Flower Fairy Button Tree & June Sale

I just wanted to pop in and share some of the things I have been creating and what I have been up to!!!

The weather has been so darn nice here on Vancouver Island- I have been working in the garden and going for lots of strolls. I even got a photo of me with ALL 5 kids… this is a rarity!

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I felt like we were being watched! Stalker kitty… go away.

Back to sanity:

I have been inspired by my daughter’s obsession with flower fairies lately so I painted this nifty fairy garden scene and slapped a birch button tree right on there:

fairy button tree pinkI was having such a hard time deciding what color of buttons to use, so I laid out a few options and asked my lovely Facebook likers for their opinions:

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Which one is your fave? It seemed that the votes were evenly split, so I’ve decided to offer this for sale as a semi-customizable painting!!! YOU can choose whichever buttons you’d like, AND I can even squeeze a little name on there, within reason… I can’t fit  ‘john michale fitzgerald III’ on here or anything,  like so:

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This and some of my nifty jewelry, which I will share in a second, will be up for sale at my monthly upload with The Northern Collective, which is an awesome group of Canadian crafters that I am so honored to be a part of! Check out just a bit of what will be available TOMORROW NIGHT (June 3rd 6pm PST) :

10257180_729384220437699_2431549590693374304_oI’ve brought back my ever-popular stand mixer earrings, and this time I’ve got them on hypoallergenic hooks, as I know a few of you have requested that:

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(Click the picture to see the listing)

These babies are less than 10 bucks, and are perfect for your favorite baker. Personally, I am my own favorite baker, so don’t feel bad about buying them for yourself either ;) I have only got 12 pairs, so make sure to set an alarm so you can snag a pair!

I’ve also made a few of these adjustable leather butterfly bracelets:

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Another great thing that has happened in our family is that my little bambino, Flora, finally got her kidney surgery that she has been waiting for! Hopefully this means no more bad infections or meds, and she can get her appetite back! Look at this happy chilappy, she kicked surgery’s butt!

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Well, thanks for taking the time to stop in and see what I am up to!!! If you want to check out my tutorial on how to paint your own nifty button tree, you can check one out here.

Happy almost-summer!!!

~Dot

 

 

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Artsy Fartsy (GIVEAWAY!!!)

Hello, Bloggy world! I can’t believe it’s already MAY!

It is starting to look like summer over here, and I hope the sun is shining on you too! We were lucky enough to enjoy a picnic the other evening… pretty nice view here on Vancouver Island:

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We even got to watch crazy people jump off the bridge, which is always a good influence, hahaha!

I know I haven’t been blogging as much lately, but I’ve wanted to get back to the more regular posts, since Facebook isn’t letting most of my readers see what I’m up to anymore! Mark Zuckerberg, if you are reading this, which you OBVIOUSLY are, give me a break! Maybe I should start a petition to convince the Facebook gods to accept buttons as payment for advertising. I will get on that.

Since it’s been so long, I wanted to share a GIVEAWAY, as my sincere apology, but I also want to share a bit of what I have been up to, and some of my new favorite art!

Here are some of my recent projects:

sunsetfoxcollageHere is the first one- These birch trees with the woodland critters and the sunset make for such a neat combination! This painting will be available starting tonight (Tuesday, May 6th at 6PM Pacific Time) for a 48 hour auction! So, if you love it, you can go ahead and place a bid- you might get yourself a really good deal! Click here to view the link.

Here is my second piece that I recently finished for someone special:

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I know this song has a lot of meaning for a lot of people, and I think it would look great in a cute little nook somewhere.

I’m selling another nifty item starting tonight, but I will share that in a minute, because it is part of my giveaway!

Another thing I really want to share about is my new fave website to zone out on. Saatchi art. I don’t know about you, but I appreciate other people’s artistic talent and style so much. It is so cool to scroll through these pieces for creative inspiration. I fell in love with a few paintings and sculptures and am HOPING my hubby reads this and thinks of Mother’s Day ;)

One of the reasons I have a hard time considering myself to be a ‘professional artist’, is because of art like this:

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‘Bibaud’ Artist: Chris Stevens

THIS IS A PAINTING.

It is from the Really Real collection, which is MINDBLOWING. I could stare at stuff like this for so long. The amount of time and talent required to create art this impressive is something that I just don’t have access to. It is no short of a divine gift, if you ask me!

There is also some more lighthearted, fun and silly art on the site, like this awesome drawing:

'Hare Empire' by Marsel Onisko

‘Hare Empire’
by Marsel Onisko

Heehee I just love it! Such a good mix of cool and strange talent.

I think I’d like to submit some of my art on here eventually because it is such a cool community for creative folks to sell their work and discover new artists.

Okayyyy Now back to the GIVEAWAY! ***closed. Congrats Leanne sharpe king! She was commenter 8 out of 22!***

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I want to give someone one of these leather bicycle bracelets that I will be selling tonight!

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Nifty hey? You can click the picture to see the listing for these, I suspect they will go quickly once the sale starts at 6PM, BUT if you leave me a comment on this blog post, I will randomly pick a winner to send an adjustable turquoise leather bike bracelet to for free! I will pick the winner on Friday, May 9th at some point when my children aren’t attacking my face and/or life in general.

I promise I will be getting back to my usual tutorials, where I share all my secrets and neato ideas, but for now, I need to get back to that website so I can start pinning my favorite pieces to Pinterest! 

Happy bracelet-winning and artsy pinning!

~Dot

 

 

 

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Melted Crayon Art

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Reblogging: Melted Crayon Art!

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I am really excited that I am finally getting to this tutorial after MONTHS of procrastinating! I’m sure the ‘wow’ factor has come and gone for this nifty project, but I still wanted to share my own take on melted crayon art with you all. I’ll explain why it took so long for me to share it later in the tutorial. It’s kind of neat ;)

This was actually  one of my fave crafty ventures in recent years. I’m sure you’ve seen all this melted crayon art floating around on Pinterest, so it’s about time for us to make our own now, shall we?

The very first thing you want to do is figure out what order you want your crayons to be in, then organize them accordingly. I laid mine out then had to put them back in the box, because with 4 kids (including one particular 6…

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