Happy Fall Y’all

Happy Fall y’all! That’s a cute little saying that’s popular in the South these days. The other day, I heard my 73 year old Auntie say it in her lovely Southern accent and it was so cute and sweet that I decided to adopt that phrase too (but I don’t have that lovely Southern accent… I just sound like a regular ol city girl)!

And guess what… Fall finally come to us here in the Deep South! So I wrote a haiku to celebrate:

Chilly wind blows
Golden treasures upon us
Fall has fallen South.

Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons. These seasons have so much to offer. Crisp air, rustling leaves, crunchy things under foot, beautiful earth tones, the bare bones of trees, gray pale skies, stillness, quiet, reflection… peace. I love all the seasons but Fall and Winter are my favorites these days. I enjoy hibernating and sipping hot drinks and knitting warm things during the long cold nights. And I really enjoy taking walks in these seasons… even when it’s super cold. My hubby not so much. I gotta drag him outside for a walk when it’s cold. And he usually looks like he’s 100lbs heavier than he is because of all the layers of clothes he’s piled on. He cracks me up! But our daily walks to together, is truly one of my favorite things to do.

Here’s some treasures I picked up on our most recent “Fall” walks. It’s so exciting to find these colors in South Louisiana. Cause we usually go from green to brown overnight!

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So what about you? Which is your favorite season? What do you like about that season?

Well, I’m off to enjoy this chilly day!

I wish y’all a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! I am thankful for you, my fellow creatives!

Rachel xo

 

 

 

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Be Kind

Hello! It’s been a while. A long while. Over the summer, my hubby embarked upon a new business adventure and needed my help. So I’ve been busy helping him make his dreams come to life! What a joy to help him! It’s always a wonderful thing to see ones dreams become reality!

Though we were very busy, I always found and made time for art. Creating keeps me happy, calm and sane! So, even in the midst of life’s little detours… I never skimp on sketching, doodling and making new art. After all, art is my dream, passion and business, so I give it all I’ve got!

I also found time to add some new things to my Etsy shop. There are lots of great items for gifting! Pop over and see what’s new.

In the meantime, here are a few new pieces of art that I created over the past few months. They are my response to all of the disturbing events that have happened all around the world this year. Each piece is paper cut out collage. Which I think is fitting being that after tragedy, we pick up the pieces and begin creating life anew.

 

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The world needs beauty. It needs art. It needs YOUR art and MY art. So YOU keep making and sharing yours, and I’ll keep making and sharing mine! Lets flood the earth with love and art!

Happy creating!

Rachel

 

 

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My New Etsy Shop!

Hi y’all! It’s been a while. A long while. But I promise I’ve been a productive creative busy bee! With what, you ask? An online shop! For the past few months, I’ve been setting up my Etsy shop. It’s something I have been pondering for a few years now. Yes, years… and I finally took the plunge!

My friend Rachael Pace gave me a little nudge and our friend Joe Badon pushed me off the edge (which was a wonderful thing and I am grateful to them both for the encouragement to just go for it)! Joe told me to just jump in with both feet and figure it out as I go along.

That… Is… So… NOT… Me…!!!

I like the planets to be in alignment and all my eggs to look, oh so pretty in the basket before I begin. Before I begin ANYTHING (other than adventure and travel, somehow I’m spontaneous about that)! Which, sadly, is why some things never get started, done or accomplished. But this time, I decided to give Joe’s way of doing things a try. And you know what… Things have worked out just fine! Nothing imploded. My head is still attached. Are things perfect? By all means, NO! But I work on the bumpy things as I come across them. Do I stress out on occasion? YES! But I’m learning to let go of my controlling perfectionism and just go with the flow. GO WITH THE FLOW! After all, it’s just my heart poured out through my creations, which are being shared with the world through and online shop… right? Right! And what a wonderful thing it is! So, thanks, Rachael and Joe!

And I have a huge THANK YOU and lots of hugs for Brittany Rose, for her beautiful photography and amazing eye for showcasing ALL my art and creations!!! Brittany, you make my work shine and sparkle just like you do!

Here are a few items from the shop… and you can check out my shop here!

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Would you mind helping me out?

  1. Favorite the shop, so you can be the first to know when new items are added!
  2. Favorite the items you like… That helps me know what you folk are interested in!
  3. Share the shop with your friends and family!
  4. SHOP!

Thanks!!! And let me know what you think!

So, if there’s something you’ve been wanting to do, or try, or create… but perfectionism and control are screaming at you… just ignore them… jump in with both feet and see what happens! I promise, you will survive and will probably discover happiness and fun!

Happy jumping!

Rachel xo

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White Out Poetry

So, this is what I’m into right now at this very moment in time… White Out Poetry.

