Sunday, July 24, 2011

the joys of summer~

OUTDOOR SHOWERS, ROAD TRIPS AND BEACH TIME WITH GOOD FRIENDS


there's nothing like taking an outdoor shower on a hot july summer morning.
the sound of the birds chirping and playing, the morning sun beaming through the massive oak trees and the pure fresh air....i just love taking showers outside.  my man built this awesome shower for us.  using an old door that we've had sitting in the shed for a few years and some hard work and lots of sweat..the finished product is just perfect..................

the shower that lenny built.......





~crossing over the emerald isle bridge~

last week we went to atlantic beach to meet friends there.  they were on their family vacation and we were able to spend a few days with them.  the drive from wilmington to atlantic beach is only about 2 hours, so my girls and i took a little road trip!  the weather was perfect and the company was even better.




good friends~






YIPPEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


i had never met my friend, laura's family before and they all welcomed us with open arms.  we enjoyed beach time together, shell seeking and shopping and at the end of the day, perfect summer dinners.
the last night we were there, laura's sister cooked up the best meal.....truly the definition of summer!  fresh shrimp, corn on the cob, tomato pie, fresh buttered bread and of course....key lime pie for desert!
the laughter at the table was contagious and the stories were priceless!   it was really special to be among such a big, fun, and loving family~





THANK YOU BETH!  .......
i would like to thank beth (do what you love for life)  for sharing my story on her beautiful blog.  
we all have a story to tell....and beth does a wonderful job of sharing the stories of many .....whether you already are doing what you love, or know what you want to do, she shares your journey with others.  her stories are inspiring and soulful.  




making time for art in the heat of the summer~


a little something i just finished up....."me and you under the stars". 
(plaster and wire sculpture)



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

about my heart




photos have been removed from this post due to tech problem :(

"about my heart...
open.
closed.
sad. 
happy.
in love.
out of love.
for real.
filled.
empty.
confused.
consumed.
peaceful.
loved.
in flight.
followed."



"your heart is your compass.....follow it"

yes, i'm trying to follow my heart, wherever it goes.  sometimes things get all fuzzy and make me dizzy......i lose focus and my sense of direction, then all of a sudden i'm back on track again~ 
my journals, my jewelry, my art.....it's all about following your heart. (my heart)......it keeps coming up over and over, this heart thing.  so, here it is...me, following my heart~


"me and you under the stars"

when the going gets tough....i make something!  i've said so many times...."art saves me"!  if i can get my hands dirty, or hammer a piece of metal, or make a mess with a little paint, i can get through the rough patches.  as awesome as this little life of mine is....there can be challenges and bumps that make me crazy sometimes!!  so, i break out the plaster, the paint, or the hammer, and make something that makes me happy as i swim through the muddy waters.  art gets me through~


i'm a little obsessed with making books these days......and this little baby is made with plaster gauze.  i've yet to glue the canvas binding, but when it's finished it will be filled with my favorite quotes.  the shell on the front is made from a mold of a shell that i found in costa rica.  i love the texture of the plaster and how it accepts the paint and i love how chunky the book is.  




more hearts.....
i've been working on new jewels for my etsy shop and for  ARTFUL LIVING ,  a quaint little artsy spot in the heart of carolina beach.  


and.......i just found this today....my new favorite blog......this girl has it going on in the video department.  i just love her style, music and images in her videos.  it's an inspiring little place to visit if you get a moment to peek!

"be forever grateful for the memories that are kept in the depths of your heart-
for this will keep you going when the flame is only a flicker and
 the darkness is approaching the soul.
the memories will light the way" 

for j.h.  from me~



 my moleskine journal....i love this technique  .   

oh, and happy july~  beautiful, hot, steamy, july.
enjoy.