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bye bye
I can’t believe summer is at an end. I notice leaves are already turning color and falling. And it’s downright chilly in the morning! Our summer was unusually busy (for us), starting with Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, when we went camping at Black Moshannon. Then it was Lily’s birthday & party, Elmwood Zoo, Julian’s graduation, Sesame Place, Julian’s party, Knoebel’s, and finally, to wrap it all up, Ocean City. There were a few other things in there too, and all together it was a good summer.

But now it’s on to autumn and winter, and pumpkins, turkey, and A Christmas Story!

and finally
Last year after returning from Ocean City I wanted to create a digital art piece about our vacation. I started with a photo I took of the ocean, and added a layer of text on top. The text contains words and phrases that encompass our vacation activities, sights, sounds, and of course tastes!

I finally finished it last week. I kind of ran out of steam (and inspiration) with it last year, but felt a renewed desire to finish it after returning from our recent trip to Ocean City.

Honestly this piece is so simple I’m not sure it qualifies as digital art; it’s more like an embellished photo. But whatever. Here it is.

seadreams

xoDawne

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a little trip down memory lane
After returning from our first trip to Ocean City in 2007 I made a book for my in-laws, chronicling the story of a certain little girl’s seaside adventures. I made the book as a birthday gift, as both of their birthdays are in October. I borrowed the book last fall to scan it (when I originally finished it, it was a bit down to the wire and I didn’t have time to scan it at the time!) and put it on my blog. After I scanned it I decided to hold off on posting it until we got back from Ocean City this year – it seemed more appropriate.

So here is the book. I wanted it to have an old-time, beachy feel to it. I started with a whte blank board book and painted the edges of the pages. I then covered the pages with paper. I played with the photos in Photoshop to make them look more old-fashioned, and I framed each photo with ribbon. And of course there are plenty of glitter glue dots! This is one of my favorite creations and I hope you enjoy it.

lily's seaside adventures

lily's seaside adventures

lily's seaside adventures

lily's seaside adventures

lily's seaside adventures

lily's seaside adventures

lily's seaside adventures

lily's seaside adventures

lily's seaside adventures

lily's seaside adventures

lily's seaside adventures

lily's seaside adventures

lily's seaside adventures

lily's seaside adventures

xoDawne

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gorgeous digital art
Before I get to our trip to Ocean City MD, I wanted to mention a certain blog I was perusing the other day….itkupilli. I am in awe of her digital artwork – it’s totally cool and gorgeous. I love her saturated colors and fantastical, haunting imagery. Visiting her blog is like falling into Wonderland – at various times whimsical, poignant, eerie – and utterly intriguing.

sand and water and shoestring licorice
Here are some pictures from our recent trip to Ocean City MD.

Everything starts with the sea…
glorious sea

Daddy attempting to get Lily to try the boogie board. She was not thrilled.
no boogie board!

Lily and Bubbie on the ferris wheel, at the boardwalk.
lily&bubbie

A view of the boardwalk from the ferris wheel.
boardwalk lights

Lily and Daddy on the torture cups.
teacups

Shoestring licorice…the new beach accessory.
shoestring licorice

The devastation left in the wake of the Schwartzs after an all-you-can-eat dinner!
all you can eat

Lily & baby & chips.
lily&baby&chips

My beautiful girl.
beautiful lily

…and ends with the sea.
always the sea

xoDawne

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thanks to the queen
I just found out that the crown I made for my Mom’s 60th birthday (yes Mom, I said it again – 60!) has been published in the latest Somerset Holidays & Celebrations! yay! I’m certainly not bragging, but that crown did turn out so cute! My Mom will be thrilled when she sees it! And I’ll be in big trouble if they put that I made it for her 60th birthday!

xoDawne

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the teacups were not my cup of tea
We went to Knoebel’s a couple weeks ago (I’m a bit behind here – meant to publish this post last week but didn’t have time to before leaving for Ocean City!) – Julian had to work, so it was just me, Marc, and Lily. It only took Lily about an hour this time to warm up and start going on rides. She loves the rides – and she certainly doesn’t get that from me! I tried to be more adventurous this time – we all went on the Whip, which was fun. We all went on the torture cups – I mean Teacups. That was not fun. Not even close. Let’s just say that I prayed a lot on that ride, and I didn’t feel well for a while after disembarking.

But Lily and Marc love it all. Lily’s favorites were the Flying Tigers (which I went on with her and had no problem!) and the kiddie roller coaster. Next year Marc wants to take her on the big coaster. I’m a bit nervous about that, but I think she might be ok. She wanted to go on the Italian Trapeze, but I said no, because I was afraid she would fall out of the seat! I don’t like the idea of her being alone on a ride. At least if Marc is next to her he can hold onto her. Maybe next year.

I forgot the camera, so I have no pictures to share. bummer.

polyshrink!
I have been continuing my exploration with Polyshrink. I tried embossing, both on an already-baked piece and an unbaked piece. Neither worked out. I tried Ranger’s Alcohol Inks. I found that I couldn’t get the colors as vibrant as I wanted, although it did look nice anyway. In the end though it wasn’t really the look I was going for. I’ve never used the Alcohol Inks before – they’re fun!

I also tried Ranger’s Pigment Pearls – again, I couldn’t get the look I wanted, but I would love to try them on other surfaces.

After these experiments, I’ve come to realize that for my Polyshrink fragments, I prefer the simplicity of the rubber-stamped designs, with no additional colors (except of course glitter chalk!).

So now I’m trying out some different sealers, and then I’m done. For now. Then I need to make some actual jewelry pieces!

and in other creative news
I’ve also been working on a couple projects to submit to Somerset Studio for their “simple pleasures” theme. One project consists of three tags, each featuring an antique photo of a lovely woman engaging in some sort of pleasant activity. Originally I wanted to make a book depicting leisurely pasttimes of yore, but reality was kind enough to smack me on the head and say, “um, do you seriously think you have time to make a book, in a month?” So the book turned into tags. Here are the photos I’m using – these are from digitalimageryplus.com

in my garden

loveletters

me&mysewingmachine

The other project is a set of three cards (I love the number three – it’s a very good number for sets of things!). Each card has an encourgaging, hope-giving sentiment (“you are beautiful”, for example). Each card will also have a handmade paper flower embellishment – I want the cards to be very simple, and elegant. The idea is that creating a card for someone, giving someone a card, and receiving a card are seemingly simple things, yet contain much potential for pleasantness!

So that’s what’s been cooking in the kitchen here. The creative juices have been bubbling away!

~toodles~

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