Tuesday, July 14, 2009

dots + winners

Here I have a lot of paper dots, which are the leftover remnants from my address file card cuttings. They're so pretty that I can't bear to throw them away, but after all these years I still haven't thought of anything to do with them, and now I have boxes and boxes full!

Perhaps they would be good for someone who does a lot of collage, or art with paper. Each is tiny, about 1cm, or 3/8" in diameter. Do you have any ideas of what I could do with them? Could you use them? If so I will send you a boxful!

dots by you.

And, thank you to everyone of my past customers who entered the giveaway for my spring-summer 2009 cards. It is so lovely to hear from you all once again, find out who you are, and discover some of your beautiful blogs, too!

Using random generator, I've selected winners for ten packs of cards:

2. cindy : quaint

5. Brooke Reynolds

14. Neon Relish

26. the dipe squad

27. Sheira

33. joanna

35. janet

40. Yellow

45. jessica

63. chicadecanela

Congratulations to you all, I very much hope that you love the new cards and they perk up your old files! If you haven't heard from me already, please send a note to me at sharilyn AT lovelydesign DOT com with your address information so I can get them out to you.

And a big thank-you to you all for keeping in touch!

68 comments:

sew nancy said...

congratulations to the winner. i hope you feel well again soon.
i would be interested in the dots for a collage piece i have in mind.

Amy said...

I would be interested in the dots for an art project with my son and his buddies. They love to make items with recycled goodies. Our last project was "binoculars" with 2 empty toilet paper rolls, some yarn, and art supplies to decorate.

nikki/WhiMSy love said...

I posted a comment on your flickr too---I'd love some to make a dainty garland! The colors are super sweet!

Sara*P said...

Ooooo - I do collage and would LOoooooooVE some of those beauties - that's so kind of you!! xoxo
Sara*P

Janet said...

I make collages and when I saw that box of dots I was immediately hit with about a dozen different ways to use them! I would SO love to have a box of dots. Plus, what fun I will have when my husband says "Why whatever is this package you've received today, Dear?" and I can reply... "Why its a box of dots." Who gets to say that? :) I hope me!!!

Brooke Reynolds said...

I think this may be the first thing I have every won in my whole life! Hooray! Thank you Sharilyn..

Nina said...

i think a mobile made with hundreds of lil dots would be very beautiful, albeit time consuming!

the dipe squad said...

Before I read you were giving some away, I thought how fun it would be to have a box of beautiful dots! If we could claim one, we would give it a good home! I recently created a tackle box/art box for my 3-year-old daughter, and she is enraptured. I'd love to have those dots for her to work with and work into her creations...but having won a lovely card gift from you, do I seem too greedy? Thank you so much for sharing your gift of creativity! I hope you'll be feeling much better soon!

Chandra said...

I am so sorry you have been sick Sharilyn! I have missed you and your lovelydesign ideas...;( I hope you are better soon!

I would loooovvveee to have a little peice of you sitting in my studio. Not sure what exactly I would do with them, perhaps a fun and whimsical way to stuff a home made card sent to a loved one...and sure way to remind me of: the very first blog I visited after reading a magazine that featured you, the very first blog I followed, and the very first blog that opened my eyes to a wonderful, wonderful world called: blogging.

Come and visit me at www.monkeyshinebusiness.blogspot.com sometime. I think you are terrific!

sarahirenedyer said...

Yay! If you still have a box of dots I would Love to have one to create a project I've been thinking about for awhile now.

I hope you start feeling better!!

TrippleJN said...

A box of dots would be really wonderful for my daughter...she and I both would love them, I think. :) (If you have any left. I know I'm certainly not the first to speak up.)

I adore the photo of Adelaide and Elliot during bath time!!

Jenny

shelese said...

I would love to have some fun dots to play with. I picture myself and my daughter creating fun art with it.

katevp-a said...

wow, lots of people want dots!

I too would love some dots for my own.

for cards or garlands!

Jessica P said...

I would love love to have a box of dots! They would make great magnets. The idea of a mobile is pretty intriguing also!

PS I emailed you as well; I was so excited about the prospect of dots that I totally forgot about the comments area.

iva yaneva said...

aw, how cute are these! I adore leftovers or in fact anything made of paper :) especially that colourful!

you can use them to stuff packages with them - you know, to throw them around a gift in a box, or an item you sell. they are great for collages as well :)

have a lovely day!
IvaY

Galit Lurya said...

Wow these are lovely! I would love to have some dots for some paper collages :)

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Your dots are beautiful, I know lots of people have said they would want a box of dots. However, if you still have some I would LOVE to have one. I would rally like to do some art projects with my little girl. I would gladly reimburse you for the postage too.

Cheers,
Jaime
jaimemvines@yahoo.com

Hula Hoop da Loop said...

