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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

There are angels among us ~






I know that many of my followers here on my blog
are also friends of mine on Facebook.
This is our precious angel Ellie.
We lost her last week and words cannot describe
how much we all miss her!!!

I've never lost a pup before and it's like losing a true member of the family.
We miss her routine, her love and of course simply her.

I hate to start a post off with such sad news but this blog
is a journal of my life. She was such a huge part of it!!!
We will see you again sweet girl.





While things were so very sad here, with Ellie's declining health,
I received a package from a friend.

Linda has purchased several things from me in the past and I simply LOVE her taste!!!
Well, not because she bought MY wares
but she has shows and sells amazing antiques and finds.

We are friends on Facebook and her family hunts turkeys. Her children and grandchildren.
She posted that they had several turkeys and she had a TON of feathers.
Linda wanted to know if any of her friends wanted any.
OF COURSE I DID!!!

I love using feathers in my artwork!!!
She wanted my address and said she'd send some my way.

Well, my friends.
THIS is what she sent me!!!!!!!!!!

(Tons of photos to come, sorry)





Turkey feathers!!!!




Then there is THIS.















AND THIS!!!










Velvet pieces and luscious fabrics!




I literally cried.
My heart was so heavy and sad.
But to see this sweet friend send me so many elements to create with
touched my heart so much.
I thanked her immensely and she told me that she just had a feeling
that I needed a box of happy not even knowing about Ellie!!!

Thank you so much precious Linda, you truly are an angel.
Every little thing is so, so appreciated!
You've inspired me to get busy and make something beautiful!!!
If you want to look her up (she's in Arkansas) and follow her on FB,
here is her FACEBOOK PAGE.
You will LOVE her taste!!!


Thank you always, always for checking in to see what I'm up to.

Hugs and love,
Dawn







Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A New Tutorial!!! Christmas Tree Under Glass ~


I've sold tutorials in my Etsy store for years now!
For some weird reason I only had NINETEEN for forever.
But now, I can finally say I have TWENTY tutorials for purchase!

Each tutorial features step-by-step photographed instructions showing
how to create something I've made in the past.
I love sharing how I did it.

They come with a complete list of materials needed to complete each project as well..

This particular one is something I made a few years ago and
finally made a tutorial showing you how!!

And always remember, with my tutorials you can improvise!
Use things that you already have around the house
just using the tutorial as a guide.

They are all in PDF format so they can be downloaded and even
printed so you can have them by your side while creating!!!

Please take a peek at my shop if you are feeling creative!!!










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

Hugs and love,
Dawn



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Getting back into the studio to create!



Yes, I've made a few antique button necklaces recently
but since we moved into our new home
I've not really made a piece of artwork.

It's funny how you can totally slip out of that groove.
But life happens, you can even forget how much you love it.
When I finally DO make something?
It all comes back to me!!!!

Just making something from forgotten fragments is so rewarding.
This is an antique plinth board or enormous molding.
It is so old, aged and was a wonderful backdrop for this piece!

I created the heart pattern, sewed it from drop cloth fabric and then painted it.
I also used some antiquing solution to age it around the edges.
It didn't need to look pristine with that wonderful board behind it.




I wrapped the heart with brown hemp cord and tied and antique key to the front.




Next I drilled holes in the board and added the rusty twisted wire to hang.




A few embellishments were added to the hanger,
untwisted twine and some thinner wire accents.




Of course I had to add the little metal frame and the "love much" wording!




The heart has been wired onto the board to secure it.




It's really a quite simple piece but it truly speaks volumes to me.
I'm calling it "The Key to My Heart"

I've recently added it to my Etsy store if you like to take a peek!



It's been over a year since I made anything.
Moving into our new home totally sucked the life out of me.
It was wonderful and stressful all at the same time!!!

We will soon be here a year and I'm finally settled in enough
to feel comfortable up in our new studio.

So don't give up on yourself.
It just takes time to adjust to change or get through what's going on in your life.
Fall will soon be here. Cooler weather always inspires me!!!
I hope to be sharing more artwork and goodies soon.

Thank you always for stopping by to see what I'm up to!!!
Even if it's not much of anything, HAHAHA!!

Hugs and love,
Dawn






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