Beautiful Glass Transforms Entrance [Project 14]

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I know I haven’t been writing much but here’s why [well, part of the reason]: ;-)

door farThe front entrance with glass door, transom window, & panel sidelight –
all painted up with light turquoise trim & ivory walls.

Ah, nothing like a summer of painting & finishing off details to help me look forward to cooler weather.  :-D

As wih the completion of any big project, I’m excited simply to see & use the entrance  — throughout every day it delights.

door plate_01The entrance from inside porch — my recycling centre fits nicely in front of sidelight.

The best thing about a pretty entrance?  It stays organized!  :-)  Amazingly, not a single piece of junk has ended up hanging around — recycling is put away, jackets are hung, & anything else has found a home.

I remember waaaayyy back . . . .

entrance inside before_afterA couple summers ago, grungy wood & plastic was everywhere [left].
Now, glass & paint provide beautiful colour [right].

Quite a difference when you look at what I started with [even then, a couple of those boards had to be nailed to the original door to keep dogs inside].  Totally cool.  8-)

The transformation started when I completed the top window of the door at Seeing Clear Through in August 2011.  I laugh when I reread the last paragraph where I’ve determined there’s plenty of time that summer to complete the rest — yeah, right.  ;-)

Summer turned to autumn while I did a couple other windows in the porch when their plastic was ripped but I did get back to the door in October.

At Architectural Glass Adds to Door the bottom of the door was finished [right] to keep the rain out, the dogs in, yet still allow the cat to come & go as he pleases.

Of course, of all the plastic in the porch, the stuff at the entrance stood up the best — there was no need to replace it.  So, other places were fixed up with glass first.

This summer — inspired by painting — it was time to create the transom window:

transom before solderThe entrance transom is mostly clear glass — with a mirror centrepiece & an ivory-turquoise border.

Glass panels of purple, dark blue, turquoise, light green, & clear create an ombre effect to finish the sidelight — completing the whole look of the entrance:

entrance out mid-before_afterIn the last month alone, finishing the details
– painting trim, creating the transom window, & cutting the sidelight panels –
has made the front entrance a stand-out.

Unforunately, a few spiders did become homeless — where will they turn up?  ;-)

There’s been so many wonderful changes finalized this summer in the porch — windows, doors, new section of roofing, and, of course, painting — I’m going to enjoy them all.  I’ll post more pictures soon.

What do you think — would you like this entrance on your porch or sun room?

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass art on Vancouver Isle

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My Mac Gets a Redneck Repair

Reddy Mac

Reddy MacWhen the power adaptor wires twisted apart, my Mac needed a redneck repair.

Everyone knows I love Macs — ever since I bought my first one in 1988, I’ve never looked at anything else.  Now, that cute, little baby had nothing close to the power of today’s computers & even with my employee discount, it cost an amazing $8,000.

Then, I got a full desktop Mac in 2001 — closer to $4,000 that time.  That baby had a lot more power but still had nothing compared to today’s computer.  Neither one of these old Macs needed any kind of repair — still going strong when they got replaced with a newer version.

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Li’l Glass Christmas Tree

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Gift Choosing Always Fun

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I always love this time of year — when I start checking gifts off my Christmas List. When I feel the exquisite joy of Santa — of actually having a unique gift for my loved one that’s from my heart.

For me, on the receiving end, it’s never been about the $$ spent — it’s all about the thought behind the gift. So, when on the giving side, I try to find, or even better, make, a special item especially for my loved one. Read more ›

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Big Net Changes for Dawne Design

I Need Your Opinion

With my desk moved under the living room shutters, I love my ceramic crane against the gorgeous glass background.

Oh yes, I’ve been absent from here for awhile — but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. :lol:

Although I’ve really enjoyed blogging for free on WordPress.com, I realized that my glass business needed a more professional site — one that allows for a store, PayPal payments, a quick view of what I offer, & most especially, a site where the blah, blah, blah of my blog is not a mandatory read but a choice.

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Hello World!

Welcome to the NEW Dawne Design blog!

