Scrappy Love ~ Pay it Forward February

{Have you ever heard about a situation and it just breaks your heart and you feel like you HAVE TO do something about it?A few months back I met a lady, Lovely Reckley, and she told me how she goes to four different schools in Abaco and feeds 85+ children that would have otherwise had no lunch. For some of these kids, this is the only meal of the day.Lovely even takes food to some of them when school is out.That really broke my heart. I mean, I know there are kids all over the world that are starving, but when I realized there were children right under my nose it killed me. I kept wondering what I could do. I thought about offering to help cook, but cooking for so many mouths really overwhelmed me. Then I realized what a COMMITMENT this awesome woman had made to these children…..EVERYDAY!!!At Christmas, instead of giving gifts I gave a donation to her organization (and to our Humane Society) instead of buying things that people really didn’t need.But it kept tugging at my heart. So, I decided for the month of February I would post several heart themed items to my blog. They would be for sale, and I would give 25% of the cost of the item to Lovely, to help with her costs.I may post an item everyday or I may post several items a week…..I am really not sure, but 25% will go to “Feed the Children” in Abaco, Bahamas.I CANNOT imagine going without food, or only having one meal a day that I had to rely on someone else to bring to me, and these children shouldn’t have to deal with this either, so please help!}

Howdy!
Getting today’s post up at the last minute…..eeekkkk!
Today I have another quilted journal cover. I’m telling you the ideas I have for these are endless so they will be coming at you for a while!
I am calling this journal cover “Scrappy Love”.


Like the name implies, it is made from scraps, frayed fabrics, burlap, an old pair of jeans, an old shirt…..yep lots of scraps!
If I could have put my hands on my vintage lace collection I would have added that also, but I have stashed that in such a great place that I can’t even find it!!


Like all my other quilted journal covers, this one fits a Mead Composition Journal which can be replaced. This journal also has a few messages…..on the inside flap, printed on the selvage of the fabric it reads, “We need time to dream, time to remember, & time to reach for the infinite. Time to be”.


On the front, on a flap of frayed muslin I stamped, in permanent ink, “Trust your crazy ideas”.


This cover is completely machine washable, and will only get softer the more it is washed. All those frays will be even better!


The back of the journal I left kind of plain, with just the frayed denim and the striped jersey fabric.


This journal cover with a Mead Composition book is $45, and 25% of that goes to Feed the Children Abaco.
You can message me on my facebook page……{HERE}
Or find it in my Etsy shop…..{HERE}


Thanks for stopping by!
Peace, love and creativity!

~ Live ~ Love ~ Laugh ~ Pay it Forward February

{Have you ever heard about a situation and it just breaks your heart and you feel like you HAVE TO do something about it?A few months back I met a lady, Lovely Reckley, and she told me how she goes to four different schools in Abaco and feeds 85+ children that would have otherwise had no lunch. For some of these kids, this is the only meal of the day.Lovely even takes food to some of them when school is out.That really broke my heart. I mean, I know there are kids all over the world that are starving, but when I realized there were children right under my nose it killed me. I kept wondering what I could do. I thought about offering to help cook, but cooking for so many mouths really overwhelmed me. Then I realized what a COMMITMENT this awesome woman had made to these children…..EVERYDAY!!!At Christmas, instead of giving gifts I gave a donation to her organization (and to our Humane Society) instead of buying things that people really didn’t need.But it kept tugging at my heart. So, I decided for the month of February I would post several heart themed items to my blog. They would be for sale, and I would give 25% of the cost of the item to Lovely, to help with her costs.I may post an item everyday or I may post several items a week…..I am really not sure, but 25% will go to “Feed the Children” in Abaco, Bahamas.I CANNOT imagine going without food, or only having one meal a day that I had to rely on someone else to bring to me, and these children shouldn’t have to deal with this either, so please help!}

Happy Hump Day!
I am a bit obsessed with journals and journaling right now, so I will be posting quite a few.  Today’s item is another journal cover!  This one is a quilted cover for a Mead Composition Book, called Live~Love~laugh.


The base of the quilted cover is cotton fabrics in shades of natural and white.  On top of this are appliqued hearts in burlap, denim and jersey fabrics.


One of the hearts on the back has a touch of mixed media, with some onion bag embellishment…..hey, if a famous singer can go to the Grammys with this over her face then it must be very trendy!


Live, Love and Laugh are stitched onto the white fabric which is then appliqued on to the recycled denim.


I quilted a heart pattern all over the base fabric of the journal.



Since I like hidden messages, I stamped “trust your crazy ideas” on the inside flap, in permanent ink.


