2017 Willow Lane Winter Market is coming!!

 Willow Lane Winter Market 2017

Location: 400 SE 2nd #2 Street, Bend, Oregon
December 9th and 10th
Saturday and Sunday from 9-6pm

It's getting to be about that time folks!! The holidays are around the corner.  Willow Lane Creative Artist Space will be hosting our Winter Market! Please stop in to say hello!  Many artist and crafters will be sharing their work with you for the holiday season.  Additionally, that same weekend Craft O from the Workhouse will also be going on which is right down the road...so there will be lots of great things to see!  Happy Holidays from all of us at Willow Lane!

Lily Pad Turquoise Leaf Earrings Now Available in my Art Jewelry Section!!

Blue Spotted Turquoise Gemstones set in a Lily Pad Sterling Silver Earring - Leaf Earrings

I admit since I have moved my shop out of my home and now work in a artist creative work space, I feel my world has changed.  As much as I loved working at home, I also felt lonely and times I would get so wrapped up in my feelings with a broken heart over my mom who has been so sick and then my son who seems to be fighting some depression.  I was not feeling happy enough to want to be creating new things much.   Having good people and good energy around me makes me realize that I am more social then I think.  Sometimes, we don't always know what we want and or where we are heading, and living in the moment is what gets us by.  And, although I believe in "the moment" theories about life...I also don't believe life can change if we don't stop to realize our dreams or paths in the future. In order to get somewhere we need a path to follow, some kind of guide...some direction.  So yes, I am feeling a new direction in my life. As I am getting older I feel more artistic and creative, and not just a maker, but I feel inspired to try my own ideas and explore.. .so here it is. I hope you like it.

These one of a kind earrings are huge. Probably the largest pair I have ever made...but they are a statement piece and I wanted to just go for it.  They remind of the pond of lily pads I just saw by the lake, and the water spot turquoise reminded me of water..and well the lily pad came to mind.  Check them out for more detail in my shop!

I will be in the COMAG show in early August. 4th -5th at the Downtown Liberty Theater in Bend, Oregon .  It will be First Friday Art Walk night..so please stop in!!

Mother's Day Giveaway is Happening Now!

Come on over to Instagram  and enter to win a custom personalized hand stamped wide ring band!  In honor of all of those sweet moms and my gratitude to you I am hosting this giveaway!!
Good Luck ..and please tell a friend.  I am grateful for your small business support.  Thank you again!

Painting Loose with Water Mixable Oils

Glorious Water Can - 8 X 10

Still practicing my loose flower techniques. I am discovering how important it is to get the darks in underneath. You really need to go darker then you think.  Also, I am learning a lot about how to create a "black" or very dark muddy paint.  You will have to see my next painting.  Painting flowers is a good subject for small paintings because they have a lot of punch and color for smallness to feel something when you view it.  This is an 8 x 10 on a ampersand gesso board.  Because I am a beginner I do not paint on the more expensive thicker boards that do not necessarily need framing just yet.

I am still using Cobra Royal Talens water mixable oil paints. I think I am also going to start trying the Holbein Aqua Duo paints next once I need to replenish.  Can't wait.  

Thanks friends!  Please let me know your out there...leave a comment. Would love to hear any advice or tips!

Pursuing a Dream

Mckenzie Bridge, Oregon

Every once in awhile I might get a little flack about my business name. People ask me how I came up with it. Where did that come from.   Well, this is my story.  Way back in the day, when I was a high school kid, I was never encouraged to pursue art as a means of living.  As, I grew older, the reality of making a living or going to college was just the path everyone around me did...so I did too. Looking back, and figuring out what I thought I could do was just really all about finding a job that made decent money. Honestly, back then I did not have the internet..and nobody encouraged art as living wage job.  So I chose Dental Hygiene Sciences with a minor in business  as my bachelor degree...realizing then that I was primarily intrigued with the instruments and equipment to work my job, I had no idea that I was in love with the idea of working with my hands and using instruments or "tools" to do my job.

This brings me to today...after practicing hygiene for over 6 years..I was done with it.  The repetition in this job made me feel hopeless. My mind needed so much more..and well my path for seeking what was true to my heart began.  Because beading and wire wrapping was a thing I also did for fun..a dear friend of mine whom also was once a dental hygienist turned metalsmtih.... became my inspiration. It was then, I also discovered Etsy...and my whole world of metal started to blossom before me.

Now let's just say that one of my ultimate dreams in life was to be in business for myself. I have always wanted to work for myself ..always.   And, so my business name came to fruition.  When I was picking out a username for Etsy,  Helen's Dreams.....Etsy suggested "HelenesDreams" and this is how this name was born. I like it ..it rings..it rhymes..it was my dream to be working for myself..to do something with my hands ..to create with passion.  Here it was. My dream to work and live doing what I love. 

Since discovering the ability to sell on Etsy in 2008 I have never looked back. My husband and I now have an even bigger dream, and that is to travel to a new country each year for ten years . Our actual plan is to sell everything in 4 years here in Bend, and live in this simple single wide manufactured home debt free as minimalist here in Mckenzie Bridge and work and play for 8 months and then during the winter months travel and live in other countries to see what we can discover.

It's our plan...it's my dream. I am pursuing it now. We realized that we have a plan, a path, where the light is brighter everyday. We realize that we wanted our life to be about experiences and not just things. We realized that working really hard for a lot of debt was stealing our life away..so we have found a way to be free.  

