Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Can You Feel It?

I lost my favorite picture today. I lost my muse. I need to touch down on a warm spring day.

Ahh spring, new life, fresh start, warm and bright. I need to see something spring, black soil, green shoots, new blooms. It's all right, it's on its way. In my mind I am walking in the sun, on the beach, the breeze is blowing softly across my face, the water is gently rolling in and lapping at my feet. I bend over and pick up the most beautiful shell, I marvel at it, put it in my pocket. A treasures from the sea. I am walking through the meadow with wild flowers bursting in full color at my feet. Into the woods I go though the moss covered trees. They are alive with new life nesting. Yes this is spring. I can feel it coming. My desires are not only wishes. I found my favorite picture, I found my muse, but I am still dreaming of spring. I feel like a new soul reaching out into the light. My roots firmly planted and my shoots are beginning to break ground reaching up to the sun. Warm on my face. Can you feel it? Bottle it up and share it with the ones you love.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

My Inner Diva

So many secrets to share. Some we must keep. Can you trust your diary to keep you inner most thoughts safe? What would it say about you?
My inner diva is coming out. I have starting a Diva Diary (altered journal). I have the front cover complete. I attached a heart locket that can be filled with any picture. I used a vintage picture of 2 lovers, this is a Diva Diary you know. I did cover my nude diva with a well placed feather. Keeping it PG or maybe PG13. I am working on the back cover.
I am still working on things for my Etsy Store and I hope to have it up and running in the next 2 weeks. So much to do and time seems to be just flying these days. It has been a long winter.

Princess for a Day

It has been so much fun playing around with the design of some new princess/fairy crowns. My latest design is mermaid inspired with starfish, shells and crystal beads. Baby Girl, my live model, is very expensive but worth it. Every little girl or big girl loves to play princess. The Mermaid Crown will have an optional veil for beach weddings. My next project will be wedding tiara/crowns and flowergirl head bands.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Tea Party

Saturday afternoon was tea with the ladies. The lady in the above picture was the best dressed babe in the house, a little stiff but her hat was gorgeous. This was something new for me visiting a tea house with a few of my friends. The host and hostess were an older couple who had been collecting victorian antiques for about 20 years. The house was full of victorian flair right down to the mannequines in victorian dress. We learned about victorian etitquette, like it is rude to raise your pinky while drinking tea. The tea was okay but the scones were to die for. We had little cucumber sandwiches and other salads and desserts. It was a good time and we behaved like proper ladies except for a couple of loud outbursts from Ms Pam and Ms Janet tried on an antique feather hat when no one was looking.

One of my favorite things in the house were all of the antique valentines throughout the house. I am not a big tea drinker, give me a good cup of joe over tea any day, but it was a nice change. The best thing about the trip was the new antique shop (Somewhere in Time) that we discovered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They even carried a few antique valentines.

Friday, February 15, 2008

I am a Big Winner

I am so excited I won a prize from

I can't wait to see what it is. I love surprizes!

Pretty In Pink Package

The OWOH giveaway Pretty in Pink wreath and a couple of other misc. items are being packaged up and ready to go to their new home. Kecia of Lemoncholy's Flight of Fancy here it comes. I finally found a box big enough to hold the wreath so it will arrive safely. I hope it will bring spring to your door.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day OWOH Giveaway

This is it the big day! But, before I reveal the big winner, I would just like to say what an absolutely wonderful and beautiful event this is to participate in. I have had a great time and learned so much. All of you talented bloggers and artists out there are such an inspiration to me! Thank you again Lisa for hosting such a special event. Now the moment that you all have been waiting for, well at least some of you, the winner of my "Pretty In Pink" wreath giveaway is....Kecia of "Lemoncholy"s Flight of Fancy". I'll email you later, Kecia.
Thank you to all who participated. I hope you come back and visit sometime. I wish you a very special Valentine's Day! Okay, I know the picture is bad but I just wanted to send you off with a Valentine kiss. XOXO -Mya

Diva Takeout

Here is the latest project; "Diva Takeout" inspired by my Diva Daughter and her little Diva Princess.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Ladysparkle's Keepsake Box

There she sits so proud a top her keepsake box. The box is about 6'' by 6'' and is covered in fancy paper, silk and velvet ribbon with vintage rhinestones and shells attached. She looks as beautiful as a newly opened blossum on an early spring day. Ladysparkles is perched in a silk peony flower.

I included a few treasures from the ocean in her box. I collect beach pottery shards, beach glass, and worry stones. It is almost time for another trip to the ocean to collect. Last year I found hundreds of shells in Sanibel FL. But not any glass or shards. I usually find those on the east coast. I can't wait to go back.

Open House

Here is Fayrose waiting for the open house party to begin.

The inside is complete with dining set, dishes, paintings, and cutains.

The Studio Pink cottage is complete! I finally finished my sneak peek (earlier post) project. This little cottage comes complete with curtains, paintings on the wall, tiny furniture, and little fairy Faerose (made from polymer clay with flower petal wings). Faerose is ready for an open house party and has some photos to share with you. She is very excited to spend her open house with all of you. She tried to party with the big man of the house and he just wasn't into it at all.

Sometimes I do wonder what our husbands think when we get so excited about all the girly things we make. Mine hasn't said too much, yet, but I know he would like me to go back to the 9to5 thing with some real cash flow. I have been off for a month now and I am loving every minute of it.

