Wednesday, January 6, 2021

What a GREAT way to start the New Year!!!

 

I've got to share something SO special with you!

I was contacted by a company a few weeks back to see if
I would write a sponsored post about their products.
Well, I checked out their website and LOVED IT!!
Next, I checked out their reviews and they were WONDERFUL!
SOOO...of course I agreed!

The website is Photowall.com.
Their products include wallpaper, murals,
canvas prints, framed prints and posters!

The neat thing is...you can browse through their huge selection
of photos and images
OR you can upload your own image
to create any of their items.

As you all know, I adore beautiful images and
ended up ordering a GORGEOUS
wall mural for one wall of my new studio!!!
(Well, when we find the right house that is...)

This is it below!
It's called Cool Summer in the Woods.
I had several others picked out as well,
but ultimately chose this one.
Don't you just love it??



Here's another photo of more of the design.
Now, you know I'm not into modern furniture but
I still felt like the image would look beautiful with
antiques and older furniture as well!



There were a few other images that I loved as well.
Of course they are all botanically inspired!
This Floral Cream was beautiful and
this is what it would look like as a canvas...




This pattern is called Hydrangea in the Vintage section!



This one is so dreamy!
It is called October Morning:




Look at this gorgeous peony image!!!




A mural would be perfect in a baby's nursery or child's room!




How about something precious for a little girl's room?



Or for a little boy's room?




Or what about a cool antique map mural in a library room?


The possibilities are absolutely endless!



So now you can see why fell in love with this website!
The company is in Sweden and the shipping is ULTRA fast!
I was amazed how quickly my mural arrived.

The wonderful thing too?
Photowall is offering each and every one of my readers

25% OFF your purchase for one month!!!

Just type in
thefeatherednest25
into the coupon code area when checking out!

CLICK HERE to take a look around!!
You're gonna love it!

Now, if we can find our new home with my new studio,
I'll share what it looks like finished!!!


Wishing you all such a wonderful and very Happy New Year!!!

Hugs and love,
Dawn







Thursday, December 3, 2020

A chubby little snowman to make you smile!

 
So what even happened to November???
I'm really not sure but it certainly flew by!

We had a very small Thanksgiving this year.
We weren't all able to be together but
I'm still so very thankful for my precious family
and dear friends!

I did get a little something accomplished last month though!
A sweet friend of my son Brad's has always loved
my chubby paper clay snowmen.
Brad asked me if I would make Zak one as
a surprise Christmas gift this year!
I love Zak like another son so I was happy to do it.
The surprise of it all made it even more fun!!!

I took photos along the way so I could share too!
He looks a bit rough in the beginning but
slowly develops his sweet personality!





First I start with cheap, thin aluminum foil.
Adding layers and molding it to get the shape I'm happy with.



The neat thing about working with Creative Paperclay is
that you can use just a little bit of water rubbed onto the foil
to adhere a thin coating of the clay!
I usually keep a mug of water nearby and a damp cloth to wipe my hands.
As you add flattened out pieces of the clay to the foil,
dip your fingers into the water then rub the clay to blend them together.
Water blends and smooths the clay as much as you want.

I tend to like a more rustic, handmade look so a few rough
areas never worry me!




I have a few sculpting tools but toothpicks, the ends of paint brushes, etc.
can do the trick for making eye sockets and smiles.

Next, form a little cone for the nose and yes...I dampen the end with water
AND where it will go on the head to make it stick.
Using your fingers to smooth the nose to the face.




Next, I use a piece of a toothpick to press through the clay and foil of the head.
Pull the toothpick back out and add a touch of Fabri-tac glue to it then re-insert it.

Do the same thing to the other end of the toothpick and push it into the body.

I rolled up a skinny little tube of paper clay and dampened his neck area.
Then wrapped the tube around to give him a real neck.
Then smoothed it all the way around with my fingers and water to blend it in.






I then added arms and formed little mittens on his hands.
I wanted to shape his arms like he was holding goodies too!
I didn't know at the time what they would be
but would figure that out later.



I let his happy self air dry for a couple of days before painting.




I tried making him a little top hat and it was decent BUT
I kept thinking of the doll making section at Hobby Lobby.
Plus, they have an adorable miniature tree section filled with all
kinds of tiny ornaments and things.

After a quick trip I found him the PERFECT hat, some ribbon and these
tiny little adornments to finish it off.

The items he's holding are teeny ornaments that I made fit
into his chubby arms.
The photo below was just a test placement before painting.



I didn't take photos of the painting but used a white coat first then a
metallic pearl white next. I made a wash of pink paint for the cheeks,
a wash of orange for his little nose and
black for his smile!
OH and his mittens were painted a pretty Christmas red.

Then I painted on a very thin (you can thin with a bit of water)
coat of white glue and dusted him
with fine crystal glitter.
The last few steps were to place a teeny drop of Fabri-tac into each eye socket
then add the appropriate size of black beads for eyes.
Lastly, I glued two little buttons onto his belly!


And here he is all packaged up ready for his trip to Zak in California!!!




Sweet Zak was completely surprised and thrilled with his jolly little snowman
and I absolutely LOVED making it for him!



So, I was a little creative in November,
flip me a fish, RIGHT?
HAHAHA!

Thank you always, always for stopping by
to see what I'm up to and
praying that you and yours are happy and healthy!

Hugs and love,
Dawn


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Autumn is finally here and my heart is happy!

 





Fall has always, always is my very favorite time of the year.
I have so many precious memories from this sweet season.
Starting college, meeting precious life-long friends, dating my husband....
I always have loved the cooler weather too, Georgia summers can be brutal and so humid!

Right now it's raining cats and dogs outside and will probably make many
leaves fall that I still want to see turn.
It's okay though.
Rain is a precious gift and I'm thankful!

This has been a very rough year for all of us.
I've missed my family so terribly.
And then staying home...day after day...can mess with your head!
I've always been a homebody but at least I had a choice to go out.
We are simply trying to be wise in our household as we are all
physically compromised here.

I'm not sure what our holidays will hold at this point
but I do know this.
I love my precious family dearly.
Even if we have our celebrations separately,
we all love one another so much!
This too shall pass.

I'm having a small sale in my Etsy store if you're feeling creative!
It's mostly tutorials that you all know I sell plus
a few handmade items as well.

Click HERE to visit!


Here are a few of my artist pieces! You know how I loved dried elements!







I'm sorry for the sparseness of my posts.
Seems my heart just hasn't been in it.
With a studio full of supplies even.
Praying for better times for us all!!!!


Thank you all for continuing to visit my ol' blog.

Hugs and love!!!
Dawn





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