Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Etsy Store is up an running.


The Etsy store is up an running!  Click here to go to it!

There is not a lot up yet but I am working on more product and it will be added soon.  As always, you can go to the Weathered Home here in Morganton to see more of my work.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Less is More

I love to do art.  Any kind of art.  It is no doubt, when I am off from my real job that you will find me in my basement working on the next big thing.  I will try anything.  I experiment with mediums and sometimes an occasional unheard of medium...like soot from the wood heater to make something look weathered, or mix alcohol with paint to see if the concoction yields the outcome I am wanting.

In school I had the most amazing art teacher.  Mrs. Myra "Katie" McNeely.  I wanted to be an art teacher like her...but I didn't want to be a teacher...that required going to school again and all I wanted to do was be out of school.  I was not a fan of school, but Mrs. McNeely was the coolest teacher ever so I went to school everyday just so I could go to art class.  The world lost this artist in 1998 and boy was it a big loss.

In class Mrs. McNeely taught me one thing that has stuck with me since she told it to me back somewhere between 1989 and 1991.  Less is more.  The less you put on the canvas or the less you embellish the more the eye is drawn to the subject.  I think a LOT of folks could use this philosophy when they are creating stuff...if they ever create stuff for themselves. (See one of my previous blog entries called "Just Try It" for my thoughts on folks that are afraid of trying something.)  If you find yourself adding more sequins and rhinestones to an already embellished jean jacket, step away from the glue gun!!!!  Now this does not mean don't try to craft or create. This simply means step back and ask yourself, what is my subject, and is it making its self known in the piece.  Are things in the piece fighting to be the headliner?  If so, then you may have went too far.

So, if you haven't figured out art is my thing, but art is a very broad subject.  It can be the art of decorating, drawing, painting, playing music, or even soot smudging! Everybody's got their something and mine is art that includes drawing, painting, music, writing (on occasion), and many other things that we will eventually get to in this blog.  That's why I chose this as the name of my blog.  

Find your art.  What is your something? The something, or somethings, that make you, you?  Leave your something in the comment section.


The world is but a canvas to our imagination - Henry David Thoreau


Friday, December 16, 2016

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign!

Signs, signs. Everywhere you go there are signs.  Some good, some bad, but these signs are good, they make you happy...well they make me happy any way. 

These and more are available at The Weathered Home in Morganton if you want to see then.  If you would like a custom sign contact me and I will see if I can work up something for your needs. 

I have decided to sell on Etsy so be I the look out for that link coming soon.  It takes a little while to get this all set up and get the postage set up for it but I'm going to get all that worked out Saturday and be online Monday ready to sell!  It may start out with a small amount of inventory, but it will grow (I hope).

Y'all have a great holiday, a merry Christmas or whatever you do at this time of year!  If you need a quick gift idea go out to the Weathered Home they have something for everyone!

More to come soon.
Gretchen

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gifts Galore!

If you are looking for a great gift for that special someone, or that one of a kind find stop by The Weathered Home in Morganton and see their huge selection.  They have something for everyone.  If you have an item you want to paint you can sign up for a class or if you just need to buy all the supplies they have advice and everything you need to complete your project.  The consigners have filed the place with many nice things but if you don't see what you want just ask. There is a good chance they can get what you need.  If for some reason you don't find that special gift they offer gift certificates!

The Weathered Home
217 Avery Ave
Morganton, NC
Check them out on Facebook too!
https://www.facebook.com/theweatheredhome/

Christmas has arrived on the hill!

Christmas has arrived at the house on the hill.  This week the tree went up and the living room got a new arrangement.  I absolutely love it!  Bring on the holidays, I'm ready! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Just try it!

Why is it some people say "I can't do that" if they haven't even tried?

I find this is true with so many people and I can't help but ask, "have you at least tried to do it"?  Why are people so scared to give things a try?  You never know if you can, or can't, do something if you don't try. 

If I am charged with a task that I am unsure of I treat it as if it were a personal challenge;  a challenge to prove to myself that I can at least try.  I walk around out thinking of it for a few minutes, hours, days even before I will start.  Something I have to give it the evil eye and get mad at it.  Maybe to let it think I'm the one in charge so it won't get the best if me.  If I try, and I untimely fail then I will know that I am not physically able to do the challenge...but if when I try and the results come out at least half way decent then I know I gave it a good try, but can I push myself a little further to make it meet my expectations?  The next time a challenge comes my way I can look back and say, this is what I did before, what if I do this instead to have a better outcome.

