Thursday, January 29, 2015

I Work In My PJ's...So What!





I’ve been in business for myself, working from home for what will be 5 years in March.  My work is advertised daily on most social media web pages...Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr...etc.  You name it, I'm on it!  I have a business website, business cards, have entered 2 contests, participated in 5 craft selling events, have sold a fair share of goods, and have an active blog.  All I have mentioned has been disclosed on the internet and, blog posts over the years.  Yet, I still get asked the #1 question most Work-At-Home-Moms dread..."So, are you working now, or are you still a Stay At Home Mom?"  Grrr...really???  Kill me already!  I have a job!  So what I can do my job while wearing my PJ's.  Just because I'm not punching a time clock or wanting to punch someone's lights out because they're all chatty before my morning cup of coffee doesn't make my job any less real people!  It's bothersome to remind others that, though my line of work may look to be as fun as a kid in an art class—it’s real work!

Now don't get it twisted!  There's nothing wrong with being a Stay-at-Home-Mom!  They do just as much work as a mom who works outside of the home does, if not more, only without pay.  Becoming a Work-at-Home Mom adds a little more multitasking to your day though.  It's a constant juggling act.  However, what really stings in all of this is the blank stare, or the moment of silence, like someone just died, the person gives me after asking..."Oh, you work from home?  What do you do?"  My response, "I'm an artist." 


Oh....hmmm Blank Look emoticon (Brown Emoticons)


My response coupled with the fact that I consider being an artist work does not score high on the rector scale of career choices with a lot of people.  Why is it so hard for people to accept being an artist as a real job or career choice?  Could it be because most famous artists are dead?  Could it be because my name is not in lights & I'm not mingling amongst the status quo?  Or, could it simply be that people think of "art" as a“hobby", and the term “artist” does not imply that one could be a “professional”, “expert” or “business-minded" individual?  In my opinion practicing art is what you make it to be.  It can be a hobby, but it can also be a successful career.  The choice is yours.  Yes, a career based in art is kinda risky, but isn't life a daring adventure?  Any daring adventure has risks.  You will bump into obstacles for sure, everybody does, but victory will prevail once you've overcome those obstacles.  Not many people find their passion, and are able to make it their line of work, a noted point my hubby reminded me of.  Yeah, yeah...I may never make a lot of money, but for me that doesn't matter.  What matters is that I am happy getting up every day to paint, and draw.  What matters is that I work really hard at my career.  What matters is that I am passionate about the work I create, and the people I work with. Because of all these things, and my successes, it has helped make me who I am... an artist.  I believe in time that I will make a profitable living doing what I love.  Possibly more than I could ever imagine. 

FOR those of US Work-At-Home Moms that work hard not only creating our work, but selling it, keeping the books, marketing, exhibiting and invest in ourselves…SAY IT LOUD, I’M AN ARTIST, AND PROUD!

Until next time...peace & blessings




Tee-iabo Designs (Tee-ah-bow) ~ Artist, Sonya M. Jones designs one-of-a-kind inspiring clothing, home items, canvas art & jewelry. Express yourself..Bee who your are! www.tee-iabodesigns.com




Monday, January 26, 2015

Part II of ~ Blooming Irises, Fishy, and Nadine





I'm continuing last weeks post on the story about my girlfriend, Nadine's, t-shirt design.  Instead of writing, I thought it would be more fun to share the video about the inspiration behind the design "Nadine."  Yep, the design is named after Nadine as well as being inspired by her!  

In this video I will be painting, while talking about how the design came to be.  The video is not long...6 mins tops.  I can't stand long videos.  Hope you enjoy!  Big Thank You shout out to the woman who pushed me off the ledge and said...soar...Nadine love you girl! 

Until next time...peace & blessings


Tee-iabo Designs (Tee-ah-bow) ~ Artist, Sonya M. Jones designs one-of-a-kind inspiring clothing, home items, canvas art & jewelry. Express yourself..Bee who your are! www.tee-iabodesigns.com




Painting Live with SMJ ~ Tee-iabo Designs "Nadine" Design Part2



 

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Nadine ~ (This t-shirt design is only available as digital print now)

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Nadine close-up

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blooming Irises, Fishy and Nadine





I am working on getting back into the groove of things after my son's collision with a guardrail in my car last week.  Kat might be back home soon, hopefully in great condition.  The boy is now back at college after his winter break, safely tucked away.  At least I hope so... #motherstruggles...sigh.

