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My Muse Could Use Some Meds

Photo on 10-7-13 at 7.23 AM

The designer and her cat, Miss Skittles Bowerman. Meanwhile, Susan’s muse is lurking in the shadows, playfully planning another bout of mischief. She is a certifiable troublemaker!

Alrighty now, welcome and hello, hello! So glad you’ve stopped in to see what Miss Skittles, my muse–a spirited, playful sprite–and I have all been up to. We get into trouble together, that muse and I…loads of trouble.  Not to be undone, Skittles jumps in every project on all fours…she’s been glued, and painted, and been known to post Facebook updates for me. Now that muse of mine, well she’s turned us all into “Attention Deficit Disorder Poster Children,” sending us on more than one wild goose chase. Let me explain.

I’m at the midpoint in the Build a Line Master Class Challenge, and focus is the name of the game.

January swam by; we were on a roll. I had prepared well, carefully placing my supply orders from B’Sue Boutiques (https://www.bsueboutiques.com), organized my space and felt quite giddy. I figured out my theme, got to work and before I knew it, I had about a dozen pieces made for my “Cashmere and Pearls”   line…Happy, happy!  Life was good.

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A yummy order with a dear note. Life is good, good, good!

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Just because a girl never has enough pearls! I do love these.

I took pictures along the way, lots of pictures—all in an effort to determine if the parts I’d chosen flowed together because our goal is to build a cohesive line of work. Cameras seldom lie. Frankly a few pieces may get kicked to the curb because I’m starting to doubt if they pass the cohesive test.

No, it isn't a spider. It only looks like one! You won't believe what this became!

No, it isn’t a spider. It only looks like one! You won’t believe what this became!

In case some of you missed the maiden post, my line uses metals, most of which are altered by painting to a soft dewy finish with these amazing paints. All pieces will include pearls, some will include stampings, while others will be embellished with flowers. Spring is around the corner, right? Timely, I thought.

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I love this paint. It has a silken texture that flows like whipped butter. Where has this stuff been all my life?

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Here are a bunch of parts primed and ready to roll!

Now about those flowers…Oh my goodness. I love them. I truly love them. But, they are all basically the same size and I felt like I needed some variety. I do have some tinier ones, but I didn’t like they way they took to my chosen paint. What’s a girl to do? I’ll make my own! AND THAT’S WHEN THE TROUBLE STARTED!  Armed with a plan, off to YouTube I went. Of course my unruly muse was ecstatic…both she and I were getting a wee bit bored.  Yes, that muse of mine felt it was time to stir the pot and all hell broke loose!

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These are the flowers (plus others), which I’ll be using. I needed some others of varying sizes. And that is when my troubles began.

After watching several videos, I said to myself, “I can do that,” cocky old cuss that I am. I unearthed an old pasta machine, and pulled out some clay that’s been taking up real estate around here for two plus decades, and proceeded to play. Piece of cake, right?

You see this plate of clay. It is a graveyard of failed attempts! What was I thinking???

You see this plate of clay. It is a graveyard of failed attempts! What was I thinking???

Oh my gosh! Talk.About.A.Disaster! My first attempts, had they been in an appropriate color looked like they belonged in a litter box. Who’s cocky now? Not me! When I went into this little venture, I said to my mom, “Practice makes perfect.” I liedonly I just didn’t realize it at the time!  Holy cow!

The challenge ends in April of this year, not a decade from now. Unless my technique improves, the flowers I already have will have to do. My sweaty, chubby fingers can’t seem to master that last tiny rose petal. Just when I think I’m setting the world on fire, it tears.

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Seriously ugly…I have much to learn. You should see their predecessors. They were even worse. How is that possible?

