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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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getting it together
I started reading The Artistic Mother by Shona Cole. It’s really good. I have especially enjoyed the chapter Motivation, which encourages writing an artistic vision and determining long- and short-term goals. I took the time to write my own artistic vision and goals.

Some of my long-term goals (over the next 2 to 5 years) include participating in art retreats and classes, learning to solder (perenially on my to-do list), submitting my work to various magazines, creating mixed media jewelry, and further exploration of digital art.

My short-term goals (from now through July) include submitting a couple things to magazines, spending a half-hour per week on digital art, updating my sadly-neglected flickr page, and making a scrapbook for my son.

The other chapter that I’ve really enjoyed is the one called Planning, in which Miss Cole describes the art action plan. Basically you take your short-term goals and break them down into individual steps. You then plan for the coming week which steps you will do each day, taking into consideration how much time you have. So I made an art action plan for the past week….and failed utterly at accomplishing pretty much everything that was on my plan. The only things I got done were a blog post and some things for Mother’s Day. The blog post took way longer than I was expecting. I am hopeful however that my art action plan for this week will fair better.

prom time!
So yesterday was my son’s girlfriend’s senior prom, and today is his. He decided to go with an all-white tux with a blue vest and bowtie to match her dress. They make a lovely couple, don’t they? She is very sweet. I have to say these pictures don’t do them justice.

This is yesterday, at her house.
prom

Also yesterday, at her house.
prom

This is from earlier today, at our house.
prom

and finally
I did manage to fit in a little digital play this past week, with this photo that I took of Lily. She’s wearing her new favorite Disney princess nightgown and a pair of my shoes.

lily

I played with the color a bit and applied a filter to get the “drawing” look. I think it turned out very nicely!

~toodles!

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it’a been a while!
I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted. I don’t know what to say other than that I’ve been….busy. I strongly dislike that word – busy. When people say they’ve been busy I bet they can’t really even say exactly what it is they’ve been doing. I’m not really sure what I’ve even been doing – taking care of Lily, housework, my job, stuff – but I certainly haven’t been creating anything or posting on my blog.

But all that is going to change, mainly because I’m about ready to go crazy! It’s been at least three weeks since I’ve worked on any projects – and that is simply unacceptable. No wonder I’ve been feeling so frustrated lately. I was put on this earth to make stuff and post on my blog – two of my most favorite things! So let’s get back to business, shall we?

a little help from my friends
I’m very excited about a new book I bought last week: The Artistic Mother – A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life, by Shona Cole. I first heard of this book a few months ago in the Postscript newsletter from Stampington. As soon as I read the title I knew this was a book I needed to get.

artistic mother

I had stopped in Barnes & Noble last week to see if they had Jewelry Affaire (which they did, and more on that in a minute). I’ve been trying to find some crafts that Lily and I can do together so I decided to check out the craft books. As I was perusing the shelves my eye suddenly came upon The Artistic Mother sitting on the shelf right in front of me.

Considering how utterly frustrated I’ve been lately with trying to find time to create, I felt this was a sign that I should get the book.

So now it’s mine and I can’t wait to get into it. Miss Cole covers some foundational topics (motivation, inspiration, creating your own space, planning) as well as some basics in digital photography, mixed media & collage, and poetry! (a forgotten art these days but one that I’ve always enjoyed)

I like how she uses an “art action plan” for each project, which breaks the project into small bits that you can fit into your day. I’m the kind of girl that loves a good action plan!

I decided to dedicate a half hour a day, at least, for creating. If I don’t create, I get downright ornery! Creating keeps me sane and at least a little more balanced. An unbalanced mother is not a good thing.

a jewelry affair

jewelry affaire

So I see the jewelry I submitted for the first issue of Jewelry Affaire was not selected for publication. Looking through the magazine though I can see that I was off in the jewelry that I made. I think my jewelry was lacking in imagination and creativity. The pieces I made were very pretty (and I’m looking forward to getting them back!), and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I need to ramp it up a bit. At least now I know better what they are looking for. The next submission deadline is May 15, I think, and while I’d love to send something, I’m not getting any concrete ideas and time is so short. Might have to wait until the next deadline!

~toodles~

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a gift in time
I did manage to finish my brother-in-law’s bracelet in time. It turned out very nicely, and more importantly, he liked it. Of course I forgot to scan it though. But he has to give it back to me to adjust the length (it’s a bit too long), so I’ll scan it then. I used red jasper tubes, sterling silver beads, and black seed beads.

the heart has reasons
I’ve been working on the necklace incorporating the bronze pendant I got from Artbeads. I’m going with a vintage look, using antiqued brass chain and findings. I’m also using some red and bronze Czech fire-polished beads and freshwater pearls.

fly
Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts

The Librarian added a review of this wonderful book by Kelly Rae Roberts. I just love her work and wish wish wish I could draw faces like hers. They’re so lovely! Scroll down to the bottom of the Librarian’s page to read the review.

~toodles~

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Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little. – Edna Ferber

I found this great book, Organize Now! by Jennifer Ford Berry in Joann’s a few weeks ago, and within ten seconds of skimming through it knew I absolutely had to have it. It wasn’t in my budget at the time, but as soon as I got paid again I ordered it from Amazon.

This book will be my organizational bible, and as soon as January rolls around, I will be on my way to a more organized way of being. Since having my daughter I have learned that being organized and planning ahead is the only way to stay sane. Read more about it on my Librarian page (you just have to scroll down a bit).

I finished one Christmas gift last night – yay! I’m feeling confident, time-wise, with regard to finishing the others. But I’m well aware of how time flies, too.

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Letters can be one of the most powerful and far-reaching influences in your life, if you let them be. – Lillian Eichler watson

So I sent my digitally-altered book off to be converted, and it is done! It is such a wonderful feeling to finish a project. Check it out – Standard Book of Letter Writing – and let me know what you think.

Of course there are a couple things I’m not entirely happy with – one of which is a glaring error that I could kick myself for. But over all I love it, and being the first time I’ve ever done anything of this sort, I think it turned out great.

And I entered my book into the contest at Artella. I think it’s pretty good – but we’ll see. The entries that won the first contest were amazing.

wish me luck!

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There are always flowers for those who want to see them. – Henri Matisse

I bought the new issue of Somerset Studio – the Halloween issue – and alas, my Two Little Girls on All Hallow’s Eve was not chosen to be a part of the Readers’ Expressions.

Two Little Girls on All Hallow's Eve

I am disappointed, but upon viewing the pieces that were chosen, I’m not sure that my work is good enough yet. The stuff in there is pretty fabulous.

I’m going to continue trying though. There is the upcoming paper dolls theme which hopefully I will have time to do, and the Marie Antoinette publication (still waiting for inspiration to hit on that one).

One of these days, my work will be in Somerset Studio.

I ordered some bits and bobs to make my mom’s necklace. I always love getting goodies in the mail!

I bought a great new book, Simple Soldered Jewelry & Accessories by Lisa Bluhm. Read all about it on my new book review page, The Librarian.

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