Category: Fabric

We’re back!

We’re back!

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!

There’s so much life and art stuff to catch up on here, including “thank you’s,” so bear with me! Everything was put on hold after I took JohnnyV to the ER on May 5th with a numb, gray foot. He was bedridden all May, had aortobifem surgery in June, and then recuperated in bed for several weeks after. But he’s here, and he has his foot! Some surgeons say this is just about the worst surgery for the body to handle, a 9.5. He is a trooper, for sure, especially after having three surgeries in 2013!

We had some extremely tough days, but we got through it thanks to my Mom, who flew in the day before surgery to help me while John was in the hospital, and my BIL, Tommy, who arrived for the final hospital days and helping us the first week JohnnyV was home! Additionally, my SIL, Nan, sent tons of food with Tommy, and my friend, Colette, brought meals over, which helped when I was too exhausted to cook. Being a caregiver ain’t for sissies!

august, 2016, post-op  2 days after aortobifem surgery 20160612_090438momlo

Neighbors (Fred, Ryan) took turns cutting our grass, friends (especially Andy) hauled heavy things that my back can’t handle, and did errands for us (Bruce & Pat, Dale & Dorsey). We had angels who gifted us above and beyond, and we are very grateful – you know who you are! 200th item soldYou sure find out who really cares when you go through a major crisis. When I put out the call that we would have huge medical bills and other expenses, clients almost emptied my etsy shop.
We recently sold our 200th (!!!) item from the EDA shop, and the purchaser of that 200th item got to pick out whatever she wanted, which was a hand-painted henna elephants tray. Congratulations, Nancy B!

TRINKET TRAYS, JEWELRY TRAYS, COLORFUL PAINTED BOWLS
14598684338313111625octavia3_tbRecent bowl subjects: sharks, turtles, flamingos, dots, hearts, finger labyrinths, MidCentury Modern abstracts, pumpkins, peacocks, nebulas, French Bulldogs, puffer fish, seahorses, whales, and octopuses! I keep adding stock to my store, but a lot of times the items are sold on Facebook before I can ever get them into my shop. VIP Club members get notified when items will be listed, too, so they get first dibs (look for the VIP link on this page). I am so grateful for my collectors!

peacock feather henna peacock bowl fall leaf bowl pumpkin bowl boston terrier pawprint bowl pumpkin bowlflying swans

DOTD figuresHOW-TO: DOTD FIGURINES

Halloween mode begins! For the last few years, I’ve done some sort of DOTD project, including painted skulls and purses. This year: fingurines. Here’s a brief “how-to” if you’d like to make your own (these are in my shop). Step 1: gather thrift store figures. Step 2: scrub and degrease them. Step 3: spray with adhesion promoter. Step 4: spray black. Step 5: draw a few “bone” guidelines with white water-based pencil. Step 6: paint white bones. Step 6: embellish design with other colors. Step 7: wipe away leftover pencil marks. Step 8: spray with clear coat. Step 9: enjoy what you made, or give them as gifts!

janasignHERE’S YOUR SIGN

Fun work has come across my desk, but the most interesting recent piece was a custom camp sign. The request: “it’s for our bellydance camp, and has to have a hookah and dinosaurs”! Each sign is handpainted (not vinyl lettering), and is designed to your specs, with creativity to bring your idea to life in a colorful way. (Photo: my client and her daughter with the finished sign at a drum and dance camp in Stuart, VA.)

VINTAGE CAMPER NEWS

0405871 fabricThe person who was supposed to sew our camper awning literally forgot about us, even after I sent material for the valance to her. She told me she forgot. She didn’t sew the awning until I emailed her after it didn’t arrive when she had promised it. THEN she mixed up ours with someone else’s, shipping them to the wrong homes, and I had to deal with the return the day after John had surgery. You think she’d give us a discount or something for the wait and the shipping hassle? Nope. I was disappointed since she’d come highly recommended, but at least the awning looks nice. I refuse to mention her name.

Since my bike will be used while we’re camping, I used some of the leftover awning fabric to make a basket liner for my bike. The liner includes a key clip, a phone pocket, and water bottle holder. This bike was gifted to me by a friend who only rode it twice. I peeled off the stickers, pinstriped it, added shiny new bars, white grips, and NOS vintage streamers. Now she’s shiny!

bike pinstriping  bike basket liner  inside basket liner

20160709_gigilola2PUPPY! As of July 9th, Miss Lola has a baby sister! She’s a Chi mix who was in a bad situation and destined for the pound and certain death. Puppies are a handful, especially one who had no attention paid to her training and socialization needs, but Gigi is smart and focused, and learning quickly. She still needs work on not hassling Lola so much, and gaining confidence. She fear barks at strangers, but we are working on all her issues, bit by bit.