Although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using WordPress.com for all my FREE blogging, I see a need for my company to pay a little bit [domain name & hosting fees] for a more professional site allowing for a store, PayPal payments, advertising, and most especially, easy access for clients with questions & orders — anyone with no need to read all my blah, blah, blah on the blog.

My main site address is http://www.dawnedesign.net or simply http://dawnedesign.net

The address to go directly to my new blog is http://www.dawnedesign.net/blog

I will keep my full Dawne Design blog history at http://www.vanessadawne.wordpress.com but will work at copying most of that to the new blog over the next few months.

I will still keep Dawne Thoughts & Dawne Enlightened at their wordpress.com sites & links to each of them can be found on the sub-heading at http://www.dawnedesign.net

I hope you find my new site easier to navigate & I would love your comments — pro or con.

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass art on Vancouver Isle

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Moving Furniture Creates Zones

My desk & chair fit perfectly under the glass shutters.

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Check It Tuesday – writing √. . . next back to glass work

CHECK IT √  — Tuesday Status Report:  **

√   wk 20–> writing freak
x   wk 18/19–> down & out  :-(
√   wk 17–> business cards & grand-daughter joy Read more ›

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A Special Birthday Wish

Happy 3rd Birthday to my Sweet Grand-Daughter

More at Dawne Thoughts — Sweet Life — Where to Start?

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Check It Tuesday – organizing x business & family √. . . next writing & glass

Okay, yeah, I changed the name but haven’t changed being late!  A whole week!  Eeek!   :-(

CHECK IT √  — Tuesday Status Report:  **

√   wk 17–> business cards & grand-daughter joy
x    wk 16–> down & out  :-(
√   wk 15–> organizing — life & house Read more ›

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Check It Tuesday – organizing √ . . . next more org & glass gift

Notice the name change?  I figure since I’m always late trying to post on Monday, I might as well admit defeat & change the day.  A baby step to less stress.  ;-)

CHECK IT √  — Tuesday Status Report:  **

√   wk 15–> organizing — life & house
√   wk 14–> cleaning house & keeping it clean Read more ›

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Check It Monday – cleaning √ . . . next organizing

Yeah, late again!  Can’t seem to much right these days — exactly why I need to get better organized!  ;-)

CHECK IT √  — Tuesday Monday Status Report:

√   wk 14–> cleaning house & keeping it clean
√   wk 13–> CityScape framed & Purple Wave window installed Read more ›

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Check It Monday – CityScape & Purple Wave Windows √ . . . next

Yes, I know this is Wednesday — oops, let’s blame it on Labour Day, okay?  8-)

CHECK IT √  — Monday Status Report:

√   wk 13–> CityScape framed & Purple Wave window installed
x   wk 12–> missed Saanich Fair due to illness  :-(
√   wk 11–> Skinny Bench painted [link to be added] Read more ›

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Surprise Pay It Forward . . . handmade!

My sons & I loved the 2000 movie, Pay It Forward, with favourites Bruce Willis, Helen Hunt, Kevin Spacey, & especially, Haley Joel Osment.  And since the book is usually better than the movie, the novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde is on my wishlist. Read more ›

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Check It Monday – Skinny Bench √ . . . next CityScape & Purple Wave Windows

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CHECK IT √  — business Monday Status Report:

√   wk 11–> Skinny Bench painted [link to be added]
√   wk 9&10–> Glass Only art show & summer fun
√   wk 8 –> Fire & Ice Abstracts finished & Gallery submitted [link to be added] Read more ›

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Fire & Ice Abstracts √ . . . next Summer Fun

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MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

√    wk 8–> Fire & Ice Abstracts finished & Gallery submitted [link to be added]
x     wk 7–> Winter Ice Abstract [Gallery 2] to putty stage
√     wk 6–> Summer Heat Abstract [Gallery 1] to putty stage
½√ wk 5–> Gallery Abstract 1 concept drawings & glass supplies
√    wk  4–> Porch Cleanup & Valance photos [link to be added]
√    wk  3–> Flower Power leaded [link to be added]
x    wk  2 –> Glass cutting/leading Flower Power
√    wk  1 –> Paint Bedroom Shutter Sliders — project #30 Elegant Blue Wonders Read more ›

