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Check It Tuesday – organizing x business & family √. . . next writing & glass

Okay, yeah, I changed the name but haven’t changed being late!  A whole week!  Eeek!   😦

CHECK IT √  — tuesday Status Report:  **

√   wk 17–> business cards & grand-daughter joy
x    wk 16–> down & out  😦
√   wk 15–> organizing — life & house
√  wks 14 through 1 –> please see Check It √  page index

This Week’s Project [+ previously missed week]

Well, the √ encouragement 2 weeks ago didn’t get me organizing — but the regular stuff was kept up so I didn’t add to the mess.

I’ve hit a major writer’s block.  It doesn’t matter what I attempt to write, it is overshadowed by the words I am aching to say but am afraid of exposing.

Cristian Mihai eloquently expresses this in his article, Write About What You Know.  I know I need to ‘let it all hang out‘ but my experiences almost always involve other people — some of whom, not ready or willing to deal with my observations or perceptions, would be quite upset.

Actually, all my creativity has kinda shut-down — the same little glass project waits on my table simply collecting dust, there’s no $$ for planned home projects, paint for finishing the trim hides in the closet, & even my garden has suffered from lack of watering.

Then, finding my order from Vistaprint in the mailbox sparked a little creative fire.

I’d ordered sticky labels from Vistaprint before & was pleasantly surprised by the quality for such a low price.  I need business cards than the homemade-looking ones I print out — Vistaprint’s offer of 250 cards for $10 [before taxes but including shipping] was my first choice.

For some time, I’ve been trying to create my own design, stored on Vistaprint’s wonderful site.  I played with fonts & making some sort of design which incorporated my Dawn Over Water piece in a window of some sort & butterflies representing me [Vanessa = butterfly in Greek] & my three sons.  It’s been a frustrating waste of time.

Finally, a couple weeks ago, I decided I’d simply pick one of Vistaprint’s pre-designed selections even though I hadn’t seen ‘the perfect one‘ previously.  Lo & behold, within a few minutes, I found this beauty — even better than what I had in my mind!  [Sorry, my camera just can’t give me sharp focus I need!]

There’s the perfect square to fit in my glasswork.  There’s butterflies & they just happen to be in my favourite orange-monarch colour.  And there’s even daisies — a favourite flower of mine — 3 small ones for my sons & a larger one for me.  I love the way it’s like a garden setting & even has a little cloud in the sky.

For $5 more, I also got printing on the back, so I made sure every inch was used with a sections for products I make, price rates, & a 1st-time client special.  [Again, please excuse the lack of focus.]

I especially love the background of a faded selection of the glasswork photo I’d uploaded.  And, overall, I’m extremely pleased with what I got for less than $20 — especially considering shipping rates in Canada.  Now, how to meet prospective clients?

The focus of most of my time has been with my family.  I was exceptionally happy with the wonderful visit with my grand-daughter & son this past Sunday.

We enjoyed several of her favourite activities including assembling a styrofoam plane to fly a little bit, riding her favourite Horsey, playing hide-n-seek among the huge tree trunks whereby we all squealed with joy whenever found, using crow & owl bird calls for playground tag until Nana was tired [yes, I did run a lot], then followed by lots of giggles while we collected fallen leaves into a big pile so she could jump into it & have the lovely leaves rain upon her.

I was even more glad that I’d remembered my camera, so this time I was able to capture some lovely moments of son & grand-daughter having fun.  It fills my heart with much-needed joy to see the happiness & love upon my son’s face as he guides or listens to his daughter.  He wants only the best for her & has struggled to feel confident with his loving nature.

I’m an old hand at this — animals & children always love me.  And we always have lots of fun — even if I am teaching & they are learning.

For me, each precious minute with my grand-daughter is a glorious treasure.  Each minute away, a tortuous fear she’ll never know me.

It’s time the story is told.

I’ve started many draft articles on Dawne Thoughts, with titles such as “Where Do I Start?”, “Love Is Like Air“, “Why I Hate Housework“, “Women Who Abuse Their Power“, “I Love Me“, “Abusers Beware“, “Parents With Favourites Sabotage Children“, “Isolating is Child Abuse“, and other assorted goodies that are far from finished.

At least I am working through the writer’s block & will be able to soon announce new articles.  ‘Letting it all hang out’ relieves some stress.

Next Week’s Project

The week has started with huge, long-needed steps finally completed to start the process of resolving each of two major issues in my life.

So, again, the next week is about getting some business done but I do have some glasswork to get back to — my focus will be on:

  • catch up on replying to emails & writing important letters,
  • prep porch for painting,
  • finish a couple small glass pieces for upcoming birthday presents,
  • continue writing at Dawne Thoughts & update project posts here.

The fall weather is still warm & gorgeous to be out in.  My mood is better & I have some hope.

Sometimes there’s a threat of a bit of rain but the sun prevails.  Now is when I start feeling sorry for other Canadians who are already starting to experience the frosts of winter.  Of course, that simply makes me enjoy our paradise here even more.

Check back next Tuesday [October 9th] to see how I do at Check It √ Tuesday!

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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** Check It √ Tuesday originally started when Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating introduced Make It Happen! Mondays — I’ve revamped it a bit!

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Check It Tuesday – organizing √ . . . next more org & glass gift

Notice the name change?  I figure since I’m always late trying to post on Monday, I might as well admit defeat & change the day.  A baby step to less stress.  😉

CHECK IT √  — tuesday Status Report:  **

√   wk 15–> organizing — life & house
√   wk 14–> cleaning house & keeping it clean
√  wks 13 through 1 –> please see Check It √  page index

This Week’s Project

I’m not sure if I really deserve a √ or not this week — but I’m awarding it because I need some encouragement.  😀

Amazingly, my little recycling centre inside got emptied into blue bins & put out for pickup BEFORE the truck went past — I usually miss its bi-weekly tour.  So, that certainly counts toward organizing.

Still enjoying the skinny bench so, naturally, I did some organizing while in the porch.

I have a variety of re-usable shopping bags — trouble is they collect in the porch instead of the back of the vehicle.  Can hardly use them if I don’t have them with me!

