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 …

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

a MAGICal gift …

So this glorious gift arrived in my mailbox yesterday. My mom told me I had received a package and then I remembered that Sky had asked for my address recently, so I guessed it would be from her. And it was. I excitedly opened the package to find these inside. If you’ve been following my blog, you may remember I have mentioned this book a couple of times. It has been on my [lengthy] book list, and had landed itself at the top of the list since I’ve become reunited with my creativity and all. Reunited and it feels so good.

Man, I sure do love having friends that I sync with even with 100s or 1000s of miles between us.

The adorably awesome Buddha painting is a Sky Schulz original, which I am so happy to have (even more so than the book!) ;) And, by the way, Sky told me that the book is signed by Elizabeth Gilbert!!! Say whaaa?!?

Thank You Thank You Sky … I could feel so much energy when I laid my hand on this book (you and Liz got some good vibes). Such a MAGICal feeling.

pretty beer, pretty BEER …

Does anyone else think that beer is really pretty? Look at the caramel colored crispness of the Pilsner at the top and the chocolaty richness of the Stout (that was my beer) and the frothy gold hue of the IPA … those may not be the best descriptors to give their beauty justice, but I know you can see it too.

Not only do I find beer pretty, but I also love drinking it. There have been a few times in my life where I have cut back on drinking, yet I couldn’t bear to let the beer go. When I was training for my first half marathon (ages ago now), I realized that drinking often was really not helping my body, so I cut back to 1-2 beers once a week when I went out with friends. Then, a few years after that, I was practicing a fairly strict Paleo lifestyle … except that I refused to give up beer (which is far from Paleo!!) and chocolate. These days, I drink a whole lot less than I did when I was living/working in the city and drinking makes me feel crappier now (actually, I’m just more aware of the crappy feeling and no longer using it to drown out my unhappy lifestyle), but I still won’t quit beer. I love beer … looking at it and drinking it (the latter preferred).

Now don’t ask me what this has to do with being creative because I got nothing. I just figured you all would want to see some beautiful beers and hear my story. Next time, you drink a beer, cheers to creativity! Or draw/write something bad ass on your bar napkin (and send me a photo pretty please) … see, creativity can be linked to anything ;)

innovation CREATION …


If you actually made it down to the bottom of this post, I will share with you where these inspiration-invoking questions came from. My wonderful friend Lauren recently moved to the wonderful city of San Francisco. She had visited the The Innovation Hangar a couple months ago when I was starting out this new inspiration-invoking blog, so she sent me these photos to share on my blog (check out the installation pic below). Yes, I’m just now getting around to posting them, and I also had to ask Lauren to resend them as I never saved them to my phone ;) Man, I am too damn honest with you people sometimes.

I hope at least one of these questions sparked something in you! Maybe a thought or maybe you journaled about it or maybe it will come up for you a month from now. Either way, we can all create something magical in this universe together if we stay true to ourselves and follow our passions!!!

march of LINES …

Some meditatively repetitive doodling. When I was younger, I used to get so agitated by repetition of any kind (i.e. drawing repetitive shapes, hearing or writing repeated words/letters, being touched repeatedly in the same place on my body, etc). I truly believe that a meditation practice and self-awareness has helped alter this for me over the years. I realize that sometimes the agitation is due to an emotional blockage I may need to work through in my body. And if I keep going, the agitation dissipates. And sometimes, I just gotta stop before I explode … although exploding isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Get it out! Release! This is kind of hard to explain to you, but I felt like sharing it anyway. Ok bye now.

tune into your SOUL …

Ever been listening to a song and a verse relates to that exact moment in your life? This has happened to me a number of times in my life and always when I’m more emotionally connected to music. Today, I was literally trying to find my umbrella in the backseat of my car as KT Tunstall (don’t ask, I busted out some old CDs to listen to in my car cause the radio is so terrible) sang the lyrics “trying to find my umbrella.” No joke. I found my umbrella at that exact moment, held it in my hands and let out a jolly heartfelt laugh. And then busted out my phone to write this. We can create even without intention. Be mindful of these amazing synchronicities in life. This shit is real.

yin AND yang …


black AND white . light AND shadow . sun AND moon

Welcome to this week’s black and white photo series. All shot with my iPhone. All seen through my eyes. All natural images from my various life experiences. All exhibiting my love for extreme contrast. Opposites are essential to the universe. Balancing these opposites is essential to a peaceful life.

SPRING peaks through …

How can you sprout some new life inside yourselves today? It’s ok to start small like this little green guy. He’s shooting through those old dried up leaves ready to take charge of his new life! “Watch out world, I’m comin’ for ya” (I hate to put words in his mouth, but if I was that plant, that’s what I’d say anyway.)

It’s almost Spring. Spring cleaning. New awakenings. Reset areas of your life that need some fresh energy!

ART for the week …

Some of you may remember my blog post with the 2016 planner I bought to organize my life. Well, I did end up buying a bigger planner (thank goodness!), so the cute small one has been turned into a sketchbook … as you can see here. So, this was my “schedule” from last week … and yes, I did actually draw/write on the week of March 7-13. I wanted to post one every week on the actual week, but the pens leak through the paper so it’s going to have to be every other week. Or who gives a shit what week I draw on cause you can’t see it anyway and it’s just a cool idea YAY! ;)