Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Story Behind the Art-Lori Siebert

The Story Behind the Art-Lori Siebert

Hello and welcome to the sixth installation of 

If you are new to my blog, The Story Behind the Art will take you on a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of art created by one of my talented friends from around the globe. The stories are posted on the first Wednesday of each month.
This month, I am happy to introduce you to my friend, Lori Siebert. Lori is one of the most creative and versatile artists that I know. You can't walk into a shop without seeing her beautiful art on products. She also likes to make things just for the joy of making them. Her Story Behind the Art will tell you about the creative spark that led her to start creating her angels from things she found in nature.

Heeeeeere's Lori...............................


The Story Behind the Art-Lori Siebert

Last summer, when on vacation in Hilton Head...on the walks to and from the beach...I started collecting little bits from nature along the path. The slow pace of vacation allows you the time to just notice things and appreciate them more. I had a nice little collection started on our back porch and decided to start creating with these beautiful finds. At first,I was making mandalas. But,then it occurred to me to make an angel. I have always loved angels and have collected several made by artist friends. I have also given hand made angels to several friends and inspiring women in my life. 

Paula Joerling

Paula Joerling

Paula Joerling

Paula Joerling

This started an obsession that has continued throughout the last year. When I am out and about,I keep my eyes open for bits from nature that would make beautiful angel dresses or wings. It has really made me pay closer attention to the changes in seasons. It also opened my eyes more widely to the vast array of colors,textures and shapes that are everywhere. It has become a crazy passion. I don't have a reason to make them. They are not for a client or a job. They are just a wonderful creative practice. 

Paula Joerling

Paula Joerling
I have recently evolved the angels into little nature dresses photographed on a tiny wire hanger. I have always loved fashion and secretly long to be a costume designer. This fulfills a bit of that interest (and since I can't really is my quick little  clothing design fix.) Since there are endless materials out in the world to play with...I plan to keep making these for who knows how long? It's nice to just create with no deadline, no art director,...just because!!
Paula Joerling

Paula Joerling

Want to see more of Lori's beautiful work?

Check out her etsy shop

Follow her on Instagram 

She has some great boards on Pinterest 

and you can keep up with her on Facebook 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Story Behind the Art-Chad Barrett

Hello and welcome to the fifth installation of 

If you are new to my blog, The Story Behind the Art will take you on a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of art created by one of my talented friends from around the globe. The stories are posted on the first Wednesday of each month.
This month, I am happy to introduce you to my Wonder Twin, studio mate and partner in crime, Chad Barrett. In addition to being a talented artist he is also a fantastic whistler and can make a mean cocktail. 
Chad's Story Behind the Art is about a coastal collection he designed for Creative Co-Op. If you happen to attend the winter gift shows be sure to stop in and check out his beautiful new line.
Ladies and Gentleman........Mr. Chad Barrett........

The Story Behind the Art - Chad Barrett

This collection all started with an art director’s request for a coastal series. I’ve done many coastal collections in the past and its one of my favorite themes. Maybe that’s because the beach is my happy place and the idea of sleeping under a palm tree is so relaxing. 

Getting started I first like to hear the client’s ideas.  Their inspiration, color direction, expectations, etc.  Quickly my mind starts spinning with direction of my own and I can’t wait to get into the studio. I always start out each project with tons of research and this one was no different. I scoured the internet, hit the book store, looked at fabrics and went through all my past beach trip photos. When I travel, I’m always snapping photos for possible references for anything that might be useful in the future.

Basically I was thinking “coastal” 24/7. My ideas started to focus round specific locations in Florida; places like Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, and Sea Side. If you’ve never been there, you’re missing out. I love everything about those locations. The color of the water, the architecture, the vegetation, you name it… I love it all. The idea of those communities set the tone for the collection, so after that it all came together.  

Chad Barrett

Chad Barrett

I started painting many different shells and sea creatures all in transparent layers of watery acrylics. I focused on shades of blues and aquas accented by hits of coral, keeping it all very simple and clean. Then I started adding in patterns and what I call “supporting” elements. 

Things like borders, little sketches, stamps and text. All the extra pieces are used to complement the artwork and help round out a good collection. 

Once I’m finished with all the work, everything is then transferred into Photoshop. There I do all the little tweaking, create new elements if needed and make the final compositional arrangements. 

Then I like to take my images and create a mood board with a few, basic product mockups and I give this to the client along with the final artwork files. I do this, not with the expectation that my products will be created as I see them, but mainly to inspired the client.  Showing them what I envision hopefully helps them think about how they will incorporate my artwork into their product line.  To me this is part of the collaboration process and I love to see if any of my ideas show up in the end. 

