{THANK YOU} to my students!

classroom 2013

Classroom November 2013

Since November 2013 I have been back at teaching quilting & silk painting classes, pretty much full-time, after a 10 year hiatus.  Some weeks up to 5 days, depending on how many private classes I had on top of scheduled classes.

Silk Painting Class in Progress

The last class, until September was about 2 weeks ago.  I am taking the summer off to plan my teaching and show schedule for Fall 2014, design new projects, make samples, create lesson plans, paint the classroom etc…

I would like to say  HUGE THANK YOU to all my *students*.  I truly LOVE teaching and over the last  7 months you have helped me live my passion.  Thank you for supporting my classes and making classes so much fun!

Black, White & Brights Placemat Class

Display of student work from *Black, White and Brights Placemat Class*

This was a class called “Black, Whites and Brights Placemats”.  At a local art show one of my classes displayed the placemats they had made in the class.  I was a pretty proud teacher.  Their placemats were beautiful and made an awesome display.

 Below is a write up of one of my classes which was hung with their display of placemats.

Students’ write up of Placemat Class

Again, *THANK YOU* to those who attended my classes!!  I hope to see you back in class for the upcoming season.  I have lots of new classes in the works.  More Silk Painting and Fabric Decoration, Precious Metal Clay, Soldering & of course Quilting.  Sign up for my newsletter to find out about class schedules.

If you have not attended a class yet feel free to contact me with any questions you might have & I look forward to having you in class.

Have a wonderful week!

 

Something New from Something Old

Since Halloween is wrapping up I am starting to get Christmas on my mind.
Waaaaaaay back when I was about 12, I made this advent calendar.  Every year I find it around February, long after Christmas, tuck it away being sure I will remember where I hid it, then Christmas comes and lo & behold I can’t find it!  It would be way too logical to put it with my Christmas decorations!
 
I was on a mission this weekend to find it and I did!!!

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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!

Thank You & Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!
Like most people I am trying to figure out where 2011 went!! It was a whirlwind. A fun and exciting one though! Thank you to everyone who reads my blog, buys my creations, supports me at my shows, and encourages me along the way.
You have been with me through my new vegan journey and at my first vegan Christmas dinner last year!  This year was the second!


You cheered me on to finish UFO’s, and there are some that still aren’t done and some new ones for 2012!
I shared recipes with you from my vegan journey and I hope they were helpful to you. You encouraged me when I came up with new ideas and had art shows to attend.
You read my posts in February as I did a Creative Everyday Challenge. That was a great challenge and one I need to do again!


You have listened to my dog stories and looked at my agility trial pictures.


Watched me struggle and enjoy swaps. The last part of 2011 I didn’t do any swaps but will be getting involved again in 2012….i missed some of those gals (and guys!)


In May I thought my life was slowing down, but that wasn’t so, things got really busy around the house, and I really slacked off from my blogging. But during that time my husband and I have been working on a classroom for me to start teaching quilting again, we built a guest cottage and a storage shed and dealt with Hurricane Irene.


You also cheered me on with my Paint Party Fridays, which I also miss and want to start doing again. Bead Table Wednesdays were fun and kept me motivated.
You listened to my stories about my online classes and encouraged me with my new lampworking skills.


So thank you, thank you, thank you!  Thank you for your ear (or your eyes since you are reading!), and I hope you will continue to follow my creative journey into 2012.

In 2012 I want to keep creating and get all these new ideas out of my head!
Of course finish some more UFO’s; do more pottery {i have a potter’s wheel again ~ woohoo!}, continue to improve my lampworking skills, make more jewelry components from ceramic clay and do lots more work with Precious Metal Clay. I just love that stuff and when I work with it I always ask myself why I don’t work with it more!

Here are a few new pieces that I finished today…..

The textured circles on these earrings were made from Precious Metal Clay, and have my glass headpins hanging from them.


Potcake Necklace…….

Potcakes are our local mixed breed and there are many strays.  When I make these pendants I give $20 to help the animals of Abaco.


Have a happy, healthy, exciting and creative 2012!

