A Little Sprinkling


Today, with so many men and women working outside the home,

it is rare to find time to indulge your passions...like art!

A favorite quote on a Mary Engelbreit drawing gives me encouragement:

"You're never too old to be what you might have been."

Make time to enjoy what you truly love. I'm just beginning the journey.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

First Custom Bridal Head Dress

Oh, I'm so excited that I just had to share this with you! I was asked to make a bridal head dress for a wedding in two weeks. The bride-to-be was ecstatic! You should have seen me trying to locate a form for the base. I don't even know where to purchase supplies for bridal accessories. So, being adventuresome, or crazy!, I made my own form, padded it and covered it with satin. Of course I made my own pattern as well. I hand sewed all 40 Swarovski AB tiny crystals to the hat, along with many, many more tiny seed pearls and six or eight black crystals. A wispy feather plume was attached. Next I made two satin roses--first time for that, too. Inside, I placed a few Swarovski Jet AB crystals to pick up the black sash on the wedding gown. They appear to be water droplets on the roses. There are several strands of the tiny pearls strung from one side of the hat. If I am fortunate enough to get a good picture of the bride wearing my head dress, I'll pass it along to you.

Pleasant dreams of dancing pearls, crystals, gowns, feeling happy... Sleep tight! 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Susan's Sea Glass

I just love Susan of Liliana Designs. She makes lovely sea glass jewelry and is a lovely person as well. We are fellow Etsyians or Etsy artists. Susan has added some valuable insight into how to determine whether or not so-called "sea glass" is, in fact, real sea glass. Check out her fan page for more info. Liliana Designs.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Autumn's Pitiful Hanging Laundry

This morning, after winds and rain of last night took their toll, I decided to see if some jeans would line-dry outside. I love hanging laundry during the summer, missing the fresh outdoors smell in the winter months. Summer means ironing is next to nil. My first floor laundry doesn't have a dryer yet, and, believe it or not, I'd rather hang the entire load than run downstairs to put it in the dryer! Is that lazy or what! I hate basements.

Here are the pitiful-looking jeans trying to dry themselves in the cold day's sunshine. A pretty pot was blown off my deck last night and broke, so I placed it in my dying ground cover garden for next summer's imagination. A clump of snapdragons have found a cozy niche' under the deck. I'll miss the summer days.

New Shop: Fairy Queen Crochet

I've been looking around and discovered this really cool shop: Fairy Queen Crochet. She has wonderful chokers, pendants, etc. Very creative! I'm sure you'll like it as much as I do if you take the time to look at everything.

Happy shopping!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sharing a Special Link

Oh, my! What can I say? Please use this link and watch the video posted on Wondrous Strange Designs' blog.

Descendents from Goro Fujita

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Something New

Hi. It's Monday, actually Tuesday, and I finally got into my Google account after two days. Why does everything have to be so difficult!

Thought I'd make up some wonderful paper collage cards for my shop. I listed ten of them today. If they do well, I might open another shop for art / paper art pieces.

Let me know what you think. I love designing these little note cards and gift tags. It's great fun, especially since each is one of a kind. I never get bored!

Off to bed. It's after midnight again. Pleasant dreams of colors, patterns, shapes swirling around in your head. Pleasant dreams of new adventures... of trips to "Never, Never Land"... of flying objects... sheep!

Little Cardmaker

Saturday, October 9, 2010

She's My Everything Treasury

What a lovely title. My Mother-Daughter Lime and Blue Scarf Set is featured in this Etsy treasury. How nice. There are some really cute children's items in this one.

Pleasant dreams of laughter, of squeals, of dancing crayons...

Mother Goose

Sunday, October 3, 2010

October is Here!

My mom celebrates her 80th birthday today. We surprised her last night with a party. While we were at the restaurant, my good friend was there with her entire family to celebrate her mom's 95th! Whoa! Should I ever live to be 80, let alone 95...!

Here's a little poem I wrote about the season:

Queen of the Harvest

Queen of the Harvest dances in,
  Winter is on her heels.
Crisp air swirls around our heads,
  So fresh and cool October feels.

See the animals making ready for the winter,
  Loads of carrots put out back for the deer.
And never enough corn for all of them,
  No partiality shown, that is clear.
 Mounds of pretty mums in front yards,
  Black crows on tall cornstalks, nearby.
Geese heading south in formation,
  Squawking on their way as they fly.

The harvest moon has come and gone,
  It arrived earlier than some would have thought.
But if you looked up at night in late September,
  You might have missed it not.

November winds await their entry,
   As Halloween trick-or-treaters draw near.
Quickly we squeeze in more October fun,
   For little ones, we dispel any fear.

Orange pumpkins competing for doorsteps,
  Jack 'o lanterns will be carved from some.
During daytime, children laugh at the faces,
  A quick glimpse at night and they run.

Let’s finish putting up the decorations,
  For Halloween night is on its way.
More images of witches and spooky ghosts,
  More colorful leaves and bales of hay.

One more thought: Let’s dunk for apples,
  Or eat warm donuts with crisp apple cider.
Hot coffee or tea or just a nip,
  While we share stories around a bonfire.

October is great, but it all too quickly passes,
  Of its goodies, you can’t get your fill.
So eat, drink and be merry,
  Enjoy, eat it up, if you will.

Pleasant dreams of moons, jack o' lanterns, apple cider, Halloween, cornstalks, little critters, corn...

Queen of the Harvest

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Trenton, MI, United States
Art is my passion. My shop at mydreamgarden.etsy.com is just a little jaunt. Please stop by my shop anytime and also follow this blog. Feel free to leave comments, especially positive ones! I invite constructive criticism as well; it makes for continued growth. Write me: mydreamgarden@wideopenwest.com. "itsmydreamgarden" on Yahoo. Google "mydreamgarden" and link to my Etsy website from there. You can also get to my Etsy page from this blog. Go to my Profile and click on the link. Thanks for stopping by. Have a day that's filled with wonder! Therese