And of course, since I was on YouTube already, you know I had to watch a trillion other videos, which naturally led to more experiments. This would be about the time I decided that my muse was a cosmonaut, (or at least on crack!) for in a week’s time, we have taken so many detours from what we are supposed to be doing we had practically forgotten our purpose. We left the highways, traveled the back rounds, abandoned the continent, and she now had me spinning in another galaxy, filling my head with ideas that came and went like a thousand shooting stars. “Just do it,” she’d whisper, fully knowing that I hadn’t the foggiest notion how to execute those ideas, nor the skill set to do so either!  She is quite naughty, actually.

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Now these aren’t too bad…

But I love that muse of mine, despite her shortcomings. I dearly love her. I love the fact that she teaches me that failure is the first step in the long road to mastery. I love that she insists I ignore the rules and forge my own path and that she kicks me in my hind parts and insists that I venture into unknown lands. She can be quite a bitch, but she is a loving bitch, for she knows in my secret heart of hearts, I am a one of a kind artist. That is who I am. And she also knows that if I don’t at least move forward—even if I fail—I will become stagnant.

You see, I adore the process of creating something that is uniquely mine…not a bunch of remakes of the same thing.   My father loved working jigsaw puzzles and when I have all of my cherished parts in front of me, I often think of him. He would sit down at the card table, methodically laying out the pieces, and slowly begin to work the puzzle. When I’m moving parts left and right, up and down, I am reminded of sitting at that wonderful table with my dad. There is a beautiful stillness that comes from this kind of meditative focus.  It creates balance and calm.

Every once in a while, you think you have the perfect puzzle piece, for the perfect spot and when you put it all together, it doesn’t fit—be it a puzzle or jewelry. The back story of the piece I’m going to show you today is fraught with frustration. First of all, I wondered what I was thinking when I bought the mount. It was so stinking big…Sheesh! And as I kept moving parts around, for the life of me, I couldn’t find any combination that I liked. After a while, that frustration turned into determination. I was seriously annoyed!  (That comment has been cleaned up for general audiences!)

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Nothing was working but my sheer determination. As I was fiddling with this I thought if I can make something out of this it will be a minor miracle.

At just the right moment, about the time I was ready to deep six the whole project, my muse conjured up a memory—reminding me of a piece of art a friend of mine created for a trade show 20 or 30 years ago. I can remember it as if it were yesterday.

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I took a bunch of junk and created texture. As I was doing this I wondered, can I pull this off, knowing that it was going to be awful or awesome.

He took trash: old hubcaps, hammers, old albums, CD’s, gears—a bunch of disconnected stuff. From this junk, David created a backdrop that stopped people in their tracks on the show floor. It was huge, it was brilliant, and as I studied it, I was amazed what paint and glue and junk could become! Picture a billboard sized steampunk statement piece. It was amazing! And, once I remembered that, thank you muse (!), I knew how to approach my own pile of discordant materials. I realize this one is way “over the top” (too much so for most folks), and only a handful of women would wear it.  But in honor of those kindred souls who “dance to the beat of their own drummer,” I say let the music play!

Over the top? Yes! Is it for everyone? No! Do I love it? Yes I do, mostly for the lessons it taught me!

Over the top? Yes! Is it for everyone? No! Do I love it? Yes I do, mostly for the lessons it taught me!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I truly hope you will leave a comment and also visit my friends who are also working very hard on this challenge. Simply click on a link and subsequent links to follow this journey with us. We’d truly appreciate a visit and a little note to let us know you came by!  And, all of us would greatly appreciate a return visit on April 1st for our final reveal where everyone will be posting all that they made.  Thanks again and cheers!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com

 

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog

 

Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene

http://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

 

Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick

http://www.craftingmagick.blogspot.com

 

Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not

http://www.afrayedknot.net

 

Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

 

Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie

http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com

 

Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time

http://www.onecanvasatatime.com

 

Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation

http://lnreeve00.blogspot.com

 

Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks

http://voguerocks.blogspot.com

 

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry

http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com

 

Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate

http://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com

 

Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann

http://janntague.wordpress.com

 

Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs

http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com

 

Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place

http://www.fernsplace.org

 

Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets

http://noodlepiebracelets.com

 

Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep

http://angelskeepbandbdotcom.wordpress.com

 

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks

http://woodsidewireworks.com/

 

Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs

http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com

 

Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage

http://haileyscottage.com/

 

Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles

http://www.allysbaubles.blogspot.com

 

Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

 

Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet

https://beebscloset.wordpress.com

 

Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com

 

Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front

https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com

 

Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com

 

Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php

 

Mary Deis, The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com

 

Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design

http://smallstuffdesign.com

 

Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts

http://www.artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com

 

Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens

http://christinecravens.blogspot.com

 

Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs

http://www.adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com

 

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com

 

Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures

http://tanglestwistsandtreasures.com/blog/

 

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

 

 

70 Comments

  1. Oh, Susan, I never tire of reading anything you write, and this post is no exception! ! Love your style. Your muse reigned you in to create a most amazingly gorgeous piece! I LOVE the color…looks like it came right off Pantone’s color palette for this fall.

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 26, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Marcia, thank you so much for always being there and for sharing this adventure now twice with me! I cherish your friendship and am so glad that our paths crossed when they did! Big hugs my friend and thank you!

  2. As always so wonderful to read your entertaining adventures!
    Beautiful work is emerging and how I remember the project of junk!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 12:11 am

      I know, Teri! I actually messaged David O a while back and thanked him. I was so jealous of your booth that year. It was amazing. Thank you for sharing in my crazy adventures, Teri! Big hugs!

  3. Susan I always enjoy reading your posts! I have always felt the same about making more elaborate collage pieces and unfortunately didn’t have the tenacity that you do! But you have me rethinking my attitude! Your piece is beautiful and there are plenty of women who would wear your little work of art! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your line! Ingrid

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 12:14 am

      Oh Ingrid, thank you so much. I do have a pile of stuff that got abandoned so my tenacity comes and goes! Thank you for your lovely comments. I really appreciate them!

  4. Who knew that our sweet little junkyard cat could inspire such beautiful work!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 12:15 am

      Our junkyard cat has planted her furry little self in front of the keyboard this morning! Go figure! Thanks, honey!

  5. Susan, Susan, Susan!! What a wonderful blog post (which made me smile!) and congratulations on making your pieces!! Great job and I look forward to more!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 1:54 am

      And you just made me smile, pretty lady! Thanks for popping in and for the encouragement, Karen. I so appreciate it! You’ve made my morning!

  6. Wow!!!! This new line is going to be absolutely stunning. The first piece is Drop Dead Gorgeous Susan and I love the colour, this piece also shows that you are not afraid to try anything new. Reading your blog is so fun and entertaining and I know I have said before I think you should write a book, it would be a best seller for sure. I look forward to seeing this line bloom into another winning accomplishment Susan. I look forward to seeing the rest of your projects in the coming weeks.

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 3:49 am

      Jane, you make my heart dance lovely lady! Thank you so much for your wonderfully kind words. I do like how the piece turned out, especially since it was fighting me tooth and nail at every turn. Thanks again. I’m so grateful for your visit!

  7. Awesome post and such fun to read. Your statement necklace is beautiful. I love the layers and that color!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 3:50 am

      Thanks so much, Ginger. Both my blog post and the featured necklace went through many revisions! I appreciate your kind words!

  8. I so love your blogs. You are such a talent and I love your work and amazing creativity..you are a true artist x

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 6:33 am

      Thank you so much, Lynn. I really appreciate your kindness and am thrilled to share this journey with you. I enjoyed my visit to your blog this morning. Everything looked wonderful. Hope all is well. Hugs!

  9. Oh my goodness gracious Susan, such a wonderful blog post. You certainly are on a roll for another gorgeous line. That blue and silver is a wonderful combination. I am chomping at the bit and can’t wait to see what more you will reveal on April 1st. So, until then my friend. 😉

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 6:35 am

      Miss Irene, it is such a pleasure to be doing this with you again. I really am such a fan of your and your work and it is great to have these “internet play dates” together. Thank you for your lovely comments. See you in class! Hugs!