Faerose thanks you for taking a peek at her new home. My new project is a keepsake box with Faerose's friend, Ladysparkles, on top. I hope to have this one complete in the next day or 2.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Sneak Peek

I just wanted to give you a little peek at my current project. It is a tiny cottage made from a collage of pretty papers and such. It is still a work in progress. I hope to get a few items put together so that I can get my Etsy shop "Studio Pink" going very soon. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

"One World One Heart" Give away

I am so excited to be participating in the "One World One Heart" give away this year. What an amazing concept. This is a wonderful way to make new friends. Thank you Lisa. For those of you not familiar with "One World One Heart" go to the web site listed below. http://oneworldevent.blogspot.com/2008/01/this-years-event-information.html

Please comment to this posting to enter. Enter only once and do so by February 13th. I will hold a randome drawing on the 14th for the winner of my hand made "Pretty in Pink" wreath. It is made with assorted silk flowers, vintage white bulbs and pretty pink tulle ribbon. Make sure you include your email address or link to your sight. I will announce the winner in a posting on the eve of Feb. 14th. Happy Valentines Day to you. Good Luck!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Whose Skin are You In?

Well, "Free to Be" (previous post) was kind of an unrealistic idea. But I do think we can take this concept and use it in moderation. I like the idea of being real not only in personality but in our life's path. So many of us live our lives in someone else's skin. (Just a second while I check to see whose skin I'm in). We never give ourselves the opportunity to realise our own dreams. In a perfect world money would not play a part in our choice of career paths. But we all know that most of us live a far cry from a perfect world. I wonder if, we were allowed to choose our life's work and still make an adequate income, would we suddenly be happy and fulfilled? I think we could as long as death, disease or some other unfortunate event didn't rear it's ugly head.
This all came to light because of the recent change in my life. I was thrust into reality when a new boss took over and turned my life inside out. It made me realise that people put on such a false pretense of who they really are. Maybe they have a false sense of themselves. It made me wonder if we really know ourselves at all? I wished that I could have portrayed my true self and feelings, instead of playing nice. The reality is that we are all so afraid of being rude to another person, that we will get into an elevator with a perfect stranger, even though we feel uncomfortable and our instincts are telling us that this is not a good idea. We do this because we are afraid of being rude and hurting someone's feelings. The truth is that no other animal other than a human will do this. They all follow animal instinct not animal etiquette. I don't condone rude or mean behavior, but I do think that we do need to take a stand for ourselves. I did not stand up for myself in my most recent plight. When I was backed up to the edge, I jumped. Yes, I do have a few bumps and bruises but they are healing slowly. Although this was a drastic measure, it allowd me to leave with my dignity and itegrity intact. I am sure that something wonderful will come of it. (You can't see my fingers crossed behind my back;] ) I may have bent up my ego and my dignity a bit, but they are still there. I do wish however I had been able to speak my mind and say how I really felt rather than playing the nice girl, now last in line on payday. Oh, I forgot, I'm not in line yet.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Free To Be

Sometimes I sit and wonder what it would be like to do as you feel and feel as you like. The freedom to say what is really on your mind. The right to wear whatever feels good. The luxury of not doing anything at all if that is what you choose. Instead we must plaster a Mcdonalds smile on our face and say have a nice day to the people that we would least like to see have a nice day. We must dress for success and always be age appropriate. We drag ourselves out of bed to go to a job that we hate and that does not really reflect who we are inside. We kiss up to the boss in hopes of a fat raise or early promotion. We pretend to be interested when our friends tell us how great little Bobby is for the twelfth time in only a week. We come home every day only to put in another full day of work by making dinner, spiffing up the house, running the kids to soccer, helping them with their homework and then reading them a lovely story before bed.

What would happen if we all just suddenly became true to ourselves? What if we did what we were truly meant to do? No more wondering if your neighbor really liked your dog or your girlfriend loved the way you dress. No worries about whether your husband finds you funny or you guests love your decorating sense. Everyone would speak their mind at all times. What would the world be like? Could we handle such candor? Would this make it easier by taking they guess work out of our decisions? How would you feel and who would you be? Do you know your true self? Are you in touch with what is really inside? Do you have an inner muse? Who is she and can she speak for herself/or for you? What would really happen? Would our world suddenly become an unbearable place? If everyone ate what they wanted and said what they thought, would we all be a bunch of size 10 bullies with bed hair, wrinkled clothing and really really bad breath? Or would the world turn as it should without the stress, envy, greed and pompous act. Would this cut down on disease and self inflicted ailments? I wonder could we live in that kind of place and if we did who would we be? Do you know your true self? Who would you be? What is the first thing that you would do or change about your life? Ha, made you think didn't I? Take a moment and let me know what you think without the sugar coating or pompous act please. Just the real you. Can you do it?

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Weekend Quote

"Spirit is an invisible force
made visible in all life."

-Mya Angelou

I Think I'm in the Pink

I love Pink. Pink as the morning sky. Pink as your cheeks after a cry. Pink in the evening sun. Yes, Pink, I think, is number one. Pink as a newborn babies skin. Pink can always make me grin:]

Here are a few of my favorite things in Pink;
Above is baby Izzy,
Below are my antique dishes, Relpo ladyhead vase, and little bird boy in my dried hydranga blooms