Tuesday, February 13, 2018

My word for 2018: Transition and welcome back, it's been awhile

Transition to painting more canvas art

and  paint more lighthouses on glass

and painting them here, in my new Studio

and a return to blogging and writing, it's been far too long, so I have created a lovely writing nook
to write about all sorts of things, like my wellness adventures and what inspires me to create my Art.

It feels like a lifetime since my last entry.  I've missed this part of my life and I have no idea how I want to do this moving forward, I just want to do it.   Hello and welcome back.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

TBT - What I know

My first custom Wedding Favor order.

Meagan has a very special place in my heart.  We have never met in person, we don't really know that much about each other's personal lives, but we are connected.

And I don't believe in coincidences anymore. 

These little Lobster Buoys would forever change the direction of my life.

I never grow tired of designing and painting them.  And I have painted over 1500 of them now.  Maybe more, I've lost track. 
What I do know, is that a lot of the creative work that I do, becomes a memory of a special day in someone's life and their families lives.  That is a gift to me beyond measure.   I love what I do.  I am humbled and filled with gratitude.  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Maine Wedding Artist

Maine Wedding Artist
 My creative business is growing.   It began as Beth's Craft Room in 2009.  That name made the most sense to me at the time, because I like to create a wide range of offerings and I had not yet found my niche.  In 2011, that all changed, but it took a few more years to really see the direction I was going.

My blog has not quite caught up.  But I am getting there...  

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Photography bridges all my creative expressions

This is my Art Studio set up for a photo shoot for my hand painted Wedding Buoys.  I found some great
decorative lobster buoys for props.

    CobaltSkyStudio on Etsy is the Maine designer and maker of one of my favorite photo props.  Her Maine Buoy Pillows are made for home  decor but also make the perfect accent for my Etsy offerings.  Two of my little buoys look cute hanging off her pillow.

It occurred to me recently that I should offer my buoys as photo prop offerings on my Etsy Shop.  It was so fun photographing my wedding rings with my buoys.

                                          And then there are all the natural props that I love to harvest off the beautiful coast of Maine were I reside.
One of my many creative goals/dreams will be sell my photography as fine Art.

Photography has evolved into a very satisfying part of my creativity.  It's a great story teller, it helps me find the words I want to write. Photography bridges all my creative expressions, both in my business and for personal pleasure and play.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Beth's Craft Room - the Studio, the Blog, the Shop & catching the creative vibe

I have so much I want to write about, here on this blog.  I have so much I want to design, create and paint.

The new designs and ideas in my head are bubbling up so fast, I fear I will never remember them all and I won't get them back and I won't have time to create them.  This thinking is not good for my creative process. Not good for any part of my life.   As a grow as an Artist, a Writer and a business Woman, I realize it's time for a new approach.

These days, when the craziness builds and I start racing because I let the fears of failure and fears of success nip at me, instead of running ever faster to numb out the panic,  I simply get quiet.  I don't look for answers, I don't try to figure out how to fit more into less.  I just get quiet.  

When I do, something good always results, like this thought-

What if all the creativity that is a constant in my brain from the moment I wake, until the moment I fall asleep is not all for me to do.  What if some of it is supposed to be someone else's creative gift to the world and I just happened to pick up on their creative vibe??   If this is a possibility, it reinforces my belief there is enough creative abundance for all of us.  Then instead of my response being one of resentment, my response is one of graditude and sharing.  So to that end another of my dreams is being fulfilled.   Beth's Craft Room officially began selling craft supplies in 2014.  I had always daydreamed about owning a brick and mortar craft supply store, but it turns out what I originally envisioned was supposed to happen like this:

A photo of my unfinished Lobster Buoys I offer on my online Etsy shop.

My wish is that the person who buys my unfinished buoys has as fun and joy as I do painting them.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Creativity and the Universe

I know how my creativity and the universe works.  It's always the same.  If I ask, creative abundance presents itself.  Most times, so much so, I would get overwhelmed and promptly say no thanks and run back from where I came.  That place was of fear, guilt and unworthiness.   I am still scared of the abundance that keeps presenting itself to me.  But at the same time, again and again, I am also driven to keep asking for creative abundance.  I keep trudging along, wonderfully imperfectly.  These days, I have Faith, Hope & Courage and I believe I am worthy.  I believe that we are all worthy and there is enough to go around for all of us.    

This morning in my studio, new designs I am working for my customers and some for general sales on my Etsy Shop.

And I just began another amazing e-course from Kelly Rae Roberts. I don't believe in coincidences anymore.   Trying to decide what I wanted my blog topic for today to be, I stumbled upon an old blog post I made on old blog of mine before I remarried back in 2010.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Oh the possibilities...

When you say yes to the Universe, show me the possibilities, be ready and willing to take the offerings, because I believe the Universe is already looking for us and gifts we can give to the world. When I stumbled 
upon Kelly Rae Roberts, I was asking for the possibilities, but I didn't just get Kelly Rae and her story and gifts, I got so much more. I found a whole community of souls searching and reaching for the same possibilities and I am humbled and inspired. Like the sea glass I harvest from the ocean to create things of beauty, I feel like I have just harvested hearts from around the world. What a gift!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

My hand painted Maine Lobster Buoys, from the beginning

At the beginning of this year, when I made my goal of blogging more often and consistantly, I wasn't sure what that was going to look like.  I still don't.  Once a month feels positive.    
sold oct 8 2011

I've been wanting to have a visual history of all the buoys I've painted since I sold my first one as a Christmas Ornament back on October 8, 2011.
sold April 9, 2012
Then I sold my first set of three.
May 1, 2012
And then another.
May 28, 2012

Then came my first custom Wedding.  It was exciting & rewarding.  I still connect and paint custom work for this bride.  It was the beginning of many amazing connections with my customers.
July 17, 2012

Aug 12,2012

Aug 2,2012

Then came my first Maine Wedding and I was able to hand deliver the bride's buoys and meet her in person.
Oct 1, 2012

These buoys were a super fun, fast paces custom project.  The bride gave me a lot of creative space for color choices.  She wanted bright and bold.  I love them!
April 15,2013

Elegant & Classy.
May 16, 2013

Pink Lobsters!   Look closely and you will see I painted a pink lobster on each buoy. My most unusual custom request so far, one of the many reasons I love my customers, they help me think and paint outside the box.
May 30, 2013

Navy, white and Brilliant Pink - busy, busy spring for me
June 2, 2013

My first key ring wedding favor order.
June 10, 2013

A sweet and pretty little custom order.
June 21, 2013

Sept  2, 2013
Navy and white is very popular right now.
Sept 3,2013

I started work with this bride last Fall to design this super classy buoys for her Summer 2014 Wedding!
Nov 27 , 2013

Jan 22,2014

 Time to wrap up this post with what I was painting earlier today...Feb 1, 2014