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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!!

What do you want to read next time? Something artsy, spiritual, a how-to, questions needing answers? Let me know in the comments!
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Until next time (and beyond),
be kind and patient to each other,
Eclectic Dawn

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Creating Adult Coloring Book

Creating Adult Coloring Book

Skelly on a rusty bikeHappy Halloween! Just a few days away from a spectacular full-moon-on-a-Saturday Halloween! Buckets of candy? Check! Skelly on a bike? Check! Costume? Not yet…but I’m working on something that won’t be scary to the wee folk. I could give out candy in my civvies, but where’s the fun in THAT?

Roasted Pumpkin SeedsFour pumpkins have been carved, and the seeds are roasted! I am seriously addicted to fresh roasted pumpkin seeds, and I look forward to them all year long. I don’t do anything fancy to mine. As I pull pumpkin guts, I place the seeds in a bowl of water. Then I rinse and swish them around in a colander in the sink, removing the last of the pumpkin shrapnel. Soak the seeds in very salty water for about an hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place drained seeds in a shallow baking tray (with sides), and sprinkle with salt (or add cayenne or garlic or butter). Put in the oven for 20 minutes, take them out, stir them so they all get premium heat exposure, and then put back in the oven. I keep repeating 20 minute cycles until they are crispy. Allow to cool, then store in a jar. See how long you can make them last!

Using garden photos as reference.Huzzah! “My Mother’s Garden” Adult Coloring Book is off to the printers and should be in my etsy by mid-November! Almost half were spoken for during pre-orders, so grab your copy before they are gone.
I had such a great time creating this one, there will be at least two more. The next? “Ocean Rhythms”! This book is unusual in that the artwork is done in an artist’s sketch style instead of computer-generated line drawings, so as you color the pages in, you become the artist! Here are the steps I went through to create this sketchbook-style coloring book:

  1. Select 25 photos of Mom’s garden (the book will be 26 pages, including intro).
  2. Create sketches using the photos as reference.
  3. Ink the sketches with a fine-line marker, so they’ll look crisp in the book.
  4. Erase all the pencil lines (note to self: buy electric eraser). Double check to make sure all pencil is gone.
  5. Scan each at 300 DPI.
  6. Do digital touch ups, add borders/text, and then export as a cpt, flattened jpg, and pdf, using Corel.
  7. Create front cover and back cover graphics in Corel. Export cpt, jpg, pdf.
  8. Create cpt with interior intro page text. Save as cpt. Export as jpg and pdf.
  9. Create pdf file including ALL the flattened images. Basically, the book as a pdf.
  10. Triple check that EVERY word and page looks EXACTLY how it should. Check it again.
  11. Upload files to printer and place my order for a proof copy.
  12. Approve hard copy proof. Finalize full order.

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Another huzzah! We just got word that our vintage camper is going to be featured in the November 2015 issue of Vintage Camper Trailers magazine! *happy dance* If you love vintage trailers, you need a subscription to this glorious mag (and I didn’t get paid to say that). It is an invaluable resource of materials, ideas, and rally schedules, and the photos are downright amazing. Vintage trailer folk are a special breed, for sure, very generously sharing info and kindnesses at rallies and across the internet. Look up VCT on Facebook or their website, and when you subscribe, tell Paul that Eclectic Dawn sent you!

Tiki book
Click to go to our etsy.

If you need a great stocking stuffer for the adults, how about a little book of tiki history, drink and food recipes, and even a few sketches to color in?
Grab your copy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/187636839/tiki-drinks-food-recipe-book-treasures

shirtWe’ve added more dance items to our zazzle shop in a huge variety of colors and styles, such as our most popular “5,6,7,8 Dancer Clocks”: bellydancers, leaping modern dancers, in orange, blue, green, purple, aqua…with various beautiful background designs, and we’ve added WATCHES, too. ALSO, a whole new category of “I Heart Dance” items! I adore this swing shirt as comfy practice wear!

Two upcoming local sales where you can get EDA one-of-a-kind goods: (EVENTS ARE OVER)
Nov. 21st, here in our home gallery in Danville, VA, 8 – 11 AM (or by appointment). 20% off most items!
Dec. 5th, “From These Hands” Christmas Bazaar at Forest Lawn Baptist, Danville, VA. 9 am – 3 pm, fully handcrafted items from local artisans. Truly gorgeous gifts! Check out the Facebook event page to see what’s in store: https://www.facebook.com/events/1640267279546104/ Leather crafting, painting, pottery, fine jewelry, my Eclectic Dawn bowls and more!

Lola and PumpkinsAnd so begins the holiday dash of Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s! It always seems like such a blur, with so much to create, to clean, people to visit, and events to attend.
NOTE: If you are considering a commissioned piece for Christmas, my schedule is filling up quickly. I accept NO commissions after December 1st (or it won’t get to you in time). “Now” may seem early to you, but we have a lot of people expecting us to create unique gifts for them, and if you want one done, too, you need to order early enough for us to 1) fit your special gift into the paint schedule, and 2) ship it in time for Christmas. I can’t stress this enough: NOW is the to make your commission request!

Yes, we’ve been busy, but we also take time out to relax, and I hope that you do, too. Take a walk in the woods, hug a tree, call an old friend, or gaze at the stars. Enjoy the full moon Halloween this weekend and the joy of all the youngsters running around playing make-believe! Now go carve those pumpkins! 🙂
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With much Gratitude Attitude,
Eclectic Dawn

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