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Of Interest To All Creative Types

In love with medieval stained glass as I am, a site I often visit is Milly Frances’ everything stained glass.  Milly’s European background is impressive & I find great tutorials for modern work as well as great pictures of historical works. Read more ›

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Winter Ice Abstract x . . . next Try, Try, Try Again

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MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

x     wk 7–> Winter Ice Abstract [Gallery 2] to putty stage
√     wk 6–> Summer Heat Abstract [Gallery 1] to putty stage
½√ wk 5–> Gallery Abstract 1 concept drawings & glass supplies
√    wk  4–> Porch Cleanup & Valance photos [link to be added]
√    wk  3–> Flower Power leaded [link to be added]
x    wk  2 –> Glass cutting/leading Flower Power
√    wk  1 –> Paint Bedroom Shutter Sliders — project #30 Elegant Blue Wonders Read more ›

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Calendula / Marigold or Calendula Officinalis

Using natural herbs, flowers, etc. for many health issues has always been something I’m interested in.

And, of course, in Medivel Art Studies we covered plenty on natural ingredients for dyes, staining, & colouring glass — I would so much like to check out using flowers, berries, etc. for use in colouring so many projects brewing in my brain.

Thanks so much for Gman’s Galaxy for introducing me to Calendula / Marigold.

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Summer Heat Abstract √ . . . next Winter Ice Abstract

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

√     wk 6–> Summer Heat Abstract [Gallery 1] to putty stage
½√ wk 5–> Gallery Abstract 1 concept drawings & glass supplies
√    wk  4–> Porch Cleanup & Valance photos [link to be added]
√    wk  3–> Flower Power leaded [link to be added]
x    wk  2 –> Glass cutting/leading Flower Power
√    wk  1 –> Paint Bedroom Shutter Sliders — project #30 Elegant Blue Wonders Read more ›

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Gallery Abstract 1 ½√ . . . next Gallery Abstract 1 fini

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

½√  wk 5–> Gallery Abstract 1 concept drawings & glass supplies
√    wk  4–> Porch Cleanup & Valance photos [link to be added]
√    wk  3–> Flower Power leaded [link to be added]
x    wk  2 –> Glass cutting/leading Flower Power
√    wk  1 –> Paint Bedroom Shutter Sliders — project #30 Elegant Blue Wonders Read more ›

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Porch Cleanup √ . . . next Gallery Abstract 1

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

√   wk  4–> Porch Cleanup & Valance photos [link to be added]
√    wk  3–> Flower Power leaded [link to be added]
x    wk  2 –> Glass cutting/leading Flower Power
√    wk  1 –> Paint Bedroom Shutter Sliders — project #30 Elegant Blue Wonders Read more ›

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Elf Garden [Project 33]

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Flower Power √ . . . next Porch Cleanup

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

√    wk  3–> Flower Power leaded [link to be added]
x    wk  2 –> Glass cutting/leading Flower Power
√    wk  1 –> Paint Bedroom Shutter Sliders — project #30 Elegant Blue Wonders

Since I am an expert procrastinator, I am participating in Kristi’s Make It Happen! Monday, at Addicted2Decorating.  We are attempting to finish one of those ‘hanging-around-never-done’ projects by commiting to it here — keyword ‘attempting‘.

After meeting my target the first week, I quite ambitiously comitted to finishing my current stained glass commission, Flower Power, for the second week.

This is what I had done [left] before & I did get a little section cut & leaded.  I did get all the flowers leaded & set in place but . . .

Oops, left with a number of weird spots to fill in, I simply didn’t get it all done — so it was still on my plate for this week.

Of course, since cutting straight lines is a lot quicker, I did detour a little with valances for the big living room windows:

The empty valance awaits photos — but, um, ran out of matte photo paper for the printer.  Next week.  ;-)

So, it is on the list for next week — a simple job to print 4 photos.

But hey, let’s get to the good news!

All done except for one small area that’ll have to wait for Tuesday — it’s almost midnight & I need to post!

With the cutting & leading so very close to being finished this week, I am officially calling this baby done [as far Make It Happen Monday is concerned].

