Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Art At Home Show and Good Friends!

I had such an amazing weekend, I don't know where to start! As you know, my friend Jane of Artfully Graced held an art show at her home on Saturday and graciously ask me to participate. Well, all I can say is the show was a success! Jane sold her wonderful paintings, her friend Becky sold her quilted pieces and yep, I sold my driftshell art! It was all so exciting and the nervousness I felt all week was put to rest. Jane's daughter-in-law also displayed some of her paintings and another Becky was showing some of her scrapbooks and homemade cards.

Here's a few pics of just some of the goodies that we all put out…

Art At Home Show was throughout the house, such a fun way to display our work!

SOLD! Our friend Tracy bought this piece the minute she laid eyes on it!

I love my driftshell frame with Jane's colorful crab paintings, I think they complement each other beautifully!

The painting hanging on the wall is one by Jane's DIL, isn't it wonderful?

I love this painting! It reminds me of both Jane and Becky, since Jane painted it from a photo Becky posted on her blog. One day I'm hoping this will be hanging in my home!

I had made another driftshell heart and added a few candle holder/vases to my list of items…

I made four vases and came home with only one, so I'm definitely going to make more of those.

The best part of a show like this is the relaxed atmosphere and all the visiting that was going on. I was so excited to finally meet my blogging friend Becky of Beachsnaps and Abbey Style, she drove about an hour and a half to spend some time with Jane and I and she is just as much of a sweetheart as I knew she would be! She also bought one of my driftshell frames, I love knowing that one of my frames will be in her home, it just gives me a warm, cozy feeling.

Here's a pic of the three of us…

Jane, Becky and Rhonda

Our friend Tracy of Ms. Bake-it was also there with her cutie pie grandson and daughter-in-law. Jane had put out a lovely spread of munchies and plenty of coffee for our guests. All in all, it was a lovely way to hold an art show, visit with dear friends and have a fabulous day!

But, the weekend didn't stop there. I live about forty-five minutes from Jane, so I decided to spend Friday and Saturday night with my dear friend Sharon, who only lives about ten minutes from Jane. Sharon is an art student at USF, she paints and sculpts, so I was able to see some of the completed pieces she had started when I was there a few weeks ago.

Not only is Sharon a talented artist, after knowing me for almost ten years, she also knows I love her home cooking. On Saturday morning, even though she had to get ready for work (she works at one of the art galleries in St. Petersburg), she announced that she was going to make me a special breakfast. Did I mention that Sharon is Jamaican? Here's my breakfast…

The main ingredient in Callaloo is a leafy vegetable, much like our collard greens here in the South, but without a trace of bitterness. Sharon added fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, homegrown scotch bonnet peppers and whatever magical seasonings she always has on hand. When it was finished cooking she added salt fish. 

Bammy is a traditional Jamaican favorite made from the root of the cassava plant. Bammies are formed into patties, baked and then frozen. When ready to eat, they are soaked in coconut milk and fried.

Breadfruit is a member of the fig family, it has a starchy texture and Jamaicans call it, "Nature's answer to fresh bread."

How was breakfast? D E L I C I O U S!

After the show I went back to Sharon's and to further indulge my love of Jamaican cuisine, she made me chicken curry. It was such fun to see Sharon and her hubby Charles cooking in the kitchen together and the aroma was incredible. By the time dinner was ready, I was starving and didn't even think to take a picture. Our meal was completed with a piece of Key Lime Pie, a Florida favorite. Great friends, great food and great conversation! Who can ask for more than that?

Oh, there was one more thing…

The Full Moon! Did you catch it? Did you know it was bigger and brighter than normal? Yep, it was a "super moon" according to scientists. The moon was closer to Earth than it's been since 1993, and they said it appeared 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter. This view through the trees in Sharon's backyard more than made up for the rather drab sunset we had earlier that evening…

The next morning I got up and headed out to Honeymoon Island. After all the sales I made on Saturday, I needed to get out there and collect some more driftshells. What a job! Now I HAVE to go to the beach for work, lol.

