Thursday, December 3, 2020

A chubby little snowman to make you smile!

 
So what even happened to November???
I'm really not sure but it certainly flew by!

We had a very small Thanksgiving this year.
We weren't all able to be together but
I'm still so very thankful for my precious family
and dear friends!

I did get a little something accomplished last month though!
A sweet friend of my son Brad's has always loved
my chubby paper clay snowmen.
Brad asked me if I would make Zak one as
a surprise Christmas gift this year!
I love Zak like another son so I was happy to do it.
The surprise of it all made it even more fun!!!

I took photos along the way so I could share too!
He looks a bit rough in the beginning but
slowly develops his sweet personality!





First I start with cheap, thin aluminum foil.
Adding layers and molding it to get the shape I'm happy with.



The neat thing about working with Creative Paperclay is
that you can use just a little bit of water rubbed onto the foil
to adhere a thin coating of the clay!
I usually keep a mug of water nearby and a damp cloth to wipe my hands.
As you add flattened out pieces of the clay to the foil,
dip your fingers into the water then rub the clay to blend them together.
Water blends and smooths the clay as much as you want.

I tend to like a more rustic, handmade look so a few rough
areas never worry me!




I have a few sculpting tools but toothpicks, the ends of paint brushes, etc.
can do the trick for making eye sockets and smiles.

Next, form a little cone for the nose and yes...I dampen the end with water
AND where it will go on the head to make it stick.
Using your fingers to smooth the nose to the face.




Next, I use a piece of a toothpick to press through the clay and foil of the head.
Pull the toothpick back out and add a touch of Fabri-tac glue to it then re-insert it.

Do the same thing to the other end of the toothpick and push it into the body.

I rolled up a skinny little tube of paper clay and dampened his neck area.
Then wrapped the tube around to give him a real neck.
Then smoothed it all the way around with my fingers and water to blend it in.






I then added arms and formed little mittens on his hands.
I wanted to shape his arms like he was holding goodies too!
I didn't know at the time what they would be
but would figure that out later.



I let his happy self air dry for a couple of days before painting.




I tried making him a little top hat and it was decent BUT
I kept thinking of the doll making section at Hobby Lobby.
Plus, they have an adorable miniature tree section filled with all
kinds of tiny ornaments and things.

After a quick trip I found him the PERFECT hat, some ribbon and these
tiny little adornments to finish it off.

The items he's holding are teeny ornaments that I made fit
into his chubby arms.
The photo below was just a test placement before painting.



I didn't take photos of the painting but used a white coat first then a
metallic pearl white next. I made a wash of pink paint for the cheeks,
a wash of orange for his little nose and
black for his smile!
OH and his mittens were painted a pretty Christmas red.

Then I painted on a very thin (you can thin with a bit of water)
coat of white glue and dusted him
with fine crystal glitter.
The last few steps were to place a teeny drop of Fabri-tac into each eye socket
then add the appropriate size of black beads for eyes.
Lastly, I glued two little buttons onto his belly!


And here he is all packaged up ready for his trip to Zak in California!!!




Sweet Zak was completely surprised and thrilled with his jolly little snowman
and I absolutely LOVED making it for him!



So, I was a little creative in November,
flip me a fish, RIGHT?
HAHAHA!

Thank you always, always for stopping by
to see what I'm up to and
praying that you and yours are happy and healthy!

Hugs and love,
Dawn


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Autumn is finally here and my heart is happy!

 





Fall has always, always is my very favorite time of the year.
I have so many precious memories from this sweet season.
Starting college, meeting precious life-long friends, dating my husband....
I always have loved the cooler weather too, Georgia summers can be brutal and so humid!

Right now it's raining cats and dogs outside and will probably make many
leaves fall that I still want to see turn.
It's okay though.
Rain is a precious gift and I'm thankful!

This has been a very rough year for all of us.
I've missed my family so terribly.
And then staying home...day after day...can mess with your head!
I've always been a homebody but at least I had a choice to go out.
We are simply trying to be wise in our household as we are all
physically compromised here.

I'm not sure what our holidays will hold at this point
but I do know this.
I love my precious family dearly.
Even if we have our celebrations separately,
we all love one another so much!
This too shall pass.

I'm having a small sale in my Etsy store if you're feeling creative!
It's mostly tutorials that you all know I sell plus
a few handmade items as well.

Click HERE to visit!


Here are a few of my artist pieces! You know how I loved dried elements!







I'm sorry for the sparseness of my posts.
Seems my heart just hasn't been in it.
With a studio full of supplies even.
Praying for better times for us all!!!!