I took two bags–full of more bags–where they were needed, & left only one hook available in the porch for temporarily hanging bags.  And since they’d be closest to the door, I’m sure to see them when going out.  A baby step to keeping organized.  🙂

Next Week’s Project

Again, the next week is about organization but I do have some glasswork to get back to — my focus will be on:

  • make some appointments,
  • catch up on replying to emails,
  • prep porch for painting,
  • finish a couple small glass pieces for upcoming birthday presents.

Still, as long as the weather stays this warm, I’ll be spending time outside.  Maybe, if Lady gets enough play out of me, I can work on my laptop out there.  Well, maybe.  😉

Check back next Tuesday [September 25th] to see how I do at Check It √ Tuesday!

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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** Check It √ Tuesday originally started when Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating introduced Make It Happen! Mondays — I’ve revamped it a bit!

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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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Surprise Pay It Forward . . . handmade!

My sons & I loved the 2000 movie, Pay It Forward, with favourites Bruce Willis, Helen Hunt, Kevin Spacey, & especially, Haley Joel Osment.  And since the book is usually better than the movie, the novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde is on my wishlist.

Of course, I thought the pay it forward concept perfect for my sons [and I] to learn & practice.  Usually though, if I see a blog offering an opportunity to join in, I’m much too busy to promise something in the requested deadline.

Yesterday, Julie Christine, at a favourite blog, Crafting Glass, introduced me to a beautiful chain of wonderful ladies who’ve offered Surprise Pay It Forward homemade gifts to 3 others — at a surprise date sometime in the year after their post.

Yup, that’s a full 12 months!  I absolutely adore the surprise component, both as a receiver & a sender — how exciting!  And I can do this!  So, . . .

How It Works:

I will send a surprise gift to each of the first 3 people who comment on this post & then post their own pay it forward commitment.  This gift will be made by me and I will send it sometime within the next year.  Exactly when you will receive it will be a surprise.

In honour of my brother’s 51st birthday today, I am also offering another 3 surprise gifts at my other blog at Dawne Thoughts, AND I will send one to my brother by his birthday next year!  I promise with a Boy Scout vow.  😀

Rules You Agree to:

  1. To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too.  You must have a blog & share the giving love on it by promising to send a handmade goody, within one year [365 days], to the first three people who comment on your blog post & continue the chain of surprises.
  2. After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on your blog to spread the love.  If you haven’t posted in 72 hours [3 days] then the next commenter is eligible to be chosen.
  3. One gift per person per year among all my blogs.  Simply to be fair.

would be nice:

  1. Become a follower of my blog through email or facebook — I’d like to offer 3 surprise gifts at milestones such as 100 followers or 50 facebook page likes.  More surprises.
  2. Please live in North America [not mandatory] as shipping could get expensive mailing gifts overseas.

ensure i can contact you:

When you leave your comment here, ensure I can contact you through email.  Although I will check your blog, it would be great if you’d notify me [with another comment or email] when you’ve posted your Surprise Pay It Forward commitment to ensure your eligibility.

I can’t wait to see how this all goes — have fun!  😎

I can see this becoming an annual event.

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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Of Interest To All Creative Types

In love with medieval stained glass as I am, a site I often visit is Milly Frances’ everything stained glass.  Milly’s European background is impressive & I find great tutorials for modern work as well as great pictures of historical works.

You can see Milly’s portfolio at striking glass.  I love this work of art [above right] with the shark in the background — this is double panels of glass & would be amazing to walk through.

CinderellaA reader recently asked about stained glass patterns for making characters such as Mickey Mouse© & Cinderella© — notice the © mark indicating ‘Copyright‘?

In her research, Milly found this delightful video which educates us [on many levels, hee hee] on the basic points we, as creative artists that may wish to earn money using a wide range of materials [such as this Cinderella© graphic], absolutely need to know.

And, if you are any kind of Disney© fan, you simply HAVE to watch this!  Again, notice all the ©s?

Wasn’t that just delightful?

I love their use of one, or very few, word snippets to create sentences that plainly spell it all out.

And who would have thought Disney© would be such a meany?  But then, . . . it is their work, isn’t it?  A very complex issue but we, as creative artists, must be aware of these things — copyright, fair use & public domain.

One of the points mentioned as “fair use” was the amount of material that is used — thus the short clips.  Then they listed these as valid reason categories:

  • Teach
  • News Reporting
  • Parody; and
  • Critical Comment

I think you could say they covered all those quite well but I would classify this as ‘Critical Comment’.  What do you think?

Thanks so much for your opinion.

I hope you all enjoyed this delightful video — I sure did!  😎

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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Sources:

Milly Frances’ work is from her site at striking glass

Cinderalla© graphic is copyrighted by Disney@ & I found this graphic on Bing

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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Calendula / Marigold or Calendula Officinalis

Using natural herbs, flowers, etc. for many health issues has always been something I’m interested in.

And, of course, in Medivel Art Studies we covered plenty on natural ingredients for dyes, staining, & colouring glass — I would so much like to check out using flowers, berries, etc. for use in colouring so many projects brewing in my brain.

Thanks so much for Gman’s Galaxy for introducing me to Calendula / Marigold.

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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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Make It Happen Monday . . . Gallery Abstract 1 ½√ . . . next Gallery Abstract 1 fini

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

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 am participating in Kristi’s Make It Happen! Monday, at Addicted2Decorating to finish one of those ‘hanging-around-never-done’ projects each week by committing to it here.

Last week, I again aimed a bit high in wanting a small panel close to being finished.  But it wasn’t procrastination that slowed progress, it was lack of funds — a necessary part of starting life as a bona fide struggling artist.  😉

The week started with the finishing touches to Flower Power [right].  I started work on concept drawings for the first Gallery panels but it wasn’t until the commission work was delivered & the balance paid, that I could go to Glass-Smith for supplies.

So, after making my client very happy on Sunday, I had fun on Monday!  I already had a couple reds & a dark yellow but I needed some orange & light yellow for ‘Summer Heat‘.

Selection of orange, red, & yellow glass for ‘Summer Heat’ — although it appears red, the 2nd piece is actually an orange.

