Sunday, February 09, 2014

The Loops of Life, in the studio

OK, so say I am restarting slow. one post a month is better than one a year...right?

January...ohhhhh January. It was a really rough month for my household. I have my Birthday on the first day of the year and am all ready to start fresh and have a great year, and then something hits, then something else hits...and again...again....I think that is what makes Capricorns resilient. They have no choice, but to be resilient. Get knocked down, get back up, then another wave hits you....But ya know? I am getting older and wiser, and learning to play this game, finally at the ripe old age of 45. I have not quit yet, instead, I am getting tougher. I mean TOUGHER.  I have FINALLY learned, for the most part....excluding a couple key days a month (and even those days are not quite as bad as they used to be) to just roll with it. Roll with the Changes. Love that song...Go with the flow...all that.

So, I have had this booth space, that I prefer to call my boutique. It is at a WONDERFUL place called The Shoppes at Brownstone Village. And lately, my sales there have been a bit low. I think it is, well no, I know it is because I make everything I sell.

 And lets face it, that is no easy task. I sell custom orders online, and then I also, have to keep inventory in a boutique. Its my DREAM to be a successful shop/boutique/gallery owner...LOL...I have this urge, the silent, loud to me PUSH in my heart and in my head to keep going and make it happen.


Every now and then, I need to come back to center. I end up making and painting on everything requested, no matter how specialized it is, and the overflow and samples, I take to my booth space. What happens tho, is it looks like overflow and samples and all one of a kind merchandise. Which in and of itself, is not a totally BAD thing. But it can be exhausting. So exhausting in fact that, I end up not knowing what to do and I end up paralyzed with thought and no action. No action means, no inventory, no new inventory means...no new sales and it spirals out of control.

So, in order to come back to center, I begin talking to friends and family. brainstorming ideas. and more confusion. LOL oops...still paralyzed.
I then realized I need the big guns. I contact the manager of the Brownstone, and tell her whats going on and she says, lets talk to Taylor. (the OWNER EXTRAORDINAIRE)
I got to talk with Taylor. Which, I get to talk with her all the time, but not like take up an hour of her busy schedule talk to her about new ideas kind of talk to her. This woman is idea central. She is amazing. no, she is AMAZING with bells...yeah, like RING A LING A LING AAMMAAZZIINNGG!! lol

She asks me, "what's your favorite thing to paint?"
Me, "Ummmmm?"
Again, she says..."whats your favorite thing to paint?"
Me, "Ummmm, probably the big furniture. The kind of furniture I can paint wild and crazy, unexpected designs on that throw people for a loop, they have to have it, kind of furniture."

Then she asks, "What's your biggest spread?"
Me, "Ummmmmm??????"

(apparently, thats a term about money of which I did not know until this meeting) LOL

Then she asks me, "what takes the least amount of time, least amount of supplies, yet makes the most money?"

I still didn't know the answer to that one and by this point am thinking, maybe that's where business school would have come in handy?

Anyway....the conclusion of this meeting was very interesting and certainly through me for a loop.
Simplify my designs, make things from things I already have, and lets go with trendier pieces that is all the rage at the moment.

Things that make you go Hmmmmm? The loop de loop of life in an art studio. Sometimes, I get so hung up in being creative, that I forget that I am ALSO trying to make a living.
So, here we go, restructuring my unstructured life for the sake of making the almighty dollar.

I will be showing off here some of the products of the conclusions I came to. Hopefully, before March!
Here is a SnEeK pEeK of what is to come....

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Sooo, its January 2014

Let's face it, maybe I am not a blogger. I like thinking about blogging, have tons of ideas about blogging, but am pretty inconsistent, if not non existent when it comes to writing on this blog. Its like I want to decorate it, and change it up and organize it, but when it comes to actually communicating on my blog...wellllll....LOL

Did you ever have a diary, growing up and then when you are like 5 years older, lets say, you go back and read that diary and wonder WTF did I write that down for??? That is sort of where I am with blogging. But....I REALLY WANT TO BLOG....for lots of reasons.
1. I have a ton to share.
2. I would have some cool tutorials if I took the time to document the items I make.
3. I love reading other peoples blogs, the querkier the better, so why am I afraid to document my querkiness?