Of course, I still need about ½ hr. to fit in the last piece [or 2], maybe ½ hr. to solder the joints, & about 1 hr. to putty & clean — again, a simple job comparatively.  I will add the link when I post the story.

Congratulations to everyone who met their target.  :lol:

Next Project

The simpliest project for this week will be printing the photos for the bare valance:

Left valance–’my’ side–installed with glass sections in place, awaits my photos.  Yes, a little putty job & a paint touchup is needed too.  :-|

The main project this week will be to clean almost everything out of the porch:

This skinny porch holds a lot of stuff — mega coats, a bulky coat rack, dog pillows, a wicker bench filled with books & fabric, the cat’s ladder, an old rocking chair, & assorted junk that gets stored here because there is absolutely no more room in the house!

I’m not committing more for this week but plans for the porch include a much skinnier bench, vacuum storage cupboard, plenty more storage, coat hooks with shelves, & of course, paint.

Yes, AGAIN I just barely got this post done on MONDAY!  Talk about procrastination, eh?  :-(

Check back next Monday [July 2nd] to see how I do at Making It Happen.

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Flower Power . . . up again

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

x    wk  2 –> Glass cutting/leading Flower Power
√    wk  1 –> Paint Bedroom Shutter Sliders — project #30 Elegant Blue Wonders

Me–the expert procrastinator–decided to participate in Kristi’s Make It Happen! Monday, at Addicted2Decorating, whereby she, and anybody else who dares to take it on, commits to finish one of those ‘hanging-around-never-done’ projects in a week.

The first week started with a bang when I finished painting my bedroom shutters.  I couldn’t be happier.  :-)

Actually finishing a project when I said I would — what a wonderful feeling for a procrastinator, eh?

Feeling full of vim & vigour with this first success, I quite ambitiously comitted to finishing my current stained glass commission [due in July] — at least the glass cutting & leading work.

Hmm, yeah, a simple paint job takes quite a few hours less than fitting glass into an abstract puzzle.  Besides not getting right into it, I did some work on a new project — yup, a procrastinator’s diversion.

It started simple — a valance idea for the big living room windows:

Spaces between stained glass pieces holds photos that can be easily changed.

The valances continue the glass colurs from the shutters on back wall but the frames were painted ivory to match the window trim.

Straight cuts are easy — the more difficult pieces around the flowers were more time-consuming than I thought they’d be — especially the section with the bluebells [right].

That blue piece — like an upside down horseshoe was not easy with it’s deep curve.  And I’ve a few weirder shapes coming up!

So, not finished this week — congratulations to everyone who met their target.  :lol:

Next Project

So, for this week, my commitment [AGAIN!] to Make It Happen Monday is to fully complete the commission work, Flower Power.

Scouts Honour

Additionally, I commit to finishing the valance project by picking four photos [only 4 will be hard], printing them, & slipping them into place [so easy].

Left valance–’my’ side–installed with glass sections in place, awaits my photos.  Yes, a little putty job & a paint touchup is needed too.  :-|

Yes, again I just barely got this post done on MONDAY!  Talk about procrastination, eh?

Check back next Monday [June 25th] to see how I do at Making It Happen.

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Elegant Slider Shutters a Blue Wonder [Project 30]

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Something radically different for me –> I love–absolutely love–waking up in the morning now!  Here’s why:

My view from the bed — but my photography skills cannot capture the glorious morning light flooding the room in exciting blue & glimmering ivory.

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Shutters √ . . . next up Flower Power

MAKE IT HAPPEN! — Monday Status Report:

√    wk  1 –> Paint Bedroom Shutter Sliders — project #30 Elegant Blue Wonders

Last week, Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating, started a weekly challenge, aptly named ‘Make It Happen Monday’ whereby she, and anybody else who dares to take it on, commits to finish one of those ‘hanging-around-never-done’ projects in a week.

Last week, I declared I would finish painting my bedroom shutters:

The shutters with bare wood sliders.

Now, thanks to Make It Happen Monday, the shutters with painted sliders:

The shutters with the sliders painted blue to match the wall.