Paula Joerling

I started this collection almost a year ago and the products just hit the wholesale market back in October. Samples were delivered to me a few weeks ago and I’m over the moon happy with the final outcome. Fingers crossed other people will like them too! 

Creative coop

creative coop

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Find Chad's line at Creative Co-Op

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Snapshots From Christmas Past and a Free Download

For the past few years we haven't bothered to put up a tree. I am typically out of town for several weeks before Christmas and after Christmas we head to Little Gasparilla Island to ring in the New Year. 
All in all, it makes no sense to put up a tree for the two days that I could enjoy it. Also, if you have ever been here when I put up the tree, you know that it takes the whole evening. Not because the tree is so large or because we have so much to put on it, but because I have a story for EVERY SINGLE ORNAMENT that goes on the tree. I love this about both me, and the tree. It's a little bit like sitting through a slide show (for those of you who remember what that is). 

While I can't remember what I had for lunch, I can remember where almost every ornament and bauble on the tree came from.

For fun, I thought I would share a few of my most favorites and the story that goes with it. Oh and if you sign up for my newsletter, you get a free ornament download. It appeared in Family Circle Magazine back in the 1960's and I happened to find it in an old scrapbook that I bought.

Ok, here we go.......The upper left angel was made by me when I was a Brownie. My mom and our neighbor Jewell were the troop leaders. Jewell's daughter, Denise was my first best friend. 
The string angel was made by my grandmothers best friend, Dori Simmons, who I adored. Dori made us something every year for Christmas. When she died, my grandmother gave me all of her old ornaments while saying something like "I was going to throw these out but thought you might want them". My grandmother didn't care for old things and could never figure out why I did. I think, secretly, she was glad this once that I loved vintage things as I am sure it would have killed her to throw out Dori's ornaments. 
The glass ornament bears Dori's name. She made one for herself and one for her husband Jim. Jim ended up leaving her for a younger woman but she still had the ornament and I would put it on the tree alongside hers. 

The Gingerbread girl is store bought and was given to me by my mother. I can still remember how excited I was when I opened it. It is one of my most treasured possessions and I wire it to the tree to the point that it could withstand a hurricane. What makes it even more special is that I got the pink one and my younger sister got the blue one. When we received similar gifts there was always an issue over who got the more desired color. She usually did, but this time I was the victor. I am sure that every year when she unpacks the blue one it still stings a little.

We had two trees when I was a kid. The one in the "forbidden" living room and one in the family room. This one was referred to as the "kid's tree" and was one of those pink tinsel jobs. I think the "kids tree" was put up to keep us out of the living room. It was just my sister and I and I can't imagine what they thought we were going to do to the living room but that's how it was then. Anyway....the little red Santa's were the only ornaments we had on that tree and there were dozens of them. My mother would also string lights on the tree which you weren't supposed to do back then. Every now and then you would get a shock if you touched the tree and there happened to be a problem with the lights. 
The baby in the cradle was my first ornament and I believe it was made by Dori. 

Are you starting to understand why it takes so long to put up our tree?

The stocking and guest towels were made by my mother. My sister has the same stocking but with the snowman image. I am assuming that my mother made these while pregnant with my sister because if you look closely at my sisters stocking you can see where there was a question mark embroidered where the name would later be. She and I used to point that out to all who would listen.

These are the ornaments that my mother made for the tree one year. I posted them on my Instagram page yesterday but just had to include them here. I am so happy that I still have them. I was thrilled to find the original magazine article from Family Circle Magazine.
It's fun to see how my mom interpreted the original patterns and colors.
These are also your free download.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my memories of Christmas past. Please share your favorite Holiday memories in the comment section.
Whatever you celebrate I hope it is filled with love, happiness and that you make some wonderful memories!

Your download
While I realize that it's a little late to be making Christmas ornaments I think these would be really cute for Spring. Once you sign up you will receive a conformation email with a link to the download. It is a three page pdf and includes the directions and patterns and two pages of photos. 
The patterns are meant to be transferred to graph paper but you can simply enlarge the page to whatever size you want.
If you have a problem just email me and I will send you the pdf via email.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Handmade Goodness and Barbie's Dirty Laundry

 This past week on Instagram, I decided to do "A Week of Red". I like red and it seemed fitting for the approach of Christmas. As I started looking around the house for a variety of red things I remembered that I had my old Barbie clothes stashed away somewhere. There had to be something red in there-right? Well, I unearthed a treasure trove of memories and handmade goodness. 

