Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Soul Path

I love when mystical things flow and happen.  They shouldn't surprise me or leave me in awe, but they always do.  A few weeks ago I painted.  A few weeks ago I bought a beautiful crescent moon necklace and some magical bath salts from this etsy shop  I randomly came across.  This stuff is amazing.  Just gorgeous.  The salts smell so good and dreamy!  Anyway, I have been checking in on the web site and wearing my moon necklace and using my salts.  And, I have been contemplating my "Soul Path".  There are so many things that I am passionate about like sewing, traveling, family, spirituality, health, art and so on.  I've also been feeling a little antsy about what I should be focusing so much of my time on.  We travel like crazy, my husband and I, and I like it.  But it makes it difficult for me to really pour myself into any kind of crafty business on a serious basis.  So I've decided to just enjoy what I do without the pressure of having to turn everything creative in my life into something to sell.  That puts too much pressure on me and sets me up to feel like a failure if I don't happen to sell much.  I enjoy creating, I enjoy sharing my talent.  I enjoy traveling.  I enjoy the mystical.  Here is the painting (my first mixed media on canvas) that I did.  The night I did this painting, I left a space in the center of it with the intention of completing it in the morning.  There are butterflies and flowers and a sun/moon all in the picture.  I set it on the mantle and left it over night.  When I got up to look at it the next day, to my surprise, I noticed a shadowy figure in the spot that I left bare.  It looks like a body with with wings walking on a path.  I'm not kidding.  My husband noticed it too.  I had been planning on stamping "Soul" something on it when it was finished.   So Soul Path is what I decided when I saw that.  It looks like an angel walking through a garden.  I love it.  I believe my muse or angel was helping me out there.  I love the mystical.  My husband and I have a favorite song that we dance to all the time,  Free Into The Mystic by Zac Brown Band / Van Morrison.  It's so us.

Tonight I will be participating in a video group all about finding your "Soul Path".  Coincidence?  I like to think not :)  Happy lunar eclipse.  Here is my painting.  Anyone else have a soul path story?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Top and Bag

I have been sick for almost two weeks.  Which put me way behind on the sewing schedule.  Managed to whip up, take a whole day to, make a muslin and then an actual wearable Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline.  It was a little more challenging than expected.  Had to play around with a muslin and different fabric for draping and sizing to get the look I was going for.  I love this gauze type fabric I   picked up from Textile Fabric store last year.  I also cut out the Moss mini skirt pattern but there was no way I would be able to get that sucker banged out in any hurry.  That one will have to wait a few days.

Then I decided to make a little quilted cover for my book.  No pattern, just winged it.  Love how this turned out.  Now all I have to do is actually take the time to read it.

So, I will throw it in here when I head to the beach.  This I made today.  I am in love with the sea horse fabric.  The bag pattern is the Hampton Weekend Bag by V and Co.  I adjusted the measurements a bit to accommodate a few towels as well as my book and other beachy things.  Particularly proud of the professional looking hardware that I purchased on line from New York and the little zipper gizzy I made.

Ok.  All ready to to pack this baby up and read, relax and recover!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Update on WT??

** Update:  I just received a very nice email from the managing editor of Haute Handbags.  She apologized for not informing me that they decided to use my bag for the next Autumn issue, as it was more suited for that. **  Sigh of relief.... Life is good again.  Stay tuned , and keep creating. :)