Totally inspired by Lynn Whipple, creative adventurer extraordinaire and teacher of  WordPlay Painting. Take this workshop… it will expand your world!

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I want to dash off to the used book shop and buy up all the old, unwanted books so that I can create these quirky, silly, fun poems all day long.

Try it. You’ll like it.

Happy white out writing!

Rachel

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Sea Doodles

Sanibel Island, Florida… Part 3

The beach, a sketchbook and pen in hand… bliss!

These are some of the doodles I did in-between sea shell collecting on Sanibel Island. This first one was done with some natural charcoal I found on the beach. Natural charcoal is just charred wood from a fire! There is something magical about drawing with something that you find in nature… One of God’s art supplies!

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I had to doodle shells from my first hunt! I drew them with a sepia Micron. I really like simple line drawings. They make me happy and remind me that things don’t have to be so complicated.

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Of course I had to create a pattern in blues and greens…!!!

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This is a sketch of some of the flora I found on the island. Such lovely, simple shapes!

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I keep asking my hubby if we can uproot and move to Sanibel Island. I tell him I can be a professional sea shell collector… He just rolls his eyes and laughs! One day… maybe.

Happy Summer!

Rachel

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Treasures from the Sea Shore

As promised… Sanibel Island, Florida Part 2… Treasures galore!!!

Everyday I went to the beach and collected shells, sticks, rocks and sea shell egg cases! And everyday I laid them out and photographed them. I also doodled some of them too (that will be in part 3’s post)! And just walking the grounds of the Waterside Inn where we stayed was a beautiful adventure!

Sea Treasures Day 1: Lightning whelk shell egg case, tulip shell egg cases, dead coral, stiff pen shell and pod.

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Sea Treasures Day 2: Sticks, palm tree wood, nut shell, pod, charcoal, sea glass and shells.

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Rachel Fontenot - Sea Treasures Day 2

Sea Treasures Day 3: Pod and a tree from the sea! Also, fiber from palm trees… I imagine that early peoples were inspired by this tree fiber to make fabric, it is warp and weft at it’s finest!

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Sea Treasures Day 4: Broken stiff pen shells (they make the most beautiful shapes when they are broken), dead coral, pods, Atlantic kittenpaw shells, rough scallop shells,  Atlantic giant cockle, broken sand dollar and barnacles.

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Sea Treasures Day 5: Palm tree wood and bark, pods and we don’t know what the yellow and green things are!

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Here’s some of the beautiful nature that we found on Sanibel Island.

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It was so fun to sort through my sea treasures every evening and photograph them.

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Even the shadows are lovely here!

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Is there such a thing as professional sea shell collector? Cause that’s what I want to be when I grow up!

Happy end of Summer!

Rachel

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She Hordes Sea Shells from the Sea Shore

Sanibel Island, Florida Part 1…

I found my new favorite place on planet Earth… Sanibel Island, Florida.

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My hubby and I have been talking and dreaming of taking a trip to Sanibel for 15+ years. We finally made it there! It’s a tiny island off the coast of southern Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for it’s abundance of sea shells. In fact, people from all over the world visit the island for the sole purpose of collecting sea shells. And that’s exactly why we went… to collect sea shells! Or as my hubby likes to say, “She’s hording sea shells”!!!

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I cannot lie… I’m a collector. A collector of many things. But nature is one of my favorite things to collect! I collect rocks, sticks, leaves, pods, nut shells, bark, sand, burned wood (which is natural charcoal, great for drawing!), sea weed and yes, little houses that have been vacated by sea creatures… SEA SHELLS!!! I doodle them, keep them in jars & bowls and I use them in art.

Sanibel Island was a treasure trove of collectables!

We arrived in the evening just before sunset. We went straight to the beach to see what it was like and I nearly lost my mind! Sea shells were EVERYWHERE!!! I didn’t have anything with me to put shells in except for my pockets! Which is why I’m a big fan of cargo shorts and pants (I wear them all the time so I always have a place to store found treasures)! And I stuffed my pockets with as many shells as I could!

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And just outside our room was a station to wash all of your collected shells. Brilliant, is the person who thought to build that outdoor sea shell washing sink!!!

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This is what the beach looks like. It’s crushed shells mixed with the sand. And there are whole shells peppered all over the place. You never know what you will find!

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Rachel Fontenot - Sanilbel Island Florida

Rachel Fontenot - Sanibel Island Florida

The beach is definitely my favorite place to be. Growing up in New Orleans on the Gulf Coast, we went to the beach every summer when I was a kid. I think the sun, sand and sea seeped into my soul and became a part of me. It’s a calming and peaceful place where you can let go, relax, slow down and listen.

Here we are… We’ve been married for 22 years! Don is my best fellow adventurer!

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This is the end of Sanibel Island part one… Part two promises sea treasures galore!!!

Happy Summer!

Rachel

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