I got there just as they opened at 8:00am, I think there were about four or five others who arrived before I did. I found the perfect parking spot, right by one of the trails that leads down to the beach. Arriving early at this time of year is a must. Our weather has been gorgeous and on Sunday we almost broke our heat record for that day. It was a lovely 87°F, the record is 88°F in 1935. By the time I left, this is what it looked like…

It took me 35 minutes to drive the 2.5 miles off the island, but with a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico all the way, I wasn't complaining. The shelling was wonderful and I came home with lots of goodies to create more driftshell art. I spent yesterday out and about, buying more supplies and some bins to help me keep organized. I started cleaning shells but I have a lot more to go.

Whew, I'm exhausted, but happy. I decided to take today off and catch up with all of you. My new venture has me doing the happy dance, but I need to organize my time to accommodate my new life. I figure I can get out and visit in between painting frames and gluing shells. Yea, life is good and I have all of you to thank for your encouragement and support. I am humbled at your friendships. 

Thank you dear friends, thank you!!!!!

31 Thoughtful Comments:

Completely Coastal said...

Can't get over how gorgeous your driftshell creations are..., you really went for it. With logo and all, very professional -loooove it!!
Isn't that a great thing to say... I go to work on the beach!

Blondie's Journal said...

What an awesome weekend you had! I loved hearing all about it. Congratulations on your sales!! I am so happy for you! The frames are wonderful and I am really loving the hurricanes on top of the shell base.

Gorgeous pictures of the moon and the one on the beach makes me want to skip right over spring and go straight to summer!! ;-D

Have a great week, Rhonda!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

So happy the sale went well for you! Your driftshell art is wonderful. I am in love with those Flamingo paintings! I would have gone broke buying some of the wonderful items you showed us! hugs, Linda

Jane said...

We had so much FUN! I truly loved having you here for the show...and I LOVE my vase/candle holder. It's already in a place of honor.

I am so pleased that you received the kudos that you truly deserved...your driftshell hearts, frames and vases are truly spectacular. You should do very well with your ETSY store...and with our fall art show. I will also be sharing photos of your work with friends who did not make it to the show...You go girl!
Hugs...and will talk with you soon...

gpc said...

What a fun weekend! I would have wanted to buy EVERYthing!

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Rhonda
Glad to hear the art sale went so well. I loved seeing the pictures of all the beautiful pieces of art for sale there. What a great idea to sell it like that. It sounds like you had a fun time with your friends. I was pleased to hear you have good weather there right now. I hope it stays like that for a while ;)

Desert Dreaming said...

Rhonda, all you ladies are extremely talented...and I am so glad the sale went so well for you all, you deserve it. Just such a beautiful display of "Florida". Without a doubt your ETSY store is going to be very busy with everyone wanting your beautifully detailed shell items. Great job and much success in the future.


Ms. Bake-it said...

Hey Rhonda,

It really was a great show! I forgot to get one of your vases! Please add one (or two) to my ever growing list! I want to tell you again just how much I loved your frames, hearts and vases! I cannot wait to display them in my home.

Although I saw Becky from Beachsnaps, I did not get a chance to talk to her. Maybe next time.
Sounds and looks like you had a great weekend with Sharon. I love the first photo you took of the moon! Awesome!

I will be in touch with you soon!


Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

What a wonderful weekend for you guys. Glad you enjoyed it. Your driftheart is stunning.

Spreading the Love! said...

What a great idea! great time together - and lovely pieces, all of it! ... the hanging shell heart is sooo pretty.

michelle said...

I am so happy for you!!!! That looks like a wonderful home show and your pieces are gorgeous Rhonda!!! I love the candle holders!

Oh my those paintings are beautiful and I would say that I love the coconut piece as well! So perfect!

Glad that you had to time to gather some more shells and I can't wait to see what you do next! Congrats!!!

Sue said...

You sound so happy and excited...that makes me happy! I'm glad your sale was a success, although I'm not surprised. I love the candles, very pretty. Your dinner sounds interesting. I'll try anything, so I would certainly try it all...not sure about the greens with the fish...hmm. Now Key Lime Pie...my favorite!

