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

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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  😦 … Continue reading

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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:  ** … Continue reading

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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–> … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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Surprise Pay It Forward . . . handmade!

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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Of Interest To All Creative Types

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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–> … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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] √    … Continue reading

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

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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] … Continue reading

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Porch Cleanup √ . . . next Gallery Abstract 1

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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 … Continue reading

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Flower Power √ . . . next Porch Cleanup

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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 … Continue reading

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Flower Power . . . up again

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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, … Continue reading

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Shutters √ . . . next up Flower Power

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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 … Continue reading

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Paint Shutter Slides

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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 … Continue reading

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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

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Window Boxes Set For Spring [Project 29]

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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 … Continue reading

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Inspiration Kicks Off Changes

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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 … Continue reading

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CityScape Starts From Scraps [Project 28]

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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 … Continue reading

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Rainbow Start A Little Off [Project 27]

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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 … Continue reading

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Sparkling Turquoise Putty [Project 27]

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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 … Continue reading

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Squared Rainbow Concept [Project 27]

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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 … Continue reading

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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.  Here’s a few that I love: Holly at decor8 has again done a wonderful job inspiring me with a problem … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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A Big Roundup

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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 … Continue reading

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Architectural Glass Adds to Door [Project 14]

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Glass panels installed in bottom of porch door.

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Green Trees Sliders Fini — for now [Project 17]

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‘Green Trees’  Sliding Windows — 2 outside, fixed panels of trees in textured clear glass with green glass patches completed — 2 inside all-clear sliding panels temporary.

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A Quick Visit

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A pretty little light came to visit:

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Green Trees Sliding Windows part 1 [Project 17]

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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. … Continue reading

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Seeing Clear Through [Project 14]

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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 … Continue reading

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Glass Planters Shine [Project 10]

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It all started with the corner bookcases  😛

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Window Mosaic Startup Looking Good [Project 11]

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It’s quite exciting to see my latest project taking shape: Continually inspiring me, the two glass sections are sitting in a living room window while

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Guess What Suffers When I’m Busy?

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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. … Continue reading

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Creativity XXXVII — Spray Paint Sure Blossomed Over the Years

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I’ve been in the paint department mega times — like a lot! — over the last 8 months or so, but somehow I always managed to bypass the spray paint aisle. Or maybe

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Sun Ray Panels Finished [Project 7]

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Yahoo!  😮 Yabba-dabba-doo  😆 My bed panels are finished — waiting to be framed.  😎 I soldered the first side of the panels, took out the nail supports, & gently [while holding my breath]

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Time to Solder Bed Panels [Project 7]

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Yahoo!  😆 The leading is done on both glass panels for the headboard.  It’s cool to see the progress: Now I can solder all the meeting points — and add a little surprise.

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

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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, … Continue reading

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Inching to Elegance [Project 7]

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Ooooh, my progress on the bed panels is exciting.  We’re headed for the straight-away now. Right now, I’m off to enjoy Mother’s Day with my loving son & the gorgeous sun on Vancouver Isle.  I hope all of you enjoy … Continue reading

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Lead Brings Glass Together [Project 7]

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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 … Continue reading

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Creative Changes — Exploring Gallery

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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 … Continue reading

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Creative Changes

You may have noticed a few changes around here. 😉 I’ve changed to a new WordPress theme with a few more features. 😮 I have a little bit of learning to do but I’m excited to make some improvements around … Continue reading

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Creativity XXXVI — Happy Birthday to the Royal Couple

😉 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.

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Waiting For the Sun [Project 7]

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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 … Continue reading

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Exciting Finish Cutting Red [Project 7]

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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 — … Continue reading

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Double Corner Bookcases Expand Space [Project 6]

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Glass Project Table [Project 8]

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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:  cheap and  rental — it has to be … Continue reading

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

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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° … Continue reading

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Little Jobs Count Too

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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 … Continue reading

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Creative Act XXX — Stencil Blobs

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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 … Continue reading

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Leftover Projects

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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 … Continue reading