Well, as everyone has said you could do fun art with kids, but also you could fill a shadow box and hang it. That's what I'd do. If you've got extra I'd love some.
-Chelsea

pebbledash said...

Ooh, lovely dots! When will you have the new address file cards for sale? I'd love to purchase some, so please do let me know!
Hope you're feeling a little better.
Diana x

Sweet Tater said...

Wow...those dots are quite popular! If you have enough, I would love to have some. I think they would make a cool little garland for me and my daughter to make to "spruce" up her room. And, too, what cute little cards you could make with those. :)
Thanks! It's very generous of you to think of us, rather than just toss them. (and environmentally friendly, too.) I hope you're feeling much better now!
Lori

3 o'clock walk said...

I'm getting married next summer and I think the colorful confetti would be a great addition to the tabletops and to use for guests to "shower" us with as we exit :)

Trish said...

these look like the perfect filling for some cascarones (confetti eggs).

laura r. said...

O i would love a scoopful. i would use in my stitching projects with paper.
please & thank you.

Renee said...

Looks like you have so many great ideas and requests already! I just found your blog because my cousin Evie just interviewed you! Amazing~ Well today is my birthday and I would love a box of dots. I'd put them in a glass canning jar next to my jar of antique ivory buttons.

atout said...

My first thought is that they would be awesome to use in lieu of petals after we get married. But after pondering it, I realize they would be impossible to pick up and so not very good for the environment. They would also be neat in vases of varying heights (like what is often done with sand).

All together they seem kinda magical and I love that you kept them!

cindy : quaint said...

oh thank you! i feel really lucky today.

sinnlighet said...

Your blog i sooo nice & cool!

Regards from Sweden & Agneta

Ps. welcome to my competition on my blog! Ds

heidi said...

those dots are stunning! They look like the world's most beautiful confetti. I had small hole punches from paper before that I pinned onto Styrofoam balls. Sort of like the ornaments people make at xmas with sequins. You can see what I mean here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mypapercrane/34650514/in/set-749068/
When I round corners of paper I always save the little scraps too, they are too pretty to throw out. I think the paper dots would like lovely even just filling a big glass jar.

heidi said...

those dots are stunning! They look like the world's most beautiful confetti. I had small hole punches from paper before that I pinned onto Styrofoam balls. Sort of like the ornaments people make at xmas with sequins. You can see what I mean here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mypapercrane/34650514/in/set-749068/
When I round corners of paper I always save the little scraps too, they are too pretty to throw out. I think the paper dots would like lovely even just filling a big glass jar.

Anonymous said...

those dots are stunning! They look like the world's most beautiful confetti. I had small hole punches from paper before that I pinned onto Styrofoam balls. Sort of like the ornaments people make at xmas with sequins. You can see what I mean here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mypapercrane/34650514/in/set-749068/
When I round corners of paper I always save the little scraps too, they are too pretty to throw out. I think the paper dots would like lovely even just filling a big glass jar.
heidi
mypapercrane@earthlink.net

lauren said...

how pretty & colorful!!
i was going to suggest sending some to a soon-to-be-bride so that she could use it in her decor/during the couple's send-off...the dots would really brighten their day!! :)
best to you & yours!
*

Melissa of {craftgasm} said...

I'd be so thrilled to have the little dots - they look like they'd make perfect "beads" for a garland in my craft area. I hope you still have some left!

Annie said...

Oh how pretty! I'm not sure what you could do with them but see why you kept them as long as you did.

Anonymous said...

My kids would go nuts for these dots. As would I. Do you think they would be sturdy enough to use in clear bags for stuffing?

Chris

SeattleMommy said...

I would love some dots - I think they would make lovely necklaces and bracelets!

kiku said...

They are delightful. I see a lot of those same colors in photos of your little girl and your home. Could easily see them being used for collages (the possibilities are endless!) and for making cards or paper-stitched projects. Or even a personalized rendition for your globe collection.

kiku said...

Oh yes, and filling for kaleidoscopes.

Moose said...

The dots are fabulous... would make great table decorations for a wedding or any type of party, or I could use them in my garden for beautiful mulch!!
Tail Wags to All & hope you are feeling better...my mom is still hoping for a printing of the leaf poster some day soon!
~Moose

Kelly Port said...

I teach an art class in a small town and there are a million things that I could do with those dots and I would happily take a box or two off of you.

Starts to make a list in case I get a box...paper collage, snow globes, paper piercing...the list possibilities are endless!

Neon Relish said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so excited! This is funny timing - I was just reading through an old issue of Domino today, the one where they profiled you! Also, those dots are just unbelievably pretty. I really admire your eye for color - I don't have one at all, and I often use my/your address file as visual inspiration when I get stuck on a project that requires me to pair colors together. :)

modernemotive said...

What about putting them in a vase as decoration? Might look pretty. :)

Great blog btw.