This journal is $45, and just like all the other heart items this month, 25% goes to Feed the Children Abaco.
You can find this, and other items in my Etsy store….{HERE}
Or on my facebook page……..{HERE}

Thanks for stopping by!
Live ~ Love ~ Laugh this week!

Heart Journal for Heart Day ~ Pay it Forward February

{Have you ever heard about a situation and it just breaks your heart and you feel like you HAVE TO do something about it?A few months back I met a lady, Lovely Reckley, and she told me how she goes to four different schools in Abaco and feeds 85+ children that would have otherwise had no lunch. For some of these kids, this is the only meal of the day.Lovely even takes food to some of them when school is out.That really broke my heart. I mean, I know there are kids all over the world that are starving, but when I realized there were children right under my nose it killed me. I kept wondering what I could do. I thought about offering to help cook, but cooking for so many mouths really overwhelmed me. Then I realized what a COMMITMENT this awesome woman had made to these children…..EVERYDAY!!!At Christmas, instead of giving gifts I gave a donation to her organization (and to our Humane Society) instead of buying things that people really didn’t need.But it kept tugging at my heart. So, I decided for the month of February I would post several heart themed items to my blog. They would be for sale, and I would give 25% of the cost of the item to Lovely, to help with her costs.I may post an item everyday or I may post several items a week…..I am really not sure, but 25% will go to “Feed the Children” in Abaco, Bahamas.I CANNOT imagine going without food, or only having one meal a day that I had to rely on someone else to bring to me, and these children shouldn’t have to deal with this either, so please help!}

Happy Heart Day!!!
I wanted something really fitting for today, and in my mind I came up with that!
I made a journal that I am calling a Heart Journal, which to me, describes any journal because you are filling it with messages and creations from your heart.


The journal is five and a half inches wide by seven and a half inches tall.
The front and back cover are made from a light weight chipboard, which has been collaged with paper, paint, burlap, buttons, cotton fabrics, and stitching.


The spine, which the pages are sewn to is a piece of cotton cloth with butterflies on it, and ric rac.  The pages inside are 90 pound watercolor paper, and there are ten of them.  So you can write, glue, sketch or paint to your hearts delight.


The inside cover reminds you to giggle.


Enjoy life, enjoy friends.


There are a few *extra* pages that are smaller than the main ten pages.  One is a mailing tag, one a piece of scrapbooking paper, and one a smaller piece of watercolor paper.  All of these are stitched into the spine with the rest of the pages.


The smaller pages are perfect for items like ticket stubs, receipts, any other little piece of memorabilia, or an inspirational quote.


The back inside cover is painted and has a numerical stamp.  You can finish decorating this or leave it as is.


Sorry for all the pictures, but I want you to see all the details!  Just a few more of the front cover……


The mini burlap and fabric sandwich adds a bit of texture.


This mixed media Heart Journal is $36, and 25% of that goes to Feed the Children Abaco.  I will have it up in my Etsy store……. {HERE} ………later tonight.
Thanks for stopping by!
Spread some love this week, and everyday!

Guard Your Heart Journal ~ Pay it Forward February

{Have you ever heard about a situation and it just breaks your heart and you feel like you HAVE TO do something about it?A few months back I met a lady, Lovely Reckley, and she told me how she goes to four different schools in Abaco and feeds 85+ children that would have otherwise had no lunch. For some of these kids, this is the only meal of the day.Lovely even takes food to some of them when school is out.That really broke my heart. I mean, I know there are kids all over the world that are starving, but when I realized there were children right under my nose it killed me. I kept wondering what I could do. I thought about offering to help cook, but cooking for so many mouths really overwhelmed me. Then I realized what a COMMITMENT this awesome woman had made to these children…..EVERYDAY!!!At Christmas, instead of giving gifts I gave a donation to her organization (and to our Humane Society) instead of buying things that people really didn’t need.But it kept tugging at my heart. So, I decided for the month of February I would post several heart themed items to my blog. They would be for sale, and I would give 25% of the cost of the item to Lovely, to help with her costs.I may post an item everyday or I may post several items a week…..I am really not sure, but 25% will go to “Feed the Children” in Abaco, Bahamas.I CANNOT imagine going without food, or only having one meal a day that I had to rely on someone else to bring to me, and these children shouldn’t have to deal with this either, so please help!}

Hello!
I was M.I.A. yesterday because I decided to go to the doctor to find out that I have laryngitis!! Today is day 4 with no voice. Very frustrating, and my furry children are fully taking advantage of me! Doc says I should feel better by the weekend or early next week……..*sigh*
Today I am listing my Guard Your Heart Journal that I showed you a few weeks ago in this post.

