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Check It Monday – cleaning √ . . . next organizing

Yeah, late again!  Can’t seem to much right these days — exactly why I need to get better organized!  😉

CHECK IT √  — tuesday monday Status Report:

√   wk 14–> cleaning house & keeping it clean
√   wk 13–> CityScape framed & Purple Wave window installed
√  wks 12 through 1 –> please see Check It √  page index

Welcome to Check It √  Monday [originally started when Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating introduced Make It Happen! Mondays], where I hold myself accountable — for both finishing projects & posting at least once per week!

This Project

Not a lot of organizing got done but I did get some cleaning done this past week.  No glasswork but hey, I finally cleared the dirty dish pile & have kept the kitchen clean — quite an accomplishment for me.  [Providing an epiphany & inspiration for two posts at Dawne Thoughts — Where To Start? & Why I Hate Housework.]

With the wonderful summer-like weather the Isle’s been having, I’ve spent most of my days outside with Lady [right] or out in the porch enjoying the skinny bench:

The custom bench was made quite skinny because the porch is barely three feet wide — leaving an almost-normal path.  I’m still contemplating glass choices for the middle shelf of the tables & need a couple more paydays before purchasing more turquoise cubes [from Martha Stewart] for the bench shelf.

I especially love the view out the open door of CityScape across the driveway.

CityScape siting in stand as a backdrop for my ocean view spot.

I also got the bathroom cleaned [always an ucky chore], did some laundry, & even dusted [yup, only when it’s a blue moon].  Still, I felt slow & realized I’d been too ambitious last week considering I was still in recovery mode.

Next Project

Needless to say, the next week has to be about organization.  My list still includes:

  • make some appointments,
  • catch up on replying to emails,
  • WRITE SOME PROJECT POSTS,
  • publish more at Dawne Thoughts,
  • clean my room,
  • do some fall preparation in the gardens,
  • another mini-clean of the porch,
  • maybe a little less family or fun & a bit more work this week!  😛

I know — boooring.  But, it’s the things that HAVE to be done that I keep putting off.  And that just gets me more disorganized . . . which flusters me . . . which makes everything worse . . . which upsets me . . . which . . . you get the idea.

I have to make Onward & Upward my mantra this week.  Wish me luck!  😉

Check back next Monday [September 17th] to see how I do at Check It √  Monday!

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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Check It Monday – CityScape & Purple Wave Windows √ . . . next

Yes, I know this is Wednesday — oops, let’s blame it on Labour Day, okay?  😎

CHECK IT √  — Monday Status Report:

√   wk 13–> CityScape framed & Purple Wave window installed
x   wk 12–> missed Saanich Fair due to illness  😦
√   wk 11–> Skinny Bench painted [link to be added]
√  wks 10 through 1 –> please see Check It √  page index

Welcome to Check It √  Monday [originally started when Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating introduced Make It Happen! Mondays], where I hold myself accountable — for both finishing projects & posting at least once per week!

This Project

While I did spend quite a few days down & out in bed, swapping out the CityScape panels [left] with the Purple Wave panels [right] in the porch did get finished.

purple

For this Purple Wave window, I lined up the lead came in the larger, middle panel with the came lines on each of the smaller, side panels.

I really like how the clears, yellows & gold at the top, with the darker black & purples at the bottom, fit in well with the sidelights of the door at that end of the porch.

Now, if I could just get that dryer moved — the big question is where?
Still working on that
. . .

I really wanted a more modern look to the new wooden frame for the CityScape window, so it was spray painted with metallic paints — first a beautiful royal blue [Rustoleum] then a silver topcoat [Krylon].

CityScape in new frame with display stand.

 To enable it to stand on its own, two 2″x4″s were cut with a slot at about the one-third mark — this allows the back portion to carry the weight.

The bottom wooden pieces, painted glittery blue, have slots that allow the frame to lean slightly but keep it stable for displaying.

There was a bit of wind from the water & there was no wobbling at all.  The big test will come in late fall with the first big rain storm.

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I love CityScape among the green & blue of the back yard — a beautiful focal point.  Even Lady thought it an interesting addition.

Seeing how beautiful it looked in the yard, I moved it to sit among my little area beside the house where I view the ocean — the perfect addition for beautiful contemplation.

CityScape makes a nice backdrop to my ocean-viewing spot — next spring flowers will be blooming from the wicker chest.

