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The new issue of Greencraft magazine is now available…with my article on creating bows from magazine pages! I love how the article looks – the muted colors are so pretty. See for yourself…

greencraft magazine

greencraft magazine

greencraft magazine

greencraft magazine

greencraft

There are some other pretty cool things in this issue, but my mom borrowed my copy and of course I can’t remember what other articles I liked.

Check it out if you have the chance. Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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I finished my “vintage glam bows”. From pages ripped out of magazines to pretty little bows ready to top a handmade gift. I’m so glad I’m done! Now my least favorite part…typing up instructions, packaging, and mailing. These are going to Stampington, in hopes the editors will like them enough to publish them. I hope they like my bows…I know I do! And they’re just so pretty!

Here are some photos, showing the gesso’d & stamped magazine page strips as well as the finished product…

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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Continuing with the tradition I started on my 40th birthday, I bought myself a birthday gift. Jewelry, of course. And continuing with tradition I chose to support an artist on Etsy. When I saw this beautiful necklace by Danita, featuring her drawing of Marie Antoinette, I knew I had to have it. I am very familiar with Danita’s work, since she is a regular in the Stampington magazines I obsess over. Her lovely figures are simple, yet alluring and mysterious. And the eyes! Amazing.

I just adore my new necklace!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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I joined Pinterest about a week ago. I had thought about it a few times previously and decided, no. But…I saw this really cute & clever idea for how to use a wooden craft tree in a Stampington email. I wanted to remember it but I need something a little more permanent than my memory! The “pin it” button was under the photo, and I thought, you know what? I’m joining Pinterest. How else am I going to remember all these lovely things I come across?

You can follow me if you like – the link is in the sidebar. I don’t have many pins yet, but I’m working on it! Almost every time I open my laptop I just have to check out Pinterest for a few minutes. It’s addicting – there are so many beautiful and clever things!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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I found out that my Halloween party favor sacks article, originally published in Somerset Holidays & Celebrations, was re-published in Handcrafted Inspirations, volume 2. This was a bit of happy news! Check it out…my article starts on page 192 but there are tons of other wonderful projects to look at as well. You can download the magazine for free – enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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sweet sister temperance
she of the marble-hearted innocence.
so ill-equipped in her mute despair,
with two smooth bands of reddish hair.

Sweet Sister Temperance, by Rasputina

nothing but tunes
This is the music episode – I have a lot of new music I’ve bought recently. I love my music. Music is so powerful – I think it might be the most powerful art form.

I have no musical abilities myself. At least none that I know of. I can’t sing. I’ve never tried playing any instruments, although I’d love try piano or cello, but I wonder if a left-handed person can play either one? That’s for when I retire anyway, so I’ve got time to do some research.

Anyway…

Rasputina – I am very much enjoying the new album Sister Kinderhook. So far Sweet Sister Temperance, My Night Sky, Afternoon of the Faun, and This, My Porcelain Life are my favorites, although all of the songs are good. This is a more acoustic sounding album, compared to the last few. I don’t think there are any electric cellos this time!

Sarah MacLachlan – got her new album Laws of Illusion – the deluxe version with the dvd, although I haven’t watched the dvd yet. It’s ok. To be fair her albums usually take some time to grow on me. And by time I mean a year or two. Which is strange because I really love her music. She went through a divorce, so there are a lot of songs about relationships ending, which I find depressing. I do like Rivers of Love and Loving You is Easy. This album seems more “rockin'” (if that’s ever a word to use for Sarah’s music!) – it just seems more solid-sounding, louder, not so ethereal. I may stop listening to it and pick it up again later.

Mozart – I bought my first non-opera classical music – Mozart: Violin Sonatas K. 310, 304, 376 & 526, with Hilary Hahn and Natalie (unfortunately I cannot find out what Natalie’s last name is right now – I’m having Itunes issues!). I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet, but the sonatas are light and pretty-sounding. That’s a pretty weak description – I know nothing about classical music, but I’m learning little by little. I love the piano and violin together.

Audrey Assad – I bought her new album The House You’re Building. I’ve only listened to it twice, but I like it a lot it so far. She has a beautiful voice – one of the reviews compared her to Sarah McLachlan, and I can hear some similarity. I had never heard of her before I bought this album. I like the “quietness” of her songs – they are gentle, subtle, and honest. I look forward to getting to know this album.

So that’s it for the music. Now on to…

a little bit of creativity
I’ve picked up my Polyshrink again – I had started some pieces I’m embarrassed to even say how long ago (a year!). I’m working on more of my “fragments” components, and I’m trying out the black Polyshrink as well, which I’ve never used before. I’m still in the process of punching out the shapes and holes – and one of my punches broke in mid-punch! It’s disappointing because they are not inexpensive and I haven’t had it that long, but I guess I’ll just have to get another one. At least I got a bunch of shapes punched out with it before it broke. My goal is to make some jewelry to submit to Belle Armoire Jewelry – it’s one of my short-term goals over the next three months.

And finally, after years (years!) of desiring to learn how to solder, I purchased all the supplies I need to get started. I am so excited! I decided to make things simple and purchased the Simply Swank Simply Solder Creative Art Kit, by Lisa Bluhm (I got it from Stampington). I have her book, Simple Soldered Jewelry & Accessories, which is excellent (you can read a review of it on my Librarian page), so I figured that her products would be excellent as well. The kit comes with all the basic supplies you need – soldering iron and stand, clamps, solder, flux, copper foil tape, glass. I bought some extra glass too for practice. As soon as I am done with the Polyshrink I will be happily diving into the world of soldering. Yay!

Not sure if I mentioned before that I submitted a few pages of my Sweetie Darling book to Somerset Digital Studio. Wish me luck!

~toodles~

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