Tuesday, May 18, 2010

OK, I'll admit it...I'm a gatherer ~

Like you didn't already know this!!!
If you've read my blog for any length of time
you'll find that I'm always, always hunting and gathering
goodies and supplies to stock my studio.
ESPECIALLY for a great price.
I don't think being an artist has to be expensive, do you?

Here's my recent gathering of goodies ~
The eyelash yarn was on sale at Hobby Lobby ~
I love using things like this!
The moss collection (yes, I paid for moss!)
was at Michael's, but just look at it!!!
The burlap garland was at Michael's too ~
I don't know what I'll use it for but that doesn't really matter...
The ruffled ribbon was half price at Hobby Lobby ~
and again, I don't know what I'll use it for, but it's wonderful!!

Here are few close-ups:

You can see why they call this eyelash yarn ~
I found it HERE online...

Isn't this ribbon beautiful?
You can find it HERE online too!

The wire cloche was a clearance item at Hobby Lobby and had
a very large bent cross on top ~ so I removed the damaged
piece and added my very own sparkly embellishment!
I ended up using E6000 glue for this ~

A few little guys in the process of getting finished...
(I promise I'm not going to say the "p" word again)

And on my relentless quest to easily dye this ugly gray Spanish moss...
look what I had on hand and just thought of it!!!
Walnut spray ink!
I only use it as an accent under the nests
but want the color to be pretty.

So that was my wild Monday.... today I keep little miss Clara and plan on
taking her into the studio to play in her playpen while I create!!!

OH, I almost forgot to tell you this incredible new jewelry
component line that Michaels had!!!
You can read more about it HERE and HERE....
The charms and pendants look handmade!!!!

I hope you have a great Tuesday precious friends!!!!
hugs and love,
from a die-hard gatherer...


Peridots Garden Blog said...

Dearest Dawn,

Oh and what a "gatherer" you are!

There is the theory that the human race began as hunter gatherers in order to sustain life. This same theory says that as we evolved we dropped that part of our ancestory...you have proven that theory incorrect!

Long live the hunter gatherers...may our forays be filled with exquisite finds and may those finds ignite each of our artistic abilities!

Thank you for the inspiration!


Vicki Boster said...

Oh Dawn - I love your newest stash collection - don't you love a day spent collecting art treasures! And - dont we just love the Hobby Lobby!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Dawn! I love it all! I just discovered some on-line shops as well that carry some things that I can't find in my local craft stores, so like you, I have this gathering instinct of all things shiny, vintage and GREAT! Excellent materials! Anita

Linens Lace and Lattes said...

Dying spanish moss...you an amazing lady! Thanks for the tip on the Michaels jewelry. I made a bracelet from Tim Holtz products last week and need a few additions. Sounds like a trip by Michaels is in order. Have a great day Dawn.

The Rustic Victorian said...

Happy Creating Miz Dawn! I just know you will do something magical with the new goods. I haven't been to Michaels or Hobby lobby since Christmas,,,better check out their new stuff...better get a coupon!
Love you!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Dawn ~ You did find some wonderful goodies at HL and Michaels ~ I love the new jewelry stuff too !! I guess I will be shopping a little today ~

Lisa said...

Oh Lordy, I'll be at the Hob today buying up that Spare Parts ribbon. I've never seen it! I don't know if they carry it here. I see Lori just commented, we shop the same Hob Lob, she better not buy it all up! LOL I do love the jewelry stuff. I have some of that eyelash yarn & I wove it into my nest bag I made around Christmas, remember???? I think after BH you need to do a picnik collage of peat pots, or how bout a flickr page? Or at Christmas the 12 days of peat pots.....oh I'm still asleep. Sorry I didn't call back. I can't seem to get rested. We'll talk today. Lisa

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

That's it. Now I have to make a trip to Michaels this week:) Love your gatherings.
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Suzann said...

You gather and create. I fear that if I gathered I would become a hoarder. Some great stuff you've gathered!

Mosaic Magpie said...

Long live the hunt! What a day you had. I love the wire cloche anything you put under it will look special. The jewelry components are neat and great to jazz up all kinds of things.

kathy said...

WOWEE!! LOve this gathering -- LOve the charms ( remiinds me of tim holtz style -- I am a big fan , cna use his techiniques fir grunge or my VIntage -- love his new book also -- was in last week never went to jewelry -- and I love the wire cloche -- need to have my eyes peeled for one of those -- I do so love the glass ones Blessings sweet friend -- Kathy -GA ♥

Lori said...

oh, you found some great goodies Dawn...i was at Michaels last week and i saw that moss...it was right after you did your moss dying post, so it reminded me of you...too funny that you came home with some...that crunchy ribbon is adorable, i really love that!!!

Sandy said...

Have fun with Clara & creativity!

Barbara Jean said...

Great post Dawn. Love it all. blessings
barbara jean

Claudia said...

I love that ribbon! But now I am far away from my HobbyLobby - I don't think they have one in the San Diego area. Hmmm. I should google locations, just in case.


marie said...

I think your studio must be amazing! What fun it must be to sit and create in it. I'm working on making mine a "better place".
I love the ribbon you found and what you did with the wire cloche.
Have a wonderful day creating (with Clara)!

P.S. Your blog just calms my soul ~ thank you Dawn!

Vee said...

That you are a gatherer is an understatement, don't you think? :D I love to see all that you gather and, thanks to you and others like you, I'm becoming one myself. Oh dear!

Dorthe said...

Wow you Hobby Lobby people are just so lucky, I would love taking a trip to that wonder shop.....
Dear Dawn you found the most wonderfull things,-so love the ribbon,( thanks for adr.)the burlap net,yarn and.......
and love the jewelry you found.
Seems you are having a wonderfull day with Clara,to play together, in your room,-lucky you..
Love to you,sweetie, and hugs,

At Home in English Valley said...

Dear Dawn, I just hit my head like in the old V8 commercials, walnut ink spray, who'd a thunk...Love the cloche. I have a Hob Lob and a Michaels close by, so dangerous to the gatherer in me too. Enjoy your bundle of love today. Love, Penny

Erica said...

What fabulous finds! I haven't been to Michael's in a while, but now I must get my hands on some of these things. That moss is fabulous! And those jewelry findings are perfect!

Anne Lorys said...

No wonder you always create the most beautiful art, you have such a stockpile of gorgeous bits-n-baubles to work with!


Crystal said...

Oh you are one of those too. My husband call me the hunter and gatherer and my son is just like me. Needless to say we are spring cleaning right now and don't know what to get rid off. I think I will try slimming down my closet, instead of my arts and crafts, LOL.

Have a blessed week

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

I am a die hard gatherer too! That burlap garland is one of my favorites and I have used it for so many projects! Have fun creating and don't stop gathering!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I bought moss today, too...at Pier One Imports! lol Love your shopping finds! ♥


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