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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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a jewelry affaire
Here are a few of the things I’m sending to Jewelry Affaire for consideration.

jewelry

I also sent off an order to Accessories Susan for some lovely antiqued-brass supplies to make my charm earrings. I ordered some birds, dragonflies, leaves, and hearts, as well as some beads, drops, and chain. It’s so nice to know that one day next week I’ll have new treasures to add to my collection.

more ocean city pictures
I got a few more Ocean City pictures from my mother-in-law.

Lily, on the beach in style.
Ocean City MD, September 2009

Our men, napping after a hard day of…um, something.

Ocean City MD, September 2009

Marc and Julian heading into the water for some boogy-boarding.
Ocean City MD, September 2009

Lily, on the balcony at the condo.
Ocean City MD, September 2009

another magazine down
I finished reading the July/August issue of Somerset Studio. Two articles stand out in my mind – With One Palette, by Rande Hanson, and Faded Beauty: The Artwork of Priscilla Jones, by Beth Livesay.

I love the colors chosen for this issue’s With One Palette – blue, turquoise, parchment, and rust. I think blue and brown is a lovely combination. And Miss Hanson made such lovely things…

Somerset Studio, July/August 2009, page 9

See? Very pretty.

Miss Jones’ work is also lovely, and very different. I would love to know how she makes her objects. They look as if they are from another century, and yet are whimsical and delightful. You can see some of her work on Flickr.

Isn’t her stuff cool?

~filled with inspiration, but regrettably suffering a lack of time~

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ocean city part 2.

more pictures

Ocean City MD September 2009
The view from the balcony of the condo. I love that there is at least a partial view of the ocean.

Ocean City MD September 2009
Marc and Julian playing with their boogie boards.

Ocean City MD September 2009
Lily with her Bubbie and Poppy.

Ocean City MD September 2009
My handsome young man.

Ocean City MD September 2009
La mer.

~still have sand in my car~

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ocean city, part 1
The weather was not entirely agreeable. Two days were beautiful, sunny and warm. Three days were beautiful in a rainy, extremely windy sort of way.

Ocean City MD September 2009
The challenge in finding joy in the rain.

What diappointed me the most, concerning the weather, was not seeing the stars when Marc and I took our late night walks on the beach. Hardly any stars are visible where we live because of the light pollution, and I’m always amazed at the number you can see on the beach.

We did see a few, and Venus shone very brightly even through the clouds.

Ocean City MD September 2009
Lily, jumping on the bed.

Ocean City MD September 2009
Lily and Bubbie working on a puzzle.

Ocean City MD September 2009

I love the ocean – it is in turn mysterious, magnificent, and magical. To me, the ocean is a spiritual place, where I feel connected to the earth and the universe.

~coming next, part 2!~

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a lovely pair of earrings
I added a new item to my Etsy shop:

catherine, a pair of earrings

The beads are a beautiful deep ruby-red color, with slight imperfections that I think only makes them more charming. I made a similar pair for myself, only with black beads, and they have become one of my most favorite pair of earrings to wear.

by the sea
So we got back from Ocean City yesterday. It started out great, with sunny warm weather, but then clouds and a relentless wind moved in. We still had a great time. I’ve got tons of notes and pictures that I’ll be posting over the next few days.

~still shaking sand out of my suitcase~

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