Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My first Linnie Blooms EXCITED!

Hey everyone....this is my first project for the Linnie Blooms Design Team I am on!
Having SO much fun with these products!
I will be having a class in my store on March 26th for this project....come by and see it and sign up if you are in the area. :)

GIVE AWAY! Comment on this blog and someone will win the class FREE!  If you are not in the area I will send you the kit.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ribbon flowers

I really love how these flowers turned out.  They are very easy to do.  And I made them into pins.  Would be lovely for a little Easter gift to mom, daughter, sister? :)
I see people have looked at my blogs but no one comments. 
Let's try something.
If you want to see how these gorgeous flowers are made. Let's see a few comments and I will post the directions.   
It's worth a shot...:)


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

My Sailor's Valentine promised here is the Sailor's Valentine I made for my husband at least 10 years ago.  It hangs in our bedroom. I didn't use as many shells as the old ones but I didn't have that many. I do now....maybe I will work on another one. ;)

It was a lot of fun to make...I love the heart shell in the middle and all the tiny sand dollars around the edge...they look like lace. :)


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Friday, February 6, 2015

A special Valentine...

My husband gave me a Valentine's Day gift a few years ago that I have kept just the way he gave it to me. I was on a diet that every other I didn't want chocolates. I know...hard to believe. So he gave me the box and after glaring at him and thinking he was trying to sabotage me again...I opened it and this is what I found. :) ~Dawn

Is this not the sweetest thing...:)  

Sorry for the blurry first pic of the box. :/

 I just love all the little flowers and the seashell beads. So cute. :)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sailor's Valentine's

I discovered a gorgeous way to use my seashells a few years ago.  Not sure where I first saw one but I thought it was one of the most beautiful things I had seen.  I got all my shells together and made one for my husband for Valentine's Day probably 10 years ago. 

It's called a Sailor's Valentine.  Here are some pictures and the story of how they started.



A sailor's valentine is a form of shellcraft, a type of mostly antique souvenir, or sentimental gift made using large numbers of small seashells. These were originally made between 1830 and 1890, and they were designed to be brought home from a sailor's voyage at sea and given to the sailor's loved one or loved ones.[1] Sailor valentines are typically octagonal, glass fronted, hinged wooden boxes ranging from 8" to 15" in width, displaying intricate symmetrical designs composed entirely of small sea shells of various colors glued onto a backing. Patterns often feature a centerpiece such as a compass rose or a heart design, hence the name, and in some cases the small shells are used to spell out a sentimental message.
Although the name seems to suggest that the sailors themselves made these objects, a large number of them originated in the island of Barbados, which was an important seaport during this period. Historians believe that the women on Barbados made the valentines using local shells, or in some cases using shells imported from Indonesia, and then the finished products were sold to the sailors.[1]
In his book Sailors' Valentines, John Fondas concludes that the primary source for sailors' valentines was the New Curiosity Shop, located in McGregor Street, Bridgetown, Barbados, a popular shop where sailors would purchase souvenirs. The shop was owned by the English brothers B.H. and George Belgrave.[2] Fonda recounts that while an antique sailors' valentine was being repaired and reconstructed, pieces of a Barbados newspaper were found inside the backing material.
Today, antique sailors' valentines are collectibles, valued for their beauty and unusual qualities. Collector interest has sparked a resurgence in sailors' valentines as an art form, and because of this, shell kits and patterns are now sold at craft shops.[3] Many sailors' valentines, both new and old, can be found on Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

With Valentine's Day around the corner I thought I would share this project I have up for a class in the shop. 
I will have a few kits available in the online store section under the "Blog Project kits" tab but the paper is no longer available by itself. You get everything to complete your project and directions to make it. I will be adding the kits to the online store as soon as I'm done here...they are limited so grab it quick!  :)

This little box and tags turned out so cute and I really love the much more than your usual pinks and reds for Valentine's Day. 

The petal trim around the box is also what I made the flower with. Would be a sweet gift for any occasion not just for Valentine's Day...for your mom, daughter, granddaughter, friend. Sure to make anyone smile. 

It's all about having ~Dawn