It's been a lonnnnnnng time since I've posted, I've been super busy getting my life in order so that I can pursue a creative career. But I just had to let you know that my son and his girl Jessica are expecting my grandson....Deegan Michael McFarlan on December 18th!!!! The best Christmas Gift ever!!! I hope you are all doing well creatively & personally. XO
Estate Sales, Yard Sales, crafting and more crafting! Having a GREAT time!!! Found this farmhouse on 5 acres with THREE outbuildings for sale here in beautiful Leelanau County. Trying to talk my husband into considering buying it. Oh the neat things I could do with a Grainery, a chicken coop and a few other sweet little buildings!!!! Cut flower gardens, berry patches, a small orchard, twisting garden paths, twinkling lights in the winter. I'd use the Grainery for a shoppe for my crafty things and found treasures and maybe the smaller buildings as workshops. Ideas are just flooding in! The TART is right behind the property and there is a fenced pasture so the dogs could run and play all day and maybe I could get some pygmy goats like I've always wanted......oh my!
Ah... but the grass is green and birds are chirping, even if the temperatures are wildly fluctuating and we are having lots of rain, wind and storms. So, I'm free for 8 weeks! School is out and as I am a grade secretary when the kids aren't at school I'm not at school. I promised myself to accomplish many things this summer, first to get rid of clutter by way of a huge yard sale. Once that is done I hope to delve into many areas of art and try for once and for all to find my bliss!!! How many of you have hopped from one craft to another still uncertain where you shine or what you truly love to do? I am such an indecisive person that I know this has a lot to do with my dilemma! My big cheery studio downstairs is full of fun things, areas designated to certain crafts, such as sewing, hand embroidery, card making, stamping, painting, drawing, jewelry making..... my computer, scanner and printer are at the ready, I've notebooks full of ideas and the problem? I don't know where to start or which project to do first... so I stay away from my beautiful room by finding household and garden chores instead! My passion lately is pencil drawing, which I truly love, yet I also started some wonderful oil painting tutorials which I also love! I decided I needed to try my hand at three types of painting; oil, acrylic and watercolour. Watercolour is fine, but the lines are not defined enough for me, acrylic is the least expensive but I don't like the texture. I love many things about oil painting except for the cleanup. Acrylic and water can be cleaned up so easily and aren't as toxic. Also, for months I've been wanting to experiment with paperclay doll making...after seeing the beautiful dolls that Abi Monroe creates I thought it would be fun to try my hand at a doll. Gee, to qoute a song "what a beautiful mess I'm in!" I should not complain, at least I have 8 weeks to discover my true passion, but I need to stop procrastinating. I think it has a lot to do with not having faith in myself and feeling that I am not good at any one thing, that I am just mediocre at many things when I truly want to be very good at some form of art! Any advice?
Warm greetings friends! I hope that all is well with you and yours on this 16th day of May! What an odd Spring we are having, the weatherman is forecasting frost and freeze warnings overnight and advising that we cover fragile plants! I need to put a huge warm bubble over my entire yard :)
Times are tough in Michigan, our governor is cutting our school budget, so in turn the school district has no choice but to make deep cuts. They are cutting the support staff pay by 75 cents per hour and we have to pay more out of pocket to keep our health insurance. Tough times, but I think of how my grandparents made it through the depression and it makes me feel like I'd be a wimp to even complain! Course it does make me think that perhaps now is the time to take the leap and open that shop that I've been dreaming of for many long years. I already know exactly how it will look, sound and feel, I am already there in my mind!
It's a delight to the senses, done in warm tones of white, cream, champagne, beige, accented in the palest of pink, spring green and robin's egg blue in the spring, a seaside pallet of sand and sky in the summer with muted browns, golds and coppers in the fall, and icy blue and white in the winter. I love the soothing tones of a harp, violin, piano, mandolin and perhaps even a full orchestra...so I'm making lists of music to download on an Ipod that I can dock into a stereo system to flood the space with soothing music. Maybe in the summer I'll take it up a notch and have some Colby Calait, Bruno Mars and Adele. As for scents, I just know that it has to be very light and pleasing..not something that will make people run for the door like in some shops I've been in. I'm going to add to my cutting garden at home so that I can have fresh flowers everywhere in the warms months. I'm sorry if I'm boring you with my ramblings.....I could go on and on about my dreams and ideas for a shop. I have two huge three-ring binders full of photos and ideas that I've been collecting. My "shop dream" binders. Bless you all on this lovely Monday evening in May. Teri