Saturday, June 11, 2011

You are SO not going to believe this...

OK, here's the story.
I picked a gorgeous magnolia bloom from the tree in our front yard yesterday ~
It was glorious!!! And smelled like lemons too!
I placed it in my kitchen so I could enjoy it....

Well, this morning it had already started to turn.
From a beautiful ivory-white to a cream and bruised brown.
Little things were falling from it so I thought I'd just go ahead
and pluck the beautiful petals off and ditch the rest.

Why did I save those petals?
I don't know!
I just love the leathery feel of them I guess.
I laid them on my desk in the studio.....

So I started working on a new baby shoe pincushion....yes I made one!
And I kept glancing at those brownish petals.
Finally, I pulled out a pattern
that I'd made for a sweet fairy shoe way-back-when
and decide to cut it straight out of the magnolia petals!!!

I had to wait just a bit for the petals to dry out for them to take to the glue but
here's what happened:

A teeny fairy shoe!!!!
I still can't even believe it myself ~
I just love it and if it doesn't sell, that's OK...
I have placed it inside of a wonderful old jar so
it will have that "specimen" look to it!!!
I put it in my Etsy if you love it :)

And I finally did finish my baby shoe pincushion ~
I've really missed making these....
and sell the tutorial if you'd rather make one yourself,
but if not, it's HERE too!

And lastly,
I thought I'd make another pincushion
and place it inside one of those old Ball mason jar lids!
I've used wonderful crushed walnut shells inside the cushion
to keep your pins and needles sharp too ~
Again, I've added it to the Etsy shop....

So....I guess I've been a busy girl!!
I love accomplishing stuff. Making stuff. Sharing stuff.
But most of all, I love that you take the time to drop by.....
to see what I'm up to!

Have a beautiful summer weekend precious friends,
hugs and love,


Dorthe said...

OH DAWN, oh my- that is the most precius little nature elf shoe, sweetie- how absolutely fantastic- a real fairy shoe, from tiny little ones- I adore it,dear.
And uour pincussions looks so beautiful, with your sweet and lovely embellishments, I love the shoe and the jar lid equal, they are so wonderful,both.
Precius friend, I wish you a happy week-end.
Love and hugs,Dorthe

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Dawn,
That's amazing. A little fairy shoe made from a magnolia it!

Of course, I love all of your creations. The baby shoe steals my heart.


Karen B. said...

Dear sweet Dawn,
your creations touch my heart every time. They are so beautiful!! Your fairy shoe is breath taking and are such an amazing artist!!!
Have a wonderful weekend
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

You are just too cute for words!!!

Anne Lorys said...

I love it, Dawn!!!! I want one!!!!

Linda said...

I love them would be hard to choose which one I like the best. I have someone in mind that just had a baby and she just started sewing a few months ago, she would love the pin cushion.
Thanks for sharing these.....
Have a Blessed weekend!

Deb said...

what a cool idea...

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

That is why God gave some of us MORE "creative juices" than others...because they often follow up on those flows of creativity. And you surly are one of those fortunate persons.
Really darling idea's here. ESPECIALLY the tiny litte Magnolia petal shoe. VERY CREATIVE !!!!
Living here in the SOUTH... we have one of those tree's growing right outside our front door. I too love that feel of those petals and the fragrance is something else.
Enjoy your week-end dear one.


Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Ohhhhh my goodness!! You amaze me girl! I cannot believe you made a little shoe out of a magnolia leaf ~ It is precious!
Your pin cushions are beautiful !!! I love them !
Have a wonderful weekend!


Anonymous said...

The baby shoe pin cushion was too sweet...I had to have it! It will look adorable on a shelf in my craft room with my other vintage treasures, and I can't wait to receive it. LOVE your blog! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That little shoe is adorable, Dawn! Using the petals was so perfect for a fairy shoe. Love your pincushions, too. They are so pretty with all the embellishments.

Simply Jessabells said...

Dawn, The litte elf shoe is wonderful. Can't believe the petals are that thick that you were able to make a shoe out of it. The other pincushions are great too. Have a great weekend.


Cyn said...

I always enjoy coming to your is so peaceful and full of beautiful creations...LOVE that fairy shoe!!! I live in AZ and we do not have the array of leaves that others states have...seems the magnolia leaves are gorgeous.

Pretty Ragged Threads said...

Dawn, the little fairy shoe is just fabulous and I love the pincushions. Both are great but the one in the jar lid really stikes my fancy.

Hugs, Jackie

Richard Cottrell said...

My Magnolias are blooming and blooming as well. More blooms than ever this year. They are 4 years old now. I have to think of something special to do with them like you have done. Just precious. Thanks for sharing. Richard at My Old Historic House

Anonymous said...

