Holiday Ideas – You will not regret reading this!

Holiday Ideas – You will not regret reading this!

I asked a couple of people who are artists “what they are doing to get ready for Christmas” and of course, they are in the throes of creating for the Holidays, with Volunteerism, getting ready for Cooking and having family time!  Ah, the balance of being an artist and coming up for air to breathe and spend time with family and friends!

These artists will warm your heart. You can find some excellent and festive gifts for your loved ones or just for yourself! Look at their shops and join their Facebook Business pages for offers right on Facebook!

I ask you, what are you doing to get ready for the Holiday Season? There are so many different holidays during November through January. It is not just about Christmas, I am focusing on Christmas, but I am very cognizant that there are many different Holidays during this time of year.  I celebrate with you, whatever you celebrate, and am so happy you are here visiting my blog! Leave a like, a heart or a comment, thanks!

To lead I am going to start with a favorite artist friend of mine MJ –Mary Jane Chadbourne!  I actually swoon over her work!  I am in love with her art and her processes!  This is one of Mary Jane’s larger pieces:

This season Mary Jane (who goes by MJ) has made a number of Santa’s Elves that she has been selling and I believe she has sold-out all of the Elves at this time. I loved her Elves and was not quick enough to purchase one of them!

Santa’s Elves 2017

Currently, MJ is working on some vintage style pieces and I cannot wait to see them! I will be in line this time to get one of her pieces of art!

MJ has been shown at the “Wonderland Gallery” in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is an acclaimed artist, as she has been shown in many other galleries in Las Vegas and Utah! She has also been featured in the book: The Art of Crayon: Draw, Color, Resist, Sculpt, Carve! which you can find on Amazon.

MJ is one busy person.  MJ  has been in numerous magazines including Stampington, Cloth, Paper Scissors and more.  She experiences that push-pull of being an artist while doing other things like teaching classes in the Artful Gathering each year for the past few years.  I adore her style and her art. She is a very precious person to get to know via the internet. I would love to know her in person too! She is graceful and really kind to share her talent as she does. 

MJ is an instructor at the Artful Gathering, and at this time of year, she is also working on a class (her class along with all the other makers are extremely hush-hush until they are revealed!). MJ has a wonderful studio at the back of her property where the magic happens! I have taken one of MJ’s classes and they are so good! MJ  stated, that she has taught five classes on Artful Gathering which have all had great success and next to creating art, teaching is the love of her life!   You really should look into a class by her as you will learn so much about creating!  You can also purchase a DVD if you cannot take the class in “real time” and with the DVD you can take the class at a later date!  Like I said, I took a class but I also purchased a DVD to go back to over and over for a refresher as the class was so full of ideas and techniques.

Please visit MJ’s Website to see the full array of her work, as it is outstanding! She is a wonderful mixed media artist who is able to work in many mediums very successfully!  I once saw in a magazine or a book that MJ Chadbourne made a very large mixed media piece that she donated to charity. MJ  and her husband (who is also very talented, he is a woodworker) work together making items for charitable purposes to give back. 

MJ and her husband have donated art projects for various fundraisers around the Las Vegas valley. One of the charities they have donated to is to ALS to help families and persons experiencing ALS.  The Chadbourne’s both always believe in giving back!

Click this link to see the beautiful art of MJ and everyone wants to to be visually delighted see magical art during the Holidays: desertdreamstudios.weebly.com

One of Mary Jane’s Shrines

See MJ’s Etsy Shop for wonderful gift ideas!

Next, is Sherry Westfall Matthews of Dalaimomma on Etsy is a fantastic and celebrated artist in her own right and I am so enamored with her work. She is another artist I admire tremendously.  I would love to grow into the kind of artist that Sherry is.  In Sherry’s bio, it states that “Sherry Westfall Matthews is a self-taught Southern artist who lives and creates in Alabama with the support of her two kids, three dogs, and a cat.”  Sherry believes wholeheartedly that creating art keeps people young at heart by through looking for the magic of inspiration in the world and “…continuing to grow by experimenting with new art techniques and products.”

Sherry’s work on Etsy

Sherry fully supports and is an ambassador for Retro Cafe Art (which I support and buy lots of items from too). Sherry is a long-time loyal Retro Cafe Art Gallery customer (she says that’s where the Art Supply Fairy lives and the art Fairy is Kristin Hubick!). You will find that Sherry will use items from Retro Cafe Art to assist in her creative processes. She also creates her own art by sculpting items, using found items and I think she can make things just from the air if she wanted!