Adele

Melissa said...

You could string them into necklaces--a project your daughter would probably really enjoy too!

Cassandra said...

Yay!! Another give away! Thank You! I would love that precious box of dots! My mind is spinning with ideas! A friend of ours is expecting and I had wanted to do some wall murals our of recycled papers (an elephant and an owl), now I can see that these would add such depth and a little whimsy and fun to it!! I'm excited! The anticipation in killing me!
Feel better! and Thank You again!

Alison Keddy said...

Well, I don't know how many boxes of dots you have, but I would love some too! They are so beautiful :)

Glenn+Jenn+Owen+Ian said...

I would love some dots to use as confetti on the tables at an outdoor tea party fundraiser I'm throwing...

Nik said...

These dots would make such pretty garlands! That would be the perfect project for a rainy summer afternoon!

gwen said...

these would be perfect for easter eggs they would also be fun to add to a pinata!

human being said...

OOoo they WOULD be perfect for a pinata. They'd also be awesome fillers for confetti eggs. My students would love them :>

peiyee said...

a church member of mine are getting married soon. it would be nice to use them as confetti! :)

christine said...

i'd like to echo the confetti idea (http://jinsoojung.blogspot.com/2008/07/completed-project-little-envelopes.html) and LOVE the kaleidoscope idea.

rachel said...

those are so beautiful i would display them in a clear case or vase or something on the wall. i love the way they all look together!

amberlee said...

I don't need more supplies in my stash, but I think it would be really fun to put those fun dots in letters. I used to do this all the time with confetti and when the recipient opened the letters it would spill out - so fun for children and the young at heart.

Peaches said...

You could adhere a layer of dots onto a table top or tile and cover them with a thick layer of polyurethane. Would make an interesting texture.

Anonymous said...

You have so many enthusiastic followers I couldn't read all the responses. Sorry if this is a repeat. My suggestion, especially if you generate more paper dots in the future, would be to donate them to an elementary school or playschool for kids' art projects. I imagine they can never have enough art supplies. BTW you have a lovely website.

henzy said...

i don't think i could throw away all those pretty dots either.. i don't know maybe use can fill them in a glass bottle or vase, use them as a filler.. just random ideas.

travelingmama said...

Well, it seems like I am the last to request some, but I think they would be perfect accents for scrapbook pages and silhouettes!

Himitsu said...

I have a really easy way to just blow through that box! I like to scatter some on clear wrapping tape and use them to pack mail. :) Viola! Instant pretty deco tape. Of course, you have to leave some parts of the tape naked so it will stick. So I make a loose strip of confetti or whatever down the center of the tape and leave the sides of it naked. I hope that helps! (If you ever want to send a box my way, I would be happy to help you recycle it.) Fabulous blog!

Colodad said...

I hope you have lots of dots!! My daughter loves dots and I there have been so many good suggestions that I would love to make for her.

PS~Erin said...

Oh my goodness. I am in love with your blog. I just hopped over here from Red Otter and can't stop reading.

I'd have a hard time throwing out those pretty little circles too... Maybe you could use them as packing material.

Going to read more....

Simply Colette said...

Great blog! Found you through the Red Otter. Adelaide is so sweet! Sorry about your stomach problems, I've been having similar ones, but think it may be gluten sensitivity. I will definately look up what you had though. Hope you are feeling better. Have a good day!

The Calico Cat said...

I once filled a "thinking about you" card with hole punches. I wrote, "I love you a whole punch."

rachel said...

Hi! My name is Rachel, I am just opening up an art studio in Victoria to teach kids art, including those with austism and special needs. Check out my website, if you'd like: www.shynessandbloom.com

I'm always collecting beautiful stuff, and I love your blog, and when I saw those dots, I thought how perfect. Visually beautiful, tactile, and so wonderful for little hands to explore, create, learn.

Chanel said...

i would LOVE a box of these tiny dots! i volunteer with foster kids and do the arts program with them. these would be so FUN!

pandolet said...

those leftovers are really beautifuul....why dont u put them in some glass jars in several sizes and make a cute decoratie assembly? it would look nice =)

Karen said...

i am a preschool teacher and an artist! i would love those beauties for myself AND my classroom. can you spare a few? what dedication that must have taken to collect and save for all these years. i am thoroughly impressed.

Kristen said...

I'm sure that you have given away all your lovely dots by now but if there are any left, I'd love to use some in my mixed media artworks.

I just stumbled upon your blog and it is truly beautiful. Inspiring work as well!

Nicole said...

LOL. We always used these kinds of leftover dots for confetti at Fasching/carneval. You throw them out from the wagons with the candy over the people at the parades or at the parties. They do make a mess, but it is fun and tradition.

Rebecca said...

if you have any leftover dots at this very, very late date, i would LOVE them! they are so beautiful.

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