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Saturday, July 2, 2011

I Was Inspired!!

Hello my dear friends,

my post today is about me being inspired by a fellow blogger and the result of it. The blogger I am talking about is Dawn from "The Feathered Nest". It is due to Dawn in the first place that I started Todolwen and she still inspires me all the time just like so many of you other lovely bloggers!!

I am sure that many of you out there shop for supplies without knowing exactly what you will do with them. This happened to me with some larger canvases that were on sale at Michaels last week and the baby dress from my recent post. I didn't really have an  idea as to what I was going to do with either of them and then one day I read Dawn's post about her birds nest on the inside of a canvas. I was  taken by her creation and suddenly it just went 'click' in my head and the idea of what to make from a canvas and baby dress was there.

Lovely vintage looking paper roses.

An old vintage book with aged pages.

 Brass hardware from my daughter Ashleigh's old desk.

And some old boot buckles.

The supplies that I needed were waiting upstairs in my craft room, I just had to choose what I was going to use. Once that was decided it didn't take me long to start and finish this creation. I can't believe how sticky your fingers can get when you modge-podge book pages to something, and the worst thing is that if you aren't careful you get stuck to your work and rip pieces back off! (this happened to me more than once with this project and my temper did get the better of me once or twice).

But despite that, here is the result!

For my first attempt I am happy that it turned out nicely, very simple, yet pretty. If you feel like it and have a moment leave me a comment and let me know what you think!!!

And last but not least ...

thank you Dawn, my dear friend, for inspiring me to become a better artist! I hope all of you out there in Blog-Land have someone you can look to for inspiration too, because it makes crafting that much more special.

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. Hello there dear Karen,
    Your creation is beautiful! Don't you just love blogland? It IS so inspiring! Dawn is so talented and I love her ideas. And yours are pretty fabulous too, you know that?
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. your artwork is absolutely lovely! excellent use of contrasting delicate fabric & roses with metal & vintage text. beautifully uncomplicated!! AND i really appreciate your hymn feather tutorial. thank you so much for sharing & inspiring me ... :)

  3. Oh my goodness that is so very precious!!
    I just love being inspired and letting creativity flow!


  4. That is just a wonderful piece. I was just reading your post concerning the "cheering up" potential of shopping for such things. I am with you and love what you have make!!!

  5. What a great idea; inspiration is everyone and Dawn does have an abundance of it! Your work is wonderful~

  6. Oh Karen. This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! You know how much I love doll and baby dresses...and this is perfect to showcase them both ~ Just remember sweet friend, we inspire one another, that's what I love most about blogging :) I still can't wait to try making the paper feathers!!! hugs and love, Dawn

  7. Yep, I'd say that turned out pretty darned good! It is so adorable.

  8. Your artwork is absolutely beautiful,Karen!!
    I love Dawn's artwork too and she is always an inspiration and just soo sweet.
    Have a lovely Sunday.

  9. Your dress is so very lovely. What a beutiful way to display it,soft and pretty.

    I love the way blogging inspires us all.

    Have a great week,
    Hugs, Angela.

  10. Hi Karen!
    I have missed so much of your prettyness the last weeks. But it is always worth the look and stay in your blog. So much beautiful inspiration, and words also.
    read abour your royal invitation as well. Wow that is a rare thing indeed. :)I have never meet royality but I made the flowerdecorations for the princess of Norway when she married in the Cathedral.That was a huge and intens experience.

    Using a canvas on the wrong side well thats a clever idea. Typical dDawn. She is an inspiration and so are you as well. Always find something to try and admire when I visit you.
    Hugs from Norway.

  11. I am thrilled to have found your blog. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog and you are entered into my giveaway. your baby dress has the most wonderful way to be displayed now. You have some most talented pieces here. Please do come back for a visit. I am a new follower of yours too!

  12. Karen,
    You sweet girl,. I LOVE what you have made!
    (so much I may try it myself!) =)
    Think I'm going to have to show my friends too.

    And regarding Dawn, she has been a sweet inspiration to me too, and I'm sure many others!
    I love her work, and her sweet spirit. Always willing to help where she can, and just pain fun to visit her blog.

    Blessings sweet girl

    barbara jean