somethings in the basement !

monster in the basement

 

When I was a little girl the basement was a scarey place.

Each stair was just a step without a back, so I thought that if you were small enough, you could slip right through.

Mothers sewing room was in the very back of the house.  A large and stark room with concrete block walls and a concrete floor.

During the day, it was no problem going downstairs for any reason in the world, but at night…. Ooh, that was a different subject.  I mean, to walk quickly might cause me to go through the back of the stairs and fall to my death, but if I didn’t run…. that evil thing that lived in the basement might attack!  It was such a dilemna in my life!

Sometimes Mom did minor alterations upstairs while we all watched tv.  There were many occasions when she would realize that she had forgotten something and needed that something to complete her work.  The next thing I would hear was,  “Becky, go get my seam ripper from the drawer of the sewing cabinet please.”  Oh no!  “MOM!  I don’t want to go, can’t you take a break and run down and get it ?”.  She would just laugh and say, “Nothing is going to get you, silly!”  But she just didn’t know!  Then she would say, “Just go turn the lights on before you start down, then wait til you get to the top of the stairs before you turn them off.  If you see anything, or anyone that’s not suppose to be here, hollar.”, oh I was gonna hollar alright!  I figured I’d scream so loud the neighbors would hear, and they would come save me! I would reluctantly run down the stairs as Mom would hollar, “Don’t fall!” down the stairs

 

Oh God!  What if I do fall?  What if I fell on that concrete floor and died!  It was a horrilbe situation I am in right at this moment.  I will either be kidnapped and attacked by the evil troll from the basement or fall to my death. What was I to do?  Why would my Mom send me to my death!

But hence, nothing happend.  I know you knew I would say that.  I never fell to my death, and no one ever kidnapped or attacked me.

But, then there was that monster under my bed!monster under my bedNow, that concrete block sewing room is my studio!

There are no boogie men!  No evil lurking in the dark.  Just my art equipment, my sewing machine and all my creative implements for creations.  Oh, and Mom’s sewing machine.  And, her seam ripper.

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from A to Z

    When you think of “A”, it’s thought of as the beginning.  ABCs

     So, if “A” is the beginning, then “Z” would be the end.  Wouldn’t it?

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What if “Z” was only a re-spite.  Only something that happens to get you to something wonderful.

What if something better were to take place after you got to Z.  What if getting to Z wasn’t the end, maybe just a rest before starting at “A” again?

Maybe, “B – Y”, is just what will happen in the by & by. Maybe, just maybe it is a field of flowers ready to be picked, or adventures ready to be had!

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getting started is half the battle

getting started…. Where do I start?

Some of you may already know this, but just in case…. I moved in with my Dad  July 1st after my Mom passed away.

I came back to Georgia after living in Nashville, TN for 27 years.  Leaving behind not only dear, dear friends but also my grown children.  Both of my children consider Nashville their home town even though neither was born there. 

It has taken me 3 1/2 weeks to get my art studio the way I want it.  Well, everything but artwork on the walls.  I’m still waiting to hang stuff. It has been months since my creative juices flowed.  I don’t  remember what month I completed my last piece of art work.  It was probably April, or maybe March.  No, I’m pretty sure it was April.

It is true that I have been in a state of some depression, which always causes problems with creativity.  But, in light of the fact that I have worked diligently to turn my art into a career, I have been concerned that I needed to get down here in this new studio and be creative.  I may not be able to create anything that I feel is sales worthy, but it is important to start creating.

OMG!

My daughter was recently in Chicago and took a photo of the sunrise over the Great Lakes.  I decided this photo would be an excellent one to start with. There wasn’t an enormous amount of articulate detail work, so this would be great.  Ha!  There it sits on my painting table.

 

Then, when I realized that this was not going to be something I wanted to work on at this point, I found the garden apron I made back in the fall.  This apron was humongous.  I thought a family of clowns would fit comfortably into my apron.  Garden apron

See, I told you it was ginormous!

I started altering the seams on the side to make it a better fit.  I worked on it for a couple of days.  Once I felt it was of a more appropriate size, I decided to tie-dye it.  I thought it would make a aesthetically more appealing appearance. my disclaimer… I have tie-dyed before very successfully.

shattered dreams splitting seams

 

OH LOrd!  Look what I did!

ruined!  RUINED!

all that work I put into this apron, and it’s “Ruined!”

( the tie-dye was a complete failure)

UGH!

So, I got this bright idea that I would find something to draw!  Draw, I can do that!  Well, I found another seascape, and I started working on it.  Ugh! barely started

I don’t know how this got so messy, but it did and then I got frustrated. I just really don’t know what I’m gonna do?

I guess I’m gonna go back to my studio tomorrow and I’m going to pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again!

 

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One rainy weekend!

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225320_10151505313365659_640575782_a    Last weekend as many know, was the Spring Spectacular Arts/Crafts fair in Portland, TN..  