  10. Belinda Reed-Ingle

    February 27, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Susan you are so funny! I admire how you went after that clay. I haven’t become that brave yet. I think your muse needs to have a conversation with mine!LOL! You are so very talented and a inspiration to me. I love your necklace and can’t wait to see your line. ;D

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 7:06 am

      Belinda, I have to keep laughing…just have to. If I didn’t, after my multiple clay failures I would be crying. So glad I could entertain you. Thanks so much for the visit. I agree, if our muses would join forces, just think what we could do! Thanks again, my friend!

  11. Susan, you are a hoot! Well written and your roses are beautiful. Extremely talented! Hats off!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Tommee, I cannot thank you enough for visiting and for being my FB pal. Clearly you didn’t look at those tiny roses…ugh! They need a facelift! Much love coming to you funny lady! I so appreciate the visit!

  12. WOW. WOW. WOW. You write so well Susan, it’s always a joy to read your blogs. And your finished piece! WOW! Amazingly beautiful.

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Oh Beth, thank you! That piece gave me fits. My muse and I went around the barn a gazillion times trying to figure it out. So glad you enjoy my blogs. I appreciate your kindness! Thanks again.

  13. trendyjewelrybykristyle

    February 27, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Susan what beautiful story and I loved hearing your creative muses journey as well. I love what you’ve creative here with this drop dead gorgeous piece, it’s beautifully composed and a real show stopper! Love you bunches always! XOXO!

  14. This was a fun adventure story, and it involves jewelry, a big plus! I love how your memories sustained you throughout your creative process and turned out a showstopper. Can’t wait to see your full line, and now you have me intrigued by those Inca Gold paints. Maybe I should order some?

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Sharon, do not pass go…get some of those paints. I love them! You can dilute them for a thin wash or apply them thickly for coverage. Love, love, love. And also love your kind words!

      • I will order them, B’sue Boutiques, here I come again! I just read your previous blog post and saw that luscious red flower focal that you hand painted, love it.

        • Susan Bowerman

          February 27, 2016 at 10:04 pm

          Sharon, I think you will truly love working with them! I’ve seen them on quite a few WTW tables, so I know others are quite fond of them. Brenda did a great video on them a while back using inca gold paints and primary elements powders. Go grab some You’ll love them!

  15. You may actually find, dearheart, that this big piece is one of the first to sell next time you go out to sell. Especially if you with your big smile and happy spirit, are wearing it. Dig in and learn how to reproduce a few things on the lower end and you will have a perfect mix for your next show table! You can do it!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Brenda, Brenda, Brenda…I can never repay you for your bountiful generosity and the doors you have opened for me (heck, for all of us but I’m being selfish now!) and for just being you. And, I promise to make a few replicated pieces with a twist! That way, we all win! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you!

  16. Oh….love the way that you write and……there is NO such thing as too big! At least in my world 🙂 I love the way that it turned out and I have also spent what I feel is forever watching videos on polymer clay too! Your Dad is right beside you …trust me…..just think of him when you are in ” stuck mode” 🙂

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you so much, Val. As for those videos…they make it look so stinking easy. And I cannot tell you how many I’ve watched that the artist was Russian. I guess when we travel to foreign territory, we should expect a different language, LOL! Thanks again, Val! See you in class!

  17. Susan, as usual, your post is delightful and your creations are amazing. I love what you’re doing with your pearl line, and I’m so looking forward to seeing more of your lovely designs!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Hi Pamela! Thank you so much. Your line is blowing me away. Meanwhile, Miss Skittles sends Toby her best! Thanks for the visit. See you in class, my friend!

  18. Susan, you are an absolute HOOT!! Love your writing style, your courage, and attitude! And love, love, love the FABULOUS design you came up with!!

