Stephanie Ryan - Small Sweet Steps

Small Sweet Steps

Please join me at Stephanie Kendron’s blog, Modern Sewciety for a podcast interview! I had such a great time chatting with Stephanie about my art, business and life. Stephanie is a natural interviewer and her blog and podcasts are wonderful. I just met her and felt instantly at ease, like we were old friends just catching up. I love that! Stop over and have a listen. Episode 19 includes me and Lindsay from Patchwork Threads. After that, check out her other podcasts as well! She has interviewed some pretty cool designers in the industry! You won’t be disappointed.

Just popping in to say that there must be something wrong with my email notifications for when people comment here. I just saw that I have gotten so many sweet comments from you all and I feel terrible that I haven’t replied! So, a big, loving thank you to everyone that has had such nice things to say to me about my art and life. You are all so special to me. BIG HUGS my dear friends.

Art by my friend Kathy Weller

I have been on a roll for a couple of weeks now, feeling pretty good and getting things accomplished. It’s been nice. Even with the stresses I have going on, I’ve been good. Today, not so much. My day started out pretty normal till after lunch when I started to feel fatigued but, no biggie, it happens. Then, my joints started to throb, uh oh! This happens to me from time to time, but for some reason today it brought back a rush of memories from a difficult time in my life when I first got sick with my mystery illness. The pain today isn’t too bad and it is already starting to go away but, it sent me back to that time where I couldn’t escape the pain that persisted horribly for 9 months and mildly for almost 3 years along with a myriad of other symptoms. That time changed my life, it changed who I was at my absolute core and brought me to my knees. I haven’t thought about it for a while. It is funny, I still don’t feel well but it has become the norm for me. That is a very interesting thing to think about, how I have just accepted it. hmmm. Anyway, I am not writing this for pity, I am just writing because it makes me feel better and forces me to really look at things and find the hidden jewels in them. Truth is, I am a different person because of my challenges, I understand peoples hardships better and can empathize with them, I have a deeper understanding about life and the lessons it teaches us and how that shapes our purpose here. I know that I see everything differently and that I have a strength within me that can never be broken. The pain is almost gone now and it leaves me wondering, why did it choose to reveal itself to me today? Maybe I need to remember more, go back to that time and think about what was going on in my life, maybe there are lessons that are resurfacing that I need to address? Well, I know that I am rambling a bit here, my apologies for that. It was just so strange that in an instant, I was brought back in time and flooded with all of the emotions and experiences from a flash of pain that has now left me.

One of the beautiful things about working from home is that I can be kind to myself and rest. So, that is what I am doing. Tomorrow is another day and it is going to be a busy one! I have people coming over to help me paint the inside of the house to get it ready for sale! Ack!. Have a good night sweet ones.

I struggle a lot with piecing together fabric to make a quilt. I am a perfectionist and thought that I would be great at quilting but the truth is that I struggle with it. It can take me an entire day to sew a block and I find it exhausting. This is very upsetting to me because, well…. I am a fabric designer for the quilting industry!!! Geez, how lame am I, lol!? So, my friend Melissa has been telling me for months that I should try improvisational quilting, she said that I would find it freeing and that it would be good for me to let go of my need to control things. Well, this was my first crack at it and I must say that I kinda love it. I know this is pretty tame and safe but, it was my first try and I had so much fun creating this piece that will eventually be a pillow. What do you think? My mind is swimming with ideas, I just need to find the time to sew more. I used my new Fleurologie fabric for this, isn’t it sweet?

In other news, I recently made the decision to call a realtor and put my house on the market. Yes, I have to say goodbye to my cute little house in the country and most heartbreaking, my studio. I know this is the right decision for me, I can’t take care of 7 acres and a house by myself and it would probably be better for me to move a little bit closer to my people. Sigh. Honestly, I have no idea where I want to live. That is such a weird feeling, not to know what your heart wants. I decided that my word for this year was going to be “fluid” so, that is how I am trying to be. Open and in the flow with new energy and changes…ack! My life is truly an adventure these days.

I took this photo today in my light filled studio for Modern Sewciety’s blog. (stay tuned for more info on that!) Doesn’t Fleurologie look amazing next to my new Fleur Garden Collection with Studio M!?

Oh, this move… I keep trying to envision a better place with an even more amazing studio! Can you see it? Help me to manifest it my friends!


March 20, 2014

Happy Spring!!!!!! #art #watercolor #Spring

It is finally here my friends! We have had quite a winter here and I am ready to move on! Spring brings with it an amazing energy of potential and renewal doesn’t it? The spring equinox is actually a time when there is balance between the light and dark which is a great reminder for us to find balance in our lives during this powerful time of increasing energy and life. How can you find more balance? I am on a bit of a mission this year with my new life circumstances to find balance in my life through self-care. I work A LOT and I am trying to set aside some time and energy to better care for myself on all levels. It’s not easy! I am using small, sweet steps to get there. I keep reminding myself that this must be done in a gentle and nurturing way and it can’t happen overnight! Oh, sweet ones, my life these days is so interesting. It is much like this special time of year; this time of renewal and new life… seriously, new life in such a big way. I have no idea where I am going and what to expect. I just know that I am on the right path. Happy Spring!

I am so happy to share my new business collaboration with you! Amethyst and the Moon started several months ago with a little idea between my friend Melissa Schulz and I. We noticed that we shared similar tastes and aesthetics when it came to art and design and we are also very into anything that has to do with crystals, healing and advancing our souls in this life. This past year has been a bit challenging for both of us and our friendship has grown stronger through it all with endless conversations about our situations and what we want to do to heal ourselves and move forward. Through different healing methods, good soul cleansing talks between friends and a lot of dreaming about the lives we want to have, a little dream started to take form. Melissa started to create jewelry with our beloved crystals and I started creating art to support our vision. The more we talked the clearer our vision became until we decided to share it and launch our website. We are working on additional product lines which will include healing potions, candles, and inspirational items and hope to launch our webstore this spring! For now, Amethyst and the Moon jewelry can be purchased on Melissa’s Etsy shop. Also, check out our Amethyst and the Moon website to see our vision and let us know what you think on our Facebook page! We would really appreciate any “like” love you can give us. I especially love our about page where we share our story and the inspiration for our business name.  We are also feeling our way through our blog and are loving the process of finding our voice there. I hope you enjoy spending a little time with us at Amethyst and the Moon.

I am really excited about this collaboration because it feeds my soul in a deep and different way. I always say that I have two sides to me. I have the side you know that paints pretty flowers and creates inspirational art but, there is another side of me… a quiet, introvert that loves the wintertime, grey cloudy days, and anything that has to do with spiritual awakening. I love to dive deep into the healing realms and love figuring out why I am here, what my purpose is and where I am going. I also LOVE helping others navigate their ways through the twists and turns of their journeys too. It is a secret passion of mine that started many, many years ago just simply helping my friends work through their challenges by seeing things in a deeper more open way. I am on a lifelong search for answers and guidance and have always wanted to share that side of me through art on a deeper level, Amethyst and the Moon is a vehicle for me to do that. We really are just getting started with it and I am so excited about the possibilities.

I am sharing this with you today because we have our first press/interview out there!!! Very fun and exciting for Melissa and I! Please check out Alex Colombo’s wonderful blog, The Moon from my Attic for our first interview!

Sweet friend, thank you so much for spending time with me.


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