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Illustrating Words

Hi everyone. Dreaming on a Star has been illustrating lots of words! Song lyrics, lines from poems, phrases, etc. I’m a big fan of song lyrics and poetry. My favourite subject in school was English, so I’ve always had a love for the written word. And I adore typography, so it’s something I enjoy doing.

Illustration by Dreaming on a Star. Words by Emily Dickinson

Illustration by Dreaming on a Star, 2015. Words by Emily Dickinson

Song lyrics are a personal thing. For me, a particular line/phrase seems to burst out of a song and into my brain. I become obsessed with it. The words themselves are musical even without the melody. That’s how I see poetry – like song lyrics without melody, or maybe it should be the other way around – Song lyrics are poetry set to music!

Anyway, the above illustration is a quote from poet Emily Dickinson – “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” The concept of Hope is such a beautiful thing, especially if you’re going through a difficult time. The metaphor of the bird captures these aspirational qualities perfectly. That’s why I drew the word ‘Hope’ in a joyful way and gave it precedence on the page. (Just for fun I gave the birdie a name – Jeremiah Flaphinch!)

Illustration by Dreaming on a Star. Words by Van Morrison

Illustration by Dreaming on a Star, 2015. Words by Van Morrison

The above illustration happened after spending time in the sea and overdosing on Van Morrison! This is a line that jumped out at me from the song “Into the Mystic” – ‘Smell the sea and feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly!’ How it captures the freedom and healing qualities of nature!

I love doodling and somehow these abstract doodles seemed to take on more familiar things – the white doodles look like exotic fishes and the top purple doodle looks like a surfboard! Maybe my subconscious mind is actually less abstract than I think!

Illustration by Dreaming on a Star. Words by The Beatles

Illustration by Dreaming on a Star, 2014. Words by The Beatles

I am a big fan of The Beatles and I own most of their back catalogue, but it’s funny how you might miss things. Although when it comes to song lyrics, I think particular lines might resonate with you more depending on your  circumstances or it could be you weren’t paying attention.

Anyway I was watching the TV show Mad Men, when ‘Tomorrow Never Knows‘ played at the closing credits. For such an iconic song, I’m surprised I missed this amazing line – ‘Listen to the Colour of Your Dreams’.  I love how it captures the trippy experience where your senses get mixed up! Also since my business is called Dreaming on a Star, I love anything related to dreams!
Thank you for reading 

Family Tree for Father’s Day

Hi everyone! I made a Family Tree for my Dad for Father’s Day.

My Dad's Family Tree by Dreaming on a Star

My Dad’s Family Tree by Dreaming on a Star

Instead of including his children & grandchildren, I made it of his parents, his siblings and their children.
Dad is the youngest of 7 (a typical Irish Catholic family of the time!). He lost his Dad when he was 24. His sister died a few years ago and his other sister isn’t very well at the moment.
Unfortunately some of the cousins & in-laws are also no longer with us.
But this isn’t meant to be a sad post!

He was really happy with it. He spent hours looking at it!
I couldn’t believe it really!

I think as you get older, you comprehend what family actually means. The siblings that you climbed trees & shared rooms with are grown up and have families of their own.
You can see the endless cycle of life reaching back behind you and stretching out in front of you.
And you cherish the memories of those people that are no longer there but are all still a part of your family.
It was really lovely to give Dad a gift that meant so much to him. 

[If you would like to order your own Family Tree, Click here]

Get Your Craft On! Make Two Awesome Pictures for Low Cost!

On 10, Dec 2014 | No Comments | In crafts, design, freebie, inspiration, pinterest | By Tina

Hi everyone. Dreaming on a Star has been making pictures! These two awesome pictures look great and you will be surprised how inexpensive they are to make. You just need to do a bit of rummaging in shops and be on the look out for interesting wallpapers and wrapping paper.

Map & Scrabble Tiles Picture Tutorial by Dreaming on a Star

Map & Scrabble Tiles Picture Tutorial by Dreaming on a Star

and this Superhero Picture!

Superhero Picture Tutorial by Dreaming on a Star

Superhero Picture Tutorial by Dreaming on a Star

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Dreaming on a Star’s New Baby Announcements!

Hi everyone. Sorry I haven’t posted in a long time. I’ve been busy at the markets. I’ve also been busy making Personalised Baby Announcements.

Baby Announcement for a Girl by Dreaming on a Star

Baby Announcement for a Girl by Dreaming on a Star

It’s so wonderful to celebrate the arrival of a beautiful baby with a gift that can last forever. These Baby Announcements are popular with new parents, grandparents and as gifts for New Babies and Christenings.

Small Baby Announcements by Dreaming on a Star

Small Baby Announcements by Dreaming on a Star

The Baby Announcement prints come in two sizes – 8.5 x 10.5 inch and 5 x 7 inch and come framed in a beautiful, heavy, white frame.

