Saturday, April 12, 2014

When Quartz Becomes Stars and Serendipity Visits ~

Serendipity ~
I've always loved that word and the idea of it.

I stumbled across a serendipitous occurrence just this morning.

So, I finished a new art piece last night and listed it in my Zibbet Shop.

It's the first piece I've ever created that is in the night-time.

"Let's Gather The Stars"

The illustration is based on 2 characters from my book named Alice and Junie.

"Alice and Junie are gathering stars on this clear and warm April night. Junie is curious and ready to collect so many stars in her wooden bucket. She hesitates, but Alice assures her that all is well and the collecting night is upon them. Junie knows that tomorrow morning when she wakes, she will have a bucket full of wishes. What will she wish for?"

 I am sort of in love with the idea of star collecting. Gathering stars to distribute wishes to friends and loved ones.

Anyway...I created this piece with my little cottage in Northwest Arkansas in mind.

It was an amazing  wonderland filled with colorful turtles, chipmunks, wild honeysuckle and quartz.

We had these spectacular thunderstorms in the springtime and the rain would pound the ground so hard that the quartz would come to the top of the dirt ~

My boys were little at the time ~ 
(Sorry about the matching outfits, guys)

and we would go outside the morning after a storm,
buckets in hand,
and collect the quartz for wish making.

My new piece was based on our quartz gathering.
Only....Alice and Junie gather stars for wish making.

You're probably wondering where the serendipity is in all of this, right?

Well, this morning I received a note from an art friend/jewelry maker.
We only recently became friends through facebook.

After we met, I found out she grew up in the area near my little cottage.

She creates lovely pieces of jewelry and was very inspired by the quartz and fossils and rocks in that Northwest Arkansas region.

So, I received a note from my friend saying she wanted to buy this new piece.
She had no idea that the piece was inspired by the region that we both grew to love so much.

She had no idea that the star gathering in this new piece had anything to do with our quartz gathering.

Yet, for some reason, she was drawn to the new art.

She bought it immediately.

I am over the moon happy to know that she is the one who will love this art.
That she knows how the hills of Fayetteville smell after a thunderstorm.

That we share the knowledge of the quartz and fossils and secret treasures that can be found in nature in that particular region.

This made me happy today.

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Always Remember It's Only Temporary ~

I am so scattered these days.
Most times, I can't even remember what day it is.
Having my husband home everyday has caused me to lose track of my days.
Is it Monday?
Or Thursday?
Or, maybe it's Saturday.

While he works feverishly searching for jobs 10 to 12 hours a day ~
I find myself with almost nothing to do at all.
Other than worry.

I try to remember that this current unemployment situation is only temporary.
It is, isn't it?
Only temporary?

Sometimes it feels like a never-ending whirlwind of panic and fear.'s only temporary.
Just another piece of our story.
Another valley to crawl through.

There are bad days and better days.
I find myself focusing on the outside world.

The freedom of birds ~

No money worries.
No bills.
Flying wherever your tiny brain takes you.
Most likely to a food source ~ 

Friends all around ~ 

Gathering and buzzing from flower to flower.
No worries of loss or homelessness ~ 

Building a nest for your family.
This pair of Mourning Doves work together.
Focused on the perfect stick or twig to add to their home.
No mortgage company breathing down their feathery necks ~ 

Sometimes, all I can see is black.
Then, on another day, I am reminded of purple ~

Jewel tones that have the power to lighten your heart.
If only for a flash of a moment ~ 

My studio eases my mind.
Sometimes ~

Creating illustrations allows me to escape.
For awhile.

I finished a piece last night.
And....I like it.

This is the second story illustration based on Mayor Ricarda.

 She is very powerful and protects Gerushia's World with a passion. But, even Mayor Ricarda needs some down-time. So, she joined a Monday morning book club. Just by the creek is a lovely spot to read and talk to other like-minded book lovers.

This piece is listed in my Zibbet Shop.
Finishing a new piece always gives me hope.
The possibility of a bit of money coming in.
Maybe even making someone else happy by offering my art.

There are also a lot of other rabbity pieces in my Shop.

So, I've created a coupon code for all things rabbity in my Zibbet shop, 
just in time for Easter delivery. 

Simply use coupon code RabbityLove at checkout to receive 25% off any piece of art that includes a rabbit. The coupon code is good only through Sunday, April 13th. This includes prints and originals.

I can hear my husband in the distance right now...
Almost constantly, it seems.
He doesn't realize it.
Sighs of exhaustion.
Waiting for positive news.
Every single day.

So....we wait.
He networks and job searches.

I wander and pace and envy the birds.

But, we still manage to get up and start over every morning.
That must mean something, right?

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World