Well, let me pick up from where I left off before my brief interruption.  Like I mentioned in my last art post, the design "Freedom Wings" birthed more creative & detailed artwork.  As some of my readers may know, before taking a hiatus from blog world I started designing infant wear.  I had only completed like 4 sets before making the decision to stop blogging for a while.  After the completion of "Freedom Wings" I decided to design a few more infant sets.  The idea was to complete 10 sets of infant wear while making other things in-between.  Or, so I thought that was my plan. You know how the saying goes..."If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans"  Yep, I made God laugh! 


Nadine

My friend Nadine, which a have known for about 2 years now, is how can I say...very full of life.  HUGE personality!  She's from Jamacia, but has resided in New York since early childhood.  Nadine is boisterous, charismatic, loving, flirtatious, caring, loves the finer things in life as well as originality.  So, when she discovered what I did for a living it excited her!  Nadine completely fell in love with my craft.  Each time she would see something new I created she would utter "Girl, I want you to make a shirt just for me!  I just don't know what I want yet!  But, as soon as I figure it out I'll let you know!"



After completing 2 infant onesie sets I posted them onto my Facebook business page.  Nadine happened to see the post & immediately wanted to purchase them.  She explained how her neighbor was expecting a baby in a couple of months, and that the onesie sets would make a perfect baby shower gift.  Then just like that...BOOM!...she finally figured out what she wanted me to make as her shirt design.  Okay, so like this design took my art skills to whole other level as an artist!  I ventured into unknown territory, and the feeling of failure was overwhelming.  Nadine pushed me along every inch of the way saying all the while "I'm not worried, I know you can do this."  Stay tuned for my next post about the outcome & the conclusion of Nadine's shirt design!  Posted below are pics of the onesie sets she purchased, and that also led to turning up the heat in my artwork.  

Until next time...peace & blessings   


Tee-iabo Designs (Tee-ah-bow) ~ Artist, Sonya M. Jones designs one-of-a-kind inspiring clothing, home items, canvas art & jewelry. Express yourself..Bee who your are! www.tee-iabodesigns.com



Irises in Bloom...Set complete with onesie, socks & burp cloth.




She purchased this one!  ~  Fishy (girl)...Set complete with onesie, socks & burp cloth.



Fishy (boy)...Set complete with onesie, socks & burp cloth.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Boy, My Car, The Accident...Sigh...


 
Get well soon Kat!



The moment I’ve been dreading since Isaiah started driving has arrived...his first accident!

First off, no one was injured!  My son & the guardrail he kissed with my car are fine.  My Nissan Murano which I named Kat, however, has dents, scratches, and club foot tire. (I am currently praying that Kat's suspension system isn't totally damaged or too expensive to fix.)

I'm not going to lie here, after learning that Isaiah was okay, listened to what happened, and saw my vehicle I did yell at him.  Why?  Well, lets just say like most adult teens, mine has a hard head.  Swears up & down that any worries I have concerning his safety will NEVER happen to him.  Each time I stress any concerns all I ever hear is: "Mom, you worry too much.  Like that's really going to happen."  So, I know that on Monday when I said: "Isaiah be extra careful. The roads are still a bit icy" before he left for his dentist appointment my words fell on deaf ears.  Ten minutes later, after leaving the house Isaiah returns, and yells: "Mom! I need you to come downstairs!"  Once I came downstairs, Isaiah proceeded to tell me that he'd crashed into a guardrail not far from our house.  Then after I learned the exact location of the accident I knew what had occurred.  As soon as you exit our housing development the drive to the main road is a little curvy.  In bad weather such as on Monday one needs to take precaution because the bends tend to be slick.  It's hard for the sunlight to melt the ice on the road leading to/from my house because of the many trees preventing the sun from shining through.  My son being who he is, did not take heed to my words & while bopping to music, I know went barreling down the hill (speeding) the way he does when no one's around.  Hit a slick spot, and...SLAMCRASHSKREEEEECH!  This is why I yelled at him.  In turn Kat was scratched up with small dents starting from her butt (bumper) leading to the front of her bosom (bumper.)  Her driver's side foot (tire) turned outward while in a straight position, which made her unable to drive.  I don't even know how he drove her back to the house.  

