Monday, February 16, 2009

Thank goodness for coffee!!


Let me explain the subject line~

You see, I was one of the lucky vendors to be in a Lollishop ad for the upcoming Spring issue of "Somerset Studios", the theme is beach/mermaid. Well...for whatever reason, I experienced the absolute worst "creative block", in the history of my creative blocks! lol! For the life of me, I couldn't find inspiration if it was right in front of me for a beach project!

Generally, when I feel like creating, I just wander into my studio. Then as I sit and stare at the piles and piles of materials in every corner and shelf, usually something jumps out at me and an idea is born. I think I put so much pressure on myself this time, when I knew it had to be beachy, that my brain turned to mush! tee hee..

After putting this project off for weeks, I was getting down to the wire, there was a deadline for a photo of the project and I was cutting it close, 3 days left...eeeeeeek! The morning I knew there was no time left to procrastinate, I wearily pulled my "slug like body" into the kitchen to prepare the strongest coffee, in hopes that it would jolt a beach theme from my brain. I was low on coffee filters and what few I had were a bit stretched out from my haphazard way of tossing them back into the cupboard. As I tried to reshape one for the coffee pot, I had a revelation... Hey, this one "kind of" looks like a clam shell! Voila!!! Just when you least expect it, an idea appears!! LOL!!

So, a short story turned very long, here is my rendition of the beach theme, introducing...
"Pearl"

Now, as "Pearl" rests upon her sweet bed, I'll go back to my studio and wait for new inspiration...

Have a perfect week my friends! Thanks oodles for stopping by~ xoxo

28 comments:

Tanza said...

Hello Cindy.. Thanks for visiting meee.. Love your creations.. You talented artist you.. Congratulations on Somerset magazine.. Gorgeous, tabletop magazine too.. My really good friend Cynthia is a stylist for Somerset, so, Ive been a follower of the magazine for a few years.. Have a blessed day.. hugs ~tea~

Gossamer Creations said...

She turned out beautiful ! What a cute idea.
~Sue~

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

LOL ... I can not imagine you without an idea. Love your little pearl.


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A day at the Cappuccino Café said...

Only YOU can take something as simple as a coffee filter & find inspiration! Kinda makes you glad you didn't buy the permanent one I told you about now doesn't it? "Pearl" is adorable Michelle!

Love ya poddle,
SuzieQ

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Beautiful Michelle!

Joelle Dolce Bebe said...

SWEET! I LOVE it!
LOVE those moments when our "block" ends up knocking us over with a bang! Creative minds have WAYYYY to many ideas we get overwhelmed! IM glad I found your blog through the Lollishops!
Try'd a few times to leave a comment, hope this goes through!

(Love your Valentines banner!)
It all looks wonderful & so inspiring!
Best Wishes ~
Joelle XO

Priscila said...

io think this is perfect! I love it! I have an award for u on my blog!!! i really think this little miss pearl turned out perfect

avalonrosedesign said...

That is so awesome, Michelle! How creative of you to think of using a coffee filter for a shell. Not something that would have crossed my mind. Lots of "outside-the-box" thinking there. :)

Cathy

Little Lovables said...

Oh, truly gorgeous!!

Rebecca said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the creativity in you! I'd have been stumped too. Even though I'm a Cali girl by nature and LOVE the beach. I even don't mind the sand in my pants...did I say that? ACK!

Charming as usual!

Blessings to you...Rebecca

Lynns Lovelies said...

Thanks so much for sharing that moment of brillance...there is always hope that the block will end~~lol!
Love your little mermaid and her shell, just beautiful! Congrats on your Somerset ad, that is soooo wonderful!
Thanks for being a new follower of mine..I am so new to blogging and really do appreciate every ounce of support:)

Hugs, Lynn

Annabelle said...

Quite a lovely creation.You never know when something comes along as a tiny idea and transforms into something so very magical. Thanks for the compliment on my "Dreams" Banner,I had fun creating.
Hugs,
Annabelle

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Gosh that's pretty!!! "Shell" I say more, or "clam" up? It's easy to "sea" you have "oceans" of talent!!!

annie2006 said...

wow that looks so sweet! what a fab creation :)

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Michelle! That is so beautiful!!! Everytime I come here, I drool over the beauty! You are so talented and your shop is just FULL of gorgeous goodies!

I have missed you :)
Big Bunny Hugs,
Amy

Tiedupmemories said...

I love it! It's so creative!
Tracy

Alison Gibbs said...

What a sweet creation.
Alison

Deborah@ The Painted Nest said...

Michelle, How sweet is this little lady, just resting there in her beautiful little shell!!!I was just clicking around and found your BEAUTIFUL site. I love your work!!!It takes us to a whole other world,I feel like a little girl again!!!I'm following you so I can see what other pretty thingsyou happen to create!!!Blessings, Deborah

Janet Bernasconi said...

Hi Michelle!

Absolutely beautiful! Love your creations! And your blog is looking lovely as ever pinkie.
Have a wonderful day,
XXOO
Janet
Janet's Creative Pillows

My Shabby Roses said...

Wow, you did a fantastic job! Very pretty!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Michelle ~
You do the most beautiful things !!
it is gorgeous ~
xoxo,
Lori

Susan - My Vintage Charm said...

Michelle this is just darling! Coffee filters no less *smiles* I'm always amazed at your creativity and beautifully designed pieces. Your home must be filled with sunshine and lots of love. Thanks for sharing!

OceanDreams said...

Thse turned out wonderful Michelle! I hope you get published in Somerset Studios! I love the new mermaid theme and I love your mermaids. So beautiful!

JillzWhimzy said...

Hi Michelle, It just goes to show that you should never take things for granted. There is beauty waiting all around us (even in a cupboard) :0) Don't stop creating - your pieces are so lovely!

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Love it!!

Janee said...

How wonderfully fun!

alicew said...

You just never know when inspiration will strike! It's adorable!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

This is my first visit to your charming blog. It surly looks like your creative block as cleared. This whimsical creation is gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing.

I'll stroll through again, I've enjoyed my visit. Come by sometime....

Sweet Wishes,
Sara