Sherry is also an ambassador for RELICS & ARTIFACTS®. If you read Sandra Everstson’s Blog and shout out to Sherry:  Sandra Evertson states that she is overjoyed to introduce you to the RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Brand Ambassadors. This is our hand-picked team of designers created to spread the beauty and potential of the RELICS & ARTIFACTS® line of craft products: Sherry Westfall Matthews believes imagination is much like a muscle…the more you create, the stronger your inspiration becomes!” Also, Sherry being self-taught leads her to want to share her trial and error wins (and losses).   

Sherry’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Somerset Studio, Holidays & Celebrations, Somerset Gallery, Art Doll Quarterly, and Jewelry Affaire.  You can also follow Sherry on Instagram   (@sherrymatthewsart) or find her on Facebook at Sherry Matthews Art/ Dalaimomma.  You can find Sherry on WordPress also. I will get the link and post it!

Right now Sherry and her daughter are working with Toys for Tots for the holiday season. They have a small group of volunteers (approximately 15) who are doing everything in their power to help 1800 children this year! Wow, that is a lot of kids in need. This small group of volunteers take the applications, help raise funds for the toys and fill the bags of toys. It is a completely hands and hearts for this organization. The team for Toys for Tots has a big giveaway next weekend so they are insanely busy. Sherry is looking forward to getting back to her art, however, the time spent giving and helping area children who have less is very rewarding. Sherry and her daughter have been volunteering for 3 years and it has become a tradition for her family to give back to her community. I admire what Sherry is doing while she is teaching & modeling for her daughter the same values.

I worked in the Social Work field for 22 years and worked with people and children who were at Risk of harm or who had experienced harm. I did a lot of Brown Santa’s, Toys for Tots, filling sacks and taking gifts to Foster children and giving back at Christmas time. It is a need and a lot of artists who are drawn to create but also drawn to give back in their own ways to their communities. Many artists donate their art to raise money for charities. 

 

Well, as you can tell, I am a raving fan of both of the ladies I have featured today!  I adore their art and the processes they go through to get the final product~

Last but not least, is my weekly shout out and gratitude for Artisan Indie and Sarah Sewell’s Community of Artisans. I am a raving fan of hers also!  She has helped me understand the business side of my art. She is helping many artists understand how to have a business by doing what you love.  Sarah is a “Postive Thinker,” and believes in advocating for the small individual businesses. Sarah started her business to help others! She has had other very successful businesses and she chose to open a business that is fruitful but also gives back.  She has wonderful goals to support Artisans, and believes in people! I mention her in all my blogs out of gratitude for what she has given to me as far as training, learning, friendship, and a wonderful community of people that I belong to!  Check out Artisan Indie! On the link to Artisan Indie,  right on the front page she offers a Boot Camp for new Etsy Sellers! Right there for free! Do join us in this community, as you will not regret it!  One day she will have her own sellers site for Artisans.

Well, we are the end of this week’s blog, I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing it for you! I will be back next Wednesday featuring more handmade sellers and artisans in their own right.  I will try to feature “Content-based business owners” who are Experts in their fields such as SEO, Finding your Target Customer, Writing Exciting Copy and on and one. The Content-based Experts are a part of Artisan Indie. I will try to add one Expert each week along with the artisans I showcase each if they aren’t too, too, busy!  If not I will be featuring them in the coming new year (2018)!

Please share the blog on your own social media as these Artisans are worthy of being seen for their gifts! Remember,  I am an affiliate Blogger for Etsy.com and the links I provide if you purchase, I receive a small fee, but that is not why I showcase any of the sellers I showcase, I do it as I believe in them and their art!

Love & Light to you, and thank you for reading!

xoxo

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January 6th, 2017 Day 6 Poetry Challenge

January 6th, 2017 Day 6 Poetry Challenge

January 6th, 2017

Day 6 Poetry Challenge

 

Uncertainty

From deep within

Layers of Euphemia

delicate like a woven silk

Aging parchment

Covers hide scars

Of pain,

weighty desires

of peace

She wanders

Tracing maps

Fingertips

framing out

new places

in her disturbed

mind

to go

 

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LadyO©In the year 2017 of conflict and wandering aimlessly ©

Artistic Creatives Getting Ready for the Fall, Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving Season – Part II

Artistic Creatives Getting Ready for the Fall, Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving Season – Part II

I have been writing about Sellers on Etsy.com which is teaming with Creative people who make items with their own hands and their own designs! I have the unique experience collaboration with so many of these sellers by being a member of the Joyful Entrepreneur and Flourish. I am able to see so many other artists and creative  business owners. I am honored to be among all these talented people!