    I always feel like I’m held in by some invisible encumbrance that doesn’t let me explode with creative juices as you did here. Job well done! You go girl!!

    xoxo
    ~ Catherine S.

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Oh Catherine, how kind you are! I just give myself permission to fail…and I often do, but carry those lessons with me. It is all good. Thank you for your lovely comment. You’ve made my morning!

  19. As always when I read your blogs I find myself alternating between laughter at your fabulous sense of humor; drawn in by your words….they are art in themselves; and finally the final outcome. Your honestly in telling it like it is …so refreshing and mirror many of my own feelings when I am in the deep zone. I so admire you for how far you have come……never giving up….pushing forward and allowing your muse to push and pull you….sometimes with you yelling all the way. Your piece is gorgeous and I can’t wait to see the reveal. Love you girl!!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Miss Ellen, have you been spying on me? That “yelling all the way” line makes me think so! And all this time I thought my muse was hovering. That you so much for your gracious words, for popping in, and most importantly for being “you!” So glad our paths crossed when they did. Love you too, Pretty Lady!

  20. “Miss Susan!
    Come to the front of the class. Put your hand out…and let me shake it.”
    Wonderful, enchanting blog. If you could send you muse over to have some stern words with mine, that’d be mighty helpful!
    Love your piece. I’d wear it every day, even around the house. Just beautiful. I feel like such an insider, as my eyes wander over the necklace, seeing so many loved pieces, and delighting in the new ones.
    Thanks for the ride!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 27, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Awwwww Chris, you are one of the real perks of this year’s class. I love your comments, love our interaction, and I think you and I might just share some “crazy DNA!” Thank you for your fun filled comment. You’ve truly made my day. As for my muse and her stern words, she has plenty…quite a few of them are colorful. Be careful what you wish for, my friend!

  21. Oh the Drama! I so get the need for ADD meds for the Muse……but then who would we be? Love following your journet and look forward to seeing your creations!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 28, 2016 at 5:34 am

      The DRAMA indeed! Thanks so much, Jennifer. I think we are all in the same boat in that department! Cheers!

  22. SUSAN!!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog post! As I read I felt like I was sitting right there having a conversation with you. Your sense of humor ROCKS! LOL I’m not much for wearing statement pieces, but I’m telling you I love your final piece. That is awesome! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your line.

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 28, 2016 at 5:36 am

      Clare, sometimes I think I am way toooooo candid! But, I do love to make other people laugh–even and often at my own expense. Thanks so much for your kind words. It is great sharing this experience with you!

  23. OMG .. can’t wait to see your final reveal .. so many cool pieces in your BLOG .. great job Susan .. Jann

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 28, 2016 at 5:37 am

      Bless your heart, Jann! I need to get this crazy studio of mine back on track. Oh the messes I’ve been making! Thanks so much, my friend!

  24. I wonder if your muse is friends with mine. You have a delightful writing style and I’m so glad you share it with us. Your piece doesn’t seem that over the top to me, I quite like it. I can’t wait to see what else you make. Take care…

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 28, 2016 at 5:39 am

      I do believe my muse has been making her rounds with several other muses in the group. Sometimes she cooperative, more often NOT! Thanks for you very nice words. I so appreciate them. You take care, too. Until the next time!

  25. Your blog is very entertaining. I can relate to the story of the mischievous muse 100%. Also I am definitely one of those women who would wear the heck out of that blue necklace, it’s so fricking pretty!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 29, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Oh Jeanette, thank you so much. I’m glad to hear that you would “wear the heck” out of that necklace. I was really unsure of it along the way. Thanks again and cheers!

  26. Great job on your blog post. I felt the frustration and elation along with you! I have to tell you I love the outcome!Your necklace is over the top beautiful. I would wear it in a second. I can totally see the outfit I would wear it with! Thanks for your post.

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 29, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Elisabeth, I swear I think we all have our joyful moments and those “other ones!” I knew all of the troops would know what I was talking about. Thanks so much for your kind words. See you in class!

