Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Awesome Holidays!

I make stuff.

I don't always know if what I do makes sense together. Other people (darn those 'others') seem to know exactly what their style is. The others know exactly what they are doing and how it will blend seamlessly. Others find their way, they know which road to choose, they march confidently toward their goals. The others are hard to keep up with!

I feel like I do the backstroke. I don't know where I am going, can't see the edge of the pool, but I keep going. Sometimes, a lot of times, I may be swimming in circles. 
I follow my muse.

My muse is immature, she runs, she hides, she pouts, and she mopes around kicking dirt. She tells salty jokes, she leads me down dead ends and laughs when I trip and fall. She also shows me the stars, and the sea. She shows me the beauty in nature and art and then I can suddenly see a peek of beauty here, in my work. She is quite clever at that.  I see connections I didn't see, I see myself in my work, oh..

This weekend, a friend and I went to a small-business event, which seemed like a good idea to buy from multiple small businesses at once.  Wrong.
This is what we found...
~1.   a woman who sells a wrap to reduce cellulite by inches, all I have to do is wrap myself in magic cloth and drink half my weight in water.. HALF MY WEIGHT IN WATER! Yeah, the cellulite will bloat nice and smooth!
~2.   a woman who sells creams for aging skin, tea for youthful energy and all other kinds of herbs to make middle age women young and soft and newborn like.
~3.   a woman who sells cleansing juices to promote, you guessed it - youthfulness, wellness and energy.
~ 4.  I could book a booth for a spray tan (because you know I am not the right color-who is?)
~5.   Then there was a mother-daughter massage cream team, they were selling creams that could help with yep, low energy, stress, AGING! She put some on my hand, it had a strong scent, I didn't feel more energetic, but as I kept smelling it- lemony, familiar, it SMELLED EXACTLY LIKE LEMON PLEDGE!  I energetically wanted to find a rest room to wash my hands!

Apparently, the vendors were told~ "tired, wrinkly, stressed out, middle aged woman are coming and their colons need cleansing-stat!" Women selling women stuff to fix themselves.

Oh, there was a few tables of jewelry, and tote bags, and handmade jackets, but mostly the message was "Happy Holidays, You aren't good enough!"

I see why I was there!!!

I see my mission, I see my common thread....
~~From the bathroom, (don't judge me) I put quotes, words of wisdom up for inspiration in the picture over the toilet so that my sons & their friends saw those wise words when they were standing there ;) (hey, my bathroom-wisdom was photographed by teens and used in year books! :) 
~~ my whole-school visits, with the message-- everyone is an artist, I hear you, I see your work, it means something! We are a community of creative thinkers!!
~~my middle grade novel about a girl in a large family of boys = belonging, being heard.
~~my picture book art I am creating in a more kid-accessible style.

and now.... my Silver Jewelry, custom made, with text! 
Because I want women to wear their message of WRITE, CREATE, BELIEVE, FAITH, LOVE, Leap and the net will appear, whimsy, serendipity, Imagination is everything. I want women no matter what the outside package, to FEEL worthy, to remember their worth, to remind the other women in their tribe that we are all pretty amazing.   Smart, wise, loving silver worn and gifted to others. Positive messages of growth and acceptance. 

It is a gift to see connections.
I received a great gift.
Clarity for my mission.
YOU ARE PERFECT! YOU ARE SMART! YOU ARE IMPORTANT!  and you can keep every little cellulite and wrinkle, and you are still fine with me! Feel joyful! 
Happy Creative Holidays!

(You can see my jewelry at and maybe a peek in the scroll there on the right column of this page, if I did that right! ; )
ps... cyber monday 20% off with the coupon code: awesome  (because you are! :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Print- print-printing...

My first job (besides babysitting) was typing town records on this machine:

No, I am not old... town halls are old! All town records were typed on metal in case the town hall burned down! Pretty sure they updated this process by now ; )

 When I left that job they gave me a certificate for 
DOG LICENSE TECHNICIAN with a the town seal : )

My next job was working at JCP in the fabric department. I didn't know how to sew, and I learned so much about patterns, designing, and color.  It opened up a whole world of project possibilities for me. 
I designed baby crib sets, wall art, and stuffed teddy bears. 

Then they promoted me to management, which came with the cool job of staying late after work and printing the rack signs... which looked like this:
I printed the signs on all the racks that said SALE 20% OFF 

Now, I find myself printing on silver jewelry! This is my newest design - I made a silver key modeled after one of my keys in my antique keys collection.

As much as things change, sometimes it feels a bit like they stay the same.

You can see all my silver jewelry designs at

Saturday, November 3, 2012

etsy ~ etsy ~ etsy : )

etsy ~ etsy ~ etsy!!!!

I have been busy uploading pictures of my creations from these past few months to etsy!

I am so happy for the opportunity that etsy provides to get my work out of the studio and into the world. 
I really enjoyed creating each and every piece whether it is jewelry or paintings.

I will have more uploaded, after I take more photos and measure more paintings.

Also working on updating my illustration portfolio and I will be selling some of the pen and ink work from my new children's illustration portfolio.

Thanks for taking the time to see my work and I would love if you
could share my sight with your friends!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Silver Key!

I had hoped to have Silver Freckles full of treasures by October.  But I had a few ideas that I wanted to work on for the holiday season and to spice things up! I created a cute key with my silver! I love it!
I made two and I have been test-driving one for a few days. I love it.
The back is smooth and shiny and the front has a key-word stamped into it. This little beauty is LOVE because isn't that the key to everything!

So if you are interested, I will create some custom keys and will place these newly made keys up on!