I was quickly whisked back to a time when people gave handmade items as gifts and people (even kids) LIKED it. My mom made most of these but some were made by our dear neighbor and sitter, Penny Taylor. Sadly both left this world way too early but my memories of them live on through these gifts they made for me. I cherish these items that were stitched and knitted with love. The other store bought doll clothes......not so much.

I was so inspired by finding these that I decided to post photos of things that were handmade by me on my Instagram page for the week of December 14. Check it out and feel free to follow me!

Also, I would love to hear your stories of handmade gifts that you cherish. Leave your memories in the comment section or post them on my Facebook page.

Hope you enjoy the photos!

Paula Joerling
These were all made by my mom. She was very fashionable and made most of her own clothing. The Barbie clothes were made out of leftover material scraps.  

Paula Joerling
The brocade "cape/skirt" was made by my me (I made a lot of "cape/skirts"). My mom made the red strapless dress which was coveted by my friends. Penny Taylor made the 
co-ordinating red and white dress for my Skipper doll. If memory serves, my sister and I had Christmas dresses made from the red velvet with daisy trim around the sleeves and hem.

Paula Joerling
I think it should go without saying, but the fringe vest and little polka dot crop top were two of my favorites. My sister and I also had vests exactly like this one. Yes, it's true........

This fur coat was, hands down, was the number one favorite in the whole wardrobe. The fur was trim from a muff I had as a little girl. I LOVED that thing and thought it was a pet.

Paula Joerling
 The knitted clothing needed to be cleaned and drying it on cookie racks worked great. I need to do a little damage control as a result of moths. I think, at some point, I may frame all of these and hang them in the bedroom.

Paula Joerling
 Not too long ago I purchased this knitting book on etsy. I may have to brush up on my knitting skills and make some more pant suits-ha ha ha.

Paula Joerling
Detail of one of the cardigans. I am dying here, I mean......seriously.

I can't help but wonder if gifts like these would be appreciated now. I sure hope so. Do you make and give handmade items? Do you like receiving them? Although I work in an industry geared to manufacturing my heart is still in making handmade items and I plan to get back to it in 2016.
So stay tuned..........

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Story Behind the Art-Petra Kern

Hello and welcome to the third installation of 

If you are new to my blog, The Story Behind the Art will take you on a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of art created by one of my talented friends from around the globe. The stories are posted on the first Wednesday of each month.

This month I am very happy to introduce you to my dear friend Petra Kern from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Petra and I met online while taking Kelly Rae Roberts "Flying Lessons" e-course. I can't remember exactly how it all happened but I think it had something to do with me being enamored with her beautiful florals. We emailed, we Skyped and finally met in person at Surtex two years ago. We became fast friends and a year later, my husband and I were on our way to Slovenia for an unforgettable visit. Please read on to discover what inspires my talented friend from across the pond.
Petra Kern
The 2 P's in Slovenia


The Story Behind the Art-Petra Kern

I have always been surrounded by nature. I live in a green country surrounded with Alps and sea and the eyes are always caught in a beauty of nature. Since I was a little girl, I love to observe the small world around me even if that means picking flowers from my mothers garden. This love stayed strong and I guess will go with me to the end. I ALWAYS find my inspiration outside and mostly surrounded with beautiful mountains - they have a great vibe for me and am drawn to their flora and fauna in every season .
Now as I work as designer I married the love for nature and it’s flora with the occasions I love working for - weddings and Christmas, which is another great love of mine. 

Petra Kern
 Me at age 2 in my mothers garden playing with tulips and probably not knowing my mum is capturing the moment as evidence.

This October - the first snow in October above my fave spot. Lots of pines, foliage and striking views - who wouldn’t go home and paint her heart out?

Petra Kern
Watercolor Delight - wedding invite for Minted
This card was inspired by the perfect chaos and layering that can always be found in nature. I wanted the invite to be gentle, yet powerful and dynamic. 

Petra Kern
Crafty Floral - photo card for Minted
I don’t see winter as a dull place to be. There are always evergreens, berries and dried flowers around us, you just have to find them. I love how this one turned out with the hint of festive gold. 

Petra Kern
Christmas Foliage for CVS
I work for a licensing studio A Fresh Bunch and this year we designed a lot of Christmas photo cards for CVS. This assignment was a little different but as always when I am in doubt I go sketching foliage and buds - they almost always landed somewhere.

If you want to see more of Petra's beautiful work just follow the links.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Paula's Favorite Things-Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway

Well hello there!
It's that time of year again so I thought I would share a few of my favorite things for gift giving.

