Repurposed bed springs memo holder

I’ve been fixing up my studio space and super excited about this simple project.  I used the bottom part of vintage baby crib bed springs for this project.  I then mounted it on the wall and added a white plastic frame (Yard sale find) that I painted. Super easy and a great look!_DSC0330 _DSC0331 _DSC0332

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Country Living Fair Tennessee, inspiration…hoarding, self realization…

This spring I had the opportunity to hit the road on a mother-daughter road trip to the Country Living Fair in Tennessee.  Country Living trips have become a much needed respite over the years for many reasons.  A kind of roadmap to finding myself and others…

You might relate here…Have you ever blocked out a weekend  to work in the attic or basement, then spent lingering too long amongst the photo albums and loose pictures?  This would be my muse.

As I sat this morning in my studio, early morning, being my best thinking time, candlelight , soft music, bold coffee, sun rays peeking in around paint bottles and curtains, stretching beams of, “Good morning Heather”, across my space.  I lingered on the years of Country Living pictures.  At first, it included, inspirational art works and displays others created. Then, it progressed to the fascinating people that I had the privilege of meeting, to current 2016, a few snap shots of key pieces purchased, a token of a weekend well spent…

Hang on here, I have a point…

I remember an old friend once sharing with me, that you can collect the best research, ideas, education and the like, but until you take a step, all of those ideas are just ideas waiting to happen.

What is interesting to me is that my Country Living photos showed this mindset.  The progression from gathering inspiration from others, educating myself, to taking small steps, to finding like minded, inspirational friends, to now it’s time to take a leap!

In sharing this, sometimes I question myself.  Does anyone want to hear this?  Is it too personal? Then, I draw on my own experiences…I’ve come far on the journey because of others whom encouraged me with bold honesty, fears and all.  That’s real life.  This has become one of my main inspirations…people and there stories, messy and all.

This being said, what stuck out to me at the fair was a rather silly t-shirt which reads, ” It isn’t actually HOARDING if your stuff is really cool”.  So why did I purchase this?  Again, as an artist, the entire world is an art project, hence, my beautifully messy, inspiring artist studio filled with keys, buttons, sea shells, delicious paint pots, all waiting in erst to become a future masterpiece. Well, to  a science brain or OCD person it might just spell, S_C_A_R_Y!

I like to keep my blog and self positive, however, in life, we live in a world this isn’t always so, I’ve learned, choose what to take in and make the best of, the yuck stuff, not allowing it to control and permeate your thoughts. The point in sharing this is truly introspective.

The older I get, the more I realize how important, encouraging people, loving people are to my life.  They add a greater dimension to the art journey.

A past friend shared with someone that I was a hoard.  When my friend shared this with me, the ironic part is, she considers herself openly a massive hoarder (Not really, I think she’s just creative!)  We laughed, considered the source, they struggle with the opposite spectrum, OCD.  I find it Ironic that both are on opposite sides of the spectrum, yet one seems to be, at times, glorified over the other but a problem as well.

I considered this a compliment…

This experience lead me even closer to my current art goal.  I cannot wait to share how it is unfolding…

In the meantime, I have learned to love who I am now…messy, neat, creative, caring and most importantly, I know who I am…

I then purchased at the fair a small matted print which reads,”She didn’t need to be saved, she needed to be found and appreciated for exactly who she was”.

Amen.

If you art an “Artsy” folk, it’s okay, just as you are.  If you are a “Science” brain, it’s okay.

I’m a strong believer in what was intended for evil, we get as humans to choose to turn it for good.  So, thank you, for the opportunity friend to turn this to good.

As the sun now dances about me, I smile.  I am all the stronger in the journey, still growing, trying to challenge myself.  These opportunities have made me a better artist, friend, wife and mother.

As a side note…I feel truly blessed to share this journey with my amazing husband, yes, a Science brain, that accepts me for EXACTLY _DSC0304 _DSC0305 _DSC0306whom I am, messy closets and all!

Until soon!

 

 

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Summer at Nantucket…Yes, it’s a story book…..

