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Friday, January 30, 2009

I'm making progress in spite of myself!

I thought I'd show you my progress on the banner(s) for the baby shower ~ I know I should have finished it days ago but I've never made one before plus I just hit the wall with it creatively!! Do you do that?
And being the perfectionist nut that I am I just stall out and walk by my art room and stare at it!

I think it's going to be way too long but I wanted to try it....I will string the three words with ribbon as three separate banners "Welcome Baby Clara". I reinforced the scrapbooking paper with posterboard (a cheap alternative to cardstock!) Boy, that was a TON of cutting! Then I needed something to back each of the letters as there was so much pattern going on. I wanted something to break that up and thought paper doilies would work. Well they looked too dinky so I hand pleated white crepe paper around each one....sixteen of them!!
Why do I make a simple little project so difficult ~ ugh!

I do like how it's turning out finally and of course now I don't have enough eyelets so I'm heading to the store to get those today. Next will be a little embellishing and then I've got to move on to a few other smaller things!!!






A few image gifts for you!




Thank you all so very much for such sweet comments on the magazine articles!! I truly believe in my heart that it's because of each of you and your encouragement that I've had the confidence to create and even write an article. And just remember....you can do this too!! Create your beautiful work, send it in to the magazine if you'd love to be published, if I can do this I know that you can!



I hope you have a terrific Friday dear friends ~

xxoo, Dawn




ps. this is my 800th post!!! I promise I'm going to have a wonderful giveaway the week of Feb. 11th ~ my two year bloggiversary!!!



29 comments:

Joanne Kennedy said...

Oh I think that banner is beautiful! I'm sure the mommy will just love it. You can tell you put a lot of thought and love into your work. Everything is always so nice.

Hugs,
Joanne

Dorthe said...

Sweet friend ,how adorable your banner turned out. so girly and sweet, what a gift to have for the parents and later for little Clara, you did a huge beautifull job Dawn.
And congrats to your 800 post, wow thats a lot, and all full of wonderfull thoughts-beautifull art,and gifts to us from you, also today. Im so rich that i found you Dawn.
Have a happy friday
XOXO Dorthe

Angelfeather said...

Dawn
Congrats on being selected for both magazines. The apron is quite lovely! The banner even in it's unfinished stage is beautiful, I can see it gracing your Clara's room for years to come and then becoming a piece that is preserved so she can show it to her children some day.
I find your site very inspiring and visit daily over coffee in the morning, you are right when you said you find sites that resonate with you because of similar style. Keep following your heart.
Have a good week end.
Diane

madrekarin said...

Sweet! Will you be hanging it in the baby's room when the shower is over? It's too pretty to tuck away!
Hang in there, Dawn! Don't do so much that you can't enjoy the shower!!

Sally L. Smith said...

Dawn, I know exactly what you mean by the brainfreeze. Sometimes I just need to look at it for a couple of days. You know when it's right, even if it takes a long time and in the end--that's ok. Just look at that banner now! Wow! Beautiful! Thanks for the postcard etc...I just love your blog. I visit you almost every day. Sally

Shari said...

Your banner is just beautiful and you can tell that a lot of love went into the making. What a sweet welcome for the dear baby!!

Candy said...

The banner is looking soooo pretty. The ruffle just completes it perfectly.
Candy

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Hi Dawn... The banner is lovely and oh so much work you have placed in it.... will it be able to be used in the baby room? Loved the pink roses ..... have a great weekend.

nancarts said...

Hi Dawn! The banner is so sweet and beautiful. The ruffle really sets off the letters! She's a very lucky little lady! to have a grandmother who is so talented and loving! I read your blog every day! Keep up the good work..everything is so inspiring to me. I haven't found apronology
yet, but I will buy it as soon as I see it. I am a real fan of Somerset Studio..their mags are the most!! Smiles and Blessings.

Lori said...

Dawn, that banner is just gorgeous!!! the colors are so sweet...and i love the mix of pattern and your crepe rosettes...that is going to look just wonderful for the baby shower...thanks for the freebies!!!