The orange & red appear truer to colour at night — the 2nd orange is lighter with yellow/white, while the red shows more of its yellow.

I also got the glass for the ‘Winter Ice‘ panel:

I got a nice selection of clears with different textures — a couple are iridescent [middle].

A couple other clears but I’m not sure if I’ll use the thicker architectural glass — bamboo stalks & leaves [right] — in this project or save it for a window project.

I also got other supplies that I’ve run out of — flux, putty, solder, etc.  I am totally ready to proceed!

Next Project

For next week, I want Summer Heat pretty well finished & hopefully I’ve started on Winter Ice.

I also need to commit to getting some posts on finished project written — I am woefully behind.

Yes, I am posting this Make It Happen Monday on Tuesday — oops, fell asleep at my computer last night.  😆

Check back next Monday [July 16th] 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 . . . Porch Cleanup √ . . . next Gallery Abstract 1

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

√   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 am participating in Kristi’s Make It Happen! Monday, at Addicted2Decorating to finish one of those ‘hanging-around-never-done’ projects each week by committing to it here.

Last week, I had two projects on the list:  a simple one to finish — printing photos for the living room valance:

The left valance before photos.

I chose mostly blue pictures to fill the empty spots — [from left to right] Van Gogh’s Irises, my grandson, my grand-daughter with middle son, & one of Monet’s Waterlilies.  The light for the hydro garden was lowered for a better view of the valance photos.

The main task was a big start to beautifying the porch — cleaning out the junk:

This skinny porch was a catch-all for all sorts of stuff.

With most of the junk gone — I had to temporarily leave a soft chair for the cat & a few pillows for the dog 😉 — the first ‘skinny’ bench is tested for fit.

Now that I have quite a few windows in place, I’m getting excited to paint the porch this summer — ivory for the framing & a white-washed turquoise for the floor.  In the meantime we’ll be working on ‘skinny’ seating & storage.

Next Project

For the next month, I am preparing for an art show at the beginning of August.  I need 4 pieces so I’m committing to one a week here.

I’d like to do some smaller abstract panels in an assortment of colours — maybe to suit the seasons of the year.

For sure, one of them will be in blues with a tad of yellow like my first commission, Blue Menagerie [right].  I love the various hidden animals — whether they were intentional or not.

So, I’m looking at having most of the first one–probably reds, orange, & yellow glass–cut, leaded, soldered, & puttied by next week.

Check back next Monday [July 9th] 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 . . . Flower Power √ . . . next Porch Cleanup

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

√    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

Since I am an expert procrastinator, I am participating in Kristi’s Make It Happen! Monday, at Addicted2Decorating.  We are attempting to finish one of those ‘hanging-around-never-done’ projects by commiting to it here — keyword ‘attempting‘.

After meeting my target the first week, I quite ambitiously comitted to finishing my current stained glass commission, Flower Power, for the second week.

This is what I had done [left] before & I did get a little section cut & leaded.  I did get all the flowers leaded & set in place but . . .

Oops, left with a number of weird spots to fill in, I simply didn’t get it all done — so it was still on my plate for this week.

Of course, since cutting straight lines is a lot quicker, I did detour a little with valances for the big living room windows:

The empty valance awaits photos — but, um, ran out of matte photo paper for the printer.  Next week.  😉

So, it is on the list for next week — a simple job to print 4 photos.

But hey, let’s get to the good news!

All done except for one small area that’ll have to wait for Tuesday — it’s almost midnight & I need to post!

With the cutting & leading so very close to being finished this week, I am officially calling this baby done [as far Make It Happen Monday is concerned].

Of course, I still need about ½ hr. to fit in the last piece [or 2], maybe ½ hr. to solder the joints, & about 1 hr. to putty & clean — again, a simple job comparatively.  I will add the link when I post the story.

Congratulations to everyone who met their target.  😆

Next Project

The simpliest project for this week will be printing the photos for the bare valance:

Left valance–‘my’ side–installed with glass sections in place, awaits my photos.  Yes, a little putty job & a paint touchup is needed too.  😐

The main project this week will be to clean almost everything out of the porch:

This skinny porch holds a lot of stuff — mega coats, a bulky coat rack, dog pillows, a wicker bench filled with books & fabric, the cat’s ladder, an old rocking chair, & assorted junk that gets stored here because there is absolutely no more room in the house!

I’m not committing more for this week but plans for the porch include a much skinnier bench, vacuum storage cupboard, plenty more storage, coat hooks with shelves, & of course, paint.

Yes, AGAIN I just barely got this post done on MONDAY!  Talk about procrastination, eh?  😦

Check back next Monday [July 2nd] 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 . . . Flower Power . . . up again

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

x    wk  2 –> Glass cutting/leading Flower Power
√    wk  1 –> Paint Bedroom Shutter Sliders — project #30 Elegant Blue Wonders

Me–the expert procrastinator–decided to participate in Kristi’s Make It Happen! Monday, at Addicted2Decorating, whereby she, and anybody else who dares to take it on, commits to finish one of those ‘hanging-around-never-done’ projects in a week.

The first week started with a bang when I finished painting my bedroom shutters.  I couldn’t be happier.  🙂

Actually finishing a project when I said I would — what a wonderful feeling for a procrastinator, eh?

Feeling full of vim & vigour with this first success, I quite ambitiously comitted to finishing my current stained glass commission [due in July] — at least the glass cutting & leading work.

Hmm, yeah, a simple paint job takes quite a few hours less than fitting glass into an abstract puzzle.  Besides not getting right into it, I did some work on a new project — yup, a procrastinator’s diversion.

It started simple — a valance idea for the big living room windows:

Spaces between stained glass pieces holds photos that can be easily changed.

The valances continue the glass colurs from the shutters on back wall but the frames were painted ivory to match the window trim.

Straight cuts are easy — the more difficult pieces around the flowers were more time-consuming than I thought they’d be — especially the section with the bluebells [right].

That blue piece — like an upside down horseshoe was not easy with it’s deep curve.  And I’ve a few weirder shapes coming up!