      It rained all day Saturday!  

It was also very cold!  

I did have a blast however!  I met a lot of very great people, I had a lesson in what to do and what not to do.  I had a great deal of positive feedback.  And, I came home with many good idea’s for my next fair in June.

 

So, even though I had 2 jackets on, I went squish in the mud every time I left the building.  The cafeteria ran out of Hot Chocolate real early and none of the stalls in the ladies restroom had locks on the doors, I had a very good time.

crammedAmazing how much one can cram into a Mini Cooper.  Of course you can’t see out the back, but hey….. I still had my side view mirrors.

tableA very good friend of mine, who came to help, sitting behind my table at the booth.

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Today is the Day!

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 I looked up the Bottom View Farm in Portland, TN and it is beautiful.

This is going to be a great experience!  I am so excited for the opportunity for expansion and growth, for me as a artist, but also for me as a grown up who is willing to throw caution to the wind and go out there into the world to say, ” I am good enough to do this, and I’m willing to take the chance!”

 

So much to do before I leave, I must go and prepare…..

 

It is raining!  I hope it stops before 4pm, but if not I have an indoor booth.  At least getting wet will be minimal!

 

Ps…. ” Lord, it is raining hard!  Whew!

Sweet Tea & Shopping Spring Spectacular

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Just a quick not about Friday & Saturday!

I can not begin to express my pure excitement !

I will be in The Chapel, booth # 48.  

If you will be in the Portland, TN on March 28th or 29th, please do come by and say hello!  

 On Friday from 4pm til 8pm I will be offering my drawings and or paintings from Placesnotforgotten half price. This will be a sneak peak exclusive promotion offered only on Friday.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Placesnotforgotten

Spectacular Spring

 

 

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Spring Spectacular – Portland, TN

 

It’s countdown time !

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My first arts and crafts fair, I’m just beside myself with excitement, hope, and anxiousness about next weekend.

I will of course send you stories from beginning to end, with as many photo’s as I can remember to take.  I have a friend who will be going along to help, (and make sure someone is always at the booth)

I wanted to show some of the items that I plan to have in my booth for sale.  Of course, I will have 3 drawings, 2 small paintings, and a entire alphabet of painted paper mache letters.  I also have a few aprons, a number of purses and bags.  I also have an original drawing I did of New Orleans.  Professionally matted and framed. ABCs

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I apologize for the condition of the photo’s of the “L” and the “O”.  Way too dark!

Along with an alphabet of letters, I also have drawings….

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Along with a drawing of New Orleans that is professionally matted & framed.

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I also have sewn crafts such as aprons and purses.

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school time apron

my 5 x 7 paintings….

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You are probably saying it’s just T.M.I…… there is more, but I will leave something for those that actually come.

You must understand how absolutely excited I am!

Opium Poppy

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My latest paper mache letter – “O”

I saw an Opium Poppy for the first time recently. These flowers have such delicate petals of pink, red, orange and purple. Just had to paint them on a letter. So, what better letter than the “O”. The stamen is such a contrast from the petals, the flower just pops with color!
This paper mache letter is 8 inches.

Since I have decided not to sell my “P”.  Mainly because I am not to happy about it.  I have almost worked my way through the alphabet.

I must admit that I do have a time taking pictures that are light enough.  I tried taking several pictures of this “O”, but this is the best…. and yet a little dark.  ??????????

I took this one outside, but hence…. still a little too dark.  Ahhh, maybe not.  What do you think?  I’d love to hear.

So here are my letters, from A – O and maybe the P, but it will not be going in my Etsy shop.  http://www.etsy.com/AllBeckysCreations

ABC

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GGerbera Daisy G

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IIvy I

JJ

KK

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and the collage P

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I think these run the gamut of ideas…. child like themes,  whimsical themes, and with the flowers maybe just a few that adults might like.  I also have some letters that I have done for specific people….. here they are

Amelias A

Blairs B the one that started it all

and an “R”  that was given as a wedding present, the only picture I have is sort of blurry

Scot and Jessica

I thought this was a real cute idea, I painted lace on the very large letter in the couples favorite colors and attached white flowers in the bend.

On to a special item, I hope in time for Thanksgiving…..

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My second portrait – Dad

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My Dad – This is what he looked like with I was a little girl. 

So upsetting

As you can see, my first attempt at his face, was a total debacle.  Normal people do not have mouths that big, unless an operation to make them voluptuous went terribly wrong, and as you can see in the photo, my fathers lips are perfectly normal.

So, it was time to forget the past, and move on to another try.

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I do believe that this is almost there…..  some how I did not quite get his face long enough, but it is a real good picture other than the length.  I’m thinking if I haven’t rubbed the paper raw I may work on that neck… I’m seriously thinking that is the problem.  You may see more of this portrait, if not, then it’s on to Mom.