I do partially blame myself.  Even though it was late in the afternoon & the ice on the roads had melted except for a few slick spots, I should not have allowed him to drive.  As parents, no matter how much we preach and teach or how many hours of Driver’s Ed are under our teen’s belt, they simply do not have the experience that adults have.  Mistakes will happen.  Some preventable, some not.  Isaiah' irresponsibility will not go without consequences however.  Driving restrictions have been imposed!  Not driving for a period of time & the shake up from the accident hopefully will deem to be a teachable lesson.  Sigh...growing pains can really be expensive.  Can I reverse time & get the toddler stage back...please?  Back then the most that got broken was a toy, and the most I had to worry about was him catching some germ & getting sick.

All in all...on the real, I thank God that he's okay.  Things could have been much worse.  Cars are fixable and or replaceable, financial plans can be adjusted, insurance is there for a reason, but a child is impossible to replace.

Until, next time...peace & blessings ♥ 



Tee-iabo Designs (Tee-ah-bow) ~ Artist, Sonya M. Jones designs one-of-a-kind inspiring clothing, home items, canvas art & jewelry. Express yourself..Bee who your are! www.tee-iabodesigns.com



The guardrail & road

Kat's scrapes, dents & club foot (tire)





Wednesday, January 7, 2015

She Chose To Live Bravely and Flew



Happy New Year 2015!  Hope everyone's holiday season was a good one!  Mine was a little hectic & very busy, but for the most part enjoyable.  Alas, the holiday's are over, decorations put away, and I'm finally able to write my 1st blog post for 2015.  

Picking up where I left off...the pillow design "Freedom Wings."  Who knew that a lady with butterfly wings would become one of my most popular artwork designs to date.  She not only became a pillow design, but very soon turned into a tote bag, and t-shirt design as well. I received quite a few requests for this particular design.  Needless, to say I was ecstatic!  Then it happened...a twister!   

Customer: I love your butterfly lady design.  But, I was wondering, is it at all possible to change her face & hair to represent me? (ethnicity/race 

Me: Hmm...let's see what I can do.  I'll get back to you on this.  

As a self-taught artist I often develop what you can refer to as nervous anxiety when I get a request that  causes me to step out of my comfort zone.  Hence, beginning the struggle of a conversation amongst my 3 persona's...Amateur Artist, Madame Picasso, and Me.  "Amateur Artist" enjoys her comfort zone.  Thinks every piece of art should stay as is after it's completion.  In other words if it ain't broke why fix it?  "Madame Picasso" loves exploring change and the "What If''s."  Her answer to trying something new is always "Sure...why not!  Let's do it!"  Then there's "Me", the ultimate decision maker.  Which is the toughest position to be in, and the hardest job to do.  Mostly because "Amateur Artist" & "Madame Picasso" make very good arguments.  "Madame Picasso" gets her way most of the time which is very nerve wrecking to "Amateur Artist", and leaves "Me" exhilarated and nervous all at the same time.  Often times after the decision is made it leaves "Me" wondering if what was decided was the right thing to do.  Well, in the case of the aforementioned request "Me" did make the right decision!  "Madame Picasso" prevailed & Freedom Wings II was born.   

When "Madame Picasso" scores a WIN  it is a triumphant reminder to not allow the fear of "Amateur Artist" to keep "Me" from spreading her wings & flying.  However, "Amateur Artist" does keep us all grounded & reminds us not to take on things bigger than where we are as an artist.  We have done this on more than one occasion & trust when we say telling someone "No, I can't" is not a bad thing.  The artwork/design "Freedom Wings" helped birth a lot more art pieces which I will be sharing over time.  Posted below are pics of the "Freedom Wings" tote bag, and t-shirt.  Also, the "Freedom Wings II" t-shirt.  Until next time...peace & blessings ♥ 

  
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Tee-iabo Designs (Tee-ah-bow) ~ Artist, Sonya M. Jones designs one-of-a-kind inspiring clothing, home items, canvas art & jewelry. Express yourself..Bee who your are! www.tee-iabodesigns.com





Freedom Wings Tote Bag

Freedom Wings T-shirt (hand-dyed)

Freedom Wings II T-shirt (hand-dyed)


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Brand New Set Of Wings




My artwork was nothing to write home about in the beginning of my artistic journey.  In fact, it often left me wondering why I wanted to pursue something that I clearly wasn't very good at.  However, I discovered something about myself each, and every time I picked up a paintbrush, pencil, or crayon.  I realized that I was my BEST SELF when engaged in art.  Art quickly grew to become the love of my life, my food, my drink...my air.  