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Vintage Postcard

I have been interviewing Creative Artists about how they get ready for the Autumn Season in preparation for Fall, Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving (and really, the Christmas Season). There is a lot of work that goes into getting ready for the Holidays when you own your own business. Creative Artists usually are a “one person  show,” designing and making the creations for you.

Amanda Hollis shop SewBlondeStudio and her tagline is “Handmade things with a farmhouse style!” She loves making handmade farmhouse chic items that have a classy sophisticated, and modern rustic feel! She is living in Historic Tennessee. Amanda says “I am getting ready for the fall season, especially Thanksgiving, by thinking about what I love most about that holiday and time of year in general – family, togetherness, beautiful colors, and, of course, food!” Amanda finds getting together with family and the holiday season really assists her in designing and her inspiration for the Fall Signs she has in her shop. Personal tradition for her and family is to have a Traditional Family dinner at her parent’s home. When dinner is finished, she and her sisters scour the sales ads for any “must have sales.”  sting-pumpkin-by-amanda-2

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Amanda Hollis’ Art Work

Carlin Donart lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Carlin’s shop LoveAcrossTheMiles. She is the owner and sole creative for her shop. Carlin Donart’s tagline for her shop is “Making long distance [relationships] happier, one step at a time. With all the news about the flooding in Louisiana, we wish her well as well as all the Louisianians well and really good positive thoughts for the safety of people affected by the flooding.

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Carlin is not only a Creative but she is also an Engineer (immediately my social work “hat” goes on… Carlin is able to use the right and left sides of her brain… Oh my, she has really balanced brain function, I have a little brain envy [not in a negative way] as I know she is much more organized than my spazzy creative brain).  

Carlin’s shop is geared toward persons who are involved in long distance relationships. You are able to tell Carlin has thought hard about “long distance relationships.” She notes that the definition for her in long distance is best friends who attend different colleges or universities or best friends who graduate college and go off to first jobs that are across the country, to our nation’s military, one deployed and the other in the US or young couples separated by a distance in miles only for the time being. Carlin has been able to make the leap  and connection that many businesses do not make early on, that you need to make an experience between yourself (the creative) and your buyer or customer. Carlin has tapped into that notion very well.

Carlin believes in having her seasonal items up early in the year for her shop. She had her significant other (boyfriend) in mind when she made some of her items. “The fall-themed wooden sign is my favorite piece of decor I have, and I can’t wait for the weather to cool down to hang it up!” Currently, Carlin is working on a Thanksgiving sign and a Halloween sign, so she is focusing on the general season coming up. Carlin enjoys Fall for football season, time with her family and friends, NFL games and her younger siblings. Carlin’s younger siblings will often paint with her while she visits home.  

Marybeth Mullen of Beastiebabies is Ready for Pumpkin Seasons — just look at this Baby Bib with Pumpkins all over it!  It gives Joy just looking at it!

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BeastieBabies.etsy.com

Marybeth Mullen lives in a historic town Oregon, Ohio and the town is near Lake Erie. Marybeth says that her favorite time of year is the fall. Marybeth says that her items are “unique and made with plenty of love.” She actually begins to get ready for Fall in July (like many of the supply stores will begin to show Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving even Christmas items in July)!  As buyers, many of us want to be ready for the “best Season of the year so it is great these sellers are ready for you!  She says “hooray,” for Fall!” Marybeth will have items available for you for the upcoming season and she welcomes custom items. 

Marybeth says that she loves picking out all the fabrics for Fall and loves making bibs for babies and little girl skirts. She designs new bibs for Halloween, Fall Harvest and a designs a new Thanksgivings skirt each year. Marybeth has customers who return each year to purchase the “new annual designed skirt,” for their girls. Marybeth will also complete custom children’s clothing. Do go to her shop and send her an Etsy Conversation.

Fall is also the time of year when Marybeth has her traditional vacation “up north.” She meets with good friends, goes shopping, eats good food and enjoys plenty of fun kayaking on the river. Marybeth also enjoys fishing with friends. She says that the fall colors are the best this time of year and is her favorite. Fall colors are her favorites and she leaves the colors up year round. It does not matter to Marybeth that they are pumpkins and leaves. She loves them! Marybeth also loves to get new fabrics! I

It was wonderful to get know to each of these sellers more personally. We all are in a group together and I love knowing them better than before.

