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Li’l Glass Christmas Tree


Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas


Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle



Colour Fun I’ve had lots of colour fun around the house lately. Check out gorgeous photos at Dawne Thoughts — they really stand-out on the black background. Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle … Continue reading


I’m Working On It

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from I’m Working On It I’ve been searching home stores, magazines, internet design sites — wracking my brain for some idea to cheaply cover the ugly carpets in this rental. Key words:ย  cheap andย  rental — it has to be … Continue reading

Pets Feed in Style [Project 4]


While I was cutting the glass for the tv centre, my room-mate decided to ‘whip together’ an idea I had which would solve a couple of problems.ย  It gelled from a DIY project I saw at Addicted 2 Decorating where Kristi transformed a small desk into a pet station.

With all this furniture-building experience, my room-mate has the cutting, clamping, & screwing down pat — bing, bang, boom, & he had this little baby built for me.

Lady Daisy May is a sloppy drinker — she leaves puddles Continue reading


Little Jobs Count Too

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The bare light bulb of the hallway really bugged me.ย  Besides looking really ugly [yes, I tried hiding it with ceiling paint], it was also low enough that when I sat on my bed writing, its bright light speared me … Continue reading

Creative Act XXVI — Photoshop Design

With the installation of the shelving unit to prop up the closet rod, my little plastic drawers look pretty tacky.

Of course, I came up with another project — Continue reading

Window Installed [Project 3]

It was quite exciting to have my window installed in the new closet shelving unit.ย  I really like how the closet looks now — no longer think it needs ‘proper’ doors.

The cupboard door covers the closet rod as intended & connects the turquoise [not quite my blue but didn’t want the ugly green, nor the prissy pink or purple, nor the dull black or brown] fabric cubes [by Martha Stewart Livingโ„ข from Home Depot for $6.99@] with the colour scheme.

The sides of the unit are shorter than the door — a little weird I know but it’s whole raison d’รชtre is to prop up the sagging closet rod.ย  Rather than make a complicated section over the rod, it’s been left open.

My novice ‘carpenter’ had problems cutting the $2+ per foot grooved molding — ah ha, that’s why the pros use a ‘mitre saw’!!ย  Continue reading

Glass Cutting [Project 2]

๐Ÿ™‚ย  Beautiful stained glass tops raise these simple tables to super-special.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Lots of fun cutting glass for my bedside tables!ย  The blue one was first & it was zip, zip, & both cuts were done & it fit pretty good [about 1/16″ from the wood] — ooh, it is absolutely gorgeous! Continue reading

Furniture Design [Project 7]

Photoshop image of 4-poster bed with side tables.


I absolutely love combining wood & glass.ย  The solidness of the wood juxtaposes strongly with the delicateness of the glass — yet wood can be delicate & glass is really quite strong.

I used Photoshop [Ps] to design simple wooden frames for my bed & side tables. Using photos of the fabric, I could place the bedding [bedskirt, duvet, & pillows], fabric headboard, & glass panel in the bed frame. Continue reading