Della said...

You are an artist, and I totally love everything you make! I'm so glad you are doing this. Creating with shells is so much fun!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The three of you look very beautiful indeed! And I see so many beautiful things! Your art is gorgeous! I would love one of everything! The painting of the heron is amazing! WOW! Great job...everything is wonderful! ♥

Florida Native Mom said...

What a bunch of artfully crafty women you are!

RottenMom said...

I hope you know how very talented you are! I love your work! Love it!

What a great group of creative ladies!

Etsy soon????? PLEASE!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Rhonda
Sounds like it was a huge success.. and I can see why.. Once again I just love your shell heart!! [and your other one too.. hehe]

That shot of the moon through the trees is superb.. Unfortunately it was rained out over my way... very frustrating..

Ok.. have a fabulous week ciao xxxx Julie

Kat said...

Congratulations Rhonda! I'm doing the happy dance for you - you have to go to the beach for work!!:) So glad the show went well, and it sounds like you had a great weekend. Wonderful news! Kat

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Wow-the show looked like a huge success! I wish I could have been there to see it for myself. I think you have really hit upon some great ideas. May the seas continue to rain shells of good fortune upon you - you deserve it!

CHERI said...

Girl, you just have too much fun! All the art work is wonderful...I would have loved to have been there. Congrats on your sales but I'm certainly not surprised!

jmac said...

Wow! You girls outdid yourselves....such lovely work! and I'm still in love with that heart........emailing you now!! heheheh

Magdalena said...

Dear Shellbelle
your driftshell creations are incredible! I love the heart. The painting towards the bottom also caught my eye..amazing colors! ( its the one with the ladies on the beach.It .I love it!!) sounds like such a fun time was had by all and everyone is so creative!!
You have such a talent and love for the ocean it is so wonderful to see how you combine your passions and turn them into such creativity.

rjerdee said...

Hi Rhonda,
Glad you had a blast with your driftshell coming-out party! It was wonderful meeting you and I look forward to our next time when we can sit down somewhere and have a real chat about life :) Maybe November before the season starts? Should be room at Sharky's then...otherwise it's just about impossible to get a table...
meanwhile, don't forget my offer to "grab your button" once your etsy store opens :)

I'm painting a wall today and when I'm finished, I'm rearranging my etagere to accommodate my new driftshell frame...photo to follow someday :)
Love ya,

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh good for you Rhonda!
What a neat little venture you have started! And so cool that it's with something you love!
I always love your posts and your visits too!

Calypso In The Country said...

All those things are beautiful! Such gorgeous colors! Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

Anonymous said...

What a feast for the eyes. You're an incredible talent. Hello. It's been awhile, yes? Dropping in to say hello,and tell you how much I appreciate your heartfelt messages. You remained close in my thoughts. Thank you for your kindness. Will drop in again soon.

Anonymous said...


When I went to the spring show here, one booth had shell art. I was going to take photos to give you ideas, but couldn't find anything up to your standards. True! Maybe I'll see you there next year. :)

CrazyCris said...


It's wonderful to hear that show was a success, although seeing the beautiful art on display I'm not surprised! ;o)

Sounds like you had a great weekend... can't wait to hear about more such endeavours!

And looks like I've reached the end of the (reading) road! I actually managed to catch up with your blog in one evening! But everything you write is so entertaining, and the pictures so beautiful, that it's been a delightful pleasure! Specially with that flutist playing in the background. I have to look for more of hs music!

I'm going to try and keep more up to date now. Fingers crossed!


Leo said...

Great post. Jane has a beautiful home! And I love your drift shell creations. I would love one of your frames and candle holders. Let me know when your Etsy SHop is open so I can purchase. Have a great Saturday!!

iLoveShelling said...

Rhonda!!! How beautiful!! You are so TALENTED! You have been a busy beachcomber and crazy crafter. It is all coming together, girl, I'm so happy for you. Those driftshell frames are to die for- you are gonna soar.

Seaside Style said...

Rhonda! You go girl! What a wonderful job you did.So professional looking and beautiful as well. Glad it went so well.

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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