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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

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My contributor’s copy of Belle Armoire Jewelry…the one with my Polyshrink article in it!

Check it out…

belle armoire jewelry

shrink plastic jewelry

shrink plastic jewelry

shrink plastic jewelry

shrink plastic jewelry

And, to make it even more exciting, my article was mentioned in the editor’s letter!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoDawne

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A couple weeks ago I noticed the leaves were subtly changing color. They were not quite so green, not quite so vibrant anymore. And I knew fall was on its way. Of course to me it feels like it should still be July. But October – October! – lurks around the corner. And once October hits it’s a steady slide toward the big three – Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I am simply not ready to deal with all that!

To ease into the coming onslaught of the cold weather and its accompanying festivities, I thought I would do a give-away, and offer a pretty piece of jewelry. After all, jewelry makes everything better, right? I think so.

So here is a bracelet I made. It is 7&3/8″ long including the clasp. The wire, chain, and clasp are sterling silver. The beads are Czech fire-polished glass and hematite. Each bead is attached to the chain with a wire-wrapped loop. This bracelet has a great feel and a nice weight to it.

wirework bracelet

wirework bracelet

Simply leave a comment on this post and you will be entered into the drawing. On October 15th I will randomly select a name, and that person will receive the bracelet. Good luck!

xoDawne

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fragments in the wind
Guess what? I finally finished my Polyshrink Fragments jewelry and mailed them off to Belle Armoire Jewelry! yay! It only took, you know, forever to get these done. I’m so glad though. I feel a new sense of freedom now!

Here are the pieces I mailed:

fragments bracelet

fragments bracelet

fragments bracelet

fragments bracelet

garden fairy necklace

amulet necklace

I haven’t seen anything like these in Belle Armoire Jewelry before, so I hope that the editors see these pieces as something new and interesting, and want to have them in the magazine.

In other exciting I-can’t-believe-I-finally-have-this-project-done-that-I-have-been-working-on-for-years news, I also finished a scarf that I started almost four years ago. In my defense it was my car project, meaning that I mostly worked on it in the car when we were driving somewhere. That’s why it took so long to finish. Plus it’s quite long – at least five feet. I wanted it to be long and narrow. I knitted it with Bernat boa yarn in black, and I used size 3 needles. It’s dense and luxurious, and I can’t wait to wear it when the weather gets cold!

Now I’m turning my attention to my blog, and making some changes. I’m working on a new banner, and a background, and some other things that I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoDawne

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tinsel and ribbons and trims – oh my!
So I found the coolest website – blumchen.com. I was searching online for unfinished paper mache shapes and crepe paper for some projects – I’m working on some stuff to send to Somerset Holidays (by March 1 – yikes!). I happened upon this enchanting site and am now completely head over heels in love.

Vintage. Victorian. Bliss.

If such incidentals as Lametta tinsel trims, old style paper lace doilies, Dresden trims, and Plattlitze metallic ribbon make you swoon, then grab some smelling salts and check it out.

a little something for the wrist
Here’s a little bracelet I made with some of the CZ beads I got from Artbeads. I decided to do something different and used antiqued-brass wire and made bead links with wrapped loops. I think it turned out nicely.

a dangle for the wrist

I didn’t have quite enough CZ beads to make it around my wrist, so I threw in an antiqued-brass bead. I really like this wire with the beads – it’s a good combination.

my feeble attempt at controlling my time
I bought a new calendar book (back in December) and I just love this one. Since Lily was born I find my calendar books to be indispensable in maintaining my sanity and any sense of organization in my life. My new one has a layout that features the entire month, which is great, and then pages that break the months into weeks, with plenty of room to make notes (very important to me!) The cover is kind of a spring green, which is a pretty color but not in that much quantity. So I’ve been creating a collage to cover it with. I haven’t finished it yet, but that is one of my goals for this week. And that is written in my calendar book.

So there!

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shrinky-dinky-doo
I finished my latest Polyshrink bracelet (I posted a picture of it unfinished last week).

Polyshrink bracelet

I love how it turned out – the chain and pearls make it so elegant. I plan on making more components (still haven’t thought of a better word) and buttons after I finish my Russian pendant necklace.

french fairies
I’ve started working on my submission for Somerset Studio’s “aubergine” issue. The word “aubergine” makes me think of France (I don’t like eggplant). I decided to make a set of three ATCs depicting vintage French fairies.

vintage ladies

These are my fairies, wingless, but that will soon be remedied. My initial inspiration for this project was my desire to use sealing wax in a project, but now I’m not sure that I’m going to use it. I’m thinking the seal may be too large, but I might get the supplies anyway and try it out.

more fairy play
I started a new digital art piece using one of the “pixel packs” from my Artella digital art membership. Here it is so far:

fairy play - digital art

Not much to look at – yet. I really admire those who can do intricate digital art – I aspire to be at that level someday. For now I would call my style (and ability) digital collage, because basically I just stick stuff on a background. I guess that counts for something, right?

small moments
Trees tossing in the wind outside the windows at work. Sitting in my car at lunch reading.

~playing with the fairies~

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i’m shrinking!
I started working with my Polyshrink again. I made a bunch more components to use in jewelry, although most of them are not quite good enough to use in jewelry that I might sell. But I decided to make a bracelet with the best of them:

Polyshrink bracelet

There aren’t enough components (I really need to think of something more descriptive than “component”) to make a full bracelet, so I’m going to add the chain as an extender, and I’ll add pearls to that for some extra oomph.

Here is a comparison between the Polyshrink before shinking and after:

Polyshrink - comparison

Pretty neat, yes? It’s so cool watching the pieces shrink. I think that’s my favorite part!

I’m also planning on submitting a Polyshrink bracelet to Belle Armoire Jewelry to be considered for an article.

grey gardens
About a month ago I watched this HBO movie called Grey Gardens, about a mother and daughter. The mother, Edith, was Jacqueline Kennedy’s aunt, and the daughter, Edie, her cousin. The movie explores the relationship between Edith and Edie and how they started out as wealthy socialites and ended up as hermits living in a decaying, filthy, decrepit house. Edie is played by Drew Barrymore, who is fantastic in this movie. Edie was quite an eccentric, strong personality, but I just fell in love with her. I could have listened to her talk all day, with that strange New York/Boston accent. I loved this movie – I laughed, I cried, I didn’t want it to end. I highly recommend it.

small moments
Getting to have the bed to myself, and taking a few extra minutes in the morning to lie in bed awake, enjoying all the extra space! Listening to the birds twittering in the morning. Eating Herr’s cheese curls.

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