Plans are [were?] to move CityScape to a front corner of the yard, beside a sign advertising my custom glass services — but, hmm, I really love this beauty here!  It’s so cheery to see the bright colours from the porch, . . . I think I’ll simply make another one for the front . . . we’ll see.  😀

Next Project

The next week is all about organization.  I might work on a little smiley-face suncatcher for my grand-daughter — might even finish it — maybe.  😉

More importantly, I have to:

  • make some appointments,
  • catch up on replying to emails,
  • WRITE SOME PROJECT POSTS,
  • clean my room,
  • do some fall preparation in the gardens,
  • another mini-clean of the porch,
  • numerous visits/calls with sons & grandchildren,
  • all the regular fun with dogs, cat, & living in the country, along with the mess!  😛

Enough said?

Check back next Monday [September 10th] to see how I do at Check It √  Monday!

and maybe look for Check It √  Fun Friday where I look forward to my weekend plans!

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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Check It Monday – Skinny Bench √ . . . next CityScape & Purple Wave Windows

CHECK IT √  — business Monday Status Report:

√   wk 11–> Skinny Bench painted [link to be added]
√   wk 9&10–> Glass Only art show & summer fun
√   wk 8 –> Fire & Ice Abstracts finished & Gallery submitted [link to be added]
√  wks 7 through 1 –> please see Check It √  page index

A few months ago, Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating introduced Make It Happen! Mondays & I found it a great way to finish some of those ‘hanging-around-never-done’ projects.  Although Kristi’s not continuing, I am still going to use this method to make me accountable — for both finishing projects & posting at least once per week!

To better suit my style, I’ve renamed it to Check It √  Business Monday & added a page on the top menu with the ever-increasing weekly status report list.  So, you know what all that thinking meant — my ‘week‘ of summer fun stretched into three weeks!  😎

For the first 2 weeks, I was totally excited about exhibiting in my first gallery art show, “Glass Only, Debbie Jansen & Friends” at the beautiful Coast Collective Gallery where each visit was like a little retreat getaway.

The restored old west coast home had a breathtaking central stairway with gorgeous woodwork everywhere.

All the tall, stupendous show room & smaller glass porch windows were filled with glowing glass art.  And it was so relaxing sitting in the porch with a hot or iced tea & gaze over the Esquimalt Lagoon at the property’s back edge — not my usual side when I come here because the dogs would chase all the gorgeous swans & geese living here!

Turnout at the art show was pretty good but sales were low — 12 of over 65 pieces.  My two panels, Ice & Fire, didn’t sell, but no worries, I’m putting them, plus two others, into the Coast Collective booth at the Saanich Fair on Labour Day weekend.

The third week found the Skinny Bench finished for now, with:

  • a cube storage shelf underneath,
  • both side tables attached,
  • two gorgeous pieces of architecture glass cut for the table tops,
  • all the wood primed & painted 2 coats of semi-gloss ivory — with floor splatter bonus,
  • even decorated with turquoise pillows & vases — not sure the yellow bird cage candles will stay that colour.  😉

I’ll come back to the bench in a few weeks to completely finish it by:

  1. Deciding between clear patterned, ivory, or turquoise glass for the middle shelves on both ends — & then cutting it.
  2. Although I plan on painting the floor a white-washed turquoise, I really don’t want to also paint the ucky walls of siding — after cleaning, either a huge print of the ocean out back or a gallery of blue prints will be hung above to beautify above the bench.
  3. Getting another turquoise fabric cube for storage underneath.
  4. Hmm, maybe painting a couple birdcages turquoise, . . . maybe.

Next Project

For the Sanich Fair, with a different crowd than the art gallery, I’m including my CityScape Window [Project 28].  That means removing it from the porch & installing it in a frame.

These framed babies, at 36″ h X 32″ w, are quite a bit larger — thus heavier — than the 17″ h X 12″ w Ice & Fire panels [above].

The wood frame will be spray painted first with a really cool metallic blue, then a dusting of metallic silver — can’t wait to see it all done!

Taking out CityScape leaves a hole open in the porch — Mollie might get out but critters can certainly get in!  So, even though it’s gorgeous weather, Mollie can’t sleep in the porch like she usually does.  She’s not the happiest puppy in town.  😦

I quickly made the new side panels using simple blocks of glass colours with brown opaque at bottom, through purples non- & opaque, gold non-opaque, yellow & ivory opaque, reaching the top with crackled clear.

I can’t take more than a couple days to make a simple window, so Mollie can reclaim her summer sleeping spot & I can quickly get back to making the 4th piece for the fair — a blue ombre 12″X12″ much smaller panel.

With the side panels installed today, I love the darker-to-lighter, almost ombre colour effect & the opaque-clear, opaque-clear textural order.  🙂

I’m just starting the larger middle section with wider glass pieces & some colours a bit different — again I’m not buying new, simply using what I already have.

Check back next Monday [August 27th] to see how I do at Check It √  Business Monday!

and look for Check It √  Fun Friday where I look forward to my weekend plans!