So, not finished this week — congratulations to everyone who met their target.  😆

Next Project

So, for this week, my commitment [AGAIN!] to Make It Happen Monday is to fully complete the commission work, Flower Power.

Scouts Honour

Additionally, I commit to finishing the valance project by picking four photos [only 4 will be hard], printing them, & slipping them into place [so easy].

Left valance–‘my’ side–installed with glass sections in place, awaits my photos.  Yes, a little putty job & a paint touchup is needed too.  😐

Yes, again I just barely got this post done on MONDAY!  Talk about procrastination, eh?

Check back next Monday [June 25th] 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 . . . Shutters √ . . . next up Flower Power

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

√    wk  1 –> Paint Bedroom Shutter Sliders — project #30 Elegant Blue Wonders

Last week, Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating, started a weekly challenge, aptly named ‘Make It Happen Monday’ whereby she, and anybody else who dares to take it on, commits to finish one of those ‘hanging-around-never-done’ projects in a week.

Last week, I declared I would finish painting my bedroom shutters:

The shutters with bare wood sliders.

Now, thanks to Make It Happen Monday, the shutters with painted sliders:

The shutters with the sliders painted blue to match the wall.

Yes, I procrastinated all week but finally, with the weight of today pushing, I got down to painting on Sunday.  That is why I’m participating in Make It Happen Mondays!  😆

Thanks so much to Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating, for the kick-start I needed.  I’m pretty sure the bare wood would still be there this morning if I didn’t feel the need to report here today!

And congratulations to everyone who met their target — check out Kristi’s refinished countertop & Lindsey’s refurbished dog house & Linda’s gorgeous dresser & Wendy’s cool garland & Kelly’s stupendous Greek key enhancement.

Next Project

So, for this week, my commitment to Make It Happen Monday is to complete the commission work, Flower Power:

The whole panel has been sitting–half finished– waiting for me to decide on glass colours.

I’ve been passing it for days [hmm, maybe weeks] without fitting in any glass pieces.  That, oh-I’ve-got-lots-of-time deadline in July is now fast approaching!

I need to finish this to clear my table for other ideas running around in my brain.  I need to get paid so I can get more glass supplies.

So, hopefully I’ll get all the glass work, soldering, & puttying done in a week — but for sure, I want all the glass work done & ready for the final stages.

Check back next Monday [June 18th] to see how I do.

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Paint Shutter Slides

One of the hardest things about being creative is actually finishing projects.  So many times, I will start a great project, get it in place, & then go onto the next exciting project without actually finishing the previous one.

Now Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating, is starting a weekly challenge, aptly named ‘Make It Happen Monday’ whereby she, and anybody else who dares to take it on, is setting out a specific project to finish THIS WEEK.

Then, next Monday we will come back with the finished project [yup, it better be done] & pick another project to be finished the following week.  And so on, until, I guess, we run out of unfinished projects [yeah, like that’ll ever happen with me!].

Of course, I have a ton of unfinished projects around here — it was actually quite difficult for me to actually pick one.  What will I get done?  Can I actually voice my commitment to finish something & dare I post it?

I decided to work my way backwards & finish my latest project — #30, my bedroom shutters:

Yes, the shutters are up & working just fine but, um . . .

The shutter frames are painted ivory but the sliders are still sitting there . . . bare wood waiting . . . for me to pick up a paint brush.

So, my commitment to Make It Happen Monday is to paint the sliders for my bedroom shutters.  I want to paint the ends the same blue as the wall & the middle sections in the same ivory as the shutter trim.

Check back next Monday [June 11th] to see how I do.

Ironically, I just managed to get this post FINISHED on Monday — so typical.  Yeah, it’s almost midnight, but I made it!  😆

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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

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 house on the back half of the property which would definitely mean people out & about outside my bedroom window.

A year ago, in Not Curtains, But . . ., all my windows were bare — I did remove the curtains from my bedroom.  Since then, we’ve also installed Gorgeous Glass Sliding Shutters in the small living room window — definitely the highlight of the whole place.

I love them so much that they were the obvious solution for my room — with a more elegant colour scheme.

I love the gorgeous blue & ivory colour scheme of my bedroom sliding shutters.

For a special treat, I soldered a small pod of dolphins–an old pin–to a corner of the valance where the clear glass meets the ivory.

I love how whether the background is the blue sky or ocean, they appear to be swimming.

I have a bit of work left to finish the shutters off.   The bottom face board can be put on now & then I’ll paint both top & bottom sliders.  I’m trying something a little different & painting only the end pieces the same blue of the wall so, hopefully, they’ll ‘disappear’, & the middle sections ivory to match the shutter trim — hmmm, we’ll see.  😉

And the framed Van Gogh & sunshine mirror were too thick so I need some creative ‘skinny’ art for the walls — hmm, later.

First I’m working on a full tutorial–including how to cut stained glass–which details the secret material used to make smooth sliding wood shutters without any mechanical pieces.

But right now, I’m too excited to keep them all to myself:

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What do you think?

Would you consider glass shutters instead of curtains or blinds?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

In the meantime, I’m impatient to show you the finished product, so I better get to work.

😆

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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made in a day

Window Boxes Set For Spring [Project 29]

Along with lots of fresh green growth, the front rock garden has a couple daffodils blooming & about 10 buds on the way — thanks to improving the dirt & filling in a few bare spots last year.

With spring flowers adding beautiful colour everywhere & the Squared Rainbow window adding colour to the inside of the porch, flower window boxes on the outside add the finishing touch.

New planters seeded early April, with an assortment of annual flowers, wait for spring showers & sun.

Did you know you can get 3 packages of flower seeds for only $1 [yes, ONE dollar] at the Dollar Store?  So, $4 can get you a dozen packages!  That’s a lot of seeds!

Each window box is a simple 8 ft. long, open-top box made from 1x3s, then stained to match the window frames.  The front corners do not overlap — I’m designing little stained glass corners to hide a small watering line.

The boxes were filled with a rich mixture of organic soil & peat moss with bone meal then the seeds were randomly sprinkled on top.  I sectioned them by type–alyssum, marigolds, & mixed flowers–poking each one a tad into the soil.

