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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Little gifts and bees ~

I made this collage on a dessert plate recently ~ it's a little gift of thanks to a wonderful customer of mine, Marcy....she's so sweet for buying my artwork!! Your fairy shoes are on their way too!!

I've started gathering supplies to make a new assemblage. For awhile now I've wanted to make one about bees....I'm attempting to make a mini bee skep with jute to rest inside the assemblage ~ we'll see how that turns out!

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.



Like trains of cars on tracks of plush
I hear the level bee:
A jar across the flowers goes,
Their velvet masonry

Withstands until the sweet assault
Their chivalry consumes,
While he, victorious, tilts away
To vanquish other blooms.

His feet are shod with gauze,
His helmet is of gold;
His breast, a single onyx
With chrysoprase, inlaid.

His labor is a chant,
His idleness a tune;
Oh, for a bee's experience
Of clovers and of noon!


I've been very fortunate that our oldest son, Brent had a class in college on Photoshop. So he's been giving me mini lessons and I've been playing around a bit! I guess you noticed the new banner ~ I wanted to see if I could make my own and I did!!! It may not stay as I play with Photoshop more and more ~ I would love to make one a little more complicated but it's a start ~

This Friday is when Brent, Emily and Clara begin moving ~ they are so excited!!! I can't wait to see how precious Clara's little bedroom is going to be. It will be really quiet around here but thank goodness they'll only be about 3 miles down the road :)

Wishing you a great Tuesday sweet friends,
xxoo, Dawn


marie said...

Your new banner is very pretty ~ someday I hope to figure out Photoshop and make a banner for my blog.

The little plate is so sweet ~ I'm sure Marcy will love it. Those little fairy shoes are so sweet...I just love the way you think Dawn!

Laura said...

Lovely post...I like bees too although my husband is allergic! I have a picture of a clover and a bee I took this summer and will send it to you! Love your new banner! Take care, Laura

Betty said...

I love the little plate collage,it is so sweet. And the new banner looks fabulous! Good luck with the bee project,cant wait to see what you do. Have a great day!

Sheila R said...

Isn't it fun to play in Photoshop? It is addicting. I love your new banner!

sjhackney said...

Dawn, I like your new header and the bees. Thanks for the images. Sally


Dawn, The banner is lovely. I need to try out Photoshop. Have a wonderful day.


Nancy Maxwell James said...

your plate is so darling! :) Happy Tuesday!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I noticed your new banner right away - I like it.
I love that bee print and would love to see how you incorporate this in your next project.

Miss Sandy said...

I love the new banner! I look forward to seeing your new project. Have a great day.

Mary Green said...

The plate is darling and I think your banner is terrific - congratulations!

Anonymous said...

OMG, that plate is precious! Thank you, Dawn. I cannot wait to get it (and the fairy shoes). You are just the sweetest thing.

Love the banner and love your blog set-up. I hope to get more computer literate someday and spruce up mine!

Have a great week, Sweet Lady! QueenMarcy

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Great job on the new banner - like it a lot! Sounds as if you are well otherwise. Look forward to photos of Clara's new room.

Magic Moonlight said...

I love your new Banner... Congratulations!

KarenB said...

I really love your new banner and the cute plate you made. What a wonderful gift!

xashee's corner said...

you are learning fast and doing GREAT with photoshop! :) Thank you for sharing such WONDERFUL graphics! Have an AWESOME day! :D

Charlene said...

Dawn you lucky girl to have someone helping you with Photoshop. I bought a tutorial & am trying to work at this but, her version is 5.0 & mine is 6.0 & there is a HUGE difference. I am having trouble & she doesn't know how to help me with my version. FRUSTRATING!!!!! Love your new banner. Keep it up girl. I know you... you will get it & be a WIZ KID on it. And you will enjoy the quiet & yes... there may be a path to Clara's house but, that's OK too. Hugs my friend.

Myrna said...

What a darling little plate! Your banner is beautiful..great job! Thanks for the "BEE" maiden name started with a "B" and for some reason I'm attracted to Bee images, too!
Photo-shop. sigh. How wonderful you're learning that..I have a long way to go in all this computer-tech stuff. :-)

Mrs. Staggs said...

Congratulations on mastering your banner. It's lovely, Dawn.

Sometimes, I am very taken with how we are often inspired by similar things at the same time. I've been thinking about bee skeps and collecting bee images for awhile now. Thank you very much for sharing these.

Desires of the Heart said...

Hi Dawn,
I really like your pretty new banner and to find out you did it yourself, WOW! that makes it even sweeter!! Love the little plate. Know you will miss your sweet little Clara, but think how excited she will be to see you when you come to visit! She is precious, one of my little sweet things is moving to Loisiana, ugh. But that is life I guess and we want our children to fly and spread their wings, don't we? Have a blessed day, my friend. Linda

Dorthe said...

Dear Dawn,
your new banner is so very beautifull,
and the little plate too, lucky Marcy.
I wish the little family many blessings,now moving to their own, and you too for your "new" life without them.

Love and hugs ~Dorthe

Deb said...

Love the new banner Dawn! What a great job you did ♥ I am adding Photo shop to this years Christmas Wish List :-)

Laurie said...

Your banner is charming. Ahhh to have a personal teacher...lucky you. lol. I will only dream about photoshop. Love your plate.

lisa said...

I love the new banner & bee's are a favorite of mine too, can't wait to see your new assemblage!


My eyes popped open wide when I clicked on to your blog today....the new banner is great...I love change! Oh how I wish I could learn Photo SHop...but then I might play all day...XO, Judy

Sandi said...

Hi Dawn,
Well I can't see your new banner because my internet is so slow right now that it didn't bring it up. Bummer! I am sure it is lovely though.

My computer has photo shop and photo shop elements on it and I have yet to figure them out. But I hope to sometime. At least photo shop elements. I think I need to take a class or two!!

Joan@anythinsggoeshere said...

I love the fun new banner. Also love the bee post.

Maggie's garden said...

New banner is is your blog. I have enjoyed the pictures Clara. My grand daughter was born around the same time as Clara. My daughter and I have a similar picture of our Norah in the same bouncy seat as Clara. We love all your beautiful artwork. Thanks for introducing me to Somerset!

Barb said...

Sweet little plate.
I know your bee assemblage will be wonderful!!

Barbara Jean

Barb said...

PS You have a new banner!!

I almost thought i was in the wrong place. =0))

The Rustic Victorian said...

Hey Miz Dawn,
I love the banner girl! Thanks for the poem and bee images, and the plate is darling.
Joy in your day mamma bird!

Deb Plapp said...

Well, there seems to "bee" a lot of bee admirers. My email and my license plate are both "the bee52" as Deborah means "The Bee", and I was born in 1952. You may need to make several, because I am definately interested in purchasing it. I've seen your work, and love it! Thanks much, Deb P.S. Love your new banner, and thanks for the bee images.

Isabel said...

Visiting via 52 FLea and loving my tour of your place. I particularly love this post as I fan of dear Emily Dickinson.
You have beautiful images and ideas,here :)
I'll surely come back to visit.

Enjoy the summer!



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