Coming Soon to the Blog-Autumn

I have more Etsy Sellers and other handmade / handcrafted sellers coming up. I do hope you will share with your friends and let me know if you would like a feature!

You will see next Nadine Lorgeoux Jalem  who lives in FloridaKim Ringenbach who lives in Alabama and  Marilu O’Malley of CountryCuteBagDolls.  I am also waiting on a couple others to get back with me answering my questions~  I really hope you will join us. If you are an Etsy Seller and would like a showcase –please write me and we can figure it out~

Nike Bottalico
Objectsandoddities.etsy.com

aka~musingsilence~© 2016

 

 

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Creatives Getting Ready for the Autumn Season

Creatives Getting Ready for the Autumn Season

What are you doing to get ready for Fall?  Have your children all gone back to school? Do you have specific ways you prepare for the Holiday Season that is just coming around the corner?  I have contacted and curated a number of different Etsy Sellers that I will feature together in the Blog so you see some beautiful Fall, Autumn and Halloween.

As it nears to Christmas, and time goes ticking by, I will be preparing several different blogs leading up to the Christmas Season.  Some if this is a nod to how we all feel when we go into Michael’s right after July 4th and see OHMYgoodness…. Have you been to Michaels recently? They have Halloween out –right??!!

Halloween Pumpkin
Halloween Pumpkin

Well, I am going to blog about some wonderful creatives who are able to make you gifts that are handcrafted for the Holiday Season! Well, you can shop in your jammies and get it delivered no fuss, no muss! What better way to support small business and handcrafted or handmade (whatever you call it) items and give a gift made by a person who really cares about their customers.

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The Creative Commons

As a blogger, it is my intention is to show you worthwhile information and to entertain you a bit. I am a Mom, a grandmother, a small business owner and creative maker, and most of all I am deep down I have an old artist soul. Also, I care about what I create and what I share with you on the blog.

Becca Valenti of CustomCraftCorner16  makes many forms of crafts including glass etching, hair bows, headbands, tutus, vinyl, and more! She loves to create and makes many types of handmade items! Fall to Becca Valenti, means the changing seasons, beautiful colors, upcoming holidays and fun with her family. She stated that “Tis’ the season for pumpkin spice and therefore my favorite season!” Becca believes the season is a time to give thanks for everything. She and her family have been given a lot in life to be thankful for. I have featured  a really cute Fall, or Halloween baby item, perfect for a gift or a baby shower!

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                Cutest Little Pumpkin in the Patch

 

My next Creative Ashley Kajewski of OLilMissSparklesO   and she has another item that is great for a dress-up party or perfect for Halloween. This item is based off of the Grimms Fairytale “Rapunzel” that was first published in 1812. A lot of little girls would love this costume (or any in her shop). I remember when my daughter was young she wanted to live in her tutus or dress-up clothes for everyday wear. Let Ashley be your creative director for your child’s fall dress up wear, Halloween or even a Renaissance Faire. The Texas Renaissance Festival runs from October 8, 2016- November 27, 2016. Costumes from Etsy Sellers will be perfect for you and for you family! This is Ashley’s Handmade Crocheted and sewn Rapunzel Tutu Dress.-1

                                                                                                                       

My next handcrafted designer is Ashley Roberts of AshleyRCreations. She lives in Oklahoma with her family. Ashley creates custom reclaimed wood home decor & nursery decor.woodland-closet-hanger

                                                                                

Ashley gets ready for the Fall holidays by buying everything pumpkin! She gets in the “Fall frame of mind” by getting Pumpkins~Here we are “in mid-August and she has already baked pumpkin bread and cookies with her oldest son.” She also loves the aromas of pumpkins or Fall scented candles while she is creating her products. Ashley believes the aromas help her productivity and keeps her Joyful while she works. 

Ashley gets ready for the Fall holidays by buying everything pumpkin She states “it gets me in the fall frame of mind.” Here we are in mid-August and she has baked pumpkin bread and cookies with her oldest son. She also loves the aromas of pumpkins or Fall scented candles while she is creating her products. Ashley believes the aromas help her productivity and keep her mood up.