As a bonus, I have a gift for you. 

All you have to do is subscribe to my blog and you will be entered to win my Lang "Tres Chic" Mini calendar. 
The winner will be announced on December 1.
If you are already subscribed, no worries, you are all ready entered.

Lang Tres Chic calendar
Just in case you aren't the lucky winner, you can get one HERE
I have several other calendars available for 2016 so be sure to check those out.

First up is my friend, Robin Davis.
Robin has been creating her fabulous Robots for some time now and she has put together some super cute prints, mouse pads and downloads on her ETSY SHOP.
I LOVE her Giant Robot Wall Puppet Kit.
Order soon to be sure and get yours in time to put it under the tree.

Robot Art


Skeem Candles are always on my shopping list. The Mahogany Myrrh and Citrus and Olive are two of my favorite scents. White Tea and Thyme is burning in my kitchen as I type this post.
I am also a big fan of their match bottles. They look so pretty sitting out on the counter or on the mantle. They have several other scents and gifts with their signature graphics. Oh, and be sure to check out their sale section for some nice surprises.

Safety Matches Candles
If you are in need of a gift for a wine or beer lover scoot on over to
Tammy Smith Designs
Tammy has a great collection of dish towels, pillows and prints featuring her designs.
If you are lucky, there may be a dish towel with your favorite city on it.

Wine Dish towel, Beer Dish towel

If you have one of those "hard to buy" for people on your list, check out Lennie Muds etsy shop. That cat is all sorts of clever and it was difficult for me to just pick a couple of items to feature.
There are ceramic mugs, bowls, miniatures and one of a kinds with a variety of fun themes from Star Wars to Lionel Richie. 

In the name of healthy competition, my husband, Tom Haney, also has a calendar. His is self produced and features his automatons. 
If you are in need of something that will knock someone's socks off or if you don't know what an automaton is.....check out his website for available pieces.


If you are looking for a unique piece of handcrafted jewelry check out Lisa Souers shop. She collects all kinds of vintage and industrial bits and pieces and makes them into wearable art.
You may have a difficult time selecting just one piece so I suggest you get two, one for you and one as a gift. 
Industrial jewelry
I saved the best for last.........
ME! -ha ha ha
All kidding aside, I have added a SHOP page to my blog. I have a variety of banners, mini canvases and sewing hoops that I designed for my Sew Happy line with Transpac Imports. There are holiday, coastal, lodge and kitchen themes so there is plenty to choose from.

Sew HAppy Banner

Well I hope you enjoyed my gift guide. I had a lot of fun putting it together for you.
Remember to subscribe to my blog so you can be entered to win a mini calendar.
Thanks for looking and have a HAPPY and SAFE holiday. 
Cheers! Paula

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Woman Obsessed-Vintage Scrapbook Collection

If you have ever been curious about entertaining tips from the 1950's and 60's, look no further. I have no doubt that this collection of Scrapbooks would answer any question that you might have.

Vintage Scrapbook

Old Scrapbook

While I shouldn't assume that these were put together by a woman, I think, given the dates and types of magazines that the clippings came from, it's a safe assumption. Besides, the title of this post would have been something like "A Woman or Possibly a Man Obsessed- Vintage Scrapbook Collection" and that just seemed too long for a post title.

Also there may be a name somewhere in this collection that led me to believe it was a woman.

I found this load of goodness several years ago in an antique store in Indiana. It is a store that I usually try to pop into when I am in Cincinnati visiting relatives. After seeing them on several different visits over a few years I decided that I couldn't bear for them to go "unloved" any longer and they came home with me.

I am glad that they did. Going through them has been more fun that I thought it would be.

Old Scrapbook

There are recipes, crafts and decorating ideas all organized by season and holiday. Every now and then there is a fashion or make-up tip to fit a particular holiday. Priceless.....

Each time I open one of these tomes,  I can't help but to try and knit together the story of their creator. How many magazines did she get? Did she cook or make any of these crafts? Did she entertain? Or was she a shut in who entertained herself by clipping articles for a party she would never have? I prefer to imagine that it's the former rather than the latter.

Vintage Scrapbook

Due to a studio clear out, I have decided to part with the collection. I have photographed many of my favorite pages in order to revisit them from time to time. They are heavy on old recipes so if you or someone you know enjoys that sort of thing like I do then follow the link to my etsy shop.

Oh, and just for stopping by, here's a 15% off coupon code for the shop PAU1126.  It is good through November 30.
Vintage Scrapbook

Vintage Scrapbook