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Thursday, February 22, 2018

A touch of Spring!


I've had this amazing vintage jar for years.
It used to have a collection of antique door knobs
displayed inside.
You know, the crystal and white porcelain ones?

They're sold now but I've been wanting to create something
for the inside. It didn't come with a lid but I didn't care.

I enjoy embellishing bird's nests so I thought an assemblage
that included one would be beautiful tucked inside!

This particular nest is store bought.
And I love the look of this one.
I knew if I added few natural
elements in and around the nest
I could give it a realistic look.





And here is the finished assemblage!
I used a small circle of cardboard wired to the nest
and elevated the back a bit with moss inserted in between.

Next, I added skeleton leaves, dried botanicals, feathers (all glued discreetly)
to give it that realistic look. And lastly of course I had to add speckled eggs!

I glued the base that I cut from cardboard to the bottom of the jar so it will
stay put and of course not shift during shipping.



A small section of a vintage bird book was placed behind
and also a branch with seed pods serves as a back drop too.




The top has been covered with a piece of natural scrim, secured with a rubber band
then wrapped in jute to continue the natural theme.




I even managed to squeeze in a sweet gum tree pod too!






I really love the way this piece turned out!
And now this wonderful old jar has a new purpose
and a promise of Spring ~

I've also added it to my Etsy store if you'd like to take a peek!

Just a short post this time but
thank you always for stopping by
to see what I'm up to!

Hugs and love,
Dawn




Sunday, February 18, 2018

A slice of life & returning to the studio!


Soooooo.....it's been kind of a long time since my last post here.
I don't know what to tell you except that life happened!
(Warning: TONS OF PHOTOS in this one!)

With Christmas, then sickness, then watching Clara and Murray
waiting on their new little sister to be born, then Tilly's birth and 
a huge soap order during all of that....
I'm finally coming up for air!

It really has been a busy couple of months around here.
And guess what???
February 11th was my ELEVENTH blog anniversary!
YES!
I've had this ol' blog now for eleven years ~

Even though blogging has changed over the past few years
I still enjoy having it and love sharing what's going on in my life!




December and January were filled with
multiple OB visits for our daughter-in-law Emily
so I watched these precious grandbabies, Clara and Murray, pretty regularly.
They are so techie now...both loving their tablets.
But we'd watch movies, bake cookies and even have a few craft days!






And then Tilly was born January 25th!!!
These sweet kids were SO EXCITED to head to the hospital
the next day to meet their baby sister!



Daddy Brent (our oldest son) admiring his precious little daughter Tilly!





It's truly been a wonderful time in all of our lives!
She's now almost 4 weeks old and growing like a little weed!



And speaking of growing...
our second born son, David
and his wife Heather's son and our grandson,
Owen is now one year old!!!
His birthday was Christmas eve and he's so precious ~
so happy and loving too!




And now I've finally made it back into the studio!
I've been cleaning and straightening up
which always helps get me motivated to create.

I decided to finish up a book project
that I'd started months and months ago.

This is my very first handmade book/journal!
I created the signatures, embellished the pages and
even sewed them each into my handmade book cover.

It's nature inspired (my favorite) and filled the pages
with pressed flowers, ephemera and images from nature.

Here's a peek inside!!!
It's now been added to my Etsy store as well ~

















SO...there you go!!!!
I've got to make more of these!!!
Maybe with different themes even.

If you'd like, I've created my own YouTube channel and you can
view 3 very short videos of my flip through the journal!






And lastly...
Our grandbaby Tilly this past week!
She's just beautiful and growing so very fast.

Four grandbabies now,
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?

Each one is precious in their own little way too.




Sorry for the gigantic photo filled post but it's been awhile.
And thank you always for stopping by to see
what's going on in my little corner of the world!

Hugs and love,
Dawn




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