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3.09.2013

IT'S A SHORE THING


One of my lovely, artsy friends who came to visit when I first got to St Pete,




brought me a bowl...a goldfish bowl for lack of a better term...to decorate.




She's one of my besties...so I didn't have the heart to say No...





even though I knew my play time was short and sweet while there.




And I'm glad I didn't say no (which was my first thought...only it sounded more like NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!)




because it was a project that stretched my boundaries and ended up being lots of fun and really rewarding.





Said friend volunteered to recruit local artists to bling up these bowls to use as table centerpieces for Dunedin Fine Arts Center's upcoming Garden Party.





This is their biggest annual fundraising event and the bowls will be auctioned off as part of their effort to raise money for all the really wonderful programs they put on all year long.




I actually love the way mine turned out - as evidenced by the dozens of pictures I took of it.





The guidelines said to decorate the inside of the bowl...using the "It's A Shore Thing" theme...but being a bit of a rebel...I went for the outside.





That-a-way...the inside can still be used for.........ummmm....stuff. Food, marbles, flowers, you know.....stuff.




Using lots of different glues, items that I picked up, some that I brought with me, found, was given, or received in the mail...I went to town.





I made little beads to place around the rim with left-overs...but still not sure if I'm crazy about the way they look on it.





I didn't like it for days because while you could see the palm trees and sky just fine...





the shore was kind of hidden when it was sitting on the table...





so one day while thrifting...with said friend...I bought a pedestal that just happened to fit perfectly on the bottom of the bowl 





and really transformed it. 





I put a little tea candle in it and boy did that make it look good.




No shame here.


I'll let you know if it sells...and if it doesn't, I'M buying it! 



Wonder if I can get an absentee bidding ballot?!?



Create Your Life,



annie!

48 comments:

  1. its beautiful and the pedestal lifts it to a new level and adds dimension to it, its a beauty!What an exciting idea!

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  2. It's gorgeous! Decorating the outside was a good decision. It belongs on a pedestal, serendipity! And the tea light just makes it glow with 'annie!-ness'! I predict it will be one of the first ones to sell! :)

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  3. #1 - Applauding the rebel girl!!! #2 - Excellent addition of the pedestal! This is a great piece of art. Fantastic, annie!
    I typedall tathr eallyslow but i'm outof patienceow n! lol

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    1. #1 Thank You Annie. #2 Thank you very much! #3 LOL

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  4. Absolutely stunning Annie... I LOVE it... and it looks fabulous with the pedestal... and the candle light... what an amazing piece of art...

    Jenny ♥

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  5. WOW! annie! this is absolutely beautiful. It is Bound to sell :) ybf ann.

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    1. Thanks Ann! It IS bound to sell...because if no one buys it at the Garden Party...I really AM! LOL!

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  6. WoW-Wheee Annie, that is GORgeous!!! I would certainly bid for it were I there. As soon as I saw it, I thought 'tea-light' lol, so I'm delighted you did the outside instead of the inner. I think doing the inner would be ever so troublesome & I'm sure you've got more on the outside anyway (bigger surface area). Love love lovin' it! :0) Mo x

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    1. :) Thank you Mo!!! It's your standard size fish bowl...so I Could have gotten my hand inside to decorate it...but hey...I ALways look for the easy way and this was it! xxxoo

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  7. Gulp! then gasp! You're asked to decorate the inside and you come up with this marvel! It's so wonderful and imaginative and colourful. I love the strips of colour, the frill at the top, the seahorse, the palm tree with its own fruit ... and everything. Adding a tealight was a superb finishing touch. You also win the prize for the post with the most photographs and I enjoyed every one of them.

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    1. LOL! I HAD TO RESTRAIN MYSELF FROM ADDING MORE PHOTOS!!! You know...I wanted to make sure I showed off every aspect of it! I really am totally shameless. Thank you so much Sheila!

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  8. This is gorgeous Annie! at first glance I thought you had used glass paints, but when I looked closely.... Wow! as you know me and collage are best friends so the idea of collaging glass is just amazing, thanks so much for sharing it! I bet it looks fabulous with a tea light inside. :) ps. love the little seahorse.

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    1. Thank you Morag! I love collage too but I've never tried it on glass before. Opens up a whole new world! The seahorse is from a broken vintage piece of jewelry. :)

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  9. It looks like you had fun and the tea light is a great idea. Whoever buys it will have lots of things to look at.

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  10. Marvelous, crusty gold fish bowl. What a great idea.....How about a whole patio of them filled with tea lights....xox

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  11. Wow this is awesome you have turned it into a masterpiece!

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  12. Hello Annie,
    this turned out fab and yes, on the pedestal and lit up it looks awesome!

    guess what arrived in today's mail -yep your fun, charming and wonderful book mark. I will treasure and use it. So very kind of you! thank you so very much ~

    xo

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    1. Thank you Tammie Lee! I'm glad your book mark arrived. Just a little sumthin to let you know you're appreciated.

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    1. Thank you! :) After seeing this post several times to reply to comments...I'm feeling a little embarrassed that I posted so many pictures of it!

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    2. Don't. It allowed us to see all the different angles of it. So beautiful.

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  14. Love the post title ...perfect. The bowl. Is super, with all its warmth ,texture, vibrancy and depth.

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  15. so beautiful and colorful ! you should make a small film out of it ! love it !

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    1. If I knew how already...I might just do that! Great idea. Thanks so much Claudine!

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  16. this is sooooo unique and romantic!!! I love all the details and the warm light it brings...seems like sitting at sundown on a warm sandy beach...I LOVE IT!!

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    1. Thank you so much Conny! That was just where my heart was when I was working on it! It didn't hurt that I was able to be at St Pete Beach every few days while in FL. :)

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  17. This is absolutely AWESOME !!

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  18. Awesome project, Annie. On another note, thank you so much, I received your fabric bookmark today.

    I love it! Now I want to know how you made it? Besides sewing down, did you use fusible batting or something similar, to make everything lay completely down?

    Hope your move goes well.

    See you out in blogland

    Hugs
    Yvonne (ARTic Blonde Creations)

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  19. You're so welcome Yvonne. And Thank You!

    I simply take a piece of base fabric (enough to make several of whatever I'm making) and free motion stitch all my itty bitty scraps onto it...usually covering the base. I don't use fusible for this mainly because so many of my fabrics will melt when ironed...just learned to manipulate it by practicing. I've only sent the needle through my finger twice. :) If it doesn't lay flat, I stitch like crazy on top to flatten it down. After I cut the bookmarks from the base, I stitch around the edge to keep it all together. Super simple and ZEN.

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  20. I love your bowl. It's fantastic. They will raise a lot of many from your creation.

    stamplaughplay.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Boo. I love your name. We always called my favorite Uncle...Boo. :)

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  21. Oh my, what a challenge! I wouldn't have had any idea what to do with this. But it turned out amazing!

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    1. It WAS a challenge...and I felt like you said...because I don't 'do' glass. Well...that's not true...because I can't wait to begin another one!

      Thanks Caatje!

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  22. Truly wonderful & inspiring Annie! x

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