Sometimes it's easy to get caught up it what the "big" blogs are doing, where these bloggers are going, and even how many comments they receive. And don't get me wrong, these blogs are AMAZINGLY inspirational.... but my point is, try not compare yourself to them. Chances are they've been blogging a very long time and that affords them many opportunities. I've been blogging almost three years and feel so humbled by other blogs.
It's so easy to feel insecure this day and time in ANY genre.... even blogging. But what I wanted to stress in this post is to make your own magic!!
Do what you love doing, take pictures of what your up to, blog about it and ENJOY every minute of it!!!
Visit other bloggers, read their posts and genuinely take an interest in their lives.... and they, in turn, will visit you as well.
It's such a give and take place, this land of blog...... the more you give.....it seems the more you receive.
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I have a little giveaway to tell you about!!! Myrna of More Than Heirlooms is having a giveaway to celebrate the grand opening of her Etsy shop!!
Another sweet friend has started her own personal blog ~ Sandy of Unbridled Joy has written the first post on her new blog and I'd love for you to pay her a visit when you can..... I'm so glad you're blogging Sandy, welcome to the wonderful land of Blog!!!
And on a more serious note, a precious blogger Terri of Primtiques lost her dear husband just a few weeks ago ~ if you feel so inclined, please stop by give her a hug and keep her in your prayers.
Thank you so much for stopping by to see me! Have a wonderful Wednesday ~ hugs and love, Dawn
I finished them....I wanted to make Tina more than one ~ and as always, adding just a tiny message on each. They're so very simple, a little layering of papers and a little sparkle ~
If you'd like to send Jan a tag or two for the tag gate that she's making for Tina (you can read about it HERE) to show your encouragement through her battle with colon cancer, just mail them to:
Jan Thomason Team Tina 5720 Hwy. 27 Center Point, Texas 78010
I found these wonderful treasures in Mary of Green Paper's Etsy store!!! Don't you love it all?? Thank you Mary, I always love your taste ~
And a gift, of beautiful images because she knew I'd love them from Susie of From My Home to Yours... I DO love them Susie and I'll be sure to scan and share them too! Thank you so very much, they are all beautiful ~
Wishing you an amazing Tuesday sweet friends! hugs and love, Dawn
Beautiful things always make me smile. I think women crave beauty...and to be surrounded by beauty. It soothes our souls, don't you think? That's why we hunt, gather, fluff and decorate ~ so our homes will reflect what we love and ultimately, make us smile. Plus, our families know we love feathering our nests...their nest....to make it a place we will all love coming home to.
I have to show you the new issue of Jeanne d' Arc Living ~ this issue is in English too!!! This is one of those magazines that make you want to study it. Each and every page has beautiful vignettes, ideas and recipes. With so many magazines being a disappointment these days, this one my friends, is like a breath of fresh air!!!
Please click on the photos to enlarge to get a little glimpse of what's inside this first English issue:
You don't have to be an amazing artist to create a thoughtful tag. Simplicity can speak volumes with a beautiful image printed from you computer and then pasted on a standard shipping tag. Here's a simple tutorial that I posted awhile back:
And what if you don't have shipping tags?? Use the side of a discarded cereal box or other food packaging box.
Cut a rectangular shape (or whatever shape you desire) from the side of the box. Apply spray glue to one side (or any other kind of glue, thinned and brushed on) then lay it glue side down onto the back of a piece of scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper, or even a piece of old music.
Using a exact-o knife or craft knife, using the cardboard as your guide, trim around the cardboard, removing the excess paper. Repeat for the other side of the cardboard as well (apply glue, press glue side down onto paper then trim)
Now you have a pretty covered cardboard tag!! Now you can print any of the images that I've given you (Be sure to scroll to the bottom of my blog and click on FREE VINTAGE IMAGES and all of the posts that I've given away images will come up) OR you can use a pretty photo from an old magazine or catalog.
I open images in my photo editing software and when I click to print, I can choose several different sizes to print the image.....then you can print it to fit your tag!
Print out a verse or word that means a lot to you....something simple can say so much!
Cut the image and word or verse out. You can use decorative edged scissors but if you don't have any, regular scissors are fine!
Glue the image onto the tag as well as the verse or word, use any type of glue you have on hand, I love using a cheap glue stick.
You can add a few buttons, snippets of lace and any other embellishments at this time.
Lastly, punch a hole in the center top of the cardboard and tie ribbon, twine, yarn or what you have on hand through the hole to finish your tag!!!
I hope this little tutorial helped if you've never made a tag before and if you should have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!!
I hope you are having a restful and relaxing Sunday dear friends and if you've not entered my 1100 post giveaway, just a few more hours left!!!! CLICK HERE TO ENTER!!!
Another sweet blogger and friend of Tina's, Jan of The Polka Dot Barn is creating a "tag gate" featuring beautiful, handmade tags of encouragement and beauty to give to Tina.
If you can, would you make a tag to encourage and lift Tina up during this difficult time in her life?
