Inspired to create by a sweet-as-candy-heart-shaped necklace...
So is it just me or has 2013 been moving at the speed of light so far? Okay. It isn't really moving that fast...some days feel like they are dragging, but when I look back & realize we are ending the second month of this New Year I am thinking where did all the time go? Although I haven't blogged here for a while I can assure you I haven't taken a break from my creating...I have just been juggling a lot of balls & honestly it is naturally easier to just create...writing about it though...well that isn’t always as easy.
So to give you a bit of perspective on what has had me so distracted besides my design business & the business of being a single mother...I do have to insert here that one of the highlights of the month was my daughter getting her pointe shoes. A big distraction & a moment of motherly pride over took me for a moment there, so I had to mention it...it happens sometimes.
I am still writing for the examiner online as the Salt Lake Interior Design Examiner. I recently covered a whole lot of information on some of 2013’s color trends & forecasts which you can check out here.
Then a somewhat newish adventure for me has been working part-time at Jcp's (JcPenny’s) in the home & drapery department....which admit I am totally enjoying. I love the store, my managers & the associates there. I think it is a great fit right now for this Interior Designer. If you need blinds, shutters, drapes, bedding & or towels you should check them out. Product is great & pricing is amazing. We also just added a whole bunch of new products & lines in these departments...with even more to come including Happy Chic by one of my favorite designers Jonathan Adler.
Now one of the reasons I mention this is because I have to give Jcp credit for the inspiration for this recent “Inspired to create by...” project. Just before February Jcp brought in a line of lab created gems & jewelry for Valentines. There were so many gorgeous choices & even though I try so hard to avoid the jewelry department I couldn't avoid its sirens call when I saw this pretty ruby & white sapphire gem in their ad campaign, plus I have a huge weakness for pavé gem settings.
Admittedly since I was young I've had an aversion for heart-shaped anything...especially jewelry...I also couldn't stand it when little girls would dot their i’s with little hearts...I must have held some kind of negative belief about them for some reason...but that is between me & my therapist...No. I don't really have a therapist unless you are talking about Dr. Organic Dark Chocolate...
In the last few years symbolism has become very intriguing to me & I am using it quite often in my design work, so maybe that is the reason that despite any of my usual reasoning & avoidance of things attached to the word cute...I fell head over heels in love with hearts this past Valentines, as well as a newly heightened passion for lace glitter...all of those beautiful romantic symbols of love.
So from this jewel my little Valentines Moxie painting was born. I already had a prepared canvas with layers of red paint glitter, glass gems & acrylic resin. It was originally for something else that didn't end up happening. When I realized looking into its depth was akin to looking into that tempting heart-shaped ruby in the jewelry case at Jcp, I suddenly knew that I wanted to accent this red canvas with shimmering, glimmering frosted white like that of white sapphires or sparkling snow.
Since flowers are often a part of Valentine’s Day I wanted them to be the theme of the piece. I used my stylized Moxie flowers that have adorned a few of my other paintings. I love curving, bold, extreme, yet feminine lines & a bit of whiplash curve every now & again. The moxie paintings reflect that bit of mania.
So here you go...my February creation inspired by a sweet as candy heart-shaped necklace that not only caught my eye but shot its little cupids arrow right into my heart & seduced me into buying it. Yes! I totally caved. Valentines gifts you get for yourself are really the best though. I highly recommend making this day every year a day of spoiling yourself & others instead of always relying on someone else to make it happen.
Show a little love for yourself today & also have a lovely day!