Friday, September 11, 2009
Sometimes dreams really do come true! Years ago when I was a stay at home mom, I looked for ways to add to our income while being home for my children. I happened to be living in North Pole, Alaska at the time. I would scour magazines for ideas as I had a friend who was a master tole painter that taught me how to paint. Living in North Pole made it natural to think of creating Santas so I picked up copies of BHG Santa Claus, as well as other publications looking for something I could do that was unique and not found in the shops in the area. I read a couple of features on REASONS TO BELIEVE, a business started by Scott Schultz and Dennis Brown in the Seattle area. I thought, wow, how would that be to be able to have a where I could make Santas all day and earn money doing it?! I so admired their work, and the work of other Santa artists in the Santa Claus publications, but never seemed to be in a position to be able to reach a wide audience and collector base. I stared with birch wood slabs that are "mistakes" from hitting the side of logs while chopping wood. I called them my happy mistakes and you can see a sample in the top photo above. Well, thanks to Ginny Diezel, and really Suzanne Urban, who have both given me an opportunity to rub internet shoulders with some of the best creative artisans in the nation, I was lead to the Reasons to Believe website which Scott and Dennis own. Ginny urged me to contact them and Scott got right back to me. So now my work can be found on the Reasons to Believe website! I'm so thrilled to have such an opportunity, as I really love creating Santa figures out of a variety of media. I would also like to thank Linda Kennon of Gourdqueen Originals for sending me my first gourds and challenging me to see what I could do with them. Thanks to all who made this possible, including my husband, who is so supportive of all I do. Head on over to Reasons to Believe to take a look at all the talented artists to be found there.