10 days later — with implants from thinning flowers out back & growing seedlings inside — the boxes are full of little plants popping through the lush soil.  [No flowers, the little flecks of pink have blown in from the apple & plum tree blossoms.]

A few seedlings have stretched tall — I think these are marigolds.

The area where ‘mixed flowers’ were seeded is still a bit bare so a few marigold seedlings from inside were planted a couple days ago.

These orange & yellow beauties [blooming last summer] grow quite profusely along the house out back.

So, while pulling out the dead growth last week, I thinned a few babies out to plant in areas out front where not a single one can be found.

I put 2-3 small ones at each end of each window box.  If they surive, they will grow higher than the annuals but I doubt they’ll be profusive this year — hopefully they’ll spread on their own over the following seasons.

A tiny shoot, along with two medium bulbs, were moved from the back yard to, hopefully, spread further in each window box.

This fall I’ll plant some bulbs–crocus, tulip, lily–so less seeding will be required next spring.  For this year, it’s a daily delight to check on the babes’ progress & look forward to some summer blooms.

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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Inspiration Kicks Off Changes

Inspired by SlowWood’s MUN 15 desk with its cool sides & shelf, I started seeing stuff around my place in a different way:

I always had a problem finding a suitable spot for this sturdy, dark brown wooden shelf [excuse the dust 😉 ].

Of course, it hit me, I could turn this upside down & create a mini-shelf for my desk — no building required.

I didn’t let a light rain stop me from spray painting it in the porch on newspaper. Continue reading Inspiration Kicks Off Changes

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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Rainbow Start A Little Off [Project 27]

The far right panel of the Squared Rainbow window is installed.

Making each section was quite easy — after all, it’s all straight-line cutting.

I finished the bottom section in less than a day — 3 hours not including break time.  😉

I’m sure I measured the placement for the ½” wide lead — twice.

Somewhere along the way, I goofed — it’s kinda obvious the bottom lead is at least ¼” off — eeek!

It’s most obvious when viewing the window straight on.

But when you look down the porch, at a different angle, the offset is not quite so obvious:

I love the juxtaposition of the square rainbow pieces with the curves of the Green Trees window beside it.

More to come . . .  Now to just keep the lines straight.  😆

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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Sparkling Turquoise Putty [Project 27]

I never did a day’s work in my life.  It was all fun.
Thomas A. Edison

After mixing the dry pigment into the white putty, I had a gorgeous turquoise mess!  The camera didn’t pick up the sparkly shine to my alien-like fingers.  Too, too cool.  😎

I mixed about a tablespoon of the dry Pearl Ex Pigment [681 Duo Blue-Green] by Jacquard Products [see Squared Rainbow Concept] into the oily putty — usually a whitish-cream.

It took quite a bit of mushing to get all [well, almost] the white to turn colour.  Hence, my alien hands.

I certainly don’t mind getting my hands mucky with putty — but this was extra fun!  😎

After cleaning, Continue reading Sparkling Turquoise Putty [Project 27]

Squared Rainbow Concept [Project 27]

Somewhere Over the Rainbow,  Bluebirds Fly  . . .

Photoshop concept drawing for ‘Squared Rainbow’ window — draft 1.

The first frame has been ready for a few days [geez, a week really] but I’ve been waffling about the design for the newest porch window.

A few things I considered when designing: Continue reading Squared Rainbow Concept [Project 27]

Net Inspiration — Admin Desk

Like so many DIYers, I get a lot of inspiration from gorgeous pictures available on the wonderful world wide net.  Here’s a few that I love:

Holly at decor8 has again done a wonderful job inspiring me with a problem I’ve had mulling around in my mind [like forever].  She recently introduced some wonderful finds from SlowWood in the Netherlands:

I love the natural wood tops, the gorgeous blue legs [bottom left], but especially, the 3-walled desk with the trestle legs [bottom right].

And SlowWood has exacting information Continue reading Net Inspiration — Admin Desk

First Snow Thoughts

I’ve posted at Dawne Thoughts on our first snow with pics — and a video — of our dogs zooming around the yard:

The dogs race around the yard enjoying our first snow.

Since we only get a few days in the entire year that we have any kind of snow on the ground, Lady & Mollie get quite excited to play outside.

Check out more at Dawne Thoughts.

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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A Big Roundup

Sneak peek of my first commission work-in-progress.

It’s funny how life happens in waves, eh?  [Yup, obviously Canadian.]  And as an Island Girl, I know it takes energy & mental stress to fight the powerful water, so, I simply go with the flow.  Of course, sometimes it’s not so simple . . .

Life happens.  🙂

Continue reading A Big Roundup

Green Trees Sliding Windows part 1 [Project 17]

First panel in ‘Green Trees’ window set reflects nature outside.

I’ve finished the left stationary window in the new set of porch windows — another stationary one will go on the right, with two sliding windows going in the middle.

The full set will consist of two stationary & two sliding windows.

A tree trunk with two branches is represented by three clear textures — spots of grass with the green opaque glass.  The rest has been left clear glass to allow for viewing dogs in the yard.

I love the glass tree merging with the real trees.

Sitting beside the more colourful mosaic windows that open on hinges, this set owns its elegance simply & won’t clash with its busier neighbour.

The sliding set allows the hinged set to open wide.

A fine addition to the porch:

My gallery grows.

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Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle

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Seeing Clear Through [Project 14]

With the arbor & porch lights, we have a magical entrance.  😎

Now that I’ve done a few glass projects with lots of bright colours — closet, headboard, shutters, & windows — it was time to do a window in mostly clear glass.

Continue reading Seeing Clear Through [Project 14]

Guess What Suffers When I’m Busy?

I must admit that I’ve been quite negligent to this poor website.  The “I’ll get to it” too easily comes to mind.  Yes, I’ve been busy — helping my sister move in Calgary & then glass projects here at home.

But too, too often I start a little writing about a finished project & maybe even get a picture or two downloaded — then leave the article as a draft, never to show up here.