Yes, I procrastinated all week but finally, with the weight of today pushing, I got down to painting on Sunday.  That is why I’m participating in Make It Happen Mondays!  :lol:

Thanks so much to Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating, for the kick-start I needed.  I’m pretty sure the bare wood would still be there this morning if I didn’t feel the need to report here today!

And congratulations to everyone who met their target — check out Kristi’s refinished countertop & Lindsey’s refurbished dog house & Linda’s gorgeous dresser & Wendy’s cool garland & Kelly’s stupendous Greek key enhancement.

Next Project

So, for this week, my commitment to Make It Happen Monday is to complete the commission work, Flower Power:

The whole panel has been sitting–half finished– waiting for me to decide on glass colours.

I’ve been passing it for days [hmm, maybe weeks] without fitting in any glass pieces.  That, oh-I’ve-got-lots-of-time deadline in July is now fast approaching!

I need to finish this to clear my table for other ideas running around in my brain.  I need to get paid so I can get more glass supplies.

So, hopefully I’ll get all the glass work, soldering, & puttying done in a week — but for sure, I want all the glass work done & ready for the final stages.

Check back next Monday [June 18th] to see how I do.

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Make It Happen Monday . . . Paint Shutter Slides

One of the hardest things about being creative is actually finishing projects.  So many times, I will start a great project, get it in place, & then go onto the next exciting project without actually finishing the previous one.

Now Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating, is starting a weekly challenge, aptly named ‘Make It Happen Monday’ whereby she, and anybody else who dares to take it on, is setting out a specific project to finish THIS WEEK.

Then, next Monday we will come back with the finished project [yup, it better be done] & pick another project to be finished the following week.  And so on, until, I guess, we run out of unfinished projects [yeah, like that'll ever happen with me!].

Of course, I have a ton of unfinished projects around here — it was actually quite difficult for me to actually pick one.  What will I get done?  Can I actually voice my commitment to finish something & dare I post it?

I decided to work my way backwards & finish my latest project — #30, my bedroom shutters:

Yes, the shutters are up & working just fine but, um . . .

The shutter frames are painted ivory but the sliders are still sitting there . . . bare wood waiting . . . for me to pick up a paint brush.

So, my commitment to Make It Happen Monday is to paint the sliders for my bedroom shutters.  I want to paint the ends the same blue as the wall & the middle sections in the same ivory as the shutter trim.

Check back next Monday [June 11th] to see how I do.

Ironically, I just managed to get this post FINISHED on Monday — so typical.  Yeah, it’s almost midnight, but I made it!  :lol:

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Colour Fun

Colour Fun

I’ve had lots of colour fun around the house lately. Check out gorgeous photos at Dawne Thoughts — they really stand-out on the black background.

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Designer Butterflies Tie It All Together

I’ve seen lots of beautiful designer pillows on the net that I would love — lots of gorgeous colours & patterns that cost lots of bucks.  Usually I pay $5-10 for decorative pillows, but . . .

My new butterfly pillows from Bombay — aren’t they gorgeous?

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Can’t Wait to Show Start of Elegant Blue Ivory Slider Shutters [Project 30]

Yes, I prefer my windows to be undressed — I love the beautiful view [as does Lady, right] & usually my only neighbours are geese or maybe a couple deer.

This summer, though, the landlord has thoughts of building a house on the back half of the property which would definitely mean people out & about outside my bedroom window.

A year ago, in Not Curtains, But . . ., all my windows were bare — I did remove the curtains from my bedroom.  Since then, we’ve also installed Gorgeous Glass Sliding Shutters in the small living room window — definitely the highlight of the whole place.

I love them so much that they were the obvious solution for my room — with a more elegant colour scheme.

I love the gorgeous blue & ivory colour scheme of my bedroom sliding shutters.

For a special treat, I soldered a small pod of dolphins–an old pin–to a corner of the valance where the clear glass meets the ivory.

I love how whether the background is the blue sky or ocean, they appear to be swimming.