Growing up my grandfather would take me to New England during the summer.  To say the least, I fell in love.  The ocean, the sounds of waves lapping, lobsters, the style,  they IMG_5342 _DSC0309 _DSC0502 _DSC0503 _DSC0505 IMG_5408 IMG_5415 IMG_5420 _DSC0011 _DSC0016 _DSC0018 _DSC0026 _DSC0027 _DSC0029 _DSC0031 _DSC0041 _DSC0042 _DSC0159 _DSC0177 _DSC0219 _DSC0220 _DSC0221 _DSC0227 _DSC0234 _DSC0237 _DSC0259formed many of my design ideas today.

It’s been awhile.  I have so many things to catch you up on from the past months…

I hope these pictures inspire your lazy summer days…Just back from a trip from Nantucket.  I may be home, but the images will forever be tucked away in a special part of my brain, to pull out and linger a bit…

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Mixed media self portrait….a bit of inspiration…

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This in part has been a difficult one to write about.  Do I give the raw story in its entirety, or snippets  of the evolution of the process? I’ve drawn the most inspiration in my own life, from the people … Continue reading

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French antique armoire… L’entente de la vie….

L’ entente de la vie

The art of living…

Leave it to the French to come up with a beautiful phrase to capture the art of living…

Please be on the lookout for a new notification on a second blog I’m creating…

the new one will be about French design, antiquing and house restoration.

The current blog, very near and dear, will continue with, REFINDING and person inspiration and journey as always…

On to the pictures…

I befriended a fascinating couple based out of Maryland that owns a truly amazing antique business… they travel around the world to find treasures and stories…

They found this piece circa mid 1800’s on a trip to the French country side…

It has made quit a journey, stopping along the way for a spell in Belgium, then to my humble abode in Cincinnati…

Welcome…

French armoire

French armoire

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Valentine’s Day photography…a sonnet…and a few thoughts too!

XLIII. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Remembering back to seventh grade…

I feel like I have always been an old soul…

Sitting in my room, paging through a beautifully scented antique book of poetry.

I lingered on Elizabeth Barrett Browning…

Today, at 43, I’m lingering once again on these pages…

The journey aspect is what I pull from this…

I found my comfort in seventh grade.  What made my heart soar then, I’m remembering today…

I quiet spot, a good book, a sonnet with depth and the thoughts they provoke, beauty in small visual pieces.  Sites of distant lands, scents of lavender, tastes of macaroon and tea in my Great-Grand Mother’s china cup, small trinkets from friends along the way who helped me discover my true, authentic self.

I laugh at the simple, yet subtle complexities of each visual picture. The individual image is unique within itself in color, mood and perspective but very different in tactile feel…I found the beauty in the rough, rugged UNFINISHED wood, appreciating the raw, natural state of its beauty…just as it is…it might take time to see the beauty in it, not at first glance, but once discovered, the natural aging patina grows more beautiful with each passing day…

The REFINED beauty of the cup and subtle, soft shades of cream and rose.  Beautiful to many at first glance…this china, in some sense became a legacy within itself as each family holiday passed…

The shades of Lavender, and CHILDHOOD EXCITEMENT of the sparkle of a pen, the ,”giddiness”, of adventures to come….for sure I believed as I do today,”The Best Is Yet To Be”.

The paints that sit perching along my studio window sill, waiting to be heard, used, played with, discovered….ah the leap in my heart of expectation I have as I photograph them. Yearning to collage with them soon…

Remembering seventh grade….as I step into discovering myself…

The REFIND, UNFINISHED,CHILDLIKE, person that is called, Mother, Daughter, Sister, wife, friend, Heather and most importantly…ME…ME, in all the complexities of boldness, subtleness, sweetness and roughness…they all are ME>

An old soul…

May you take time this Valentine’s Day, to discover, REFIND, something that brings you joy…may you marinate in the goodness and soul nourishing of it…for, t

“The best that is yet to be”, we can all discover now.

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Chandelier…

Good morning!

I received a few requests for additional chandelier photos.

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Restored lighting…The fun is in the hunt!

As a designer, I’m completely enamored with period restored lighting.  Besides waking early, lighting a candle and Pinterest in the morning, looking for good lighting companies takes the cake.  I came across Carlson Galleries in Saint Louis  (Antiquelighting.com) Yippee!!!Look it up, look it up! I’ve fallen in love with many pieces, enough to take a trip to there facility to watch the restoring process.  A true history lesson, along with much respect given to the craftspeople who have a love of preserving history and doing it well. My most favorite part of the journey…

You guessed it, the experience

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Chandelier

IMG_4935 IMG_4936 of meeting new people and hearing personal stories. I love feeling the design/art circle broaden. I ended up bringing home an antique German cut crystal chandelier that now lives in my entryway.  The story is what I loved…The owner of Carlson Galleries drove to up state New York to disassemble it from a couples home.

