Friday, November 11, 2011

Embracing a Thankful Christmas ~

This has been on my mind a lot the last few days....
as much as we want November to be totally dedicated to Thanksgiving,
it's not gonna happen.

Retailers can't let it happen, small businesses can't let it happen
and even us teeny tiny artists have to think ahead,
as Christmas seems to arrive more quickly each and every year!!!

But I have a solution.
Let's embrace Christmas and Thanksgiving for both months....
and have a Thankful Christmas!
I find myself always trying to remain thankful throughout the year
but it seems that these last few months of the year
always make me especially grateful and thankful.

So...that's how I'm looking at it all ~
as this precious season will soon be gone in the blink of an eye......

And I've made something new!!!!
and you know how I've loved her gorgeous altered ballet slippers right?
Well, using her wonderful tutorial, I've made my very own pair!!!!!

I used Martha Stewart's new acrylic paint ~
the beautiful pale blue color is called "cloud"
I'm not really a blue girl but this blue is HEAVENLY!!!!

I even painted some of my sweet bottle brush trees with it!!!
I'm still working on them...decorating them and such ~
but progress is being made :)

The crazy work table!

The sweet ballet slippers in progress ~

Considering embellishments ~

My finished pair!!!

Wouldn't these make the most amazing gift EVER???

I am so thankful for each and every person who has served
and is STILL serving our wonderful country ~
we respect, honor and thank you all!!!!

Have a very thankful Friday precious friends,
hugs and love,


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh Dawn... It never matters what you's always just perfectly perfect. Love these little slippers. I'll put it on my list of to-do's... it'll be there for awhile, I'm sure. I still haven't made my little birds from my Feathered Nest Tutorial. YIKES. :-)


Barbara Jean said...

Were they a lot of work???

Love the blue.


Dorthe said...

They are adorable dear Dawn, love the soft colour, and the glitter on them.
I wish I had more time just now, for more than sewing for my shop, and the shows coming up--starting this week-end-- I so love Lisas tutorial, but have to wait try my hand on it,till later.
Hugs and love and happy week-end to you my dear friend.

*The Beautiful Life* said...

You are soooo right about the whole melding of Thanksgiving into Christmas! I swear every year I'm going to really deck out for Fall and really embrace Thanksgiving (instead of just giving it a cursory nod while really planning for Christmas). Love your idea of a Thankful Christmas!! :)

That blue IS pretty!! Your little shoes are sooo sweet!!!

May I be among the first to wish you Merry Thankful Christmas! :)


Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Dawn I love how your little shoes turned out! Oh my goodness everyone making these is totally inspiring me to make mine ~ I bought the tutorial as soon as Lisa made it because I love them!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Those little slippers are adorable, Dawn! I love them! I think you embellished them with just the right pieces. I wouldn't choose blue as a first choice myself, but that is a really nice blue.

Beth Leintz said...

Your work table is beautiful- makes me want to pull up a chair and start crafting with you.

Lisa said...

Oh dawn!!!!
I'm in front of the school waiting for the 'panther race' to begin but I had to peek!!! Love them! I'll write more later.

Shirley Hatfield said...

I started having my home all decked-out early for Christmas when I was hosting the whole extended family for Thanksgiving. Some members of the family expressed how much they loved to see my decorations and how it was the only chance they got to see them. I think about family when I decorate...remembering which ornaments they loved. I am grateful that Thanksgiving gives me the opportunity to reflect.

ramsam said...

Such gorgeous projects! I love them-
what a great idea, I also love to bleand the holidays- I love the idea of Thanksgiving and Christmas together, just finding ways to enjoy the season as whole. God bless!

Lisa said...

Hey Sweetie, me again. Thank you so much for doing my tutorial & making them look so beautiful. I'm going to Michaels today to buy that Cloud color, it's perfect! Your work desk is totally inspiring! I would just sit & stare at it myself. As for your Thanksgiving idea, I totally agreee. If we wait too long it's over. Plus it's so stressful to shop, decorate etc. Last year I hardly had a chance to enjoy the tree. This year I'm doing things early.

Carrie Garvin said...

Lovely post! I adore the Christmas trees!

Our shop is having a wonderful Veteran's Day sale- great time to try Under the Willow products

Kathy said...

Lovely, I have that tutorial bookmarked...I am in love with the shoes. And the color, is dreamy! Do you actually construct the shoes? oh my, just fabulous...

Karen said...

Oh Dawn they are so beautiful! A thankful Christmas is such a beautiful idea, thanks so much for giving me a better outlook on the rush to Christmas.

Revi said...

LOVE the idea of Thankful Christmas! And the ballet slippers are beautiful - you are so gifted!

NanaDiana said...

Those ballet slippers are amazing. They would be beautiful in a little girl's room, too! You are very talented-it STILL takes talent to make them even with a tutorial. Thankful Christmas sounds good to me! xo Diana

Vicki said...

These are precious! I love them.

Okio B Designs said...

Oh my! Those have to be the cutest ballet slippers - EVER!


Karen Valentine said...

They turned out lovely Dawn!!! I'm going to go check out that paint color. It looks fabulous!!!

I love the idea of a Thankful Christmas!!! I try to remember to be grateful for all my blessings everyday. I even have it written on my chalk board in kitchen so I don't forget!! LOL!!
Have a lovely weekend Dawn!

Susan Hemann said...

Wonderful slippers Dawn. Sent you a message through Etsy.

blackenpot said...

Beautiful slippers, and I do like the idea of a thankful christmas.

Enjoy your weekend.

Jill Marcott-McCall ~Feathers & Flight~ said...

Oh Dawn! They are Gorgeous!!Your Work is always so Lovely!!
Hope you and your Family are all Well!
Have a Wonderful Weekend!
From Jill

June said...

I always feel so blessed when I get to peek into your studio Dawn. I have always loved your artwork since I first found your blog and getting to see where you create the magic is a treat for me. Your ballet slippers are beautiful.
I agree about embracing the seasons together and for me I have never worried about decorating or gift making too early. You are so right about it all being so fleeting.
lots of love from me...

ByLightOfMoon said...

Many thanks Dawn for the wonderful idea of painting my bottle trees! B=Now, they are green with snow, I will try to lighten them!

Smiles, Cyndi


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