Thursday, September 7, 2017

Crazy night! Trying to post and make sense of my blogs has not only pushed me to the very edge of irritation but now I realize I meant to go to bed at least an hour ago! Argh! How is a girl supposed to find her creative muse when she is over tired?

Anyhow, until i find my footing again, here is a sweet recent picture of the Marvelous Maia and Astonishing Abagail. My favorite girls. Sweet dreams.

Monday, August 21, 2017

I have been drawing a lot lately and my imagery has gotten looser and brighter. I am thinking I like things this way. These drawings slash paintings have recently been framed and I will post pictures of them soon.

This blog post is an experiment to see if I can get pictures to post from my IPad. If it works....wowza! I can stop making my webmaster crazy, stop being irritated with my husband and stop wanting to throw all technology out the damn window including iPads, phones and computers! Ha!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I'll be here this coming weekend with new jewelry designs and new little paintings and drawings. Please come by, see what I have been up to and say hello. You know this building is literally ON the beach downtown. Get a hotdog and Dogs-A-Foot across the street, have a little picnic in Pope Marine Park next door or on the Wave Viewing Gallery and look at fabulous art and fine craft works when you are all done lunch! Pop on over to Elevated Ice Cream next for a cone and wrap up your afternoon at the wonderful shops downtown and then onto a terrific dinner. See you soon. ( You're welcome, by the way, I love planning someone else's day! )
As with all things, time does some changing to them. We are in the process now of changing up our website and moving this blog so you may link directly from the web site. Change is in the air! Maybe it is the summer that is stirring these feelings of needing change. The longer days, shorter nights that inspire me to keep busy with everything which in my case means CHANGE!
 Little to big, big to little, watch this blog and the website for changes. Have a couple of ideas? Let me know. Want to visit the shop? Come on over. Want to search our warehouse on a nice summer afternoon? Give us a shout out on the phone or via email.  

Come for the day and if I am off, we can craft together and share a meal. 

So happy summer. Happy beading! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Here I sit in front of an illuminated computer screen thinking back to May 20th, 1992 when I first opened my shop to the public. I have yet to do a grand opening. I began a new life that day. One where I answered my heart's call, stopped doing street fairs and came in from the cold and began a working studio/ gallery/ shop. What a momentous and scary decision to have made but one that I have never looked back upon with regret.

I have truly enjoyed nearly every moment in my shop. The first space was in a crumbling ( still crumbling ) downtown building with great merchandise up front in a gift shop that had been established for some time - Great Expectations. I occupied the back left hand corner.There was a window,  a curtain across the doorway, my old dining room table, a chair and whatever display pieces I conjured up, my husband built or Gary ( the shop owner from the front of this big space ) gave me. I was so enchanted to be installed as a legitimate business woman.

My wise customers led me into the direction they wanted my shop to go. They suggested what to sell, how they liked to be sold to, what kind of relationships we would form. They were and are the wisdom behind everything. Those first years in my small 12 x 12 space were heady. Inspiring. Busy. Creative.

I learned so much from Gary & Jack, the owners of the business at the front of the building. They took a chance on renting me the back room. I think they were a little shocked when they figured out what I was selling. I explained to them I would be selling " stuff that I made. " I had such fun working with them and Jerry, their employee. We became fast friends. My mentors were fun. Interesting and that Gary? A great teller of jokes and prankster.

I had a window that let in afternoon sun and seeing the tiny, glittery motes float in the sunbeams, made me feel that magic lived in that space and lived in me. Faith in the world  became my companion.

Michael, just ten years old then, would come to me after school and color on the white paper bags I would give out to customers. He grew up and I learned to let go, a teeny bit then and let him walk to the shop from school and even to go to the office supply downtown where he would carefully try out and buy his pencils and colored pens.

I met my husband Phil there and fell in love. I planned my life there and my wedding and my romance within those four brick walls. To this very day, twenty five years later, I sigh and smile back at the memories and still can not believe I made that leap of faith in myself and my work.

Here's to another twenty five years. May I be blessed and lucky to still be in love with my work, my family and my customers. It has been a hell of a sweet ride!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Stormy spring afternoon when friends visited and we had an awesome outing! Lunch, shopping, coffee, conversation. This girl needs more of that!