I have a bit of work left to finish the shutters off.   The bottom face board can be put on now & then I’ll paint both top & bottom sliders.  I’m trying something a little different & painting only the end pieces the same blue of the wall so, hopefully, they’ll ‘disappear’, & the middle sections ivory to match the shutter trim — hmmm, we’ll see.  ;-)

And the framed Van Gogh & sunshine mirror were too thick so I need some creative ‘skinny’ art for the walls — hmm, later.

First I’m working on a full tutorial–including how to cut stained glass–which details the secret material used to make smooth sliding wood shutters without any mechanical pieces.

But right now, I’m too excited to keep them all to myself:

What do you think?

Would you consider glass shutters instead of curtains or blinds?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

In the meantime, I’m impatient to show you the finished product, so I better get to work.

:lol:

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Window Boxes Set For Spring [Project 29]

Along with lots of fresh green growth, the front rock garden has a couple daffodils blooming & about 10 buds on the way — thanks to improving the dirt & filling in a few bare spots last year.

With spring flowers adding beautiful colour everywhere & the Squared Rainbow window adding colour to the inside of the porch, flower window boxes on the outside add the finishing touch.

New planters seeded early April, with an assortment of annual flowers, wait for spring showers & sun.

Did you know you can get 3 packages of flower seeds for only $1 [yes, ONE dollar] at the Dollar Store?  So, $4 can get you a dozen packages!  That’s a lot of seeds!

Each window box is a simple 8 ft. long, open-top box made from 1x3s, then stained to match the window frames.  The front corners do not overlap — I’m designing little stained glass corners to hide a small watering line.

The boxes were filled with a rich mixture of organic soil & peat moss with bone meal then the seeds were randomly sprinkled on top.  I sectioned them by type–alyssum, marigolds, & mixed flowers–poking each one a tad into the soil.

10 days later — with implants from thinning flowers out back & growing seedlings inside — the boxes are full of little plants popping through the lush soil.  [No flowers, the little flecks of pink have blown in from the apple & plum tree blossoms.]

A few seedlings have stretched tall — I think these are marigolds.

The area where ‘mixed flowers’ were seeded is still a bit bare so a few marigold seedlings from inside were planted a couple days ago.

These orange & yellow beauties [blooming last summer] grow quite profusely along the house out back.

So, while pulling out the dead growth last week, I thinned a few babies out to plant in areas out front where not a single one can be found.

I put 2-3 small ones at each end of each window box.  If they surive, they will grow higher than the annuals but I doubt they’ll be profusive this year — hopefully they’ll spread on their own over the following seasons.

A tiny shoot, along with two medium bulbs, were moved from the back yard to, hopefully, spread further in each window box.

This fall I’ll plant some bulbs–crocus, tulip, lily–so less seeding will be required next spring.  For this year, it’s a daily delight to check on the babes’ progress & look forward to some summer blooms.

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Rainbow Window Opens Up View [Project 27]

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Whew, I’m sorry for being late in documenting my latest projects — family matters have been taking up a lot of my time.  This window has been up for a couple of weeks & I’m loving it!

The Squared Rainbow window is cheerful with colour yet the clear centre affords an expansive view outside.

I’m blown away that my simpliest [a.k.a. easiest] window design, Squared Rainbow, makes such a dramatic difference to the porch.

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CityScape Window Adds Interest [Project 28]

CityScape installed

I love all the gorgeous colours that make up the buildings in the CityScape window.

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Inspiration Kicks Off Changes

Inspired by SlowWood’s MUN 15 desk with its cool sides & shelf, I started seeing stuff around my place in a different way:

I always had a problem finding a suitable spot for this sturdy, dark brown wooden shelf [excuse the dust ;-) ].

Of course, it hit me, I could turn this upside down & create a mini-shelf for my desk — no building required.

I didn’t let a light rain stop me from spray painting it in the porch on newspaper. Read more ›

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CityScape Starts From Scraps [Project 28]

mid buildings

Well, thanks to Miss Mollie, my room-mate’s dog, I had to put the Squared Rainbow window on hold & start a new one.  The great porch protector does not like all this glass replacing the plastic — she needs a hole to jump out when the outdoor creatures are stirring.

