Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I find myself buying the strangest things!

My brain is always churning...scary, huh???
No, but really...I'm always trying to think of things to make,
create and ways to put things together.
I find myself yearning for the ultimate hardware store!!!

Well, I took a little trip to Lowe's and found
more perfect little tack nails that I love using in my artwork.
Plus a few other nails too!! I think I have a thing for nails....

So while I'm strolling down the isles in Lowes,
I go past the the lighting isle where there's every light bulb known to man
and see these glass globes ~ don't you love their retro look???
I'm thinking with a little wire wrapped around the top
and a hanger attached,
how neat they would the be as hanging vases or
sweet hanging candle holders on the patio or deck?

And a teeny scrap of brown eyelash fringe from Hob Lob....
less than two bucks.
I'm not exactly sure what I'll use it for.... but by golly,
I'll have it when I need it!!!!

So as I return home from my treasure hunting and empty my bags.....
there is no rhyme, and definitely no reason.....
and it all just looks to be a pile of junk ~
But oh well....no matter, it still looks like a pile of treasures to me!!!

And a couple of sweet new bloggers for you to visit and welcome ~

First, Sandy of Peridots Garden Blog....
I just love new bloggers...
and love welcoming them to this wonderful land of blog!

If you have time,
I would LOVE for you to stop in
and say hello to these two new bloggers....
please cheer them on and welcome them here!!

Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday precious friends,
hugs and love,


Lori said...

Dawn, those things won't seem so strange when we see them adorning a piece of your beautiful artwork!!!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I'm sure you will turn your finds into a beautiful treasure!!! Your so talented and creative... I'm going over now and check out the new bloggers. Hope you have a wonderful day!!
Daphne Nicole

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Lowes and HD are wonderful sources of treasure! I love those glass globes! Your creative and artistic mind sees possibilities where others see junk! This is why we love to visit and see what you are up to! Have a happy and crafty day!
:) Laura

Anonymous said...

Wow I like that.I couldnt do that with anything from lowes though.My brain could never put together anything from there,lol.

I will check out those blogs though thanks for sharing them.

Have a great day!

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Oh yes, I can definitely see your vision in those retro globes. Beautiful! Inspiration is everywhere.... :) :)


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Dawn...
Sweetie sometimes that happens to me too. I go to Michaels or JoAnn's and as I am purchasing it seems like everything that I need, and then I get my sack home, and oh my no rhyme or reason at all. Oh well, as you say my crafts for another day.

I love the little globes that you have chosen they are so beautiful. I can't wait to see your finished product. They will be beautiful I am sure.

I will pop over and visit your new bloggie friends. Thank you for sharing. Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Peridots Garden Blog said...

Dearest Dawn,

Thank you for such a beautiful introduction to this wonderful enchanted world of Blog!

Your kindness and mentorship are gifts I cherish!

Your treasures define a true artist's mindset...everything has a purpose or a repurpose!

Thank you,


Theresa said...

I love the way you think:) The globes could be used for so many wonderful things. Can't wait to see what you do with them. I have lots of tacks in my craft supplies too. Have a blessed day!

Dorthe said...

Sweet Dawn,
your for some people mismatched buy, is a treasure for others, I love being between those others, and I`can see those globes for my inner eye ,hanging beautifully, when you have done your magic with them.
I have my little collection of nails too, ssshh don`t tell my husbond, -some of them comes straight from his savings....

Hope you are feeling great, dear friend,
love and hugs to you.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Dawn,
I think all your stuff is pretty cool. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Sounds like your creativity is flowing overtime.


Lululiz said...

Nothing strange about your purchases at all. And I bet we won't have to wait too long before we see you using that fun eyelash fringe.

Sandy said...

I understand your shopping excursions completely! As you know my last project involved and old feed sack, a bottle stopper, and a vintage receipt holder. I had no idea when go them that they would marry into a project down the line, I just liked them - go figure!

I love how freely you share your ideas and inspirations here. Thank you for that. I am off to welcome new friends to the neighborhood! Have a great day!

Char said...

I just love working with eyelash trim and know that you will find a great project to do with all the goodies, Char

Unknown said...

Dawn, I understand what you are saying. Check my post and tell me if you can relate some - the craft room. Blessings, Marta.

Anonymous said...

Yes, my friend, you buy some strange things, upon FIRST examination! One might think, "What in the world?" LOL! Good for you! You have an eye for possibilities!

Hugs, Diane

Dixie said...

now I can hardly wait to see what creations come from your treasure hunting... Dixie

Dawnll said...

Nothing would surprise me, I also love to collect unusual things for a future project and hope I have it when I need it.
Can't wait to see what you make.

The Rustic Victorian said...

It's not one bit strange. Totally normal behavior.