Here is an excerpt from Jan's blog:
If you want to be a part of the Team Tina project, make a tag, any size, any design, with your name and email address on the back and send it to me NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 2ND. Jan Thomason Team Tina 5720 Hwy. 27 Center Point, Texas 78010
Thanks for your support and your willingness to bring joy into the life of Tina, one amazing woman!
Please keep Tina and her family in your thoughts and prayers as she begins her vigorous battle against this awful disease!!!!
Thank you so much my precious friends ~ hugs and love, Dawn
Lesley of Flatwoods Folk Art is having an amazing giveaway and I have to share it with you..... Her artwork is just beautiful to me and she's offering an original Bound Reliquaries book as the giveaway gift!!!!
First, I want to tell you about the class that she's teaching at KC Willis' new studio in Colorado ~ She will teach an altered book class, Bound Reliquaries, which will be held in KC's studio February 4 - 6, 2010
Second, the class is limited to 10 people. When the first 5 sign up there will be a drawing and one of those lucky artists will receive the class at 50% off the class price!! And then, when the next and final 5 sign up another drawing will be held and one of those lucky artists will receive the same 50% off discount off of the class! How cool is that????
The gift? Look what I found in my mailbox from Jo Packham ~ a beautiful Where Women Create bracelet that I won!!! I commented on a Facebook question that she asked and was one of the top winners.....Thank you Jo!!!! I just love it ~
I hope you have a wonderful and amazing weekend dear friends!!!
I don't know why I love for my artwork to have some sort of message, but I do. We need little reminders in our day to keep our thoughts on track... there's always so much going on around us.
Sometimes it may be just one word, a simple verse or even a poem but encouragement is a wonderful thing to me ~
I finally finished my bee assemblage!! I've called it "The Honey Maker" ~ fitting, right? I've used several different elements on this one but it's still simple. Of course the little skep you've seen! The bee (which I know is a bumble bee but I like his plumpness!) is mounted on a handmade spring so it stands away from the background.
Can you see the beautiful backdrop that is on top of the ledger paper? It's one of the beautiful images that Mary of Green Paper has in her image shop ~
Since I can't hardly stand to use the actual old cabinet cards in my artwork, I appreciate the images she's put together!
Simple elements, simple words.... to encourage us to remember to be kind to each other when we speak.... SOLD ~ Thank you so much!!!
I wanted to let you know the glue I love to use so much is Fabric-Tac.... it's holding the glass jar on my metal tray (on the giveaway artwork) plus it's holding the metal key plate on the tray as well, believe me, it's not just for fabric!
Thank you all so very much for the wonderful comments on the giveaway!!! You are the most precious friends ever!!!! And see, you made me want to make something again today!
This coming February, I will have been blogging three years now.... which is one of the reasons I have so many posts! Another reason? I love it...
Wishing you an amazing Friday sweet friends, hugs and love, Dawn
I have to admit....as an artist, sometimes the creativity just flows out of you... but sometimes, you have to squeeze it out!
And that's OK, we have many other parts of our daily lives that can keep us from creating, even our mind can do that. Our moods especially....but the feeling you get, when you begin gathering items together, trying different elements with each other and when things begin looking the way you love, THAT is the feeling I love!!
I hope you like this sweet tray assemblage. I've featured my favorite baby photograph (or one of them) and simply added wonderful old elements ~
I LOVE these beautiful ladies that Marietta creates! Her blog is Sweet Old Vintage and she loves so many of the same things that I do ~ She's giving away three different sets of these gorgeous paper doll ornaments!
Sweet mail arrived today ~ my very favorite Stampington magazine ever....Somerset Life! I still have a hard time calling it a magazine, it's so wonderful. Full of creative ideas that you can refer to over and over. My little bird girl dress and botanical canvas art are inside this issue. I took a few photos to give you an idea of what's inside....
Look at these beautiful pages ~
This issue should hit the newstands October 1st...and will be in major bookstores, Michael's, Joann's and other craft stores. I know you'll love it!!
A glimpse at the finished skep ~
A few tiny dress slips that I'm thinking of transforming....
Remember this old, junky wire?
It's perfect for making tiny hangers!
I hope to show you my giveaway gift soon!!!
Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday dear friends ~
hugs and love, Dawn
ps...It has rained so much here in Georgia. There are many areas that were and still are flooded but fortunately our county hasn't experienced any severe flooding. It has been awful for so many, please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers......
My name is Dawn Edmonson. I'm a wife for 37 years to the same wonderful man, mother to five great boys ranging in age from 34 to 19 years old and grandmother to one precious little girl and two sweet little boys. We have two Devon Rex cats and a crazy little Jack Russell/
Chihuahua mix puppy who will steal your heart.
I love to create one-of-a-kind artwork to sell in my little blog shoppe. I enjoy keeping up with my blog and am amazed at the inspiration I get from others blogs and sweet comments that are left for me. I am drawn to all things old, with plenty of character and enjoy using small, antique trinkets in my artwork. Being able to create is truly my bliss.