

Barbara Jean said...

DAWN, HAD NOT SEEN THIS BEFORE.

ARE THE ROTARY CUTTER AND POINTIE SCISSORS FOR CLOTH OR FABRIC?

I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR A ROTARY CUTTER FOR PAPER, BUT HAVE NOT FOUND ONE.

THANKS FOR ALWAYS GOOD STUFF OVER HERE. =0)

BARBRA JEAN

OOPS JUST SAW THIS IS ALL CAPS
NO DO OVERS. =)

Barbara Jean said...

PS Love your sachet.
What a great idea to pint out the music paper on fabric. I have yet to do any printing on fabric. wish i had more time for all of this.
bj

Feathers and Flight said...

~Dawn~
Thank You so much for your amazing Blog full of Inspiration!! You have certainly inspired me! You gave me the courage to start me own Blog and start on a new Journey that I am very Excited about!Thank you again for Sharing!
Your Generosity is Greatly Appreciated!
Jill

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