  27. Susan, your pieces are stunning! And you are a fantastically entertaining writer. I loved reading your blog. I, too, have a furry little helper who never leaves my desk. She is amazingly helpful (not!!!), but I wouldn’t trade her for the world.

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 29, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Alison, thanks for the visit! As for our furry helpers, I’ve thought about trying torch patina and thought, no way. My little monkey would walk right in the middle of it and also try to drink the quenching water. That would not be good! Thanks again!

  28. Oh how I love the way you write! I was laughing out loud! Your piece is drop dead gorgeous, I love those OOAK’s too! Can’t wait for the final reveals!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 29, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Mock, it is so dear of you to visit all of us. Thank you! I love to make people laugh. So glad I was able to amuse you. Thanks again!

  29. Oh, Susan-your post was so funny I seriously considered going to buy a package of Depends! And with all the laughter and humor and wit-you came up with some SERIOUSLY awesome design ideas. Who cares if you can make poly roses-you seem to be doing really well without them. I say toss ’em in the litter box and keep heading towards “David’s world” and make it your own! And show us what you’re made of on reveal day. I can’t wait for the next post!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 29, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Barbara Kelley, you are pretty stinking funny yourself. You made my day! Thanks so much for returning the giggles. I’ve been trying to straighten up my studio today and laughter is a much needed commodity! Thanks again. Big hugs coming your way!

  30. Susie…. LOVE the way you write. And Miss Skittles writes well, too. But don’t tell her as she will be come conceited! Your new line sounds fun. Don’t know about the pasta machine! Loved seeing you the other day. It has been too long!

    • Susan Bowerman

      February 29, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Oh thank you so much Ann! I’m so glad you popped into my on-line world. It was great seeing you, too! Big hugs!

  31. Fabulous post! I love the piece you came up with. In my opinion you can never make a big enough statement!

  32. Hi Susan, I can not wait to see your final pieces and read your next post. I am still laughing. I absolutely love how you talk about your muse as if she is a real person. If Jewelry doesn’t work out for you (it will, your work is beautiful), I think you could be a fantastic stand up comedian–maybe a side gig..lol. Looking forward to April. Sincerely, Shari

    • Susan Bowerman

      March 10, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Oh Miss Shari, you are the dearest! Thank you! My mom used to tell me all the time I should do stand up…I told her not to expect me on “The Family Channel!” Thanks again. You made me smile!

  33. Susan, I love how you gave us a look into your thought process – thanks for that. It’s really great to meet someone else who thinks in a similar way!

    Have you ever contemplated the possibility that you might be a “Scanner”? If not, look up Barbara Sher on YouTube, and if anything she says piques your interest, you might want to check out her book, “Right to Choose”. You sound SO much like me. Having a great idea, putting your pieces together and “Ugh!” and then off you go. One research project becomes twelve ideas which spawn another sixteen research projects, and *noise of toilet flushing* down the rabbit hole! I get so lost on those detours, I sometimes don’t remember to come back, and whole days are lost. Learning I was a scanner gave me coping mechanisms so now I can be true to those detours but put them in their rightful place.

    I really, *really* love your finished piece. Using stuff as texture was a BRILLIANT idea! You just reminded everyone that we don’t always have to feature every piece from B’Sue, even though they’re all so beautiful. Some things need to take a backseat, because texture can add a lot to a piece. Thanks for that!

    • Susan Bowerman

      March 10, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Gina, you should see me roaming around this house. Oh my goodness, it is like I am the ball in a pinball machine. Yes, I do think we share the same traits. So very glad to be sharing this experience with you! You are a gift, sweet lady!

  34. Your writing is amazing, you have a way with words! I love what your muse taught you! Your piece is beautiful!

    • Susan Bowerman

      March 10, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      Janet, you know I am a big, big, big fan of everything you create so I do appreciate your kind words. Hugs, pretty lady!

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