Creative Project #15 ~ Eat Your Veggies

 Today started out as a hectic day, taking one dog and one cat to the vet, and ended with dog agility class.  So my creative time was limited.  The dog if fine….the kitty has a grade 3 heart murmur 😦
I managed to squeeze in some sewing machine time, and finished this placemat which was the idea of my cousin, Tara, for her husband.
It also included a cow with a special message……
Tara loved it…..
I tried to make it as masculine as I possibly could.
See you tomorrow with Creative Project #16!

Creative Project #1 for February

In my last post I told you I had joined a new group, called *Create!* A Project a Day – February*, on Flickr and the challenge was to create something everyday for the month of February.  I had three ideas this morning…..a bag pattern from Fat Quarterly Magazine, an apron pattern from the same magazine, or some crocheted jar covers.
The bag won!
If you didn’t already know, I have a bag fetish!  So I should have known the bag would be first.  The pattern is by Monika Wintermantel.  She is a flickr friend and I have admired her work for a long time!  Check out her blog also www.monaw.blogspot.com, she does some amazing work!
This is the front of the bag.  I basically followed the pattern for the this side.  For the back I added my own touch…..
As well as some ceramic buttons that I made.
I am hoping this group keeps my inspiration in full gear since I have some upcoming shows to work towards and I have had a blast the last few weeks creating new items for the last show.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a new creation!

Off to a Good Start!

In just the first week of the year I have gotten some projects finished!!  One of my UFO’s is finished, one is on its way but may take a while, and I wouldnt be a creative soul if I didnt start two new ones……which I have finished!!
This is a place mat I made out of one of those house blocks.
I am calling this one “bird and bug house”.  I love the scarppy-ness of this!
I am acquiring quite a collection of place mats which go along with my mismatched collection of plates.  For those of you that do not know, I collect odd dinner plates.  It looks so cool when we have a big dinner party and everyone has a different plate.  I’ll start working on some pictures of my plate collection and blog about that one day soon.
One of the new projects I started last Monday is a crocheted tissue box cover.  I have had this pattern saved in my favorites forever and finally got to it.
You can find the pattern for this here on the Royal Sisters blog.  Scroll down and you will find the button for the tutorial on the right side.
Everyone needs a pretty cover for those hideous tissue boxes!
I just adore crocheted flowers and found this pattern the other day and, of course, just had to try it out especially since I have a few unfinished scarfs that will need some type of embellishment.
I wish I could provide the link to this pattern, but I saved the PDF pattern to my hard drive and did not save the website to my favorites. 
Remember that blue and green granny square that I was crocheting into a pillow cover?  I got the granny square done for the front and started doing a panel for the back.  I decided to do a single crochet panel with stripes for the back and it is taking F.O.R.E.V.E.R.!!!
I will be pleased with it when it is finished, but it may have been quicker to make another granny square for the back.

So there is my update on my resolution to get some projects FINISHED!
Have a great weekend!!

