It was an Etsy fest over here

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This what I was thinking… that I would do a few glass pieces and put them in my Etsy shop. A littlecolored glass here, check out the tutorial , a little DIY mercury glass herecheck out the tutorial . The next thing I know after I photographed everything and write my little descriptions with color variations and different sizes I realize I have about 20 different pieces. Holly cow batman that’s a lot of mason jars and vases. They were so pretty in the pictures I just wanted to get them all together and Share! I love the combination of the blue and the pink flowers, white goes with everything and flowers make everything more beautiful.   Be sure to check them out in my Shop Until next Time -Melissamerbigmason5-sm

Stencil Vs Mosaic

Stencil verses MosaicAfter I had refinished a few pieces of furniture I started to show people what I was up to. I would pull out my phone and proudly show off my babies. My two big projects to date were my Stenciled coffee table, nicknamed The Table and my mosaic table, nicknamed The Beauty. Much to my surprise people

"The Beauty" My koi Mosaic

started to take sides between one table verses the next. I noticed that people who preferred the stenciled table really didn’t like the  Mosaic and they would say so. But the people who preferred the mosaic table tended to like both they just preferred the mosaic.  Interesting, I am a live and let live kidda girl, I love both. Which to you prefer? Till next time.

The Finished Table

Next on Tap: Little table

$5 cabinet next on tap

A friend of mine that knows I am always looking for little tables and cabinets to refinish. Little! Found this gem for me $5 at a yard sale. I must admit I am a little disapointed that the top has … Continue reading 

Deerfield Art Fair I was there:

Artist Diary: Deerfield Beach Art Fair

My booth at the  Deerfield Beach Art Festival

My booth at the Deerfield Beach Art Festival

The weekend of January 26 and 27th I had my own little booth at the Deerfield Beach Art Fair. Yes I was up all night finishing my original paintings, making sure my prints were done and finishing my frames etc. My ex-husband, myself and my son I arrived at 8:30. Ahh God bless them they are serving coffee and breakfast. The joint is jumping vendors are finishing up their set ups.

I am setup and ready for business. When I first applied for this event I pictured myself on the beach side of the road near the end of the road. That is exactly where I was across from a marvelous Photographer and wonderful oil and pastel Artist.

I was all set up at 9am and people were already starting to walk around and stop in.

I forgot my chair and my paints. When I am out and about in the public I like to be doing something. So I paint. People are interested in an Artist’s process and its a great way to start the conversation  That’s all great but I forgot my paints on the first day Saturday and more importantly. I forgot my chair Thankfully I had a small step stool where I perched on all day my butt wasn’t happy though.

Debut American Flags and Sugar Skulls:

Mixed Media Flag 18" x 22"

Mixed Media Flag 18″ x 22″

I have been meaning to do an Amrican Flag for a while. I finally got around to it and they were the hit of my booth. There were two in the front that people were really drawn to. I thought they wold be the first to go but it was a smaller American Flag in the back that went first.

Also Pretty Skulls made their debut. They were another crowd favorite. I was interesting to note that younger people seemed to like the Skulls verses  older people liking the Flags more.

Pretty Skulls1 18" x 22"

Pretty Skulls1 18″ x 22″

The Customers are Coming Because I told them to: How a book saved my Art Fair Experience. I have been using Alyson Stanfield’s “I would rather be in the Studio” to guide me through marketing my Art, reaching my target audience.

book I would rather be in  the studio

book I would rather be in the studio

So as the book advised I send out emails to those on my list letting  them know I would be there. I did and  guess what? 100% of  the people that purchased were from my email list. to sooooo glad I had the tools to bring my own customers  to my booth literally.

For the rest of the show I relaxed talked up a storm, beefed up my mailing list, enjoyed the delicious ocean breeze and enjoyed the live music. Now to follow up.

Goldfish on his Journey 2

Goldfish on his Journey 2 Acrylic and mixed media on wood 24″ x 24″

Inspiring Gratitude Video

This is the first video I am sharing. It’s a wonderful little gem about being grateful and loving life.

Enjoy and have a good day.

Being in Gratitude…A Moving Art original short. This inspirational video was well responded at TED conferences and filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg motivates those around him as happiness is revealed. Spoken word and music montage created and composed by Gary Malkin. Narration written and spoken by Brother David Steindl-Rast.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/nj2ofrX7jAk