THANK YOU so very much for your patience and continued patronage while John was recuperating. It really means the world to us, and helped pay the bills while our world was topsy-turvy. Things are far from “normal”, but looking a LOT better! Thank you!!

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Until next time (and beyond),
be kind and patient to each other,
Eclectic Dawn

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Spring Decor Tips

Spring Decor Tips

SPRING DECOR TIPS: Spring! It seems like we’ve all got a bit more energy; longer days, flowers blooming, and more sunshine. Remember to slow down, look around, and have fun and restorative moments in between your spring cleaning tasks! Want a fresh feel in your home for Spring?

  • Put away heavy, dark curtains and install lighter, slightly sheer curtains to let in more of that wonderful spring light.
  • Add more plants to your living areas, or a vase of spring flowers to your table.
  • Pack away “heavier” decor items (ie: massive dark pottery pieces), trading them out with lighter objects (think open weaves, thin profiles, bright colors). Example: swap out the heavy velvety throw on your couch with a light colored lacy throw.Spider Plant and Shells
  • How about a basket of pretty shells on a coffee table with vintage crochet work underneath? You can almost hear the ocean and feel summer coming!
  • Swap out dark wall art with brightly-patterned fabric in a frame.
  • After the danger of frost has passed, set a couple of pots of flowering plants at your front door to to welcome you and your guests home. It sets the tone before you even enter the home.
  • Remember, think bright, light, airy…open the curtains and let the sunshine in!

dev1SPRING PROJECTS: We also made time to visit friends and delve into some new projects. Recent commissions have included  a white rose, the story of Jesus in four parts, two elephant bowls, a decorative bowl for cellphone/keys as a sister to a piece I painted for Christmas, and a custom sign for The Vintage Idiot Re-Tiques. The Kukui Lagoon is HOPPIN’! (photos are below)

We took a day to deliver the sign to our friends, John and Tracy, in Woodlawn, VA. Their house is chock full of AWESOME thrifting finds, re-purposed items, and special items with great stories behind them. (photo: the new sign in their booth at Briar Patch, Galax) We had a great day of thrifting, laughing, and meeting the goats down at road at Cranberry Acre, too (Arwen makes divine scented soaps, and omg, she has the most glorious sewing room). Miss Lola came along for the ride and got to meet Jax, too. Sometimes it is QUITE alright to mix business with pleasure, as it refills your artistic gas tank. Thanks for the wonderful day, Tracy and John!

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SPRING SAVING: As promised, here are a few of the Cocktail Kitsch aprons in the shop.

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mt1602.lotuslove1_tb silks3.2016ALLSPRING SILKS: Spring means budding trees, sunny skies, daffodils, red bud trees, and tulips. Much of my work is influenced by the colors and lines of nature, and in spring there is such a vibrant quality to the new light, it makes me want to shout in color! The silk tapestry project certainly accomplished that!
Customers have been asking for small tapestries to hang on their walls, but with limited wall space, they want something smaller and higher-end than hippie tapestries. Using shibori and tie-dye techniques, I created these luscious silk mandala tapestries (tapestries that look like kaleidescopes or lotus flowers), and at 35″ square, they can be used as scarves, table accents, or wall hangings. And they make awwww-inspiring gifts!

SPRING BOWLS: After commissions, aprons, and silks, it was back to painting my world culture-influenced monkeypod bowls (my favorite projects). This work is so meditative, and the pieces just “become” what they are meant to be. I start painting the bowls, and before I know it, hours have flown by! Here are a few recent pieces…

mid mod bowlHenna Inspired BowlTribal Hammerhead

Tribal TurtlesTribal Horned Toad Whale Fluke Bowl

SPRING GIGGLES: I LOVE getting photos from clients, and this one made me smile BIG, because I love the gentle voice of Bob Ross (RIP)! Connie had just settled in to work on some pages in “My Mother’s Garden” coloring book, wheconniebobrossn she noticed who had popped up on the tv to create something pretty right along with her…Bob Ross! How perfect – creating happy trees together! Thanks for the photo, Connie! <3

And that’s it for our April Newsblog issue!  Remember, live with Gratitude Attitude for the simple things.
xo
Eclectic Dawn

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