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NOLA….What an experience!



What a day yesterday was! Wow! I think I am still exhausted.  It was an awesome day to say the least.  I learned SO MUCH!  Let’s see….my day began early heading out to New Orleans and meeting my online artist friend, Ali, for the first time in real life.  It was awesome! We became virtual friends from an online art/photography class and have been becoming fast friends. It was a true delight to finally meet her in person.  Like we hugged immediately when we saw each other feeling as if we had known each other for years.  We spent the morning talking at the speed of light.  All things art.  Dreaming and planning all of the next steps I could and will take.  Ali had brainstormed a couple of shops that she thought would be a good fit for my art and after planning our outing we quickly realized it was already noon.  So we loaded up my art and headed out.  Butterflies were certainly setting in at this point.  All the natural fears were coming to the surface.  I felt so vulnerable.  “What if no one was going to like my art?” “It’s ok if they don’t”, I would quickly tell myself and I really meant that.  I know God has orchestrated this entire journey and there are places that will be a perfect match for my art.  We entered our first destination in an area near the Riverfront that was full of beautiful merchandise.  We looked around and I said “yes”,  I could see my art in here.  Well, it was time.  Time to approach an employee and ask to see the owner or manager.  It took me probably four minutes to get the guts up to do this but here went nothing.  I did it! I was told the owner was not in but the manager would be happy to see my items.  After looking at my bio and several pieces of my art he told me how much he liked it and that he would pass the information on to their owner and she would be contacting me.  (HUGE SMILE) Whew!! I had done it!  I put myself out there and my art had been received.  I was ready! “Let’s hit the next place.”

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At this point it was 1:30 and our stomachs were growling.  We headed downtown to Magazine Street and decided we might need to grab some lunch real quick.   Ali had a cute and delish little French Bistro in mind, Coquette.  Again, she and I spent 45min dreaming and planning of what the future could look like.  We enjoyed the most amazing lunch and then headed out to visit a few shops.



I  can not get enough of the simple beauty of Magazine Street.  The street is lined with colorfully painted shotgun houses that now house the dreams of retailers.   From art to clothing to antiques, you name it you can find it uniquely available on Magazine.  The first stop on magazine we made was to a darling place called Perch.  It was oozing with beautiful furniture, unique art and home accents.  Jack, the store manager was such a treat.  He quickly loved my art and gave me the contact information for Caroline the store owner and said for me to email her my available pieces and let’s go from there. (Heart and face beaming!)   I just loved this store and it seemed like a great match for my art.  I can not wait to be in contact with Caroline and see where this may go.



Well, for four more stops the story was the same.  No store owners were in.  However, every manager loved my art and supplied me with owner contact information.  I really liked this decorators space, Chet Pourciau.  I had an instant connection with Chet’s design style.  You can tell his expertise is in creating a happy space with style.  I loved his eye for bridging contemporary with traditional chic.   I think this is match for my for art!  His manager, Nadia,  was lovely and made some suggestions of different sizes and subjects they would also like to see.  So, this gal is getting ready to make some more art this weekend and shoot the images over to the owner!!


 All in all this was a very successful day.  Priceless things learned but most importantly facing my fears head on and conquering them.  I can not get over the response I have had through contacts about my art.  I already have four stores from here to yonder  that want me to bring my work in for them to consider.  I can’t tell you how exciting this is.  I have dreamed of this since I was a little girl but never really thought I would actually get to live it.  More to come on how marketing my art is going.

I hope each of you has a wonderfully blessed weekend.  Ya know what?  Are you living your dream? I am living proof you are never too old to chase them.  God knows your hearts desires, He put them there.  Pray.  Just pray about it!

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How Exciting!

Wow is all I can say! God truly is spending a lot of time on this ahh-mazing chapter of my life! I stand in awe of the blessings pouring over me. It truly is like He is answering a prayer I didn’t know my heart was praying!!   You see, 18 months ago I was sent home from my lifelong career as an elementary teacher.  My disabling illness had gotten to the point where I could not perform my job.(my disability story will come soon)   So in March of 2012 I went home.  From March until September I was floundering.  Falling into depression with thoughts of “What is my purpose?” “This can’t be how I am going to live the rest of my life.” “I want to do something!”  I seemed to be so down over feeling like I had no purpose any longer.  When I was in the classroom I knew my life’s purpose.  I was making an impact on this world one little person at time and now I sit at home alone.  Oh, and when the end of July 2012 came and I wasn’t in my classroom getting it all ready for the start of a new school year, that is when the tears fell.

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Now, fast forward to September 2012.  That is when this journey all began.  Something inside began to stir.  Let me back up just a minute.  Back in 1990 when I graduated from High School, I attended a junior college on an art scholarship.  I lasted two semesters when I finally told my parents I was changing my major to Elementary Education.  My exact words to them were, “All I can see is myself being a starving artist in the French Quarter.” (French Quarter-the heart of New Orleans).  I pretty much stuffed my dreams of being an artist away.  I was however able to use my creativity in my classroom.  I had like the cutest decorated room in the school.  But anyway, in September of last year it was as if God whispered in my heart to play again.  To dabble in my art.  So, I did.  I began taking some online creativity classes to get me going and I did start to blossom.  I fixed  a studio in an unused room in our home and it quickly became my haven.  Oh, to walk in that room and be surrounded by all the supplies and objects of inspiration was truly amazing.

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As time would pass my heart began to tug stronger towards wanting more.  I wanted to be out there.  Out in the world somehow, someway. My prayer was “use me.”   “Take my talent and use me.” I wanted nothing more than for God to help me see a way I could share his love for this world through my art.  I got so frustrated and stumped at times.  You see I couldn’t find my unique thing.  My art.  I could replicate anyone’s art, but struggled so at finding my “thing.”  Something uniquely mine.  That is until three weeks ago.  After church one Sunday I headed my studio and grabbed a ton of supplies I had for almost a year now that pertained to a certain technique of working with plaster that I had always wanted to try but was too scared.  I jumped in blind.  I just decided to go for it and if I failed, then I would move on to the next thing.  Well low and  behold I created a piece that made my heart jump! I loved it!! I quickly made more like four more pieces, loving each and every one of them.  I did it!  I had found a medium that I poured all of my into that in the end resulted in a unique piece of art like no one else’s. I was ignited.  There was a fire burning inside of me like I had never felt before.  I seriously feel as if I am standing on top of the world with all of the praise and glory going to God.  I have found “my thing.”  My little pieces of art that I can put out there with subtle promises of God’s word.

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Now fast forward to today.  Sorry for jumping around.  This post is getting way too long and have so much I want to say.  I will be posting more detailed posts about this time in my life soon, because there are so many God moments that I just have share.  But, tomorrow is one of the biggest days of my life.  Through encouragement from my husband, sisters and a friend, my husband and I are taking my art to New Orleans (of all places- Ha since that is where I thought I would be sitting as a starving artist many years ago) and offering my art to several shops for retail.  I am over the moon to say the least.  I dreamed it but never believed it would ever happen.  I just know God has plans for me and my art. I am so anxious about tomorrow.  Fears. Excitement. Joy. Possible rejection.  You name it, I’m feeling it. So, I will leave you here with that.  Many prayers would be greatly appreciated.  I will be back on Friday to let you know just how my very first attempt at selling my art goes.

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