Thank you all for continuing to visit my ol' blog.

Hugs and love!!!
Dawn





Saturday, August 22, 2020

A few artful goodies have been added to my shop!

 

Well, here it is, almost the end of August!
How did THAT happen?
I'm thankful though. This has been a rough year for all of us.
I've had a hard time, as I'm sure many of you have as well
dealing with all the stuff that's going on.
I'm just praying for each day to get better and better.

On a positive note,
I've actually been making a few things!

I know I shared my needle felted bunny in my last post but
my son gave me this adorable metal nest!
I filled it with straw and made him a cozy spot
to hang out in the studio.
I love it!!!





My dried flowers and nature finds have been calling my name.
So...I decided to create a new nest assemblage! Fancy that!
I used some amazing antique ledger paper that I believe is from 1865
to line this wonderful old box.




The nest was found in my front door wreath and was
the perfect centerpiece for the artwork!
Mossy sticks and gathered nature pieces were added to complete it.
I also embellished the nest with feathers and speckled eggs.
All of the items have been securely glued in so they can't shift too!








This assemblage is currently in my Etsy store, just click below to visit sweet friends ~


Also, I found these wonderful glass tubes that I'm filling with gorgeous dried botanicals!
They are different sizes and so much fun to make.
I love going through my drieds deciding which pieces to add to each tube.
I plan on making more but a few are listed in my Etsy store if you like to take a look!








Some of these pieces have sold but there are still a few in my store!!

Thank you always, always for stopping by dear friends.
Praying that you are doing wonderfully and are well!


Hugs and love,
Dawn



Friday, June 12, 2020

Getting by in this crazy world ~

It's been forever ago that I posted.
I'm so very sorry but this year so far hasn't been my fav.

Well, I just haven't had much to say.
I've been frozen.
I was able to create a LOT of masks for friends and loved ones
and mailed them to them.
My son and MIL helped me pay all of the postage.
ANYWAY....
I don't really want to go into that but praying
one little mask helped.




My sweet sewing girl!!


The beautiful spring sky
Seems no matter what us humans are battling, nature presses on.
I'm so thankful for that!



I finally decided to try my hand at needle felting!
I purchased a pattern and already had all of the supplies.
It is a sleeping bunny and I love that the pattern shared
the scale of the pieces needed so the bunny pieces aren't all out of proportion.
I purchased the pattern from The Wishing Shed on Etsy and loved her instructions!




My finished bunny!!!




Well, I'll end this post here
because I'm trying to learn the new Blogger posting format
and have so failed!!!

Love you all,
Please stay healthy angels...

Hugs and love,
Dawn




Friday, March 27, 2020

A few glimpses of the studio to make you smile!


I don't even know what to say about all that is going on right now.
I can only say, stay home...stay safe and pray for this to please pass precious friends.

I was up in the studio yesterday cleaning up, putting things away and
thought that I'd take a few close-ups of vignettes to make you smile.

And yes, I do need to get busy making something pretty...
it always makes me happy and distracts me too!
I've been in a funk for waaaay too long it seems.

First, a print I scanned years ago that I love!
Right click it, save it and print it out.
You can print it to frame or even make some sweet cards!






A jar of rhinestone jewelry and bling!




The last bloom from our hydrangea bush at the farmhouse.
It brings me sweet memories you know.
It's not finished but will be soon.



Old photographs recently given to me by my sweet cousin Sherry.




Stuff.




More pretty stuff...




My very favorite jar filled with vintage buttons!




A few of my very favorite things. Gifts from friends, artwork from others and
my favorite photograph of my sweet grandmother.



A paper clay bird I made for my tutorial in the Etsy shop and the most
gorgeous handmade nest from a blog friend Vicki Boster.



Another dried hydrangea bloom resting in an antique aquarium with a bird's nest.
And yes, those are real eggs that never hatched!




One of my first little pincushion baby shoes that was published.



Treasures pinned to a dress form.




YES.
She is waiting for her modeling job when I finish those hair bands in the background.
Get busy Dawn and stop stressing...





Some fabulous bark that Tammy and James brought back from a mountain trip.
It definitely needs to be used!



More artwork from friends that I adore!




The sweet little retro blue tooth speaker
that Brent and his family gave me for my birthday and
a few more treasures and supplies.



I just wanted to bring a little sweetness to your day.
Please stay safe, stay home and of course stay clean.
I love you all!!!

Thank you for visiting me always,
hugs and love,
Dawn






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