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

Not strange one bit, unless you are calling me strange. I bought the same little tack nails week before last, and last week bought some of the copper colored ones. They are awesome!

Anne Lorys said...

Yes! You WILL have it when you need it, I justify ALL my purchases that way. hehehe, I knew I liked you! ;-)

Going over to say hello to the new kids right now...


Romeo said...


okay so I turn on the computer to check email. casually meander by it while it's loading. go check for snacks that "she" may have left me. come back by computer. still loading. so I tell Zoe, watch the email and let me know if i've won the publishers clearing house. proceed down the hallway. hear loud gasp. and a thump. a big furry thump. zoe has fallen off desk. lays there with wide eyes. dazed. hmmmmm....holy smoke!!!!!!!!! there are emails. LOTS of emails. for me. now i fall off desk. only Dawnie could have made this happen. oh my goodness. do cats faint? thanking you so VERY much before i do f....a....i.....n....t

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Dawn!

Can't wait to see what magic you will weave to create something wonderful with your latest finds!!
Hugs susan in Georgia

Vicki Boster said...

Dawn - You crack me up when you go shopping - you buy the neatest things and turn them into treasure. I am lusting after that brown fringed little treasure! LOVE that! Thanks for all you share with us---.

I know you are one busy lady - but if you get a chance - please visit my new give away!


BellaRosa said...

Dawn, your shoppin sense has total reason to you and that is what matters...you should see the oddities I buy for that "one day, project"...But to me every little piece I have bought it there for a one day reason and that is good enough for me :) Thank you for sharing these new blogs, on my way there now :) Besos, Rose

ps..hope you got some rest...:)

Lisa said...

I can't wait to see what you do with your 'supplies'. I love those tacks. I use them in all of my collages, so old fashioned. I have been out of the blogging loop the last couple of days so I missed some posts. Your roses are beautiful, hope you had a lovely VD!! We artist/bloggers are a funny bunch. I read a few blogs today & so many girls got gifts like tool kits, heat guns, hard drives. Our boys know what makes us tick huh? Have an awesome day friend! Lisa

Barbara Jean said...

Hi Dawn,
Thanks for telling us of new bloggers.
I'll be sure to go visit.

Love the picture at the top of this post!!!

And, great about your piles of treasures from Lowe's and Hob Lob.

I go through old junky stores and get similar things, just greasy, and rusty. =))
So, you do not sound so weird to me.

hugs and s miles

barbara jean

myletterstoemily said...

very curious about the false eyelash trim...wonder
what you will do with it.

Anonymous said...

hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

Anonymous said...

Dawn , Yes I agree - defineately treasures -
We have an Ace here also (owned by a family for 40 yrs -- and they have lots
of things in bins -- you buy by the each -or pound -- They used to ask what sizes I needed - and I explained the idea I had ( quizzical looks -like is she crazy ??) -- so NOw they don't ask - as I wander -up and down the aisle for inspiration to strike -- I love it -- too funny . - Kathy - ga ♥

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Dawn ~ I love those globes I need to go to Lowe's ~ they are very vintage looking ~

stefanie said...

those are going to be beautiful when they are done!

the old white house said...

I love hardware stores... the wheels really start turning in those places! The eyelash fringe is cool too. Can't wait to see what you do with all of it! Theresa

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

Hi Dawn,
Love this post....I think we would shop well together!! Thanks for directing us to the new bloggers!
Happy day!

marie said...

I think your assortment of new treasures is wonderful...especially the glass globes. My daughter would love those for flowers.

Thanks for sharing all your wonderful treasures and the new blogs you find...I enjoy exploring them!

Unknown said...

Hi Dawn!! I love the new blogs you introduced us to. How fun to meet so many new people.
The glass globes are darling. It would be fun to decoupage with some beautiful tissue paper for the light to shine through as well!

Petit Coterie said...

Dawn, Your shopping trip sounds much like mine. I always seem to get things that I feel would make such an interesting design. I can't begin to tell you how many little things I have picked up and not done anything with.
Have a wonderful week,
xx, Michelle

laurel said...

I'm with you there. If it looks interesting you just have to take it home. I found some cute little metal rosettes that are used for hanging wall mirrors, instead of those plastic bracket things. Haven't figured out how I want to use them but they've got to be good for something. I didn't think to check out the globes section.

Anonymous said...

Dawn, they may be "strange things" when you buy them, but after you get them they always turn into something gorgeous!!!! Have a good week.

Deb Plapp said...

Hi Dawn, Heck they all look like treasures to me! I'm sure you'll come up with some kind of beautiful completed piece. Now if I could just convince my husband of the fact I NEED all these things, yes even that leftover decoractive cardboard from the frozen dinner I just ate! Take care, Deb Plapp


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