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Fire & Ice Abstracts √ . . . next Summer Fun

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

√    wk 8–> Fire & Ice Abstracts finished & Gallery submitted [link to be added]
x     wk 7–> Winter Ice Abstract [Gallery 2] to putty stage
√     wk 6–> Summer Heat Abstract [Gallery 1] to putty stage
½√ wk 5–> Gallery Abstract 1 concept drawings & glass supplies
√    wk  4–> Porch Cleanup & Valance photos [link to be added]
√    wk  3–> Flower Power leaded [link to be added]
x    wk  2 –> Glass cutting/leading Flower Power
√    wk  1 –> Paint Bedroom Shutter Sliders — project #30 Elegant Blue Wonders

A couple of months ago, Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating introduced Make It Happen! Mondays — a great way to finish some of those ‘hanging-around-never-done’ projects.  It’s been quite an eye-opener for me — success or not!

😛

Last week, I revealed my lack of progress on Winter Ice.  😦

It was a hard week that did get me started on a whole series of personal articles for Dawne Thoughts, but I also had a wonderful day at the beach celebrating a friend’s grand-daughter’s first birthday.

We all need love! 

After that, I was inspired to finish my panels for the upcoming gallery art show:

I am totally excited to be participating in my FIRST Art Gallery Show.

Since I didn’t get 4 panels done to coincide with the seasons, I did change the names of the panels I submitted to Ice & Fire:

Ice & Fire — for sale at the Coast Collective Art Gallery
from August 1st through 12th.

I had a lot of fun designing these — but sure am glad they’re done!

Next Project

This week is all about some summer fun.  Yes, I’ll do a little gardening, playing with Lady at the ocean, spending quality time with family, & of course housework.

I might even think about some glass design.  Or maybe writing some overdue posts on finished projects.  But I’m especially going to enjoy a nice week of summer.

I have the Meet the Artist afternoon on Saturday & of course, I want to view all the gorgeous art pieces submitted by other glass artists.  If you’re in the Victoria area, please stop by the Coast Collective Art Gallery.

On top of the Glass Only show, there’s also our own famous Sooke Fine Arts Show this week so I’d like to visit that one also.

Maybe, if allowed, I might have some photos of my favourite pieces from either or both Art Shows.  But for sure, I’ll have some summer photos.

Check back next Monday [August 6th] to see how I do at Making It Happen!

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Winter Ice Abstract x . . . next Try, Try, Try Again

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

x     wk 7–> Winter Ice Abstract [Gallery 2] to putty stage
√     wk 6–> Summer Heat Abstract [Gallery 1] to putty stage
½√ wk 5–> Gallery Abstract 1 concept drawings & glass supplies
√    wk  4–> Porch Cleanup & Valance photos [link to be added]
√    wk  3–> Flower Power leaded [link to be added]
x    wk  2 –> Glass cutting/leading Flower Power
√    wk  1 –> Paint Bedroom Shutter Sliders — project #30 Elegant Blue Wonders

A couple of months ago, Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating introduced Make It Happen! Mondays — a great way to finish some of those ‘hanging-around-never-done’ projects.  It’s been quite an eye-opener for me — success or not!

😛

Last week, I revealed my first gallery abstract, Summer Heat [soldered version right].  I had lots of fun choosing & shaping glass sections to represent fire flames.

This is the first abstract, in originally a series of four, for a “Glass Only” gallery art show in early August.

I started out relating glass colours, styles, & shapes to [my version of] each season of the year.

I WAS supposed to be revealing Winter Ice this week but this is as far as I’ve got:

Oops  😦

I had a VERY upsetting week — emotional distress that drains me of energy & creativity.  The kind of week that has me started on a whole series of articles on Dawne Thoughts, where I explore more personal matters — watch for them over the coming weeks.

I did get a bit more glass work done Monday & will work on it more tonight but I certainly realize now that I’ll be lucky to get 3 entries in the art show, never mind the maximum 4 glass projects.  😐

Next Project

So, of course, I HAVE to finish Winter Ice this week — the last day to hand in the gallery pieces is SUNDAY ! !  😛

I might have to change the names to reflect the matter it represents & drop any reference to the seasons — i.e. Summer Heat becomes Fire & Winter Ice simply becomes Ice.  If I do get Ice completed, . . . I MIGHT have time make a smaller third abstract, . . . MAYBE

Still, I thank my lucky stars that I’ve been invited to participate in this gallery exhibition in the first place.  Something IS better than nothing.

I definitely will NOT be worried about getting some posts on finished projects written — absolutely no time for that!

And yes, I’m even a full day late posting this on Tuesday rather than Monday — I was excited to be Nana for a friend’s sweet little grand-daughter celebrating her 1st birthday. 