So, here’s a slideshow of the exciting projects I’ve been working on — some small, some large.  In between glass work, I’m working on longer articles with more details — if there’s something you’re particularly interested in, let me know & I’ll get it up quick!

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In my spare time, ha, I’m planning changes to this site to make it easier to find projects & even DIY plans.  But seriously, I’m more excited working with the glass than documenting it — still, . . . baby steps add up to change.

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Colour Change Bumps Elegance Level Up a Notch [Project 3]

I learned an important design lesson this week.  😮

It started last week when I went to Home Depot to pick up the one Martha Stewart fabric drawer in turquoise that I needed for my little bedroom unit.

But whoa, I turned the aisle corner & discovered Martha has two new colours — a rich red/burgundy & a neutral tan.

And I knew — absolutely knew it — these colours would go perfectly with my stained glass door in my closet.  But oh my, that meant changing 7 cubes at $7 each — plus tax.

I wasn’t happy with my current colours — that started last December when my stained glass window was installed & I’d just discovered these cubes.  That’s when I added turquoise to my colour scheme — but it simply didn’t suit the gold, yellow, & red of the window.

When a measuring error created another Continual Closet Change, I simply chose dark brown as the best of 6 colours to match the gold glass.  Again, I was adding another colour to the scheme.  Oooh, not so good — but it did enhance the stained glass window better.

Later, I would find Closet Maid Cubeicals© in colours — like ivory, grey, blue — closer to my scheme.  But they are also $1 more for each one . . . & I’m not sure they’re as sturdy . . . & I simply like the styling of Martha’s contrasting trim & handles better.

I hummed & hawed about changing them for over a week.  I tried to be reasonable — like maybe just change the blue to red & keep the dark brown or exchange the brown with the ivory cubes from the laundry area.  But no, I knew.

The brown is too dark for the gold glass — especially because that whole lower row is in the shadows of the bed.  The ivory would get filthy quite quickly — Lady often sleeps up against them.  [It’ll be bad enough with the tan.]

Even once I’d made the decision to bite the bullet & get the new colours, I still sat in the parking lot humming & hawing.  Do I really need to change them all?  Should I do all red down the middle or all tan across the bottom?

It came down to 4 vs. 3 –> which colour did I like more?

[I had a terrible time trying to get a decent picture without shading at the bottom so you could see the tan colour — with the exposure raised, the red colour lightened.  It’s actually less poppy & more deep — almost a burgundy but not quite.]

Now, I’m loving how the shelving cubes co-ordinate with the red glass in the door as well as an accent colour in my duvet cover.

The tan with the smaller units allows the gorgeous glass in these doors to be the focal point rather than the cubes.

Lady may be wondering what I’m doing but it was worth it.  I’m using the turquoise cubes in my project table while the dark brown are folded up — awaiting a decision on their fate.

This whole closet has been a design lesson in flexibility.  Now it has highlighted that if I have to compromise on an item until the ‘right’ one comes along, I can’t stray too far off the plan or colour scheme.  I need to make-do with a really inexpensive version or have a plan for where the first one can be used.

Lead Brings Glass Together [Project 7]

I’m quite excited to progress to leading the bed panels.  The first one has it’s left corner squared for the outside lead came & the first row is in.

I’ve printed the cartoon [pattern] for the second panel — it’s waiting for me to glue it together so I can setup the leading in the first corner.  Squaring it is a bit tedious but it’s so important to do it right from the start or my whole panel will be out of whack.

This is the journey creating my headboard stained glass panels:

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I’ve got to the first piece that needs grinding — the dark blue for the top row is a tad wide.  First to make it an animal-safe zone.

Yes, of course Pardus grabs the best seat. 

Creative Changes — Exploring Gallery

So, I’m a little confused.  This theme has the option to make the type of post a ‘Gallery’ which I think means only one of these images will show up on the home page.

There’s also a couple other things I want to check out.  One of them is also called ‘Gallery’ but has to be added to the HTML code & I think will show a number of images.

There’s also something called slideshow which displays a number of images one at a time.

This is a ‘Gallery’ post.

Creative Changes

You may have noticed a few changes around here. 😉

I’ve changed to a new WordPress theme with a few more features.

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I have a little bit of learning to do but I’m excited to make some improvements around here like:

  • wider column for less scrolling
  • larger images
  • a gallery of images of my work
  • different formats for different kinds of posts [huh?]
  • an easier to read font colour [i.e. not grey on light blue]
  • & many more . . .

Of course, this may simply be the beginning.

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This is a ‘Standard’ post.

Creativity XXXVI — Happy Birthday to the Royal Couple

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No, I don’t have my headline wrong.

As well as the British royal wedding of Prince William & Catherine Middleton, today is my Mom & Dad’s birthday. Yes, the same day — three years apart. Continue reading Creativity XXXVI — Happy Birthday to the Royal Couple

Waiting For the Sun [Project 7]

Sometimes I feel like I am forever trying to achieve an unattainable goal — like reaching the sun.

Then, I need to sit back [or down, as the case may be], review my progress, & set out a plan for the next steps. Not simply to plan it in my head but Continue reading Waiting For the Sun [Project 7]

Exciting Finish Cutting Red [Project 7]

Yahoo — all the glass is cut!  😆

With a little incentive from cutting the blue glass for the second corner bookcase door on my new project table, I set upon cutting the last colour for my headboard panels — the gorgeous red with yellow streaks. Continue reading Exciting Finish Cutting Red [Project 7]

Double Corner Bookcases Expand Space [Project 6]

The triangular bookcases fill the corners — expanding the space visually as well as physically.

I was quite surprised when the first corner bookcase was installed — the whole room seemed to expand.  So, I thought I was prepared for the effect when the second bookcase, in the other corner on the short wall, was put up. Continue reading Double Corner Bookcases Expand Space [Project 6]

Glass Project Table Up & Working [Project 8]

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What a difference a little bit [well, quite a bit] of storage can do!  I finished painting the two base units, my room-mate took off the legs & apron off the kitchen table, . . . then poof, my glass project table was up. Continue reading Glass Project Table Up & Working [Project 8]

Glass Project Table [Project 8]

My inspiration from Pottery Barn.

