Thursday, September 29, 2011


My heart runneth OVER, with happy, this week...lucky in family and friends - a windfall of special artworks, and more.  Happy, indeed!  Let me start with these STUNNING, hand dyed acrylic flower components.  After months of hit and miss dates on both of our calendars, I finally got together with Suzan of  Old Grey Mare Primitives, for a really wonderful breakfast, on Monday...and was delighted that Heather French could join us.

Some of you may know Heather from the quilting world, and her beautiful, original quilt pattern, "French Roses".  Heather is mega-multi-talented, like the ever-prolific Ms. "Z" (quilters, bakers, candlestick artisans, incredible teachers, and friends...OK, I was just kidding about the candlesticks, but they both can probably do that, too), and has started a new venture, just finishing up two major nationwide bead shows, with an incredible reception for these breathtaking pieces!
I had been hearing about how beautiful these were, for months, from Z...nothing compared with actually having them in my hands, however.  They are two are alike - the colors are to die (dye) for - I could go on and on, but just look for yourself...
These are all mine - told you it has been a windfall week! "Create", she told me - and create I intend to. I have rolled them over and over in my hands for the past few days, still marveling at the rich hues, and the fact that they are mine. Heather, I can't even begin to thank you ROCK, girl!  I will make you proud.
While her Vintage Meadow Artworks website is still in the construction stages, you can contact Heather directly, at, regarding pricing and availability.  Trust me, you will be glad you did. 
I have a friend that has a little quote on her blog that says,  "I love my computer because my friends live in it".  I have truly met some of the nicest people through my computer.  This afternoon I opened my mailbox and found a package from one such dear soul, in Denmark...Dorthe, of Den Lille Lade.  Dorthe and I found each other, out in "blogland", a few months back - she makes beautiful dolls and mixed media creations. 
Inside this surprise package, I found of her delightful little driftwood dolls (Little Miss Happy Heart - her arms and body are actually driftwood pieces from across the ocean), and a beautiful collage piece, complete with a vintage photo of a little girl and her doll, laces, silk, rhinestones and papers.  These pieces will be cherished, Dorthe...thank you!  You needn't have, but I must say, I'm glad you did.  I think I have found another pretty great friend through my computer, for sure! 
"Happy Heart",'s been a great week to be me!  To family and friends alike, I love you all, dearly...even the ones that live in my computer.  Happy, happy, joy, joy!


Colleen Mcgraw said...

Wow you are one spoiled girl and rightfully so. You got some mighty creative friends missy and you deserve every single one of them. Wished I could have been there to help celebrate your special day, hope every minute of every hour was shared with special people.
Happy Birthday girlfriend

Dorthe said...

Hi sweet girl, I`m so happy, my little thankyou packet arrived safely- and so much, that you likes "happy heart" thankyou for your beautiful words-dear, I`m happy being your friend.
The flower buquet is stunning-those colors ,so fantastic- I know you will create gorgeous art pieces using them.
Hugs and love, Dorthe

Dorthe said...

Hi sweet girl,
love the beautiful flowers, you recieved-such fantastic colours- I know you will create stunning art pieces with them.
And thankyou dear, for your sweet words- `m so happy you recieved my thankyou packet,and that you likes her-and happy being your friend.
Hugs and love, Dorthe

Anonymous said...

Oh those flowers are beautiful! I can't wait to see what you make with them. I love driftwood too, that doll is supper cute, I have driftwood in my craft room and out by the pool, I just love it.


Anonymous said...

pretty soon you will enough wallets for all of us to share, to hide out true identities,on one of our trips kind of like Thelma and Louis...but with a better ending. We need to find one the says 'Shirley'!!! Love you tons and miss you more!!!

JOLEEN - The Primitive Bucket

oldgreymare said...

It was a lovely breakfast, so long overdue and just the beginning of many more. I still feel bad that I did not know it was your special day and you brought ME a gift! Which I love, which I will show as soon as I get myself back on like that ever happens!

Heather's flowers are something aren't they? You cannot believe how hard she works to produce those beauties, and I know you will create something spectacular with them.

Have a fabulous weekend sweetie <3

Ok we managed SEPT. Let's try for another in house this time :D

vicki said...

Hi Tanya- I've popped over to see your beautiful blog from Dofthe's amazing blog----

Your new flower treasures are truly exquisite- the colors are stunning. I can only imagine that you have so many ideas for ways to use them!!

The necklace you made for Dorthe is so beautiful- it just looks like something she would love. You do beautiful work--

I hope you are having a wonderful fall- we were out your way a few weeks ago- it was 110 in the shade(!). What is it they say--- it's a dry heat--!


Carole said...

Gosh how did I miss this post? I have heard so much about Heathers creations from Z and had only seen earrings. Truly her work is magnificent. You lucky girl!
Dorthe is a true treasure in blogland and love her to glad you two have gotten to know each other. Where else but in blogland do we get to make such wonderful friendships?

Carole your new black gaga jewelry and looking forward to new etsy creations

Hopewell Creek Designs said...

I love those flowers!!I can't wait to see what you create with them.I just bet you will come up with something fabulous! How fun though to be able to meet up with such great gals for breakfast=)

Mandy said...

I love the flowers! I'm gonna have to get my hands on some! Can't wait tovse what you make with them!