Sooooo, here is to 2014 and a year of committing to blogging. Some of my pictures need to be revamped up at the top and all, but all in good time. It doesn't all have to look absolutely perfect from the start. Right?



I thought I would start with an introduction of myself and a picture.I am Adrienne Williamson, Artist, Wife and Mom. I have a studio in my home, and love to paint everything, I love fabrics and yarns, and was a weaving major in college. I have so many "art dreams" filling my head and my heritage is Bohemian, Finnish, German, French, Irish and Native American. Hence my Studio was named "Dreamin Bohemian Studio" wayyy back in 1999 by a friend of mine who has loved and supported my efforts in art and in all things spiritual and holistic since I have known her. It just fits me.

People at shows have asked me what Bohemian is to me. I know where they were heading. My show booth displays are not necessarily the typical "bohemian" look. I tell them, well, my Grandma was 100% Bohemian...and she was instrumental in inspiring my crafts. People are funny. That's all I can say. They try to fit you in a box before they even know that Bohemia was a country long before it was coined a way of life. Anywayyyyyy, if I can educate, inspire, love, and dream from my little corner of blog land, then I do believe I will be a blogging success. And if nobody reads it, or finds it with all the millions of blogs out there, thats ok too, I will have at least found another means to have expressed myself to get the thoughts out of my head and into the universe.


And so, here's to an art filled blog, that may have touches of dogs, paint, kids, furniture, home makeover, sewing, heck, maybe even some excerpts about my latest adventure since January 2013...Crossfit. Why not?

Until next time,
Adrienne

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Let's Play Dress Up!

I love taking something old and making it new! This sweet vintage suit case is primed, painted and sealed with lots of love and attention to detail. I have it in my boutique for sale, but am going to offer similar ones like it online. I can paint this design for you on an old suit case, or I can work with you to come up with something new and different. Up to you!

This little princess owl tho is just adorable! I love her!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Believe in Your Day Dreams

You know, it all starts with a dream. It all starts with a yearning in your heart. I can remember being very very young..4 or 5 and just wanting to make stuff. I didn't know what I wanted to make, I just wanted to create.
I started crocheting at age five and did sewing then too, and drawing consumed my time when I wasn't with my grandma, or my mom was not able to guide me with my crafts.

Anyway, That was sort of the inspiration with this old school desk. It started out an old worn out piece that someone had tried to refinish with sanding and then gave up because, lets face it, sanding an old piece just isn't fun. 

I got a hold of it and had to think about it for awhile. What was I going to paint on this? I was doing it for a friend who wanted to sell one of a kinds in her booth in another location from where I sell. Hmm, well owls are popular and all the rage right now, plus they are fun and as colorful as you want them to be.Since this was a school desk...wise old owls....school...day dreaming...hmmm...LOL See where I am going?

I have been told to try to stay SIMPLE with my work. Simple, what does that mean? Isn't simplicity for some, boring or difficult for others? Simple has not ever been in my "artistic" dictionary. I paint something pink...and it just looks well, pink. I have to add something..and the process goes on and on and I before you know it...it doesn't LOOK simple...but in actuality, for me it wasn't that difficult. If I paint from the subconscious and paint without forcing myself to stay simple...the process is so much easier for me.


Anyway, I finished this sweet school desk. My friend put it in her booth...it SOLD in less than a week. We got what we asked for it, and didn't have to come down....and I didn't have to stay simple in my creative process.

 I love it when that happens. Now it makes me think that all those things that I forced myself to try to stay simple with the design, should I bring them back to my studio and REpaint them from my heart instead of from simplities sake?

I might...one piece at a time.




But then again, maybe I should just keep doing the stuff that is thrown at me and work on emptying my garage of all my unpainted treasures. :)

But no matter what I will ALWAYS...Believe in my daydreams.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

It all started with the front door!

Wow, it has been forever since I posted. I am kind of blog shy as it is and then never know what to say once I decide to get on here. I am sorry about that, I really WANT to get this blog more active!