I feel grateful that we were able to accomplish this by lot's of hard work and planning. And I hope that somehow I might inspire others who feel the trap of society taking their precious time. If you have a dream..believe in it, and never give up.  Because you know...my mom always said...if there is a will, there is a way.   

What colors of painting can do.

Sundance of the Sunflowers - painting by Helen Sanderson

Just sharing my journey of paintings.  This one is only an 8 x 8 but my sweet husband took the liberty of hanging it up already in the kitchen.  He says.."I just love the colors, it feels happy."  I thought for a moment, well,  that is my intention when I paint.  I want people to feel my great joy for it, but the colors I feel inside feel bright so when I paint I look to find a way to get that in there.  I am greatly attracted to flowers. I know, everyone, I mean everyone paints them.  But, one thing I have learned about painting is you have to want to paint your subject, at least for me. I try really hard to have some kind of flowers around my house, but I will admit that gardening here in the high desert with a lot of deer around is very hard.  Maybe I can grasp the idea of painting flowers at some point.  Wish me luck. 

The earth is a magical place. At best I believe one of the greatest artist ever..because let's admit how bland it would be if there were not sprinkles of gorgeous color surrounding meadows, mountains, gardens and homes. Flowers just say "Be happy". 

My thought for the day is ..."My true destination is the actual journey."

Silver Leaves in Winter Earrings

sterling silver leaf dangle earrings
Sterling Silver Leaf Dangle Earrings

This is a great time of the year to reflect on some of the things that I have learned. This year I am wanting to create more nature jewelry as I realize that my passion is plant life and colors.  Colors come from the gorgeous gemstones mother earth creates. I want to honor her somehow.  Lately, I have been experimenting with fusing with Argentium.  Back in the day I took a workshop with the great Miss Ronda Coryell on fusing Argentium.  It's a wonderful and great metal to work with!  I have a lot more work to photo and show ..so please stay tuned! 
silver dangle hoop earrings unique one of a kind jewelry
Organic Hoop Dangle Sterling Silver Earrings

Here are some organic hoop earrings that came to life for the Winter Market in December 2016.  They sold to a very nice lady.  I wanted to create something unique, wearable and one of kind in its own capacity...and here is what came of that moment.  They look wonderful on her..I just saw her wearing them the other day! So sweet.

Winter Blues with Peruvian Blue Opal

peruvian blue opal gemstone ring sterling silver wide band ring
Peruvian Blue Opal Chunky Sterling Silver Ring
Okay, so I am getting bit tired out of the snow already.  We are yet expecting another 12-18 inches of snow between today and tomorrow.  My city has a difficult time with keeping up on the plowing of our roads here.  I am starting to feel the "winter blues".  I thought I would share this ring I made for the Winter Market last month.  I will be listing it on Etsy...still for sale!!

I admit sometimes during this time of the year I might just crave a bit of warmth with a sunny day on the beach and the feeling of my bare feet in the sand. You know, a white flowy dress, a sun hat and an amazing view of the ocean.  I can feel the warmth of the sun and a slight breeze of the wind on my face.  I see children running on the beach and feel the joy of those around me..   Okay, it's a dream in a dream..

SO....Keep Dreaming...never stop!  Back to the cold...

Learning to paint in water mixable oils

oil painting of a fox
"In the distance" - 12 x 16 oil painting of a fox

Your probably wondering ..why so many paintings.  I know. I wonder too. Lately, I have cravings of painting on the brain.  The weather in my area has been so blistery cold, and snowy. This makes painting a nice down time for me. One thing about painting is it is soothing to my brain and relaxing.  When I paint, I also feel more creative with my jewelry designs.  I started painting this year for fun and I really am enjoying it. I am learning to paint loose..hopefully. I have been using the Cobra Royal Talens water mixable oil.  This company has a lot of good you tube information to help you better understand this great paint. No more turpentine!!

The weather has been very snowy here in central Oregon.  You probably think we have always had a lot of snow. Well, not really, not for the last 20 years.  It can snow but then it goes away pretty quick, except for this year. This year, it just keeps coming and coming and it is starting to change life around here. All of this shoveling takes time.  Since my husband had back surgery 2 months ago, he can't shovel right now. So this is me trying to do some of it.   Feels like a hopeless thing at times considering that it snows so much. It's kind of like doing dishes. Another issue is now that my shop is in town, getting to my shop is also another battle. I have a lot of new items to photograph when I get the chance I will be posting a few pics here..so stay tuned!

Have a great day everyone!



Mesmerized by flowers..in my tiny oil painting.

painting of flowers in a pot
"Glorious Color" -tiny 5 x 7 original oil painting of flowers in a pot

Sometimes taking a moment to do something  that is just pure fun is the best thing you can do for yourself.  When I paint, my mind is trapped in the here and now. It feels great.  With paints you can feel and explore the beautiful colors of this earth..because this is actually how paints get their colors..the earth itself.  Flowers are some of my most favorite subjects to paint. I really can't paint them well, but I try anyways. By the way....

Thank you to my friends and customers for all of your support for 2016.

"My wish for you is that you live a life of imagination. That you seek what is possible in you.  That you dream bigger, hope more then ever, love larger and experience things that you have never seen.  May you speak strong and clear and fill the world with wisdom, and that you honor the body that carries the greater you. May you gain strength from far and unseen places. May your steps guide you in the direction that holds you fast towards your dreams and opens doors for a thousand others and more to find their dreams. May you be renewed by that which breathes life into us all. Most importantly know that you are surrounded by great love and because of that... your life will be the difference in others... but, my greatest wish for you is... serious happiness.. 

Happy New Years Everyone!!.

Love, Helen