She got caught pressing her nose against one of the three last plastic windows & within a couple days, her little hole was bigger & pieces were flapping in the wind.  So, another window from scraps was born:

Two side panels of CityScape window sit in frame [leaning on cabinet] awaiting larger middle panel.

The buildings for the middle panel are all cut — just one tricky corner to grind square-ish.  ;-)

Then I can finish off the sky using mostly clear glass with a couple pieces of clear textured mixed in for variety.

I should have the soldering for both sides done this evening.

Perfect timing to putty it & leave it overnight to set a bit.

As with the Squared Rainbow window, I made a coloured putty for CityScape — this time a pretty, lime-green from Jacquard’s Pearl Ex Pigment [dry] in 682 Duo Yellow-Green.

I got it from Opus Arts, along with a brighter blue & a sierra red.  I’ll probably end up with a rainbow of pigment colours.

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Since CityScape has a lot of green & clear glass, I thought this lighter green would suit this window.

I love puttying a window & I love seeing it on the leaded windows when they’re installed.

I see the putty in corners & along the lead came.  Usually a whitish-cream or grey-black to match the lead, I think the bit of colour will be quite unusual.

Of course, over time putty turns greyish-black from weathering.  I’m sure the coloured putty will also be affected — but I’m hoping it’ll be quite a few years before it happens.

Any way it goes, I’m quite happy with my little colour experiment.

Now to finish the middle panel & install the whole window.

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

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Rainbow Start A Little Off [Project 27]

far R panel installed

The far right panel of the Squared Rainbow window is installed.

Making each section was quite easy — after all, it’s all straight-line cutting.

I finished the bottom section in less than a day — 3 hours not including break time.  ;-)

I’m sure I measured the placement for the ½” wide lead — twice.

Somewhere along the way, I goofed — it’s kinda obvious the bottom lead is at least ¼” off — eeek!

It’s most obvious when viewing the window straight on.

But when you look down the porch, at a different angle, the offset is not quite so obvious:

I love the juxtaposition of the square rainbow pieces with the curves of the Green Trees window beside it.

More to come . . .  Now to just keep the lines straight.  :lol:

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

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Sparkling Turquoise Putty [Project 27]

turq hands closeup

I never did a day’s work in my life.  It was all fun.
Thomas A. Edison

After mixing the dry pigment into the white putty, I had a gorgeous turquoise mess!  The camera didn’t pick up the sparkly shine to my alien-like fingers.  Too, too cool.  8-)

I mixed about a tablespoon of the dry Pearl Ex Pigment [681 Duo Blue-Green] by Jacquard Products [see Squared Rainbow Concept] into the oily putty — usually a whitish-cream.

It took quite a bit of mushing to get all [well, almost] the white to turn colour.  Hence, my alien hands.

I certainly don’t mind getting my hands mucky with putty — but this was extra fun!  8-)

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Grow Your Blog Hop

February 20th –> Yes, I’m a day late but . . .

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Squared Rainbow Concept [Project 27]

Squared Window

Somewhere Over the Rainbow,  Bluebirds Fly  . . .

Photoshop concept drawing for ‘Squared Rainbow’ window — draft 1.

The first frame has been ready for a few days [geez, a week really] but I’ve been waffling about the design for the newest porch window.

A few things I considered when designing:

  • at 68″ wide [37" high], this area, as well as the one beside it, are the largest windows in the porch;
  • this window is opposite the bench in the porch so a large area of clear is needed for viewing the garden & dogs;
  • I wanted a traditional came design with a modern twist;
  • each vertical section has its own frame & is installed independent of the other sections [similar to Read more ›
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Net Inspiration — Admin Desk

Like so many DIYers, I get a lot of inspiration from gorgeous pictures available on the wonderful world wide net.  Here’s a few that I love:

Holly at decor8 has again done a wonderful job inspiring me with a problem I’ve had mulling around in my mind [like forever].  She recently introduced some wonderful finds from SlowWood in the Netherlands:

I love the natural wood tops, the gorgeous blue legs [bottom left], but especially, the 3-walled desk with the trestle legs [bottom right].

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Dowel Opening Windows [Project 26]

bottom open outside

Number 5 window in place — only 4 more to go!

