such brilliant PLYdeas …

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So, it took me almost 2 years to get these guys on Etsy. I don’t want to keep hogging these furniture pieces all to myself anymore! Actually, they’ve been wrapped in blankets and  hiding in a room with many boxes of other things not being used. It’s time they go to new owners who can enjoy and appreciate them EVERY DAY for their beauty and hard work.

Please take a moment to check out my Etsy shop and share it with anyone who might also appreciate these unique, completely one-of-a-kind, handmade furniture pieces. All were designed by me and 2 were built by me as well (Curves and Elements). The other pieces were built by a woodworking friend who was quite accepting and patient with my rather particular designer tendencies ;)

If you’re interested in the stories of how these pieces came to be, click on their names below …

Elements
Cubey
Curves
Intersect
10 Blocks
23 Degrees
Triple D

And then there’s my first born which is not for sale. This is where it all started, so you may want to read this story first ;)

THANK YOU for taking the time to check out my creations for the 1st or 10th time!!!

XO Dawn

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school of FLOWERS …

This is a few months old, but I just had to share another creative experiment of mine – a flower arranging class at the Flower School NY. My amazing Arizona friends and I did some flower arranging back in the day, ya know, when we were young whippersnappers. A wonderfully giving florist downtown used to teach free classes once a month as part of Phoenix’s First Friday art walk. And the classes were led by the equally amazing Sarah Noffi (bad ass creative being – jewelry, furniture, metalwork, flowers (obviously), and who knows what else!).

So, I’ve always had a liking toward floral design and thought I’d give it another shot to see if it was something I wanted to dive deeper into. I did enjoy the class and the beautiful arrangement that resulted from it. However, that’s where it ended at this point in my life.  Instead, I signed up to save the world as a Health Coach! Figured it would make more sense to save the world with health and wellness than with flowers ;)

But, I sure do enjoy their scent and eye candy!

the BEAUTY of aging …

This is such a Dawn photo. I love the textures. I love the detail. And I love the rusted metal. For those of you that don’t know this about me, I get crazy excited and kinda turned on by steel … add rust to it and FORGET IT! And I’m dead serious.

Took this photo in Hoboken on Monday and could barely control myself ;)

think ABSURDLY …

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Love this quote and concept. Be different. Be daring. Be you.

Note: My hope with this blog is to help inspire others, and sometimes (ok, all the time) it’s more to remind myself of what I need to do in my own life !

may my news INSPIRE you to bloom …

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You can draw and create on anything … even the Catholic Times ;)

No one gets newspapers anymore, but this one shows up on my mom’s driveway every so often. In case you’re curious, I am not a crazy Catholic … if I was, I would probably feel guilty defacing their newspaper. But, hey, I did make it look pretty cool. Plus, the word ‘pornography’ takes it up another notch.

The moral of this story: Try looking at things around you from a different viewpoint. They don’t all have to have one purpose/meaning, unless you let them.

spanish WISDOM …

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It’s time to get out of your own way!!! I’ve been blocking myself for years and years and still working on it as I type. If you’ve never failed, then you’ve never tried something new … pretty sure I read that quote, or something close to that, on Instagram or Facebook yesterday … I know you get the point ;)

Disclaimer: the background image was not created/photographed by yours truly.

plan THIS …

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Bought this cute little 2016 planner the other day so that I can organize my life. It’s challenging to do that without the typical 9-5 job. Took my new treasure home and started writing in it, when I saw at the bottom “DO SOMETHING CREATIVE THIS WEEK” … coincidence, I think not. However, I have to be honest with you that this little planner is too small for my needs, so I’m going to buy a bigger one with more room to write out my daily events … it’s hard being so busy and important.

PS Don’t ask me if I had a chance to draw this week with my busy and important schedule ;)

REintroducing 10 BLOCKS …

10blocks collage

48w . 22d . 16h
plywood . glass

10 Blocks came about when I drew it graphically in plan and instantly loved it. Then I extruded each square in my head and knew it would be beautiful. Simple and elegant…just like me, hahaha!

Since it was such a simple design, I asked Don if he’d quickly build it for a furniture show I had in April 2014, and he did it masterfully. Each square block is an individual piece, so they could be arranged in any order preferred by 10 Blocks’ future owner. Have fun with it!

REintroducing 23 DEGREES …

23degrees collage

24w . 6d . 6h
plywood . plumbing pipes

I honestly don’t remember where the idea came about for 23 Degrees. Sometimes, I’d set out on sketching sprees and just see what comes out of this creative genius. I suppose this was how this piece came to appear on paper. Only the universe knows that answer, I suppose. I will admit that the pipe attachments were borrowed from something I saw on the information super highway. But the wood, that was all me. Keep your minds out of the gutter, people.