After a lot of humming & hawing about my desk area & what kind of units I need built, I found my inspiration at Pottery Barn in the Bedford Project Table Set.  Hey, it’s even on sale — for a mere $1,099.

Of course, I’m not going to spend anywhere near that!  Continue reading Glass Project Table [Project 8]

Start of Bed Panels [Project 7]

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I love modern technology!  Usually, printing a document that covers more than one page in Photoshop [Ps] can be a real pain — you have to ‘manually’ move each 8½” x 11″ section [minus printer borders] to its own page.  Eeek.

[Actually, it’s amazing to me that Ps can’t do this because we had this technology in word processors in the 1980s!]

But now, with Adobe Reader v. 10 [free], it will ’tile’ a PDF page [that I created from my Ps page] into the proper number of printer pages.  I also use the cross-hatch option to cut off the border & line up the pages.

Making the 60 cm x 40 cm [~ 24″ x 16″] patterns to cut & assemble the bed panels turned out to be relatively easy — Yabba-dabba-do!

[The tile option is only offered on Adobe Reader version 10 & higher — you may have to update your software at Adobe Download.]

Excited, I started right away on cutting the light blue glass pieces.  I’m using the kitchen table [with my new cutting grid] to cut.

Then I’ve got the other pattern on a piece of hardboard on my drafting table, where I assemble the cut pieces.  Because I’m making two exactly the same panels, I’m cutting two of everything & stacking them together — when it comes to assembly, I’ll use two patterns.

It didn’t take long to cut these few pieces & I even managed to get all of them out of my smallest sheet — so I still have a 1′ x 2′ sheet left.  Always nice!

I started with the dark blue but was beginning to realize my back was aching from the lower table.

[Of course, this only sent my brain off on another design change to my project table.]  I kept on cutting & was quite pleased to get about 1/3 of them finished — although there is one or two that need a little grinding.

I had to return to other mundane chores, like dishes, so everything sits waiting for me.  Later, I almost starting cutting again, but it was after midnight & that would be a silly time to start something — not that I haven’t done it before!  😉

I’ll carry on this weekend — but first, a visit with my grand-daughter.  😎

I’m Working On It

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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:  cheap and  rental — it has to be portable.  I cannot ask the landlord to upgrade — his plans are to raze this old mobile in a couple years!

An idea from BILLblog. . .  no holds BARRed! grabbed my attention.  He designed a 10’x10′ dining room rug using painted floor cloths [I think the painters’ kind?].  Now that’s gotta be cheaper than buying a pre-made one.

But will it work over wall-to-wall & with two large dogs running around?  I’m thinking maybe — if I use carpet tape to keep it in place.

Looking at large rugs [around 8’x10′] in the stores, I’ve found they start at $300 & go up from there.  For the living room [about 20’x11′] & the bedroom [about 10’x11′], I’d probably need three — no way I can afford that kind of $$$.

I thought I’d found an excellent choice in this month’s Style at Home’s new collection with Korhani for pretty good prices –> 8’x11′ for $190, $160 for 7’x10′, & $120 for 5’x8′.  I thought this one would be perfect [even the blue walls are similar to mine]:

Isn’t it puurdy?  Wondering about shipping, I checked out the Korhani website but found the only colours available for the Dalila are taupe or ivory — & no mention of other costs.  I guess I’d have to place an order to find that out — hmmm, I wish they had more information on their site.

Style at Home says there are two grey Dalila designs — where are they?  These colours would be okay with the pine — but I think grey is definitely the way to go with my blue walls.

I did check out the other graphic style called Emmeline that does come in grey.  But I think the graphic pattern is too busy & ends up showing more ivory than grey.

The Emmeline also comes in a nice red — my accent colour — but I’m not that brave!

No, I think Bill Barr has a great idea — I’m going to take this little seed & see what I can come up with.  A few floor cloths, a simple graphic stencil, a little practice, . . .

Now, if I could just get Mollie to stop shedding — or maybe her owner could brush her regularly?  [hint, hint]  [Ha ha, I’m lucky — Lady has a sleek coat & doesn’t have much fur!]

Beautiful Start to Large Glass Wall [Project 6 / 9]

The first much-needed bookcase is up!  Originally, I was thinking a regular [& I guess, boring] rectangle shape — but my carpenter wanted something ‘different’ & came up with this corner design.

Each shelf is a triangle [cut at 45° angle] with two side walls of 12″ wide pine board.  Until I saw it up in the house, I was unsure of the empty back in the corner, but books hide most of it & it turns out I like seeing some of the wall colour peeking through.

I absolutely love it!  I’m amazed at how much bigger the entire place looks.  I’m really glad I asked for it to be close to the ceiling.  Now your eye is lifted higher than the windows.

Because there’s less shelf space for books [but lots of little niches for ornaments], I made him promise to make me another one for the other corner.  I realized I could combine them with our idea for covering the window in the middle.

In Photoshop [Ps], I designed the wall to include:

  • glass doors on the bookcases, top & bottom;
  • a piece of stained glass at the top of each bookcase with a solar-powered light [or 2 or 4] behind it;
  • stained glass ‘colour-blocked’ shutters on the window;
  • rectangular mirror strips on wall.

The shutters will slide on the wood frame to become wall art when open.

Other colour schemes were considered — I thought gold or yellow would co-ordinate with the pine colour but it becomes the focal point for the eye.

The wall looks quite disjointed with these colours.  There is too much going on — the eye has no place to rest.

I also tried red but the only sample I have is way too bright.

Since the entertainment centre doors are blue, I’m going to stick with blue in three different shades for all the glass on this wall.  Perhaps the coffee tables or my desk units can be in different colours — but I’ll decide that when I get there.

The bookcase has a very small footprint — it only extends 18″ along each wall.  The storage is all in the corner — even more because it extends all the way to the ceiling.

I realized how under-utilized corners are — placing furniture straight in means the other wall is wasted, while placing furniture diagonally leaves a big space behind it wasted.

Up-till-now I’ve been having problems visualizing a workable floor plan for this long, narrow living room.  This idea of the corner bookcases has opened up whole areas of space — finally I see a glimmer of possibility.

