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I finally – finally! – finished the May page in my calendar journal. I’m overall pleased with it…

mixed media calendar page

mixed media calendar page

mixed media calendar page

mixed media calendar page

I started the June page – so far I painted it pink. And it’s going to have black designs. Other than that I have no idea what I’m doing. I chose green for May because my son was born in May, and the birthstone is emerald. My daughter was born in June, but the birthstone is pearl. I’m not doing a pearl page. So I chose pink instead. Funny how I never cared much for pink before Lily was born. Now I love it!

In non-arts & crafts related things, I finished reading Emma, by Jane Austen. I adore Emma! I loved this book – I hated to put it down. One thing that I particularly loved about Emma was her honesty in looking at herself and the mistakes she made. She was quick to acknowledge when she was at fault, and determined to change her ways.

I started reading Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. I haven’t read any George Eliot for a few years, and I’ve never read Daniel Deronda. I like it very much so far. I like Gwendolen a lot – I admire her ambition to be something more than the status quo, even if she doesn’t necessarily have the means to do so. Or even know what it is that she wants to be, other than fabulous!

And Project Runway…I was disappointed that Wendy and Andre left so early. I remember loving Wendy’s designs from the first season, and Andre is such a character. oh well. I’ve still got my Kayne and Josh!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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So I finally watched the season finale of Project Runway the other day and I am so so happy that Dimitri won. He’s been a favorite of mine from the beginning. His clothes are so beautiful and sewn perfectly, and I just like him. I wanted either Dimitri or Chris to win. I feel badly for Chris that he didn’t win the competition, but at least he won the major challenges – Lord & Taylor’s, Babies R Us, the Rockettes – so he still has those opportunities to get his work out there.

And tomorrow starts the new Project Runway All Stars. I’m very excited! Kayne, Josh, Andre, and Wendy Pepper! This is gonna be good!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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the never-ending shrinky dink project
Here are some of the Polyshrink pieces I’ve completed so far.

fragments

I love how they turned out. I call them “fragments” – to me they are like bits and pieces of time past.

I have more that I baked but I want to try applying the Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks to the edges, instead of the Krylon leafing pens that I normally use. I like to color the edges – it gives a nice finished look. I used the Krylon pens on the pieces in the photo above – I use light gold and copper. I have a few more things I want to experiment with too. So stay tuned!

i’m ok and i’m on my way
Last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday I went to the Joyce Meyer conference in Hershey. I was so happy to go, even though I had to commute back and forth (two hours each way! At least I had plenty of good music to listen to). I have felt so worn down lately, and I hoped the conference would leave me feeling strengthened and refreshed.

I love Joyce – she is an amazing woman – I so admire her strength, her boldness, her honesty – and she is a fantastic Bible teacher. But it was a wonderful time, and I feel so privileged and blessed to have been able to attend. She’ll be coming back next year, and with my next paycheck I will start saving so that I can afford a hotel room!

creative reality tv
A bit late here, but I am so glad that Abdi won Work of Art. I always thought he was very talented, and he’s also humble and down-to-earth, two qualities that I love. Miles is very talented as well, and I have no doubt that he will go far in the art world. It was a really cool show, and I’m looking forward to the next season. Watching this show has made me question whether I really am an artist, or a crafter. I decided – who cares? I’m a maker of stuff, and I’m leaving it at that.

Project Runway has started again -yay! I just adore Tim Gunn. I like this season’s designers – although some of them are getting a bit full of themselves, which is a turnoff. I really like Mondo – his clothes are fun and whimsical. They look like they shouldn’t work, but they do. I also like Gretchen’s clothes – they are stylish and modern. Totally not me! I wouldn’t be surprised if she was in the finale.

got the dinnertime blues?
I recently discovered the Cooking with the Moms podcast, and I have been enjoying it very much. Janice and Liz are the moms, and their goal is to make dinnertime, and nutrition in general, an easier affair for families. They are inspiring, fun to listen to, quite knowledgeable (both are registered dietitians), and they have great voices! I haven’t had a chance to try any of their recipes yet, but hope to soon.

toodles!

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I do hate Sundays. Sunday is the day when I am most prone to severe mood swings. Not because the next day is Monday and I have to go back to work, but because of all the chores that are necessary to prepare for the coming week. I do my laundry and Lily’s, I have to iron and put away my clothes, I have to prepare all of Lily’s food for Monday, I have to prepare her bag, etc. etc. And all that along with the usual chores – cleaning up the kitchen, doing some cleaning in the bathroom, giving Lily a bath. It’s too much. Plus Sunday is when I try (emphasize try) to work on the business side of my creative endeavors.

I’ve come to realize that I need to make friends with Sunday, because these things need to be done, and that’s all there is to it. There’s no getting out of it. I’m not sure what I need to do – maybe I’ll invite Sunday to tea. Or maybe we should have margueritas.

Anyway, last night we saw my brother-in-law Darren at Puck in Doylestown. He was performing with his band. It was a very good show. It was only his second performance as a solo artist (he has been a drummer for years working with well-known artists in the Philadelphia region) but his spirit and his passion are evident and you can’t help but get caught up in his songs. Plus his band sounds great. You can hear some songs from his latest cd on his website.

I did work more on the frame on Friday. Oh, and I also watched the candy episode of Project Runway (yes, I’m a week behind). Very good, but I kind of think Jillian should have won. Rami’s dress was really cool, but Jillian was the only one to use the candy. I’m starting to like her more, but I still think there’s something a bit off about her. I was sad to see Elise go – I liked her and her Mother Earth approach to fashion. But I’m glad Sweet Pea is still in, because I like her a lot too.

Here’s the frame – I covered it a bit more with the strips of scrapbooking paper. I think this coming Friday I should be able to finish this part. The corners are very tricky – trying to cut the paper so that it fits smoothly is difficult. I think it’s coming along very well, though. I’m happy with it so far.

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I’m also very happy that I bought a new crafting table, along with the Iris scrapbooking storage cart. It is beyond the time when my work area has needed some improvement. A few months ago I was at Joann’s, and they had this cool crafting table, with a lid that had storage capabilities, two drawers, and a shelving unit underneath. Absolutely just what I needed to re-organize my work area. As it is now – very cluttered, disorganized, too much stuff with no where to put it. I only have a corner of our back room, with two small folding tables and my mom’s old china cabinet and a scrapbook rolling tote bag. And numerous small plastic bins and plastic shopping bags containing the rest of my treasures. I ran out of room about two years ago. So I’m hoping to revamp my work area into something much more organized and pleasurable to work in.

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