Didn’t see that coming!

I sold the only thing I had in my Etsy store.  Less than 2 hours after posting it!  I guess stepping out of one’s comfort zone can pay off!

I finished up another little project I had in the works.  It was fun to play around with the colors.  This chartreuse (light moss green) color isn’t my favorite, but I really like the looks of it.  If that color was in my color wheel I’d keep it!  But it’s not!  It will clash with everything in my closet!

I’ll be posting it in my Etsy store later today.

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I am an Imposter

Or so my daughter says so. Actually, what she said was that I suffer from Imposter’s Syndrome. Either way I hesitate to call myself an ‘artist’. I hear the word and I imagine the likes of Monet, Van Gogh, da Vinci. I have always called myself “A kid with a crayon”. Primarily because when I sit down to create something I don’t always have a clear image in my brain of what it will look like. And even if I “nail it”, it never looks as good as I pictured in my head. (perfectionist talking) Doesn’t matter that it looks pretty good. I will always find flaws in my work. I am learning to let that go and just let my fingers create. Often my husband asks “Whatcha gonna make today?” Often, my answer is “Whatever, comes off the fingers.”

Island Girl Barrett

This barrette falls in that category. I love the look of burlap/jute and just about anything that sparkles, glitters, shines, or shimmers. Put all those together and it just makes me smile. I was playing with some polymer clay and knew that I wanted to mix all these colors and textures together. I used a brown polymer clay as the base and decided to dust it with pearl green pigment powder. Added the burlap, shells and coated the whole thing in liquid polymer clay. After the required bake time and cooling I coated the shells with a gloss top coat and applied a gold leafing wax to the burlap.
All of these products were new to me and I learned so much from the process. Ultimately I love the way it looks. The burlap reminds me of the bags of oysters I had seen growing up along the coast of Florida and Alabama. Shells always take me home to my beloved beach.
You can find the barrette for sale HERE in my Etsy store.
Thanks for letting me share a little of me with you! Have a blessed rest of the day.

Heidi

Didn’t see that coming!

I sold the only thing I had in my Etsy store.  Less than 2 hours after posting it!  I guess stepping out of one’s comfort zone can pay off!
I finished up another little project I had in the works.  It was fun to play around with the colors.  This chartreuse (light moss green) color isn’t my favorite, but I really like the looks of it.  If that color was in my color wheel I’d keep it!  But it’s not!  It will clash with everything in my closet!

I’ll be posting it in my Etsy store later today.

Taking steps out of my comfort zone!  I present to you ‘My Bathroom Door’

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! 

My current project

2016 Beads

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!

It Doesn’t Look Like Much


I’ve been in some sort of limbo for about two years now.  I started this blog as a means to ‘find’ my old creative self.  It didn’t work.  Mainly because I’m not a writer, I’m a foodie and “artist” at heart.  The other day I was compelled to make a hair clip. I wear them a lot in the winter and couldn’t really find any.  Very long story short…. that 5 minute act of making that clip re-ignited a very old flame.  In the past I used to stay up long hours of the night making things… be it stained glass, clothes for my daughters, art for the house.  Didn’t really matter what I was doing, I would stay up burning the midnight oil, and I loved it.  Not sure when or why, but that came to a stop. 

This past summer I started experimenting with an art project.  I had the full intention of finishing that project once we relocated back home.  Then I realized how much of a mess it made and with winter closing in, doing it outside or inside was not an option.  I fell back into a slump.  Then came the clip.  A simple 5 minute project.  

I have pulled out supplies that have been tucked away for YEARS! I have made several more clips and my daughters, who have been telling me for years to open an Etsy shop, have finally convinced me to take the leap and open up that shop.  I am kind of apprehensive about it; I am so very critical of my own work.  I find the tiniest flaw in everything I do.  I will work on getting over that.  

But for now, I am back in my studio dusting off the cobwebs of  my artistic side.  It’s coming back, and it feels so good.  The other night I was dreaming projects.  Can’t remember the last time I dreamed creative dreams like that.  I have missed it, more than I thought.  I have an almost 12 foot craft table that has held ‘stuff’ for the last 10 years.  It’s about to get purged and cleaned off… This girl is back and ready to get back at it!