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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Little Christmas wishes under glass ~



After working on my fairy house for the last few weeks,
it was so nice to get back to a few smaller projects!

I invited a dear old friend over for a creative day in my studio
and we had an absolute BLAST together!!!

Tammy and I met at art school years and years ago.
With both of us being creative spirits, the ideas just FLY
when we get together to make pretty things.
Plus add in the laughter, reminiscing and love...
well, that's just the icing on the cake!

These sweet Christmas tubes are just a few of the results
of our wonderful day together ~






Sometimes you have to make a HOT MESS to make something beautiful!!!
Look at that crazy table!









These are SO much fun to make!!!
We also made a few botanical tubes that I'm finishing up ~
They are filled with little snippets and elements of nature.
Beautiful to display year round if you're a nature lover like me!

The Christmas tubes are listed in my Etsy store and
the botanicals tubes will be soon as well!

I hope you're staying cozy on this chilly December day
and thank you always, always for visiting me here!


Hugs and love,
Dawn





Monday, December 4, 2017

Creating a little magic in the studio!



I've always loved fairies.
I love the idea of them existing,
watching over nature and living
in their magical woodland homes!

So for my latest project I decided to alter a wooden
house purchased at the craft store into a whimsical fairy house ~







Here's what I purchased at Hobby Lobby!
Not too special but a perfect piece for me to embellish.






I began by base painting it with normal acrylic paints in the little bottles.





After painting I wanted to age it a bit
and created a mossy wash and also a brown wash
to give it an older look, especially around the windows
and in the crevices.




I found a great cigar box to use as a platform and painted it as well.
Next I began adding all different kinds of natural elements.
I've been gathering these goodies for years!!
Some items are store bought like some of the moss and little wood cuts
but a lot is gathered from our yard right here at home.




Three different roof styles made it so much more charming and interesting!
A thatched roof was created from unwound jute, glued in overlapping layers.

One roof is created from pieces of pine cones and mosses.

And lastly, the other roof was made from river birch bark and
other bark pieces with lichen.



The more that was added, the more I loved it!!!





It's funny when you begin working on something like this.
You sometimes have to reel yourself in and decide
when it's time to stop.

So here is my finished piece!!!














I'm so pleased with how this fairy house turned out!!!
This sweetie has been now added to my Etsy store ~
Wouldn't it be a perfect gift for a nature lover?


Thank you so much for always stopping by to see what I'm up to!
hugs and love,
Dawn

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A whimsical fairy house ~






A few weeks ago I was commissioned by a dear friend of mine
to transform a simple night light into a woodland fairy house!
Creating these is so much fun because you can gather elements
from your yard and even buy some neat things at craft stores.

The house started off solid white with some type of sheer fabric
glued into the openings to soften the small light that inserts into the back.
I removed it all.
The sheer material was backed with acetate I imagine for safety's sake
with their being a bulb inside.

Next I spray painted a dark brown to have a more woodsy background.

Then I found an amazing image online of the inside of a fairy house
someone had made, sized it appropriately and printed it out onto vellum.
I also had acetate sheets and cut them to size for each opening as well.
After I glued all the sheets on each window it was time for embellishing!

What I started with:


After it had been spray painted and images glued inside ~
You can see my stash of supplies I had to pull from!



The first thing I worked on was the moss around the base of the roof.
Next I made a "stone" fireplace using little pebbles and moss as well.



I had this incredible thick paper with straw and fibers that I used to cover the sides.
This added such a great contrast to the dark brown!
I cut sticks to wedge onto each corner and then
continued to add feathers, moss and small woodcuts around the base.











The finished fairy house ~
I so hope my customer is pleased and
I think I may need to make more of these!!!



Thank you always for stopping by to see what I'm up to!!!

Hugs and love,
Dawn

Friday, November 10, 2017

Make something beautiful...it's soothing to the soul!




Creating beautiful things can be such wonderful therapy!

I've made a few pretty things lately and creating always soothes my soul.
A bird's nest assemblage on a tray and I'm making sweet
dried roses test tube ornaments!

Here are a few photos:






And this is the condition of my work table today!
So many different elements but I'm filling glass test tubes with
gorgeous dried roses.








This one is listed in the store...but I'm working on more.
Why does everything look so much more beautiful under glass???

Thank you always for stopping by to see what I'm doing!
hugs and love,
Dawn



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hello November!!!






It seems that this time of year ALWAYS gets my creative juices flowing!
The cooler temperatures and the changing of the seasons
makes my mind spin with all kinds of ideas.

Here are a few of the things that I've made lately.
It seems all of them are under glass for some reason!

Please be sure to check my Etsy store as a few things have
been listed in there and some of these items have already sold.

Does fall inspire you to create too???

Two altered apothecary jars with French labels
and other pretty embellishments!




This one is in my shop!!!






These have all sold but I just LOVED making these bird-inspired jars.
Nests, eggs and pieces of nature all captured under glass ~










And lastly, I've been making ornaments using 6" glass test tubes!
They are approximately 1" in diameter. I've added glitter snow,
a tiny bottle brush tree and other goodies to make a pretty Christmas ornament.
They can hang on a knob or on the Christmas tree!















And of course, loving natural elements, I had to try to make a few botanical test tubes.
They are my very favorites! I love drying flowers and other greenery
so I've made little gatherings for each test tube.





It's so nice to be able to use the things that you've been gathering and collecting.
I have dried flowers everywhere, stems from pretty bushes,
feathers and other fragments of nature to use.
But it seems when you place them under glass
it gives them a special kind of importance!

Thank you always for stopping by to see what I'm doing and
I hope that I can inspire you to make something beautiful ~

hugs and love,
Dawn




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