Little Jobs Count Too

The bare light bulb of the hallway really bugged me.  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 right in the eyes.  Very, very annoying.

The adjacent kitchen has two nice light fixtures in ribbed glass & white trim so early on I checked out their price at various places — usually about $14.  But it wasn’t the highest priority so the hall light continued to glare at me — even when it wasn’t turned on.

Last month Home Depot had 20% off lights & had a pack of two [2 !] of the kitchen fixtures on sale at $13.  I actually hemmed & hawed a bit because I really only need one and, with 20% off, it would be about $10.

But, come on, a second light for only $3?  I took the pack of two to the automatic checkouts — but what I thought was the sale price still got the 20% discount, so the two lights cost less than $11!  😀  😎

Still, installing it wasn’t a priority with so many other projects on the go.  Then, in between rugby & football games this weekend, my room-mate just decided to put it up.  Bing, bang, boom — ten minutes later & I’ve got a lovely light in the hall NOT glaring in my eyes.

Now, it’s the perfect softness but still bright enough to look into the pantry, do laundry, or let the dogs in & out the door.  Simply a little job that makes a big difference.

Creative Act XXX — Stencil Blobs

My early attempts at decorative stenciling did not turn out as planned.  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 had prepared an old pencil box with two coats of black satin deco-paint from Michaels.  Starting with a yellow sun, I happily made sure I covered all the spots in the stencil with lots of the bright enamel paint.  Then, carefully untaping & lifting the stencil from the box, . . . eek, it’s blobby everywhere!  Waaaay too much paint.

I quickly wiped most of the yellow off with a wet cloth & decided to go straight to the metallic copper paint I was going to use for highlighting.  Only the eyes were even worse than with the yellow & when I tried to wipe it off, I found that this paint dries almost instantly!!!  Double eek.

I was worried about the artsy shading part but I won’t get to that if I can’t get the main image clear.  On the other side of the box, using way less paint & staying in the edges, I stencil a blue moon with a metallic silver ‘shooting’ star.

The edges are still not clearly defined but at least I don’t have blobs of paint along them.  I added clouds of butterflies & stars with foam stickers.  The result is definitely not the work of an ‘artiste’ — perfection only comes with practice.

🙂 I did better on the plastic sliders in the bathroom cabinet — simply had to cover an ugly spot that’s been bugging me.  It was really good incentive to paint the rest of the 1950s era cabinet – and to get a few thinner artist brushes to use rather than thick craft ones!

The much-better-looking cabinet is still taped because I’m not sure if the one coat is enough.  It sure is different paint to work with — especially compared to regular house paint.  And both of these deco-types dried so differently.

A fairly thick paint, the black enamel went on with a nice flow & dried really smooth.  But there were a few areas where my bigger brush was leaving spots of the original beige showing through.  I went over these areas with a smaller brush — but after drying, they are visible as slightly higher areas than the ‘first’ coat.

The copper metallic paint was much harder to work with.  It dries very quickly!!!  I would get about an inch of the chrome edging done with smooth paint strokes.  Then when I got more paint to continue the next section & tried to ‘connect’ the two areas, I would create little bumps where the already-tacky paint was rolling into fresh, liquid paint.

I’m just not sure how to keep the flow going without the noticeable meeting area.  Maybe if I painted it vertically rather than horizontally.  Any ideas?

I do think I’ll add another gold & another silver star to the ‘night’ side of the sliders — but that’ll be the end to stenciling in the house for awhile.  I’ll practice out in the garage before I attempt things like a border of little leaves with shading — like a real artist!

Leftover Projects

Often so busy with small projects, I find I sometimes let the big ones slide the wayside.  And I’ll just as often let these little details interrupt my progress on a big project — glass I got a month ago is still waiting for me to do something with it.

I jumped at the 3 extra days available before having to move in here — so much easier to paint ceilings & walls without anything in the way to get splattered on.  So, I quickly painted all the ceilings, except the bathroom, in a really light blue.  Then, in what I call a ‘sea-sky blue’, my room-mate & I painted a couple coats on the walls in the living room, my room, & most of the hallway along the kitchen.

I painted the two corner walls that make up the kitchen & the upper cabinets in a semi-gloss ivory — even got the stove pulled out & painted behind it.  With food & dishes inside the cupboards, I left the interiors unpainted.

But painting is not my forté — after the first month, I left that behind & simply started ignoring the eyesores.  Thus I created ‘leftover projects’ — some with guilt trips that weigh heavier each day.

The bottom cabinets in the kitchen had to wait a couple months [I know, way too long!] until I figured out how I was going to cheaply fix the mismatched hardware.  The dirty, handle-less, brown doors & drawer-fronts juxtaposed sharply with all the fresh ivory above & beside them.  [Aha, but I’ve progressed on this — just one more little job to do . . .]

The short hallway wall is another brown leftover — painting that’ll be a bit of a pain because it’s filled with nooks & crannies for the washer opening, bathroom door, & ugly-hole-for-what-looks-like-the-old-chimney.

As usual, I’ve got lots of trim still unpainted.  And both sides of the 4 doors in this place are still brown wood — they all need priming & at least one coat of ivory semi-gloss.

I wasn’t going to start on the bathroom until I’d finished the rest of the house — it’s going to be a different colour & needs major prep work on some of the trim & a little water-damaged spot by the tub.  But I couldn’t resist & sanded down the ugly metal cabinet above the sink.  It’s been a couple days so now it’s waiting for me, too.

But I’ve been busy with ‘more important’ things — messing about with stenciling; designing tv, bookcase, & desk units; moving my glass-cutting operation indoors; & of course, taking pics & writing here.

Sometimes there’s a very good reason for me to create a leftover project — I’m still thinking about creative ways to deal with the walls behind the black wood stove.  Yeah, I could simply paint them the same colour as the living room but it’s the perfect opportunity to do something a little different.

I like different.  So, it takes a little time to live with that spot — especially as it relates to the evolving room.  Throughout that time, my creative brain is clicking — formulating the ‘perfect’ solution.

Rome wasn’t built in a day — decorating a home can take even longer.