I love my work, and feel so blessed to do what I do!  Very fortunate I am.  Yet, like quite a few artists I haven't found my stylistic niche'.  As an self taught artist I'm always rediscovering myself, trying to find my own sense of style.  As of right now, art for me is more of a spiritual experience.  It's soothes my soul & releases my inhibitions.  It gives me a platform to express myself freely.  Art is my passion.  It's buried deep in my soul.  Unlike humans art is kind, has no judgement, and can never be wrong.  Art is my expression of gratefulness to God.  To one day become a great artist is my dream, my heart, my goal.

I wanted to connect more with my audience on Facebook by sharing my thoughts, dreams, and aspirations.  So, in January 2014 I came up with  "#ThrowbackThursday ~ Reflections of My Art & Soul", a tidbit status post about my journey as an self-taught artist, posted on Thursday's only.  Since art has and continues to be the main outlet to express myself I decided that "Reflections of My Art & Soul" would be the perfect name for my blog as well.  

Below is a pic of the pillow design "Freedom Wings" that was also inspired by my soul searching reflections. This design started the ball rolling on a lot of stuff I still have to share.  Stay tuned... 
As far as finding my signature style goes...well this is what I concluded...
  
I am a self taught artist who enjoys being totally free to create from my imagination without limitations.  Allowing the creator to create through me as he does with all artists I believe. I bring new visions to the world of fantasy and imaginary places. 
And, little by little, from my paint brush...a soul...an image... a piece of art emerges.


Until next time...peace and blessings ♥ 


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Tee-iabo Designs (Tee-ah-bow) ~ Artist, Sonya M. Jones designs one-of-a-kind inspiring clothing, home items, canvas art & jewelry. Express yourself..Bee who your are! www.tee-iabodesigns.com
 

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This pillow design "Freedom Wings" was inspired by FB tidbit posts "Reflections of My Art & Soul."




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

...And She Returns!



Hello everyone!  After a long, and much needed break I am returning to Blog World!  Probably lost most of my followers, but it's okay...no worries here.  Health & wellness comes first always in my book.  Just spruced up my blogging space & am raring to go!

I have lots of stuff to share with you all.  A lot of exciting things have happened in my world since I blogged last.  I'll be sharing all the highlights little by little.  The #1 thing  I'm still reeling over, for the simple fact that it's still so surreal is about my 1st born graduating High School and now attending college. Yep!  One of my young has left the nest.  Isaiah is attending Kutztown, University located in Pennsylvania right outside of Reading, Pennsylvania.  He is doing well I must say.  However, he is struggling a bit with being away from home and inter-mixing with other students from different backgrounds. I know this to be true because he's been home 4x's already including Thanksgiving.  Right now, college life for him is kinda like dipping your feet in the pool, testing the water before taking the plunge. lol  He'll be fine though. It's all apart of being a freshman. 

Seems like yesterday I was holding him in my arms.  Time waits for no man or woman.  Below are a few pics of  us celebrating Isaiah' milestone.  Also, attached is a note I wrote to him on graduation day.  
Until next time...peace & blessings    

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Tee-iabo Designs (Tee-ah-bow) ~ Artist, Sonya M. Jones designs one-of-a-kind inspiring clothing, home items, canvas art & jewelry. Express yourself..Bee who your are! www.tee-iabodesigns.com

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***A Note For My Son...
Today is your graduation party! The final note in this chapter. I know that you will go far in this life, you deserve the best this world can give you, and I know that you will get it. Even though I have to let go, and allow you to discover the world on your own, please know that I'll be there anytime, any place, and anywhere if you need me. You are my heart and soul which I love very much. Thank you for what will soon be on July 8th the best 18 years of my life.

Love you
much...Mom
Isaiah & Sierra Jones...my greatest Artwork ever ~ SMJ
Senior Prom
Graduation Day!


Graduation Party Cake

Mother & Son Dance At Grad Party


College Dorm Move-in Day!  At Kutztown University!
 

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