I made this for my show and was so very proud of this. Can you believe it was the only journal cover that did not sell? So I am putting it out there one last time. If there are no takers this time then it is meant to be mine 🙂


This journal cover fits a Mead Composition Book, so it can be reused over and over and is machine washable.


It is a sewn collage of cotton fabrics, burlap and buttons.
Full of texture!


This journal cover is $45, and 25% of that will go to Feed the Children Abaco.
You can find it in my Etsy store……HERE.
Or you can message me on my Bahama Dawn Facebook page….HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Pay it Forward for February

Have you ever heard about a situation and it just breaks your heart and you feel like you HAVE TO do something about it?
A few months back I met a lady, Lovely Reckley, and she told me how she goes to four different schools in Abaco and feeds 85+ children that would have otherwise had no lunch. For some of these kids this is the only meal of the day.
Lovely even takes food to some of them when school is out.
That really broke my heart. I mean, I know there are kids all over the world that are starving, but when I realized there were children right under my nose it killed me. I kept wondering what I could do. I thought about offering to help cook, but cooking for so many mouths really overwhelmed me. Then I realized what a COMMITMENT this awesome woman had made to these children…..EVERYDAY!!!
At Christmas, instead of giving gifts I gave a donation to her organization (and to our Humane Society) instead of buying things that people really didn’t need.
But it kept tugging at my heart. So, I decided for the month of February I would post several heart themed items to my blog. They would be for sale, and I would give 25% of the cost of the item to Lovely, to help with her costs.
I may post an item everyday or I may post several items a week…..I am really not sure, but 25% will go to “Feed the Children” in Abaco, Bahamas.
I CANNOT imagine going without food, or only having one meal a day that I had to rely on someone else to bring to me, and these children shouldn’t have to deal with this either, so please help!

My item today is a quilted journal cover that fits a Mead Composition book, which can be replaced if you fill it up. I named this journal “Heart Strings”, and quilted on it is the famous quote, “live, love, laugh”
If you are in Abaco or Nassau you can contact me to purchase this. If you are the U.S., Canada, or somewhere else the item is listed in my Etsy shop…..HERE. {sorry, this journal has been sold}

It is made from cotton fabrics and cotton batting.

I even quilted a heart pattern on it.

The hearts are made with 2 pieces of fabric fused together and stitched down the middle, so there is a little bit of a three dimensional quality to it.

And there are two hearts on the back of the journal cover as well.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope sometime this month you will find something you like that will give a donation to “Feed the Children Abaco”
Have a great day & eat consciously.

i {heart} hearts

I am not sure what has gotten into me lately, but I have been totally smitten with hearts for several months now. I think I have been trying to repress this also, but I no longer can. They are sneaking out into my work like I have no control.
My style really seems to be changing, but I am enjoying the transformation, and just creating from my heart.
As you have heard me say, I am getting ready for a show next weekend. I am trying not to show too much of my new work. For one, I want people who come to the show to be able to see new things, and then I get in a pickle if someone wants to buy it and then I am short of stock for my show.
B U T……I just have to show you a few things that I am so proud of!
First this set of jewelry….heart of blues…..


Then this journal that I made after reading a bible verse on Pinterest (yes, i am addicted to pinning also!)
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” Proverbs 4:23
WOW! That is the perfect verse for an artist!
Here is the journal I was inspired to make after reading that verse.



I love the texture in this……



If it were my journal I wouldnt be able to stop touching all the textures and frays.



I hope this journal gets a really special home…..

and that the owner of this journal remembers…
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” Proverbs 4:23

Happy May!

I think the busyness of my life may be slowing down a wee bit!  I have finished up a good chunk of my orders, last Saturday was the last farmers market until October, and I have lots and lots of fresh ideas brewing in my brain.
One of my items that has been really popular are my quilted journal covers.
This was one of the last I did for an order:
The above picture is the front, and below is the back…..
Here is the entire cover…..
Do you see that ultra cute fabric in the *grass* that has flowers with black and white striped petals?  I won that fabric in a giveaway on the Jennifer Jangles blog.
Go and check out Jennifer’s blog and the side tab has all the links to her Etsy shop, Flickr, and website.
She is an amazing ceramic artist who now designs really funky, fun lines of fabric.
This is the stack of fat quarters that I won:
I could only bear to cut off a strip to use for the grass on this journal.  I must get my hands on some more, then I wont be so possessive over these pieces!
Today I am trying my hand at stenciling on fabric.  Waiting for the paint to dry is the worst part.  I will be back tomorrow to show you the results ~ hopefully it turns out!