Well, today I waltzed into Barnes and Noble to pick up a copy of Chocolat they were holding for me.  We just watched the movie for the millionth time last night and I decided I had to read the book too so I ordered it on line immediately after the credits.  Earlier, I dropped Dave off at the newly opened Guitar Center down the road.  He was happy I was happy, albeit terribly sick with cold/flu, but I had to have the book.  I decided to check out the magazine section while I was passing by to see if by some freak chance the Haute Handbags spring edition was out yet.  Last time they put it out exactly on the release date.  But, I was secretly wanting to check out the new Stitch edition and their new bag patterns and that's when I saw it.  There it was.  Haute Handbags!  I grabbed the top copy and started flipping through the pages.  Almost frantically.  I don't think the woman next to me in the Auto Mechanics section even flinched at my behavior.  Where is it?!  I got to the end.  No Shelly Jack zebra print bag.  No Shelly Jack hand painted daisy sling.  No Shelly Jack Nashville studded guitar cross body.  Maybe I missed it.  I'll start from the back this time.  Page after page after page.  Nothing.  Not there.  How could this be?  I got the email.  "We would love another bag submission from you."  "Congratulations!! Your bag has been selected..."  They cashed my return postage check four months ago. They still had all three of my bags.  It doesn't make sense.  Nothing makes sense right now.  I'm sick. Shouldn't be driving on NyQuil.  Maybe I should cry before I go pick up Dave.  Nothing.  No tears.  Nothing.  No anger.  A bit of embarrassment.  I'm not good enough.  Who do I think I am any way?  I pay for my copy of Chocolat and leave.  Dave is looking for me when I arrive.  I'm irritated with him for that.  He gets in the car and I tell him what has happened, or has not happened.  Silence.  More humiliation.  Not from him, that's my own doing.  I've let him down.  I text my mom and give her the news.  More disappointment.  I don't want her to buy the magazine and find out my bag is not in there.  No reply.  This sucks.  We get home and I head for the computer.  I send a very nice but inquiring email to the lovely lady editor in chief who has been corresponding with me.  No reply.  What to do.  Take a nap.  Feel sick.  Eat Dorritos, entire bag.  Curl up in a ball, too boring. What would Kelly Rae do?  Amy Butler?  Anna Maria Horner?  Any other artist who takes chances? I don't know.  I crack open a very nice bottle of wine.  I go on line and Google mixed media painting ecourses.  My kitchen table is currently covered in paints, brushes, flowers, etc.  What am I doing?  What do I want to do?  Sign up for a personal session from The Sage Goddess?  Hire a life coach?  Paint.  Sew.  Blog.  All of the above.  Get a grip.  I watch a forty five minute interview with Kelly Rae Roberts on you tube, http://youtu.be/Y1wlZ2ikrkc  I love her even more.  I love the quirky people interviewing her.  They are hysterical, in my mind.  A jazz singer / painter?  Really?  A web design guru/ talk show host/ artist??  Right up my alley.  I feel at home.  They ease my pain.  So, for whom ever may be reading this, Thanks.  Don't give up.  Drink wine.  Paint.  Sew.  Sing.  Blog.  Dance.  Eat Dorritos.  Maybe even cry if you have to.  But don't quit.  Keep being you.  It doesn't matter who notices or doesn't.  You are awesome.  Stay true to yourself.  Eat Chocolate.  Read Chocolat, watch Chocolat.  And Practical Magic. And Kelly Rae Roberts  And if you feel so inclined, leave a comment here.  =)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Keeping The Groove...

....or at least I've been trying to keep the creative groove going!  As previously mentioned we have been on the road so much my head has been spinning.  It's all good, but not not so good for sewing, painting, blogging etc.  The last two days have been spent mostly on the couch and in bed trying to beat some sort of bug.  Today was a new day though.  A new day at home.  A new day to sew.  A new day to paint.  A new day to try and do everything at once.  Lol.  Here's what I did manage to work on.

Whipped up these cute little owl print rice and lavender bags last night.  They smell just dreamy and were oh so lovely all warmed up and resting on my sore body.

I also made a couple travel pouches before we left for our last trip.  They turned out really nice and were a cinch to make.

 The pattern for both of these projects came from the book Simple Sewing by Katie Lewis.  This book is great.  I've been sewing for years and I still love to pick up a little inspiration along the way.  It's nice to do some 'simple' sewing every now and then.  I love to design and create, but sometimes I just want to follow a quick pattern and not have to think!  The only changes I made to the two patterns were to add some lavender to the rice bags and I used snaps for one of the travel trays instead of ribbons.  Simple.  Cute.  Useful.

Today I painted.  Just like a kid.  It was wonderful.  Actually, I needed to get back in the groove since it's been a looong while since I've picked up a brush.  These little guys will be made into bean bags to hold down our beach blanket at the ocean.  It gets pretty breezy out there and ultimately the bags and shoes we put down on the corners get moved, used and shifted.  Hope this will take care of that.

Feels good to be back in the groove.  Working on new bags for the shop and a few shows coming up.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Feeling Inspired

Finished this little purse for my niece Viv.  It really is adorable.  The pattern is Simplicity 0976.  I added a stretchy elastic pocket on the inside and used Soft and Stable to give the purse shape.  It was fun and quick to make.  Can't wait to get it to her.  My mind is already reeling with visions of future 'Vivi Bags'.   I'm predicting future Shelly Jack Handmade patterns for smaller versions of my bags.

Finishing up a few more Amy Butler Gypsy Sling bags this afternoon.   It's perfect weather for sewing here, windy, cold and rainy.  Love it :)  Stay warm!

Monday, March 10, 2014


Stoked!! I just found out that my Reversible Tote Bag Pattern/Tutorial made it to AllFreeSewing.com!!  So excited!!  Check it out =) AllFreeSewing.com

We're Back!

Home again.  For a minute.  Had tons of fun with these cuties :)  Lots and lots and lots to do now.  I'll be posting bag progress and new items for the shop this week.  Happy Monday!