Just got back from a quick trip visiting friends in Quantico. Glad to be back in my little studio making a few more choker necklaces for Easter. Hope to get a pair or two of earrings completed as well! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
I had very clear intentions for this project. VERY clear. I knew EXACTLY what it was gonna look like when I finished it.
Pictures rarely give good glitter justice, and this is good glitter. I knew this project was going sideways after I finished the first letter. I’m fairly certain I’m poppin’ the clutch and moving on with plan ‘B’. Once I figure out what that is
The only thing I know for certain is plan ‘A’ is no longer moot. Just gonna have to let this guys talk to me and tell me how to proceed.
Let the good times roll my friends!
I think I finally found the perfect solution for this blog. (Shameless promotion of my Etsy Store )
Please don’t get me wrong, I still love food, drink, and all things travel. It just didn’t feel right to blog about them. I hated the time it took away from my adventures and husband (the brief time he is home). I felt guilty if I didn’t post. Hated that I felt that way. But, now that I FINALLY listened to those in my close circle and opened the Etsy store and started brushing the dust off my beloved materials; it feels right! I blog now to share what I really want to, not what I thought I wanted to. I LOVE to TALK to people about food. I have a hard time conveying my passion for food in the written word. My art work can speak for itself.
So, I’m sorry that you followed this “food and travel” blog only now to have it shift gears. I can’t promise that I will be strictly sharing my creations in this space. After all, travel greatly shapes our creative spirit. I brought home a lot of it from Cabo on my recent trip there. Made earrings because of it. Matter of fact, several projects have been started because of my travels to Cabo. Travel= inspiration !
I hope you guys stay with me on this new journey of mine. If you don’t I completely understand! You can’t say I didn’t warn you though…. I wasn’t kidding about the “Crazy Life” part 😜 ! Hope everyone has a blessed weekend! Back to the studio for me.
I finally did it. If I waited until I was ready, it never would have happened. So Today, March 18th, I have stepped out of my comfort zone. I will share my story, maybe after the husband goes to work in a few days. I have done a lot of soul searching and asked my self a lot of questions. I look forward to sharing them with you soon. But for today, I made this earrings just so I could open the shop. It was a big step for me. So used to making things only to eventually break them down again and make something else. Hopefully someone out there will find these as reminiscent of the beach as I do.
Remember in my last post I mentioned a project that I made/designed that I was super proud of? One was a barn door for our beach condo. Thought I’d share it with ya tonight.
Ya see, I done up and told people on my Facebook that I was gonna start sharing my creations with the world. So why not start with something I am very comfortable sharing… I LOVE this door. I can not take credit for actually putting it together. My tools and such were 300 miles away so my friend made all the cuts and actually constructed it. I, however, did pick the wood, designed the door, and treated the wood. It was burned and stained. (I was really going for a castaway feel) I had so much fun creating this project and thrilled with the results. Dare I say “proud” of it!
I will eventually put my face and name to this blog 😱. That scares the crap outta me! So sharing my bathroom door is a baby step. I have to start somewhere…. Right?!
Today I went out and invested in some supplies for my Etsy shop. Just a few knick knacks to get me started. I am still dreaming up designs. I guess the other thing I really need to do is ‘reintroduce’ myself. You all have access to the ‘I love to travel and foodie’ side of me (the original intent of this blog). You haven’t met the “art studio basement dweller” side of me! (ALthough, I have been showing that side here lately) Both actually go hand in hand, but that is another story! Baby steps y’all. I am out of comfort zone!
I am not sure what it is in my personality that drives my particular brand of insanity. It is quite nerve wrecking actually. I am either all in, or not at all. For the last two years I have been struggling with what to do. I didn’t waste those two years. I just wasn’t productive much at all. I did finish an interior renovation, but that was it (a 6 week job at the most). I did A LOT of exhaling. Then I got bored. That is never good.
About 2 weeks ago I entered my basement studio. A place I have neglected and essentially abandoned, for no real reason. I made a barrette, a simple hair clip. What has followed has been overwhelming! My creative brain has turned on (I am literally dreaming projects) and now everywhere I look I see things that need to be done (household purge) and projects that need to be created! Three weeks ago I was overwhelmed by boredom and today I have so many thing to do and create that my laser focus is suffering from ADHD! I have 4 projects laying out and at least 3 more in the queue. My lists have lists!
But I did manage to squeeze out a project for my home (usually I make things as gifts) but THIS, is for me! Last year my hubs and I went to Mardi Gras in both NOLA and Panama City Beach , Florida. We came home with more beads that I knew what to do with. After taking down Christmas I was wanting color and decorations…. It’s Mardi Gras season! Why not put out the beads? As I was stringing bead necklaces up around the house inspiration hit! Ask the hubs if he would mind if I cut up some of our beads for a project. He said sure!
This is what my project looks like currently. It’s not finished yet. Still have to frame it and add a few more beads, but I am thrilled with the way it has turned out as of right now. I struggle with finding fault in all that I do. Last summer was the first time I ever made anything that I stood back and was 100% proud of what I had made (thats another post for another time). I am learning to give myself grace. This piece is not perfect I see room for improvement but even in all its flaws I LOVE IT! Much to my surprise my hubs wants to display it year round. He wouldn’t do that if he really didn’t like it.
I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the weekend. Looking forward to spending it with one of my gal pals!
Last year my darlin’ and I went to NOLA and celebrated Madri Gras. We ended up with over ten pounds of beads. After looking at them for almost a year wondering what I earth I was gonna do with them the above project came to me! So far I’m pretty happy with the results. Can’t wait to see the final product!