Day 9: Let the Beauty You Love, Be What You Do

Let the Beauty You Love

Day 9: Let the beauty you love, be what you do.

My desk had become crazy messy with all the crafting I’m doing. My work space was shrinking as more supplies made their way to the desktop and the layers of paper, pens, glue sticks, scissors, brushes, embellishments, rubber stamps crept into the little empty place in the center.  Before I started crafting today, I spent 30 minutes putting away tools and supplies I wasn’t using and organizing (re-stacking) stuff I planned to use today.

As I sorted through the flotsam and jetsam, collecting little scraps and interesting bits, I saw that I was halfway to getting a spread assembled. I had a quote from Rumi scribbled on an envelope, a glittery bit of trim cut off an old calendar page but saved for it’s sparkling possibilities, a heart-shaped stencil with interesting paint smears and a pretty crescent moon that my sister let me snag from her collection of images.

I decided to use these in a page and knew I’d be using the beautiful image of a purple bottle I’ve been wanting to include.  It is too tall for my book,  but I love how it looks, so just made a little fold-out flap to include it.

Flap with Key

The butterfly and heart scraps were leftovers from previous projects and with a few more scraps from the pile, a great photo from a magazine of a painting of Mt. Tam, some paint and a few more embellishments, my spread for Day 9 was just about done.

I got everything glued in place and carefully wrote out the quote from Rumi.

Rumi quote

I had started with a small, paper key but liked this metal one better so I switched it out and added a little sparkly dot.  A heart charm dangles down from the flap.


Dianne Dots were the finishing touch.

Dianne Dots

I also made two more birthday cards to get my mom stocked up.

Birthday Bird & Collage

The bird came from the same old calendar as the little glittery border I used in my Art Journal.  Thanks, Shook!

Cigar Label Birthday Card

Both of these cards used paper and embellishments that were already out on my desk.

If I took a picture of it now you probably wouldn’t believe that I’d cleaned it up, but I know that it is much better than it was.

Last year for Day 9 of 30 Days of Creativity I made these pretty Glass Tile Pendants.

The year before that I made a pair of Pink Glass Earrings.

Thanks for coming on by.


Filed under 30DOC, Crafts

4 responses to “Day 9: Let the Beauty You Love, Be What You Do

  1. like…like…like…especially the vase and flap…I like the unusual…

  2. I would’ve loved seeing a picture of your craft space (before you clean and after you clean) I love seeing how people really create and where they create! I was thinking of posting “where do I really blog” it’s always messy and my son tries to get his hands on everything but that’s my reality!
    sorry, back to ‘let the beauty you love be what you do!’, I really like the metal key and heart charm; very pretty! 🙂 YAY! for day 9 Dianne! good work!

    • Thanks you, Ingrid, for all your wonderful comments!! I’ll snap a few photos when my desk gets crazy again. I’m having a great time with these projects but still have the challenge of fitting them in around other things. For example, today I went to the gym than to work and took a hike with my sister after work so I knew my crafting time would be limited but the hike seemed like a great idea and it was. I crafted on my lunch and afternoon breaks and have finished but now need to get the photos loaded, etc. Your enthusiastic support is wonderful

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