 

Baby Announcement for a Boy by Dreaming on a Star

Baby Announcement for a Boy by Dreaming on a Star

I plan on adding new designs and also more personalised prints for Weddings and other Occasions. Watch this space!

If you would like to order a Personalised Baby Announcement, Click here to go to Dreaming on a Star’s Online Shop ♡

FREEBIE – Gratitude Journal Cards

Hi everyone. Today is FREEBIE day! You may recall me talking about Gratitude before and how important it is to have it in our lives – this post might refresh your memories!
Well today as gratitude to you lovely people, I have four FREE Journal Cards for you to download!

FREEBIE - Gratitude Journal Cards by Dreaming on a Star

FREEBIE – Gratitude Journal Cards by Dreaming on a Star

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Dreaming on a Star at the Markets!

Hi everyone. Dreaming on a Star has been at the markets!

So far I’ve done four markets – three at Strandhill People’s Market and one at the Sligo Flea Market in the Model Art Gallery.

I love interacting with customers. Hearing someone compliment your work or making someone smile is a special thing.  I love making that connection – it’s both a joy and a privilege.

Dreaming on a Star at Strandhill People's Market

Dreaming on a Star at Strandhill People’s Market

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Tigerprint Kids Character Design Competition

Hi everyone. I’ve entered the Tigerprint Kids Character Design Competition with a little character – she’s one of the Doodle Dolls.  She’s very girly, loves flowers, colour and pattern and when she grows up she wants to work as a fashion designer.

Doodle Doll by Dreaming on a Star

Doodle Doll by Dreaming on a Star

She came from a little doodle I did a while ago.

Dolly Doodles by Dreaming on a Star

Dolly Doodles by Dreaming on a Star

I’d like to work more on these doodles and make some patterns and a collection. Watch this space! 

Happy Birthday Olive!

On 27, Apr 2014 | No Comments | In design, illustration, inspiration, love, my work | By Tina

Hi everyone. Today is my niece, Olive’s birthday! She’s 3 years old and I drew her a little illustration to celebrate her birthday. She’s a cutie pie, full of energy and mischief.

Happy Birthday Olive! Illustration by Dreaming on a Star

Happy Birthday Olive!

She’s a sparkle of sunshine in everybody’s life.

My family tell me how much she reminds them of me when I was little. So I’d like to wish my little kindred spirit a Happy Birthday.  Love my niece. 

Happy Tuesday!

On 22, Apr 2014 | No Comments | In illustration, my work, seasonal | By Tina

Hi everyone! Today I would like to wish you all a Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday from Dreaming on a Star

Happy Tuesday from Dreaming on a Star

Tuesday gets a bad wrap – or it actually gets no wrap at all! It’s lost in the twilight zone of early/mid-week, not quite either/or.

We all know that Monday is the start of the week and many people complain about it. Wednesday is mid week (in fact in German, it is Mittwoch, which literally translates as that). Thursday is usually late open for some shops and some lucky people get paid on a Thursday. Everyone loves Fridays. Saturday and Sundays are the weekend of course. So unfortunately Tuesday gets looked over.

So today I would like to praise Tuesday! Here is some cool facts about Tuesday!

  • The name Tuesday derives from the Old English “Tiwesdæg” and literally means “Tiw’s Day”. Tiw or Týr in Norse is a God of war and law.
  • In Latin, Tuesday is dies Martis and means Day of Mars. In languages of Latin origin (French, Spanish, Italian, etc) it is also named after Mars, the God of War.
  • In Japanese and Korean, Tuesday translates as Fire Day (Mars, the planet is called Fire Star).
  • In the Indo-Aryan languages Pali and Sanskrit, as well as in Thailand, the name of the day is taken from Angaraka (‘one who is red in colour’) a style for Mangal, the god of war, and for Mars, the red planet.

So it looks like many cultures associated Tuesday with Mars, the planet and the ancient Roman God of War.
So Tuesday is a FIRE DAY! A day to get things done! If you have fire at the start of the week, it will give you the momentum to get through the week with gusto!

I hope you appreciate this forgotten day a bit more! Happy Tuesday – Happy Fire Day to you! 

20% Off Etsy Easter SALE at Dreaming on a Star!

Hi everyone. I am having a 20% Off Easter Sale in my Etsy Shop, running from Thursday 17th until Tuesday 22nd April.

Everything is 20% off, including Hallowe’en & Christmas items which are already discounted by 40%.

20% Off Easter Sale at Dreaming on a Star's Etsy Shop

20% Off Easter Sale at Dreaming on a Star’s Etsy Shop

So CLICK HERE to grab yourself an Easter bargain. Use Code EASTERSALE20 to get 20% Off (Minimum spend $3.00).

Get your craft on! 

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