The newest window addition to the porch has two small panels that open by swiveling on wooden dowels set in the top & bottom frames.

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Modular Window Concept [Project 23]

plum green fini

Concept drawing [Photoshop] of window with modular panels made & installed separately.

It all started . . . with this stunning piece of art glass — a clear ripple with green, plum, & blue tissue-paper-looking triangles & skinny strips of black rods infused throughout.

This baby was expensive.  :-o  The original price Read more ›

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First Snow Thoughts

I’ve posted at Dawne Thoughts on our first snow with pics — and a video — of our dogs zooming around the yard:

The dogs race around the yard enjoying our first snow.

Since we only get a few days in the entire year that we have any kind of snow on the ground, Lady & Mollie get quite excited to play outside.

Check out more at Dawne Thoughts.

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One Simple Goal

I learned years ago [hmm, yeah, like 20] that no matter how strong I started out on New Year’s Day, I did not keep my resolutions.  And the same ones were on the list — year after year [like another 20!].  :-(

So I started making goals — of course I was still a bit unrealistic — I made too many to be done in too short a time.

But, very, very slowly, I started achieving changes in my life.  When it was right — when I was ready, I baby-stepped my way through my list of goals.

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Baby Steps Provide Productive 2011

porch collection mid_OCT

Celebrate what you want to see more of.
Tom Peters

The porch entrance is alive with colour.

Everywhere I look in this old, not-so-mobile home, I see the beautiful colours of my work from 2011.

While my friend, Reddie, worked on his carpentry skills, I enjoyed designing furniture & windows using gorgeous stained glass.

I’m amazed at what can be achieved with baby steps & a year:

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Glass Abstract Panel [Project 21 / Commission 1]

The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.

Arnold J. Toynbee

Blue Menagerie

Completed panel, “Blue Menagerie”, leaning in my window prior to delivery.

C’est fini.  :-D

My first commission turned out beautiful.

Best of all — my client loves it!  8-)

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Christmas Lights Update Romantic Headboard [Project 7]

Medieval headboard stained glass panels lit from behind.

While shopping for Christmas lights, I found a string of ‘icicles’ that was only 4 ft. 6 in. long — the perfect length for behind my headboard.

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A Big Roundup

Sneak peek of my first commission work-in-progress.

It’s funny how life happens in waves, eh?  [Yup, obviously Canadian.]  And as an Island Girl, I know it takes energy & mental stress to fight the powerful water, so, I simply go with the flow.  Of course, sometimes it’s not so simple . . .

Life happens.  :-)

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Architectural Glass Adds to Door [Project 14]

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Glass panels installed in bottom of porch door.

After quite a few days off with an ear infection, & another few days for children & grandchildren, & even a few days simply to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine, I’m back in the swing of things at cutting glass.

Recently, Glass-Smith & Co. celebrated their 44th anniversary operating as a family-run company.  On top of purchasing a wonderful assortment of glass at 30% off, Carole awarded us with a beautiful 3′ piece of architectural glass as a door-prize.

The clear architectural glass, measuring 3/16″, is 50% thicker than the 1/8″ art glass used in my other window projects.  Thus, it’s heavier & stronger — no rock will break it.

I worked the design around the 14″ width of this glass, with the dark blue co-ordinating with the top of door, while also leaving a little 7″ square open for the independent Pardus who comes & goes as he pleases.

The inside is grooved so I can insert a square of glass if another cat exit is made somewhere else in the porch.  The dogs are not too impressed — the opening is too small & too low for them to do much more than stick their noses out of it.  :lol:

The glass & trim are looking gorgeous — the door frame definitely needs a paint job.

The next step for glass work is the sidelights & transom but first, the door frame, as well as the rest of the porch, needs a coat or two of primer.  I still haven’t bought any exterior primer yet so I might just use interior on the door & then get exterior paint in ivory to finish it off.

The door has come a long way from its boarded & plastic-covered beginnings:

Except for the tiny blue-purple corners, the door’s top window contains entirely clear glass — see Seeing Clear Through.  The two narrow borders of three different clear textures give the window a magical quality:

And my porch collection grows:

porch collection mid_OCT

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