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Li’l Glass Christmas Tree


Merry Christmas

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for my Li’l Glass Christmas Tree

Ho, ho, ho

Merry Christmas


Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle



Elegant Slider Shutters a Blue Wonder [Project 30]

Something radically different for me –> I love–absolutely love–waking up in the morning now!ย  Here’s why:

My view from the bed — but my photography skills cannot capture the glorious morning light flooding the room in exciting blue & glimmering ivory.

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Can’t Wait to Show Start of Elegant Blue Ivory Slider Shutters [Project 30]

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Yes, I prefer my windows to be undressed — I love the beautiful view [as does Lady, right] & usually my only neighbours are geese or maybe a couple deer. This summer, though, the landlord has thoughts of building a … Continue reading


Net Inspiration — Admin Desk

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Like so many DIYers, I get a lot of inspiration from gorgeous pictures available on the wonderful world wide net.ย  Here’s a few that I love: Holly at decor8 has again done a wonderful job inspiring me with a problem … Continue reading

Dowel Opening Windows [Project 26]

Number 5 window in place — only 4 more to go!

The newest window addition to the porch has two small panels that open by swiveling on wooden dowels set in the top & bottom frames.

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Modular Window Concept [Project 23]

Concept drawing [Photoshop] of window with modular panels made & installed separately.

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One Simple Goal

I learned years ago [hmm, yeah, like 20] that no matter how strong I started out on New Year’s Day, I did not keep my resolutions.ย  And the same ones were on the list — year after year [like another 20!].ย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

So I started making goals — of course I was still a bit unrealistic — I made too many to be done in too short a time.

But, very, very slowly, I started achieving changes in my life.ย  When it was right — when I was ready, I baby-stepped my way through my list of goals.

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Glass Planters Shine [Project 10]

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It all started with the corner bookcasesย  ๐Ÿ˜›

Gorgeous Glass Window Shutters [Project 9]

Upon returning from Calgary [helping my wonderful sister move into a beautiful home], I was quite delighted to see this at the small window in my living room.

[Well, the pieces of glass weren’t there — I put those there to check out colours & sizes.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ ]

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Headboard Glass Panel Pattern [Project 7]

๐Ÿ˜€ย  Ah, finally — I finished the pattern for my bed panels.ย  I call it Red Sun at Night.

This Photoshop [Ps] rendering does not do justice to the colours & flow of the stained glass.ย  Continue reading


Creative Act XXX — Stencil Blobs

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My early attempts at decorative stenciling did not turn out as planned.ย  This was not exactly as easy as the stenciling I did as a kid — of course that was using easy-to-control pencil crayons rather than easy-to-run paint. I … Continue reading


Leftover Projects

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Often so busy with small projects, I find I sometimes let the big ones slide the wayside.ย  And I’ll just as often let these little details interrupt my progress on a big project — glass I got a month ago … Continue reading

Cool Lights — Bed & Dog

Got some very cool lights from overseas — a small order that took a good month to get here.ย  But it was certainly well worth the wait!

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Continual Closet Change [Project 3]

What do you get when you take a measuring ‘mistake’ & apply some creativity to the original design?

A gorgeous framed glass door that’s so much better than a fabric cube!!

I really like the lion head ring in copper as the door handle — “borrowed” from my kitchen cabinets that were missing handles.

Speaking of those budget-friendly [$7] Martha Stewart fabric cubes from Home Depot — with the whole tower of turquoise ones not quite matching my blue walls, I decided to add another colour. Continue reading