Saturday, June 28, 2008

A thankful heart ~

THANK YOU ALL SO, SO MUCH!!! What a sweet response to the fairy jar! You do know that when you leave such kind, sweet comments you are fanning my creative fire, don't you? I appreciate each and every one so very much ~ I love to make things and inspire you to create, too!

As an artist I've found that I look at things a bit differently, especially packaging. See the photo below? It was a box that held two beautiful soaps. I opened them and placed them in our bathroom and looked at the pretty shred. Knowing I wanted to do the jar fairy, I thought to myself, "wouldn't this make pretty fairy grass around her feet?"

When I find a nice piece of cardboard in a package of new sheets, I pull it out and stare at it . . . hmmmm, a sturdy backing for a project! I keep it grouped together in my artroom so I can grab a piece when I need it.

So be sure you don't toss a wonderful art supply just because it wasn't sold as one, you can turn it into a neat component in your next art piece!

Remember the pottery Dutch shoes? Well the same technique was used to make this into a pincushion that I used with the baby shoes and ballet shoes in Somerset Life. Don't forget, the summer issue of Somerset Life should hit the newstands the first of this coming week!!!

I'll put this pincushion in my Etsy store a little later on today

Thank you again for your wonderful comments on my jar fairy! Wishing you a great Saturday ~

xxoo, Dawn


Nancy Hood said...

Thank you, as always, for your sweet words, Dawn. You always make me feel warm inside. Have a restful and laughter filled weekend~

LiLi M. said...

As the previous commenter I want to thank you too not only for you warm words, but also for further inspiration; I come from Holland and will easily find a similar clog in Delft blue, I have some 'delft blue' fabric in that endless pile and i am going to make a clog (but slightly different) too. I mean one day ;-)
Thank you for everything, have a nice weekend!

Cookie said...

I love visiting her Dawn - and always leave a bit more encouraged and enlightened. You have a way of sparking creativeness in me with your wonderful imagination. Love it all!
Want it all! Need it all!
Have a great weekend :)

Cookie said...

that should read:
"I love visiting HERE, Dawn"

coffee hasn't kicked in yet :)

A Wild Thing said...

LOVE the fairy jar, as always you are a ray of sunshine to all of us out here in blogland...thanks Dawn...


Tricia said...

i agree--you are a ray of sunshine! and inspiration!
such good advice also to keep things to use as art supplies even though they weren't sold as such--the ultimate in recycling!!!


Sandy said...

A girl after my own heart! I have a stash of what would have been intended for trash too! The shoe is darling and I am on pins and needles to see the new issue. There are a lot of great bloggers featured in this issue, congrats to you all!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

hahahaha! My family just rolls thier eyes- they know they can't toss ANYthing away unless I see it first - otherwise, they may be embarrassed by my retreiving it from the dumpster later!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful inspiration. To turn something I have created into a new creation. Your pin cushions are so delightful, and I was browsing and saw your fairy jar, so lovely. karen

Abbie said...

oh! I love it! It came out perfect Dawn!
As always, just lovely!

Naturegirl said...

Dawn you are such an inspiration I just can't tell you how much! I also save all these bits and pieces from packaging but never get to useing it as I just don't have the skill!Viewing your treasures gives me inspiration!
That fairy in your last post is simply the most precious!! Thank you for sharing your creative treasures!

Dawn said...

Dawn, you are such a sweetheart....

I can relate to the saving of bits for some future project. The storage for those bits can become a challenge.

Tara said...

You always come up with something so creative--WOW!

vikki said...

u r truly a kindred spirit of heart! i keep most packaging, too ~ look at it and think i can use this, and that, etc... i also have the head shaker *, at my house that thinks just throw it away! why keep some of that stuff?? we know tho ~ don't we? keep up the creating. can not wait to find my copy of the magazine! keep in touch, m'dear friend! have a blessed week~end! much love and hugs, vikki

Elizabeth said...


I love the pin cushion. But I ADORE the fairy in a jar! You write beautiful poetry. I love it all so much!

I wish my brains came up with things like what you do. However, I will say that everytime I visit your blog, I come away seeing more possibilities in the world around me.

Take care, Elizabeth

Attic Rat said...

This is precious. Makes you want to sew up something.

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Such a sweet sweet pin cushion dawn! Guess what, I went and got my issue of SOmerset Life tonight... I haven't had a chance to read it yet but it looks gorgoeus and your pincushions are just STUNNING!!! can't wait to read through. Congrats!!

xoxo Heather

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Dawn, you are the one giving, by sharing your creative designs and how you put things together. I save everything, because I'm constantly thinking of something to do with it. My husband is building a big work building for us. Just got to get to it all.
Can't wait to get my copy of Somerset Life.

Shopgirl said...

A shoe is just a shoe until you make it into pretty.
You do give us so much Dawn, we often see things in a different way because you have shared.
Hugs, Mary

Tina Leavy said...

oh now didn't that wee shoe turn out just lovely! but then I knew it would combined with your talent.
so darling.
hope you have a lovely Sunday.
hugs, Tina

Sarah said...

Nice art!!! Thank you for your comments. See you again soon.



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