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I miss my beads. So I decided to make beadwork my “car/vacation project”. I used to always use my own designs, but these days I lean toward making projects from magazines, which is what these bracelets are. The design and creation are simple, and I love how they look.

These bracelets were designed by Nancy Zellers, and were featured in an article in the June 2007 issue of Bead & Button magazine.

I made these while traveling to and vacationing in Beach Haven NJ last week. I plan on making two more bracelets – perhaps a little excessive, as I’m keeping them all for myself! But I really love these beautiful cube beads, and I’m enjoying making the bracelets. Plus we have two more car trips in August/September, and I need something to do on those long rides.

Do you have any projects you work on in the car or on vacation? I would love to hear about them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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We spent this past weekend at my Dad & Stepmom’s house in Dushore, PA. It’s really lovely there and so pretty – nothing but trees, fields, hills, farmland, and creeks everywhere. As well as strange noises in the night!

We ate breakfast as usual at the Jolly Trolley in town. We also checked out an arts & crafts show, played in the creek, went to the Sullivan County Fair (and saw our first demolition derby!), and spent some time at Lake Jean in Rickets Glen State Park.

Here are some photos…

This is the field across the road from my Dad and Stepmom’s house.

lovely field

Lily in the creek.

creek-walking

A prize-winning rooster at the Sullivan County Fair. He really was quite beautiful!

prize-winning rooster

And some prize-winning cows.

prize-winning cows

This is the demolition derby at the Sullivan County Fair. It was neat; I think I could have watched the whole thing! It goes on for hours – it started at 6 and when we left at 9 it was still going strong.

demo derby!

demo derby!

demo derby!

Here’s Lily – I took this photo while we were at the demolition derby. She looks so beautiful!

lily

And here is Marc and Lily, on the beach at Lake Jean.

at lake jean

We started on our journey last Friday, and stopped at Knoebel’s on the way. It was so nice! We really love Knoebel’s. It wasn’t very crowded, which was great. Lily went on her first “grown-up” roller coasters, the Twister and the Phoenix. She loved the Twister; not so much the Phoenix.

All in all we had a great time. It was my Dad’s 65th birthday on Labor Day, so it was nice to spend this time with him.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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Memorial Day weekend saw our annual family trip to Black Moshannon State Park. My stepmom’s family started this tradition decades ago, and we have been fortunate to join them the last three years. My sister and her family also go, and it’s a great time with great people. The park is so beautiful – just green everywhere, and so peaceful (no TVs!). My favorite thing is our nightly campfire.

Here are some photos…I’m finally getting around to posting them. Enjoy!

lily and gwen

owen on the slide

lily on the slide

little monkey lily

julian and felicia

everyone in the canoe

black moshannon lake

poppop and owen

catching tadpoles

Thanks for stopping by!

xoDawne

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So how does 2011 stack up? Not as wonderful as I was expecting, but I keep high hopes, and I am willing to give 2012 everything I’ve got.

Here were my favorite occasions:

1. Celebrating my 40th birthday with my family at one of my favorite restaurants, Fountainside.
2. My niece Gwen’s 5th birthday party.
3. Our anniversary dinner at Augusto’s – delicious!
4. My son Julian’s 20th birthday dinner at another favorite restaurant, Maggio’s.
5. Camping at Black Moshannon with my dad’s and stepmother’s families.
6. My daughter Lily’s 5th birthday party at Bounce U.
7. Lily’s graduation from pre-school.
8. My cousin Carla’s wedding (to husband Curt).
9. Going to Dutch Wonderland with our brother-in-law Ed and niece Gwen.
10. Staying at my dad and stepmom’s cabin in Dushore, and checking out the Dushore Days festivities.
11. Attending the Bezel Boot Camp class, taught by Kim St Jean, at Bead Fest.
12. Our mini vacation in Ocean City MD.
13. Lily starting kindergarten.
14. Thanksgiving – one of my favorite holidays.
15. Seeing Tori at the Academy of Music.
16. Winning the Cornerstone award at work.
17. My brother-in-law Darren’s cd release party, and the dinner that I treated Marc to at Chifa beforehand, to celebrate his birthday.
18. Christmas – my favorite holiday.
19. Celebrating my nephew Owen’s first birthday.

And so here we are. It would seem that 2011 was pretty good then. And 2012? I am still working on putting together my goals, but I expect great things to happen, for all of my family and myself. I can’t wait to see what the days hold!

Wishing you a very happy New Year!

xoDawne

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sea and crabs and doughnuts – oh my!

We were in Ocean City MD over the weekend. This was our fourth year there.

Because Lily started kindergarten on Tuesday, we only stayed from Saturday to Monday.

We did decide, however, that we will never leave on Labor Day again, because instead of the usual 3-hour ride, it took 5 hours. Five long – very long! – hours. Five hours in a car + a 5-year old = a meltdown for all involved.

It was a good time though. Hurricane Irene seemed to have left little damage. I thought the beach was a bit chilly – the wind was relentless! My one disappointment was that there were no shells to be found. I managed to gather a few fragments, but that was it.

We ate at Harrison’s Harbor Watch on Saturday night and then “walked the boards” as my mother-in-law says. I forget what restaurant we ate at on Sunday, but it was very good. We took Lily to the Jolly Roger amusement park after.

And what has quickly become a new tradition, we had to get doughnuts from the Fractured Prune. Delicious! Freshly-made, hot, with a variety of glazes and toppings to choose from – I highly recommend them!

My husband and I always go for a walk along the beach at night. It’s an interesting experience – mesmerizing, disorienting, and mysterious. When it’s really dark, you can see so many more stars than we can see at home (I remember when I was little I could see the Milky Way, just at home. It’s so built up now, you’re lucky you can see 20 stars at night.)

Jupiter was in full force again, as it was last year – so big and bright! It’s amazing, how a planet so far away from us, can be so bright and beautiful.

The ocean is so fascinating. The rhythm, the colors, the smell. I love it all.

It’s like a dream that we were even there.

But here are some photos to prove it.

Lily was really into digging.
let's dig!

On Monday we spent a short time at the beach, so that we could fly Lily’s kite and say good-bye to the ocean.
let's fly!

Lily, flying her kite. That lasted a few minutes. She was more interested in the water.
let's fly!

And of course the ocean.
to the sea

Thanks for stopping by!

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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