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happy halloween!

boo

boo!

Here’s a little digital Halloween ATC I made using Blagovesta Gosheva’s Something Wicked This Way Comes kit.

Have a great time trick or treating!

Dawne

Way back when it was spring, I was planning on submitting a piece for Somerset Studio’s ‘winter’ theme. I started creating this paper that I was going to use as a background for….something.

I wasn’t able complete the background paper, let alone the project itself, in time to submit it. As a matter of fact, I only just finished my background paper within the last couple weeks.

So here it is….

layered paper

layered paper

And a couple close-ups…

layered paper

layered paper

layered paper

layered paper

I wanted to create a spare but layered look using black, white, and ivory as my palette. I started with a piece of watercolor paper, and sprinkled some coffee on it to start (gets rid of that blank white paper staring back at me). Next came pieces of paper I tore from a pamphlet from Opera Philadelphia, which was ivory, black, and grey, with a little red. After that I added layer upon layer upon layer of paint (Liquitex Basics), stamping (using found stamps like corks, pencil erasers, and small plastic lids), pretty tape (Tim Holtz), glitter glue (Tim Holtz), German scrap, and lace. Lots of layers. I think I got a little carried away….

I had always intended for this background paper to be cut into smaller pieces, so I added the German scrap and lace with that in mind.

Here are a couple pictures…these show the paper I tore from the Opera Philadelphia pamphlet:

beginnings of layered paper

beginnings of layered paper

layered paper - beginning

layered paper – beginning

I’ve now decided to make an accordion book, which I have never done before. For years now I’ve wanted to make a project incorporating some of the lines from Tori Amos’ song Winter. I thought that would be fitting with this paper and its original intention.

So that is my current project. At least the one that I am focusing on, since I have at least five other projects started!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

A few weeks ago we drove 3 hours north to hang out with my family for a few days in beautiful Dushore PA. Then we drove 3 hours south to Ocean City MD to hang out with my husband’s family.

Here are some photos from Ocean City:

My husband’s family surrounds all of their traditions with food, and Ocean City is no exception. Thrashers fries and Fractured Prune doughnuts (both pictured above), crabs, Fishers popcorn, Wockenfuss, and Dumsers are all necessary accompaniments to the experience. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure there would be any experience if not for the food!

Dushore was lovely and peaceful. We checked out the Sullivan County fair (demolition derby!) and took a ride on the Hiawatha riverboat, which takes a little tour on the Susquehanna River. We also went to a wonderful antiques place called the Red Barn (I’m not sure if that is the exact name, but it’s a red barn).

Of course I had to buy something. There was no way I was going to leave without treasures. There was so much to choose from – dishes, kitchen utensils, linens, knick knacks, jewelry, clothes….I finally settled on some fantastic women’s magazines from the 1930s, a couple ladies’ club books (so cool!), and (bestill my heart!) vintage sewing accessories. Take a peek….

Aren’t they fabulous? I have an idea to make some tags with the ladies’ club books. I just adore old stuff!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

I was inspired to make these anklets when I saw my sister-in-law wearing anklets at their fourth of July party. When I saw hers I thought, I need some anklets. I haven’t worn them in years. So it was about time, right?

I used sterling silver chain and findings to make these. The blue stone charm was made by an artist on Etsy; unfortunately I don’t know who because I decided not to keep the business card that came with it. The cross charm is sterling silver and I got it from Artbeads. I made the pearl charm with a freshwater pearl and sterling silver wire. Once I had the anklets assembled I let them bathe in a liver of sulfur solution until they were nice and dark.

anklets

anklets

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

The new issue of Greencraft magazine is now available…with my article on creating bows from magazine pages! I love how the article looks – the muted colors are so pretty. See for yourself…

greencraft magazine

greencraft magazine

greencraft magazine

greencraft magazine

greencraft

There are some other pretty cool things in this issue, but my mom borrowed my copy and of course I can’t remember what other articles I liked.

Check it out if you have the chance. Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

two new beaded bracelets.

I miss my beads. So I decided to make beadwork my “car/vacation project”. I used to always use my own designs, but these days I lean toward making projects from magazines, which is what these bracelets are. The design and creation are simple, and I love how they look.

These bracelets were designed by Nancy Zellers, and were featured in an article in the June 2007 issue of Bead & Button magazine.

I made these while traveling to and vacationing in Beach Haven NJ last week. I plan on making two more bracelets – perhaps a little excessive, as I’m keeping them all for myself! But I really love these beautiful cube beads, and I’m enjoying making the bracelets. Plus we have two more car trips in August/September, and I need something to do on those long rides.

Do you have any projects you work on in the car or on vacation? I would love to hear about them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

my new silver necklace.

I mentioned in a previous post a silver necklace that I was working on. Here is the finished piece…

silver bead necklace

silver bead necklace

I really like how it turned out. The chain and wire used to make the clasp and bead dangles are sterling silver. The beads are Czech fire-polished beads, which are one of my favorite beads to work with. I love their warm sparkle. It’s a simple but elegant necklace, and the patina gives it some mystery and interest.

I would love to hear what you think. Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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