Sunday, April 7, 2013

I wish I could tell you the truth...

 but truth is I can't just yet.....I kind of lost my voice,  and I'm still trying to figure it out.
I'm trying to get my rusty brain wrapped around the concept of getting back to blogging on a regular basis again.
  For awhile there I was kind of burnt out on it.
 It takes time,  sometimes hours, and when you are running around feeling like you are doing nothing but spinning in circles, trying to make a dime,  writing about what you made, or ate,  or what your kids did seems so silly in a world full of more important things.
 I honestly became jaded.  
Seeing people taking pictures of their feet,  or what they ate for breakfast.... endless pictures of cups of coffee with foam hearts in it,  or artwork with wings on it drove me crazy.
  I deleted everything in a fit of irritation,  instagram,  pinterest, etc.
  I just wanted to hide.
 I felt like a dinosaur in a new world.  
I was too tired to figure out links about adding buttons,  or creating new templates to make my tired old blog look good.  I was busy living a hectic life,  and trying to eek out a living on my own making Art in a new and complicated world!
but that was stupid of me.
those places inspire you,  and I need that,  now more than ever.
So here I am trying to re-frame that thinking...  This Video That my friend posted kind of helped me think this way..........because it's these silly little things that add up to the big things in's taking time out to appreciate where you are,  and what you are doing,  and maybe I should share more even though at times I feel so self centered doing so. 
  In the past it was my honesty that made people feel comfortable here.  The fact that we all commiserated about certain things,  creating art,  feeling rushed in a wild world,  dealing with kids, and relationships.
it's good to connect....
 Maybe you feel the same way as me,  who knows.....but this is where I am at.
at the bottom of a mountain looking up......hoping my voice comes back....
so here is peek into my world for now.......i'll reveal more maybe at some point but for now this is what i've been up to...
   TOday I worked on a new website that I will be filling up in the coming weeks......
my domain will change over to the redshoeshomegoods one like it was before,  it will just look differently...
you can take a preliminary look at it here...... and tell me what you think!
links to my pinterest,  instagram,  facebook, tumblr and all that stuff is on there,  so you can follow me if you'd like.....
yup,  I'm figuring it out!  :)
and here's some pictures of things I've been working on as well,  and some things that Fiona has been making too...she's always an inspiration,  one of these days,  she'll have her own blog because that girl will never loose her voice, that's for darn sure!

Paintings, and mixed media pieces that are for sale on my Etsy site,  yes,  I now have one of those too....luminaries that my daughter and I made for festifool's Fool moon event,  and dolls my child is working on for the upcoming kids Art fair in July!  
I may be quiet over here,  but I am working my tail off behind the scenes (i wish it was literally,  but that's a whole other story)
so on that note,  I am off to work on more web related content.
i'm on a roll,  and for now,  i'm gonna go with it.
thanks for visiting, and thank you so much for all of your kind words regarding my beloved Pearl,
it meant alot to me,  please know that.



  1. do you know how completely fantasmagorical you are..really?! Im in awe of you..and that girl of girls are a force. When you get to the top of that mountain that you are not looking up at you are going to gift the whole frigging wide world with your voice..
    FO Shure..this I know, Thurs..

    1. I feel the same way about you my friend, you are awesome!

  2. ... Big ENORMOUS Hugs Dear Catherine! You are such an inspiration to so many Women. Yes I have said that before and most certainly deserves a repeat. The Womens group here follows you like Sherlock Holmes and is so Happy and Jazzed about you're reinventing ... Making Changes in your life through your personal changes and untested ground is not only Brave on your part but takes boat loads of ENERGY. The ladies so admire you and Gods Honest Truth Catherine You encourage many of these Dear Ladies in the group ... Thank YOU Sweet Girl for that. I hope things are becoming less dark (that stinkin' cloud :-./ ) and circumstances are easing up. I tell you your fighting spirit is so wonderful to witness and is contagious! I must give accolades to Your Sweet, So Pretty and very talented Daughter. Ms. Fiona is a True Daughter that Loves her Mommy. You are very Sweet to show us snippet's of Ms. Fionas precious creative life. Thank You Again Catherine Dear Xo's

  3. Just hold true to the fact that no matter what else goes on. No matter what blog post you write or art you create, that you are enough. You the way you are with your faults and insecurities and your beautiful broken self. You are perfect and enough.

  4. I read your post a few weeks ago at the end of another crazy day of dealing with 8th graders and I laughed out load at the "nope" girl...and then knew your pain about Pearl...and then I'm sure I got pulled onto something else before I could leave a comment. I know that I am not commenting on my favorite blogs as much because it is harder to do on my phone...and that's all I really seem to use anymore. I am using instagram a little more because it's so easy (and I have a serious compulsion with the "squareness" of the pictures). So I'm off to link up to your new places and hope to see your creativity as it happens and in your own time. Gotta run...chaos happening again as I type.

  5. If I were the same age as Fiona, I would so want a creative fun friend like her. Heck, I would still love to hang out with Fiona and make things if she could put up with an old lady friend. :)

    Life can be so intensely difficult, can't it?? I am one of those who really appreciates your honesty and openness here. And I also appreciate how you just wanted to delete everything and go under the covers for a while, so to speak. But I hope your new creative energy and desire to blog continues to feed your soul while inspiring ours. Thank you. Thank you for the happiness of your art. It has brightened my days more times than you'll ever know.

  6. I am a total stranger to you and I have enjoyed!! your blog for years. I remember back a blog you wrote about the inspiration and strength you gained from just knowing your Mom. You are that to Fiona. Your love of art and creativity abounds in her. She will be be an awesome woman one day and that is a creation above all. You have so much more good coming your way in life. I look forward to your continued truth "with lots color" in your next step up the mountain and wish you and your loved ones peace and blessings. Della in Mesa AZ

  7. I only follow about 5 blogs and yours is one. You are one of the most inspiring peeps I have come across in the whole great big digital world and your posts have almost always been a treat. (I cried for Pearl, my husband thinks I'm daft!)You may have lost your voice for a while and that is ok, but you have certainly not lost any of your talent. Thanks for all the wonderful visual feasts you put our way. Big hugs from the UK x

  8. I loved this post <3
    Big hugs and support! I have always loved your colorful bright happy art<3

  9. I just found your amazingly awesome blog . . . and it certainly put a smile on my face. I am smiling from ear to ear, and it just might last all day. You have an incredible creative mind and your blog certainly shows your many talents. I love, love, love all the whimsy and bright colors. I love the care free spirit that is reflected in every photo. Did I already say "AMAZING" . . . well, it is worth saying twice.
    I am your newest follower, and I would love to invite you over to follow me back. I blog about my many interests . . . and there are many :)
    Life is so short to get stuck in a rut, LOL
    I hope to hear from you,
    Your new blogging sister, Connie :)

  10. I have been reading your blog for several years now. Your blog is what inspired me to start my own blog! I love your artwork and your pictures and your honesty. I cried when I read about Pearl. I feel your pain and I'm so sorry for your loss. I have always wanted to visit Ann Arbor and this summer I finally get to! I'm coming up for my husband's best friend's wedding. I can't wait to visit!! :)

  11. Just stopping by to say I miss you here. Praying you're doing well. Xx