a peek into 2011

I think most people feel like I do….*where did 2010 go?*
I have spent the last 3 days cleaning and straightening my studio.  Did I ever make a mess in 2010!!! WOW!!!  I am still not finished and want to get to my sewing machine but can’t see it right now.  Plus, I don’t dare start working while there still a mess in that room or I will become too comfortable with that and the cleaning process will never be completed.
I found quite a few (okay far too many to admit to) UFO’s while rearranging and sorting, and decided this is my main goal for 2011……to finish, finish, finish!!!
Thought you would be interested to see a few…..and throughout the year you can *encourage* me to post pictures of finished pieces!!
Well first there was the huge rubbermaid container of quilt tops (made by me) that need to be quilted.  Below are just 6 that I spread out on top of the quilting machine.
A few of my favorites were hanging up.  I must have thought I was going to get to them soon!! HAHA!!
I am so in love with this red pineapple one…..I MUST MUST finish that one first!
There is this one that I started right after I got married……over a decade ago!!! EEEKKK!
It is a king size so that took some time……like a decade!!  I have another one, that will be a king size one day also,  that I started around the same time and the blocks still need to be sewn together.
And I also found tons of little projects that need to be *finished*.
These house blocks were meant for a give away quilt but I couldn’t get the finished size right, so I think I will make them into placemats.
This is another unfinished placemat, just needs quilting, that I made up with a variety of sampler blocks.
Oh and let’s not forget the crochet!!!  Two years ago I FINALLY figured out how to crochet and do not have one finished project that I own to show for it!  I have given away lots of things!
The granny square below will be a pillow.  I am working on it right now, so perhaps this will be the first UFO that is completed.
Then there are a few crocheted scarves that are so close to being finished.  It has been REALLY cold here also….so I could really get some use out of these!
This was my first big crochet project….and it only needs like two more rows of hexes to be a throw.
Here is a scarf I finished for a swap:
Speaking of swaps…..I have blocks from a Bee Liberated Group I am in on Flickr, that need to be sewn together and added to that pile to be quilted.
I have been fortunate enough to have some great swap partners this year and below is just a sample of some of the pieces I have received. 
I almost forgot about my Baker’s Dozen Group on Raverly.  I have received all my blocks and now need to stitch them all together.
One more item that is long over due is my bathroom vanity counter.  I have been in my house for 8 years this February and I have painted this poor cabinet three different colors, at three different times.  Then I had it ready to do an aged technique on it…….since then I re-primed it and have mermaids drawn on it, but they are too light to see in this picture…..I would really like to finish this project!
So this list of things should keep me busy until about July 2011!!!
And I didn’t mention art shows I am signed up for in January and February, orders I need to fill, dogs to train for agility, that knitting hobby I need to conquer, and new jewelry ideas in my head that need to come out!
Please keep me accountable on these projects 🙂  I am grateful for all of you that miss my long, crazy posts when I disappear from the world of blogging!  Thanks for asking where I am!
Incase you don’t hear from me before….have the best 2011 ever!!!

Swaps Gifts and E-Courses!!!

We know summer has started here in Abaco when we start having multiple power outages everyday!!!
UGH!!!!
It has made me get VERY behind on work, blogging and swapping.
When I have had time to surf the internet, I have been taking an e-course by Kelly Rae Roberts, called “Flying Lessons”  It is about making your creative business soar.  It just started on Sunday and I am enjoying every moment so far.
Today she talked about doing other e-courses and blogging.  So I went searching for more e-courses I could take.
I found a photography course called “Picture Summer”, by Tracey Clark, and thought this would be good for me since I have a very nice Canon Rebel, don’t really know how to use it and I am never pleased with the pictures I take of my artwork or for my blog.  It is only a 30 day course and hopefully it will push me to play with my camera and try some new things.
While the power was out earlier I was playing with my muse, Sunshine, and the camera…..
Then I ran out after lunch to pick up my mail and more swap envelopes were awaiting me!!!!!
From Jennie at www.cloverandviolet.com I received my embroidery quilt.
This is so pretty and summery!!!! Thanks so much Jennie!  It is the perfect little embroidery quilt!
I also received my Anything Goes Mini Quilt from Sara of SaraSQuilts on Flickr.
I cannot believe how small she made those flying geese!!! And I love all the colorful fabrics with the solid gray!! Thank you Sara…I LOVE IT!!!
Also awaiting me was another African Flower crochet block from the Raverly Swap….from Val in the UK!
Along with two little coasters, some candy and a pair of stitch markers.  Thanks so much Val!!
So this was my whole bundle here…..
I’ll be back soon to show you some new jewelry pieces.
Time to run off and do some agility with my dog and her doggie friends at class!

Sloppy Studio Saturdays

I can’t believe what I am about to show you……..but because of this…….
and this……….
I get to expand to here……….
There is a bedroom next to my studio, that I spent the morning emptying so my dear husband could install an indestructible floor.  
Do you think that means that if hot, molten glass or fabric paint or sharp scissors drop on it that it will still look the same?
I guess we will see!!!
There is one place in my studio that is still neat and tidy……..
My Blythe Doll shelf!
Looks like I wont be doing much work for the next few days, but hopefully soon I can post pictures of a neat and organized studio space.  I can’t wait to SPREAD OUT!!
And guess what?……there is still another un-used bedroom upstairs for me to expand into….ssshhhhh!