Ashley and her family have traditions for trick or treating and they all dress up. Ashley starts planing costumes in advance as she makes them herself for she, hubby and the two children. The first year they dressed up as characters from the Flintstones, Barney Rubble and Betty Rubble and Bam-Bam. Now. there is another baby the family is  dressing up as the Ninja Turtles. Like most creatives Ashley has been creating most of her life.

For Thanksgiving the family is going on a family vacation to a new city. They really like to go to cities to take part and see all the AZA Zoos they can visit.  That is a family Tradition the family is building.  What are your Traditions around the Holidays?  

 

Well, what is coming up next?

I will go into what I do for the Holidays and any of my Traditions. I do go visit my grandsons while they Trick of Treat and I love it so!  Holiday times change as you are older as I want to celebrate with family-time with my adult kids as they are very grown up adults (which is great). I want them to have memories in their own homes with their families so I visit there. I will talk more soon. I have 3 or 4 more Creatives to celebrate in my blog very soon.  Please share the blog to others who may be interested.  Thanks ~thumbnail(3)

 

For my Blog Series,  have reiterated the agreement I have already obtained prior to writing about the Creatives I feature for a blog, that they will share the blog post to all their own social media and that they will Comment & Like with the star icon  or Heart with the Heart Icon at the top of the blog.  

I have learned from a couple of people that commenting portion for the Blog may have been difficult to find. If you find it difficult please click what looks like a piece of paper to open up the blog or click on the Blog title — if they are unable to do this that they contact me in a private message and I will assist with more detailed instructions. I will see if this works or maybe I need to change the Template my blog…. I also want to note I also obtained each person’s permission to use their photographs in my blog and they understand that the blog could be shared in the blogosphere. 

I have used a couple of pictures from  Creative Commons & from Canva and I will note on every blog when I use internet photographs to give credit.

Nike Bottalico

Objectsandoddities

aka~musingsilence~© 2016

Post Script ~Oh and I always want to give a shout out to Sarah Sewell of The Joyful Entrepreneur  who made a lot of this possible for me  as I am able to focus on being joyful in my own work. I also know the gift of my own creative spirit, and to have a positive mindset! She is a fabulous Creative Coach. All my years of having an online presence she has been the best Creative, & business coach for me to have.  Join the facebook group!

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Controversy and Art….

Controversy and Art….

What makes you tick when you work… I have been listening to a lot of music of late… I know when I stir feelings, I will have a surge of electricity I need to create something deep.  I ask again, what makes you tick before you write, make art, use a flame of a torch to melt metal?

What pushes you forward, what feelings will strip you to your core to create your art, love, hate, controversy…WHAT?  What pushed major artists, hopelessness, hurt, I try to feel deeply what the human condition is, even the ugly, to feel the feelings and allow them to pass through my being, push them though, then the magic happens.

 

Eminem – Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna

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Work in Progress…. just a peek into what is happening

 

Those that know me and have known me, know that I pretty much am an empath… I love crystals, rocks, painting, collage art, music and poetry.  I have been known to write a little myself.  I am a creature who loves, and loves deeply.

I have heartaches, losses and regret, but most of all I have hope for the human condition.

I hope most of all.

 

Coming soon to my Etsy Site  will be some small art projects.  I do hope you will join me there.

 

with Love

and most of all Hope

~musingsilence ~∞ © The Year of Thought 2016
Ladyo
ne bottalico

Rihanna – We Found Love ft. Calvin Harris

 

 

Happy Summer~

Happy Summer~

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Vintage Post Card in my belongings of keepsakes~

Here it is nearing the end of June and we are coming up on July…. I have a few things up my sleeve on my Website and I would love it if you would keep reading my blogs — a lot is going to be happening!  I am really working on Bridal Jewelry and Bridal Crowns will be coming this fall!  What fun!

I am continuing to evolve and grow my small handmade business on Etsy and beyond!

Many Hearts and gratitude to you for following me here and there.

 

XOXOX

nike

 

Pantone Color of the year

Pantone Color of the year

Every year I wait for the Pantone Color of the year!  I begin to plan my jewelry designs, purchases of supplies and how to come up with a 10 piece jewelry collection… even my art boxes will be in the colors chosen….

 

This year the colors seem to want us all to calm and be tranquil… all of life appears out of control with what is happening in the world.  Maybe the colors will help us see peace in all areas of life.

 

Pantone Color of the year!

 

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I am also going to focus my thoughts on Doves of Peace for the world…

 

I will write soon about my progress with my new line of jewelry?  Is there something you would like, post in the comments!

 

xo

nike