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Finally (finally!) I finished the June page in my calendar journal book. It took a long time for me to get around to completing this page (as in, I started it some time last year. I can’t even remember when!). It seems these days that I have less and less time for my arts and crafts. Or maybe I’m just not using my time wisely. At any rate, I have hardly made any progress on my goals for this year. But I’m hoping to turn that around during the next six months.

Anyway, here is the page. I created the background by layering paint and rubber stamping. To create the journal squares I stamped on white cardstock and then cut out the squares.

I’m going to challenge myself with the July page and use colors that are rarely in my palette…orange and yellow. I want it to be elegant though. When I think of orange and yellow I don’t normally think of elegance. We’ll see how that turns out.

I don’t particularly plan out these calendar journal pages; I start with a vague idea and progress from there. I use paint, ink, and rubber stamps to create the backgrounds. It’s fun to do but takes me sooooo long to finish a page. I just can’t seem to focus on one project at a time. I need to have at least 3 projects going, and usually more than that.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

Last year I started to make some Christmas ornaments, but I ended up trashing them because they started becoming sloppy looking and I was not happy with them. I had started making some fringe for the ornaments with sterling silver chain and silver Czech fire-polished beads. Instead of fringe for my ornaments, I decided they could be fringe for a necklace. So now I’m making a very simple but elegant necklace with sterling silver chain and the silver Czech beads.

It’s almost done, which according to my kind of timeframe means I should be finished in another three months. I just need to connect the pieces with jump rings and make the clasp.

sterling silver necklace

sterling silver necklace

I made the jump rings myself and I even used my jewelers saw to cut them apart. I was so excited to use the saw. And happy I could remember how to put the blade in!

Once the necklace is completed I will antique it with liver of sulfur. I don’t like shiny silver. I like dark old-looking silver.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

So once again I have gotten completely off-track with posting on my blog. My goal was to post at least twice a month, so I suppose I can still achieve that for May…where has May gone anyway? Quite frankly, I feel like it’s still April. And it’s almost June. Time marches on, and I’m continually scrambling to keep up with it.

I recently purchased Tangie Baxter’s Photoshop for Mixed-Media & Art Journaling workshop from Scrapbookgraphics.com, in my continuing quest to learn Photoshop so I can create some decent digital art. As soon she introduced this workshop I knew I had to get it, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve almost completed the beginner’s workshop (I bought the bundled pack containing all three workshops – beginner, intermediate, and advanced), and I have learned so many helpful tips. I so enjoy working through the lessons – I really look forward to it, and once I start it’s hard to stop. I can’t wait to move on to the other two workshops. I consider myself an advanced beginner, so some of the stuff in the beginner workshop I already knew, but I wanted it anyway because there’s always more to learn.

I would love to try her Art Journal Caravan workshop. Since it runs for a year however I’m not sure I can make the commitment of time that would allow it to be reasonable to do. I may consider it for next year.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

I have a sandwich bag filled with projects I’ve made that either need repairs or need a complete reworking. Most of them need a reworking. They’ve been sitting around for a long time, some of them, waiting for their day to come. I made this necklace not too long ago…

sweet little bird bracelet

…but it ended up in my “redo” baggie. It just wasn’t something that I would really wear. So I decided to make it into a bracelet instead.

little birds bracelet

I like this much better. I added a few more links with the blue beads so I could have three strands. I think it turned out nice!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

faith.

faith

It feels like it’s been forever since I posted…I don’t think I’ve ever gone this long. Things have been a bit crazy in April – I have a new position at work which requires some after-hours work just to keep up with everything. I’ve hardly done anything creative. I really want to get back on track with my artistic goals.

Some good news…my recycled magazine page bows will be published in an upcoming issue of Greencraft magazine! I was very happy to receive that news…now I just need to write the article.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

happy Easter!

fresh and new

I made this digital collage using elements from the “At the Dawn of Spring” kit by Natali Design.

Here are some photos of my daughter holding the eggs we decorated and of my little Easter vignette. Unfortunately no handmade items this time!

Enjoy the day!

Dawne

a miscellany of stuff.

I mailed my bows – yay! I feel good about them. I hope the editors do too!

However I received my encouragement cards in the mail yesterday – they were declined. I was disappointed. I thought they were really good. oh well.

I’ve had a tray of half-finished jewelry projects sitting on my work table for a while. And by a while I mean at least a year. I was tired of looking at it. All those projects mocking me! So I went through them last Saturday and decided what I really wanted to finish. I decided to rework a couple projects because I don’t feel inspired by them anymore. But now I have a reduced pile of projects, and they are projects that I am excited to work on.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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