So, wayyyy back last fall? Or late summer rather, I posted about wanting to decorate my home and get the painting started! I did it, I did it! (it was when I decided to take action that was a problem but that is beside the point!) I actually got my home started! Thanks to Aubrey, my middle son Tucker's Girlfriend. She said she would help me, one day last summer, and then one hot september day, she said, lets go look at paint...and a monster was created!

I started with the front door. Yep, as you walked into my house, the door was a faded old redwood color hit by that Texas sun too many times to mention. It was so very tired!

So, I wiped the door clean, and lightly sanded it and applied Kilz primer. I love that stuff and use it on everything!
 I did apply a couple coats of primer. Partly because one coat just didn't cover, but then also because my son Tiger wanted to help, so he helped with the third coat of primer. (he!)

I picked out a color called Espresso Bean as I THOUGHT I was going to want a black paint, but after matching several colors to the brick, I decided a really dark brown would be better. THe gal at the Home Depot said it was the best coverage paint I could buy, but umm, I still painted 3 coats of espresso bean on the front door. Here is the first coat.

And the second coat...
Getting better, but I wanted it to look like a pro had painted it, right?
So, here is my finished door :) Since starting the painting, I have been through the entire house with paints. Can't wait to show you what else I have been up to!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Home interior painting help

So, here we have it, the weather starts cooling down, and I get the itch to paint the inside of my home. I don't like neutral colors, I like bright, funky, and fun colors...my walls have NEVER been painted for the most part because I am afraid to do it. what if it looks terrible the way I WANT it? Will I have the energy to redo it within a week? help me. Anyone have ideas for me? My favorite colors, fuschia, red, orange, turquoise, aqua, black and white, lime green, pink...I like yellow too. You know, like a gypsy wagon of sorts only parked here in the boring suburbs of fort worth, Texas. I can paint anything on a small scale, just the way I want it...but when you give me 20foot ceilings and lofty living rooms...I am frozen. SIGH...and every year, I say I will have my home painted by Christmas, so it will be pretty. And every year for 7 now in THIS house...my walls are still just drab, and now dirty...from 3 boys and a great dane that is attempting to paint the walls every time he shakes his head!
I must say it is hard for me to post stuff like this. It is too personal. My brother has a way of throwing things up on my fb that are funny and sort of poking fun, but this issue with my home is driving me mad. It feels like as "the woman" of the house and home maker, and an artist to boot...it feels like a failure to have an undecorated, unbeautiful home. SIGH...any suggestions out there? I have one room that is just about totally empty, my soon to be studio. why not start there? Its either there or the foyer as it is almost empty too. If there is someone out there in facebook land that is really good with this stuff, and patient with an indecisive, loves everything sort of personality...I would sooooo love you for some coaching. I would even consider a trade or bartering my services for yours.
In all sincerity...
HELP ME!!
Adrienne

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Got TOMS?

Custom Painted Women's TOMS with Crystals and personalized just for YOU design only

Custom Painted womens TOMS with Crystals and personalized just for YOU design only
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I started painting TOMS shoes for TOMS at local events in the DFW area. During these events time is limited and so is the design because of time. But when someone showed up to an event with a pair of shoes to send home with me to paint....I couldn't resist.

This is the design I painted for her, complete with Swarovski Crystals all hand placed and hot fixed around the cross and across the other shoe.

What I am offering to you, is YOUR favorite colors, theme, full coverage of the shoes, complete with bling!! You order your shoes, (or I can do it for you with the cost of shoe added to the design fee) and have them sent to me. This assures me that you get the size you know they need. They do fit some people different than other brand shoes. i.e. my son wears a size 12 tennis shoe, but in TOMS he wears a 10. BUT he has a narrow foot...I wear a 9 in both toms and regular shoes......back to my point...LOL...you order the shoes, and I will paint a full coverage design on them and add crystals to them too, if you like.

The price for this service is 60.00 plus shipping back to you. Several hours and techniques go into this design.

So unique!

This price is for the womens sizes. I can do this for kids too! The price will be adjusted accordingly, please check out my other shop items to see other options.