Why do people not push themselves to be creative? 

I've always been able to think  through tasks and come up with ideas and visions.  I don't know what it's like not to be like this.  If I see something that I'd like to try I think, how can I do this with what I already have. 

Why do people not experiment with mediums to create things?  Scared?  Why?  If you mess up, so what, you can say you tried!  You can mix paint to get new colors, mix paint with glue to get a new texture, or add an unexpected element.  Now I'm not saying go out and build a house with no experience but you could build a bird house!  Start with paper and make a pattern, imagine how the boards would fit together.  Think simple, and add on. 

Remember the old saying "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again"? Try at least three times!

So, to close I say, wake up that imagination you were given.  Everybody has one, but not everyone exercises it.  You may just surprise yourself what you can do if you really push yourself a little further.

This tree is one that I imagined.  I had no idea if it would work, or if it would look like a pile of firewood.  I did not know until I tried.  I tried and people that saw it loved it!  It's for sale at The Weathered Home store in Morganton.  I will update to let you know when/if it sells.  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Why can't we all just get along!?!?

While I was at a social function recently I felt like I was given a cold shoulder by someone I thought was my friend.  I thought to myself...I've not seen this person post anything lately on Facebook because this person was always posting something witty.  So, when I got home I checked...I had been unfriended by this person.  The more I thought about this the madder I got, because I thought we were "real" friends as well as Facebook friends.  So, why would I get deleted?  I kept thinking, what could it be?  Could I have posted or "liked" something on Facebook that would have offended this person?  I don't see this person out in public any longer because of a change in my place of work so what could it have been?  Could I have liked or shared a post that this person did not "approve" of and the person had a different opinion of the post than I did.  That's the only thing I could think of anyway.

Now, I am tolerant of most things.  I could care less if you are gay, lesbian, Muslim, Christian, foreign, black, white, purple, green, hillbilly, city folk, if you pray, say chants or speak Klingon.  

I don't get on the social media platforms and blast any one group, or person for their beliefs, because that's not the right thing to do.  I certainly do not hunt you down to delete you because you do not push the like button on a song or picture that I've posted or share my beliefs, because I don't expect everyone to like everything that I post and I don't expect everyone to agree with my opinion.  I have even had one "friend" delete me because of what another friend commented on one of my posts...huh.  Was I supposed to mediate the conversation, cause I didn't, and was not going to.  However you choose to live, and whatever you do is your own personal choice.  I am not going to call you out on it and I certainly hope you do not call me out on my choices, but if you do, don't expect me to argue over it because I am entitled to my own opinion. The bottom line is, you are a human and I am supposed to treat you, and your opinion with respect, and the same in return.

So, there are new rules to my game. If you do not like something I post and you make the choice to delete me, do not come back later and want to be my friend again cause it ain't gonna happen.  This has happened a couple times now. The old rule of three strikes you're out does not apply any longer.  If you ditch me, that's it. See ya! 

We were all put on this big rock together and we all know how our story ends.  Let's just all get along while we are here.

(Now, go ahead and blast me in the comment section.  I know you want to.)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sounds of Silence

There is something about a rainy Sunday morning that just makes me feel good. Most days I could do without the rain, because of work, projects, an event or activity that I want to be a part of, but Sundays are different; Sunday, that seventh day, the day of rest. Add in a slow falling much needed rain and the world outside your window changes its tune. As I sit here in the early morning with the windows open I can hear the rain and birds sing their sounds of silence. I imagine the birds are happy to finally get their baths. The grass sparkles, the trees are almost neon green with glow and everything is clean and new again. The smell of the earth after a rain is fresher than any store bought scent could ever reproduce. The neighborhood is quiet but soon everyone will be on their way to and from places, the rain will dry and the peacefulness that once was will become loud, busy and dirty again. The sound of the traffic will mask the sound of the singing birds and lawnmowers will soon be the sound of silence. Never fear there will be more rain to wash the earth and make it new again, but those special Sunday rains only come once in a while. So, enjoy them, take the time to stop and just listen to natures sounds and see it without all the noise daily life brings.

Sunday, April 10, 2016