On a practical note he shared with me an awesome type of bulb you can use in these fixtures.  You can order them from Amazon.  They really add a beautiful glimmering effect to lighting.  They are prismatic pointed halogen bulbs.  I’m in love with them!

Until soon!

H

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Sofa transformation…I had to laugh!

So, I was partaking in one of my favorite weekend past times…antiquing.  I came across this sofa in great shape.  It’s always fun shopping with someone with a complete different brain than your own!  My brain?  You guessed it…creative.  My antiquing partner that day…a scientist.  I’m thinking if I could just meld the two brains together it would be a pretty awesome complete brain! I’ll keep mine “as is” thank you very much. I like to envision the outcome of the piece, see the potential too, much like how I see people…I want to bring out the best!

The funny part before I reworked the new old piece…My daughters response, ” Mom, that piece is so ugly, I think my eyes will bleed!’.  I applauded her moxy, now she is applauding the final piece.

The journey to me was the most exciting part to reworking the sofa.  Moving to a new area, I had to do a little research on upholsterers, if you live around the Cincinnati area,  Helen Smith Upholstery, by far, was an awesome experience.  Her studio, like a true artists.  Her work featured in many movie sets, she has such a great eye.

The journey is so much more grand when we savor the people and experiences met along the way.

-Until soon…

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Hi….It’s me…

Hi!…It’s me….

It’s been too long…Not by choice…my dinosaur, I mean computer, decided to die.  I’m happy to say, I’ve adopted a new one, so I guess this is the birth announcement! It’s a love hate relationship at this point.

I’m jumping up and down at the thought of the new pictures and stories that I get to share with you in the coming weeks.

In the mean time, in keeping with my theme, of refoundesign, the refinding of objects, ideas, self, I’m going with self today…

To be honest, I felt sad all day…with many life changes, I felt a bit off…after recently moving, things in boxes and traveling, it seems, feeding my soul hasn’t been top on my list.  Can you relate?  One thing I can say for sure is this, I know what I need to feed my soul.  One way would be a good book store, coffee, along with good music (antiquing too!)  Something happens internally as I meander amongst literary works…inspiring…I love the atmosphere.  I love all the inspirational quotation plaques scattered about cheering me on.  Cheesy, but true.  Hey, if you can find something that stimulates your creatively, run with it…

As an artist, I feel so strongly, the need to share.  Sharing comes in so many shades.  I remember years ago doing a ladies bible study.  A lady complemented me, saying, “I love that you are able to share your past hurts, current hurts and the overcoming of them.  You are courageous “.  Courageous…..I’ll take that…

I like encouragement.  With that compliment came a personal responsibility.  I feel a personal responsibility to continue to grow in a positive way.  Even in hard times.  Also, to inspire, and to be inspired.  To savor what life presents…

I love the bit of savory that I picked up today. I have to share:)

It’s a book by Brene Brown called, Rising Strong.  Brene is a Social Scientist and researcher.  I pulled this from her book and am loving it.

“Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous, but the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggles is where our courage is tested and our values are forged”.

Courage, forging…I see a future painting coming to fruition.

To add to the story, I’m so blessed to have taken a mixed media art class with Kelly Rae Roberts, now beginning my second, if you want more inspiration, look her up.  What was interesting, I love when you begin to see the life web that has been woven, coming together.  Kelly Rae is friends with Brene Brown.

As I left the book store with a few inspirations; A book by Mrs. Brown, a plaque by Kelly Rae, I left with something even greater, personal growth, and feeling filled.

Until very soon….

Heather

and a little more…

Brene Brown’s book jacket….

The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness – even our wholeheartedness- IMG_4912 IMG_4913 IMG_4914 IMG_4915 IMG_4916 IMG_4917 IMG_4918 IMG_4919 IMG_4920 IMG_4921 IMG_4922 IMG_4923 IMG_4925 IMG_4926actually depends on the integration of all of our experiences.  Including the falls.

Brene Brown

 

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