Scrappy Jessi said...

aaahhh your banner is fabulous!!!
congrats on 800! wow!!!
your so sweet.
oxoxo,
jessi

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

DAWN, THE BANNER TURNED OUT FAB, BUT DON'T YOU JUST HATE IT WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK! I PASE, FEEL VERY ANXIOUS AND JITTERY, AND GENERALLY JUST CAN'T GET MY HEAD AROUND ANYTHING. OH! AND EAT, GRAZE AND NIBBLE! SO TO STOP THIS CYCLE, I USUALLY REPEAT A PREVIOUS PIECE THAT I'VE DONE CAUSE I KNOW EXACLTY WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, OR I KNIT OR CROCHET SOMETHING. IT CALMS ME ENOUGH THAT I AM ABLE TO PROCEDE. AND THANK YOU FOR THE COMPLEMENT ON MY ART WORK. COMING FROM YOU, WITH YOUR WONDERFUL STYLE AND GREAT EYE, IT WAS VERY WELCOME. YOUR NAME IS IN AND THE DRAWING WILL BE TOMORROW P.M. THANKS!

Barb said...

Dawn,
Oh do I love that banner!!!!

I understand mind block, but mine is because i am doing about 10 creative things at once, and get so i cannot singly focus on any of them.
Right now I am trying to finish the things i have started before i go on to anything else. So hard when the creative cells are running wild. (I know you know what i mean.) =0)

Blessings on your day.

hugs,
Barbara Jean

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

........I MEANT PACE, NOT PASE. SORRY!

Allie said...

Your banner is absolutely ADORABLE! A labor of love, indeed, but the result is BEAUTIFUL. AND....800 posts?!......you are amazing! Happy Friday!
~Allie

Charmingdesigns said...

Your banner is going to be a big hit!! It is just stunning!! Congrats on your Apron!!! Can't wait to see "final results" for the baby shower. Hang in there...you'll get it all done! laurie

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

The banner is beautiful! I'm sure that it will be incorporated into the nursery decor once its services at the shower are accomplished.

Thanks for all the pretty art!

Anonymous said...

Dawn your banner is beautiful! What a special shower this will be.
Vicki Page

The Rustic Victorian said...

Hey Mizz Dawn,,,well done, I knew it was going to be the best. Congratulations,,,,800!!!wowee,,how'd that happen. Maby some day I will be saying that. Thanks for all your help dear friend. you are funny too...smile. Thanks again for the wonderful images.
Love
Marcie

tam said...

WoW Dawn I absolutely adore that gorgeous banner you made and I know your daughter in law will too. And just think little Clara will see photos of the baby shower someday and see all the loving work you did for her! Thank you for the pretty images too!
Have a fantastic Friday~Smiles~Tam!

THE SPICE CUPBOARD said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THE BANNER...and sweet Em will just love it too. I am anxious to see all the shower photos - you are already the bestest Grandmom!! Love, Judy

My Vintage Studio said...

Hi Dawn,
Your banner is SO CUTE! Just love it!
Congrats on the front cover of the new magazine!
You really should start teaching your stuff as a class at some of those wonderful art get way weekends!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs, Sharon

Creations from my heart said...

I just knew the banner would be wonderful! What a wonderful keepsake. I can't wait to see all the festivities and the cupcakes!!!Blessings...Sherry

Holly said...

The banner looks wonderful! Great job! It is sure to be a keepsake for baby Clara (and her mom).

Shopgirl said...

The banner is so cute and just a delight to look at. Maybe she can put it in baby Clara's room after the party.
Arney was home all week so not much got done. He goes back to work tomorrow and I will get busy again.

Jena Williams, Not So Shabby Interiors said...

ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE.....What a precious banner! I love it and know that it will be a "hit" at the shower! I really enjoy your beautiful blog! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jena

lorhen82 said...

I read your next post before this one, and I see you've shared some more great images! Thanks Dawn! ~Lori

KV Creative Designs said...

I think the Banner is rather FABULOUS! You did an Excellent job!

Happy New Year and Artful Blessings,
Kathryn

P.S. Hop on over to my blog for my Blogiversary and OWOH giveaways!

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