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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Monday, February 28, 2011

Something Different, Again!

I love to experiment and have tried a couple of new ideas, but I haven't photographed the one. I'd like to improve my patience level to the point where I can take my time and get more imaginative with my art, creating more "artsy" pieces as opposed to taking the easy way out. I'd like to step outside the box. Sometimes my focus gets lost along the way to completing an idea, AS IT JUST DID!

Check out this new creation:

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Treasury of Beauty

How I love to look at a good treasury. I've been included in this particular one, but it's the shops featured there that have prompted me to write about it. Absolutely beautiful jewelry, etc! Check it out: CELEBRATION: I'm celebrating the awesome talent on Etsy.

And...visit the curator's shop: Trinity Designer Jewellery

Pleasant dreams of beautiful colors swirling in your head, like turquoise and all that resembles the sea; of beautiful beads drifting into wonderful designs; of artists at work...

Good-night to all

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thinning Winter Woods--Nothing Stays the Same Forever

Oh, how we wish things would change; then, oh, how we wish they would stay the same!

Behind my home is a lovely bit of woods--our main reason for purchasing this home. After many, many years of growth, ash bores hit the woods and took their toll. Poor, dead trees are still falling.

A few days ago, when we had a pretty good wind, a couple of thin tree trunks fell onto the power lines and we had to notify DTE. Today a subcontractor for our energy company took them down, and my husband cut the wood and stacked it as well as he could.

This past year I have noticed quite a thinning going on in the woods. Mother Nature must be house cleaning. It hurts to see it. Never before could I have seen a squirrel, like I did today, running along the "creek" about 200 feet behind our property. Saw him right through the woods! Never before could I see homes across the creek and land beyond it. Usually, in the winter, we could see a porch light flicker. In the summer we could see nothing through the thicket.

We were just saying, yesterday morning, that there will be nothing left but cottonwood trees, and that's something I feel ungrateful about but can't help. Cottonwoods make a mess of everything, especially my garden in the spring and early summer. Looks like snow has fallen.

I so wish we could keep everything beyond our property line as it was yesterday, or, at least, as it stands today. But, sadly, or happily, time passes and nothing stays the same forever.

Pleasant dreams of forests, trees, critters, birds and no changes when we don't want them...


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Something a Little Different for Me

Trying new things is a lot of fun. I haven't tried knitting any small scarves or neck ornaments until now. This is something new for me, but, from what I understand, highlighting the neck is a big trend right now. We'll have to see how it goes.

I haven't really copied anyone else's work, but I don't know how original I can be when these accent pieces are the trend right now. What's in style is in style, and that's that. You have to set your own trends and come up with fresh ideas. I'll be working on it.

Here is a photo of my very first neck accent piece, just listed on Etsy this evening. I loved making it!

 Pleasant dreams in...

My Dream Garden

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New Treasury by Vintage Makeover

Guess what? My Blue Eyes Vintage Button Bracelet has been featured in a lovely treasury titled, "Elegance in Blue Glass, by "Vintage Makeover on Etsy. Check it out. There are some beautiful pieces in this treasury. put together by a shop named

Having just joined Etsy this year, Vintage Makeover could use your support. Their merchandise is pretty low right now, but there are some lovely pieces of jewelry if you'd care to take a peek.

NOTE: Please click on Elegance in Blue Glass, above, to view this treasury and on Vintage Makeover to see their shop.

There have been so many wonderful treasuries and I'm privileged to be a part of them. It's always wonderful to see other artists' work and to see the wonderful treasury themes.

Pleasant dreams of blue glass...

Lady in Blue

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Earrings Galore!

I love earrings! I've been working on some simple earring styles and have posted a few for you to see. They're listed in My Dream Garden on Etsy.

My daughter-in-law is encouraging and has such great taste. She made some earrings for me for Christmas. I just love them and suggested she make some up to list in my shop. I'm not very confident that she will, but she'd do a great job! 

Speaking of my Christmas gift, why do people think I don't want anything homemade just because I make it, myself? I hear it all the time and feel "left out" because the rest of my family do get handcrafted gifts.

I took a stab at making some earrings from scratch: I took fine silver .999 wire and twisted and looped it into a curly triangle. The ear wires are also fine silver and hold an iridescent blackish-purple melon bead above the triangle. I'm pretty excited, but I'll have to perfect my techniques before making them for my shop. Anything new can be exciting! (By the way, I haven't photographed them yet.)

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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