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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Birdseed Wreath:



Since Winter is hard on our feathered friends this delectable treat is one birds will surely find "tweet".  Here is a Birdseed wreath you can easily create that will keep them all well fed. Even if you don't have birds surrounding your abode, it makes a great gift for the bird lover any time of year.


Birdseed Wreath

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups water
4- 1/4 ounce pkgs. Knox unflavored gelatin
8 cups birdseed

Boil 1 1/2 cup water.
Empty the 4 packages of gelatin into 8 tablespoons of cold water in a large bowl.
Let the gelatin sit for 1 minute.
Add the boiling water and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until the gelatin has dissolved.
Stir 8 cups of birdseed into the gelatin, mixing thoroughly.
Let the mixture set for a few minutes, then stir again. Repeat this process a few times allowing the seed to absorb the liquid.
Spoon the mixture into a greased bundt pan and put in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

Remove the wreath from the mold by inverting the pan and tapping along the bottom. The pan may need to warm to room temperature before the wreath will come out.
Allow the wreath to dry overnight or longer if necessary.
(I found it needs to be on a cooling rack to let the air circulate.)
Use several strands of raffia to form a loop to hang the wreath
Birdseed wreath photo via Easy Frugal Living

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Quote of the Week:

photo by Denise Dion-Sullivan
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

― Albert Camus

Sunday, December 4, 2016

My new Petite Beach Stone and Sea Glass Jewelry Collection. Tiny local beach stones with bits of sterling silver, wire wrapped sea glass embellishments. Check them out in my shop on Etsy: Denise Dion Designs.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Holiday Sale 2016:


Shop at my store on Etsy ~ Denise Dion Designs for an eclectic collection of handcrafted jewelry featuring sea inspired designs as well as romantic vintage, French and simple chic. All items are made in my Kennebunk, Maine home studio where I enjoy creating simple designs using high quality materials. I search high and low for materials made in the USA and I am happy to say 95% of my materials are! I love working with silver, brass, sea glass, beach stones and natural elements, as well as all sorts of beads and bits. I would be happy to make a custom design just for you. Drop me an email at: ddion@ddiondesigns.com. 

All jewelry will be packaged in 100% recycled gift box with non-tarnish cotton. Key chains, bracelets, wine charms and bookmarks will be shipped in lovely organza bag. All purchases will include a handmade origami crane. 

Remember to use the code 'Holiday25' at checkout to save 25%! Click on the Holiday Sale photo above to be taken directly to my shop!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Friday, October 21, 2016

In My Studio

Thank you for visiting my blog! I've been working on a few new items in my shop on Etsy:  Denise Dion Designs. As you can see, many have a Maine sea theme and feature Maine sea glass and sea pottery. All of my silver jewelry components are made in the USA!  In the next few weeks I will continue adding new items in preparation for the upcoming holiday season.  Please visit my shop by clicking here and use the code 'Thankyou20' to save 20% off your purchase!






Wednesday, August 3, 2016


 When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself.

You connect with it at a very deep level.


You feel a oneness with whatever you perceive in and through stillness.


Feeling the oneness of yourself with all things is true love.


- Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016