The dogs had a refreshing swim & we all had a glorious afternoon at the beach.  My mood is vastly improved.  😆

Check back next Monday [July 30th] to see how I do at Making It Happen — what will I submit to the art gallery?

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Summer Heat Abstract √ . . . next Winter Ice Abstract

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

√     wk 6–> Summer Heat Abstract [Gallery 1] to putty stage
½√ wk 5–> Gallery Abstract 1 concept drawings & glass supplies
√    wk  4–> Porch Cleanup & Valance photos [link to be added]
√    wk  3–> Flower Power leaded [link to be added]
x    wk  2 –> Glass cutting/leading Flower Power
√    wk  1 –> Paint Bedroom Shutter Sliders — project #30 Elegant Blue Wonders

As an expert procrastinator, I’ve been participating in Kristi’s Make It Happen! Monday, at Addicted2Decorating.  It’s been great to finish some of those ‘hanging-around-never-done’ projects every week, or two 😉  I’m sure it’s because I commit to it here — a big thank-you to Kristi.

Last week, I got a ton of supplies from Glass-Smith for supplies — always an exciting day!

I got an assortment of clear glass for the ‘Winter Ice‘ panel — there’s a variety of different textures & a couple are iridescent.

I already had a couple reds & a dark yellow but I needed some orange & light yellow for ‘Summer Heat‘.

I also got other supplies that I’d run out of — flux, putty, solder, etc. so I was totally ready — & inspired — to proceed!  Each day, I did a few pieces, until . . .

Summer Heat

This is the first abstract, in a series of four, for a glass show in early August.  I am relating glass colours, styles, & shapes to [my version of] each season of the year.

With all the glass cutting & leading finished, Summer Heat will be soldered & puttied tonight.  I had lots of fun finding & shaping sections of the glass where there appeared to be a flame of fire.

I always associate summer with higher temperatures — thanks to growing up in southern Alberta where the prairies meets the Rocky Mountain foothills.  Man, summer is HOT in Calgary — when they’re not getting hail or lightning storms!  😀

The summer temperature is why I prefer not to visit then & it is why I live on the west coast where we enjoy a much more temperate climate all year long — no cold winters & no blistering summers.

Next Project

Still thinking of Calgary’s extremes, I’m starting Winter Ice with a plan to have it pretty well finished to the putty stage for next Monday.

And, in order to be ready for the gallery show, I must have either Spring Joy or Autumn Gold well on it’s way — the July 29th deadline for all four is quickly approaching!

Again, I need to commit to getting some posts on finished projects written — I am even more woefully behind.  Get to it, girl!

Yeah right!  I’m afraid new posts might ONLY consist of these Monday updates until after the gallery submission.  😆

Check back next Monday [July 23rd] to see how I do at Making It Happen.

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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CityScape Starts From Scraps [Project 28]

Well, thanks to Miss Mollie, my room-mate’s dog, I had to put the Squared Rainbow window on hold & start a new one.  The great porch protector does not like all this glass replacing the plastic — she needs a hole to jump out when the outdoor creatures are stirring.

She got caught pressing her nose against one of the three last plastic windows & within a couple days, her little hole was bigger & pieces were flapping in the wind.  So, another window from scraps was born:

Two side panels of CityScape window sit in frame [leaning on cabinet] awaiting larger middle panel.

The buildings for the middle panel are all cut — just one tricky corner to grind square-ish.  😉

Then I can finish off the sky using mostly clear glass with a couple pieces of clear textured mixed in for variety.

I should have the soldering for both sides done this evening.

Perfect timing to putty it & leave it overnight to set a bit.

As with the Squared Rainbow window, I made a coloured putty for CityScape — this time a pretty, lime-green from Jacquard’s Pearl Ex Pigment [dry] in 682 Duo Yellow-Green.

I got it from Opus Arts, along with a brighter blue & a sierra red.  I’ll probably end up with a rainbow of pigment colours.

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Since CityScape has a lot of green & clear glass, I thought this lighter green would suit this window.

I love puttying a window & I love seeing it on the leaded windows when they’re installed.

I see the putty in corners & along the lead came.  Usually a whitish-cream or grey-black to match the lead, I think the bit of colour will be quite unusual.

Of course, over time putty turns greyish-black from weathering.  I’m sure the coloured putty will also be affected — but I’m hoping it’ll be quite a few years before it happens.

Any way it goes, I’m quite happy with my little colour experiment.

Now to finish the middle panel & install the whole window.

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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Glass Abstract Panel [Project 21 / Commission 1]

The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.

Arnold J. Toynbee

Blue Menagerie

Completed panel, “Blue Menagerie”, leaning in my window prior to delivery.

C’est fini.  😀

My first commission turned out beautiful.

Best of all — my client loves it!  😎

Continue reading Glass Abstract Panel [Project 21 / Commission 1]