I love the fairy shoe! I had a magnolia tree at my first house, and loved to bring the blooms indoors - the lemon scent is amazing. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful creations with us!

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

I adore that shoe and its acorn embellisment!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Dawn love the fairy shoe! How creative!

Rhonda said...

Oh am I in love with all of it! Seriously, isn't it fabulous when an idea transforms into such beauty?

June said...

You never cease to amaze me sweet friend! This has got to be the most precious little creation! How sweet it looks in the jar too.

I have always loved your pincushions and these new are beautiful. I always love the little details you so lovingly add to each one.
love from here...

Unknown said...

OMGosh Dawn, that petal shoe is Amazing!
Love all your pin cushions.
Youre soooo talented.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Vee said...

Wow. That magnolia leaf fairy shoe looks as if it's made from felt or a lovely soft leather. Amazing! Hope that it holds up...guess that will be your next experiment as you watch it for a bit.

All the things you make are delightful and you've reminded me that I have the tutorial for the pincushion in a baby shoe.

Dixie Redmond said...

Love that fairy shoe! So cool!

Susan said...

That fairy shoe is so cute! I love how you used nature to design it. Also, the baby shoe pin cushion is so adorable!! You are so creative!

Anonymous said...

A fairy shoe! Who'd a'knew? So glad you had such an inspired serendipitous moment making this little bit of whimsey to share with us today! Thanks for the blessing! Joy! Kathy

Simply Shelley said...

You are amazing Dawn.....thanks for sharing your latest creations....blessings

*Kountry*Porch*Primitives* said...

Amazing...just found your blog and am so happy I did!! ~Kriss~

Amy Kinser said...

How fabulous your baby shoe pin cushion turned out.

And, that magnolia leaf turned fairy shoe is great. Isn't that so awesome how it turned out!!

Anonymous said...

This little shoe is so precious!! You ARE AMAZING with your creativity!

Createology said...

I adore your creations. That tiny fairy shoe made from a magnolia is enchanting. I clicked over to your etsy and found it to be sold. In fact each of your precious items is sold. Congratulations. Wondrous weekend dear...

Lily's Lace said...

OK, so now I'm going to be the crazy woman running all over town picking up magnolia petals and leaves. You truly amaze me. It's like you have creative fairy blood running through your veins. I adore this post, I have printed it out and put it in my journal, not to be forgotten! I wish I had one ounce of your talent.

I feel I've lost my creative way and coming to your blog makes me feel better, like I'll find my yellow brick road back to creating things again. You are the blog "OZ" your friend always-

Little Birdie Blessings said...

The fairy shoe is the sweetest ever. Don't you just love to have ideas transform themselves into reality? The baby shoe pincushion is just darling, with the soft seam binding flowing around it. Your mason jar pincushion, I have to say has stolen my heart. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us Dawn. You're a gem.


LADY JANE said...

Love it my kind of stuff...we have a love of fairies here too!

Rustique Gal said...

Dear Dawn,
OH, I love the fairy shoe and am dying to have one for my friend Trisha who totally believes in fairies. Could you make a million more? (I only need one or two) Am also loving the sweet baby shoe pincushions and am on the lookout for baby shoes to try your tutorial.
Thanks for the sweet comment about your birds nests-now where do you get quails eggs???
Love your stuff and your style so much!

Lisa said...

Damn girl! That is truly the sweetest thing I have EVER seen. You are such an outta the box thinker, that's shyly I love ya so much. The baby shoe & mason jar pin cushion are awesome too, I can see why they flew out of the shop in the middle of the night.

Jann said...

I love them all, but, oh my gosh, Dawn, the fairy shoe is unbelievable! I, too, have magnolia blossoms on the trees in my front yard, but I'd never have thought to do what you did with them. I'm sure I couldn't do it anyway, even if I HAD thought about it. You are so inventive and so very talented!

Nancy Hood said...

Dawn, the fairy shoe is gone! Of course. I want one for our home in Gulf Shores!! Let me know how much to send you through PayPal and I'll leave our mailing address to the note in the payment! Or email me and let me know how you want to do this! But I want a fairy shoe in a jar like the one above :)
Nancy Hood
Prattville AL

Unknown said...

I love the magnolia petal shoe too! I can't believe that is a magnolia petal - so neat! Love you baby shoe and mason lid pin cushion - so sweet.

Barbara Jean said...

That shoe out of the leaf is amazing!!! Way to think 'oputside the box'. =)
and love your pin cushions!
barbara jean

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! the shoe is amazing, how creative you are!



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