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Well, I wasn’t big on it at first. Facebook was overwhelming to me. It was great to get to connect with so many current friends and also so many good friends that I had lost touch with over the years. But, it’s hard to be bombarded with so much information. People tend to share their big ups like new babies and cute puppies, and also their really painful moments, such as sicknesses and deaths. The in-between moments don’t get posted as much, so in that, I get overwhelmed. Plus, I tend to feel people’s emotions pretty intensely. That makes for a lot of stressful social media moments.
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After fighting with myself for a few years over FB and Instagram, I finally decided to quit being such a social media stalker (only watching people’s posts about their lives but not participating, commenting, and posting myself) and finally get involved. It’s been just a couple of weeks and so far—I’m digging it. To be honest, I decided to “dig in” when I made my pottery available online. The surprising thing to me is that I AM ACTUALLY ENJOYING IT! I’m hearing from lots of friends—encouraging words about my pottery—but also those friends are sending me personal notes about their lives, which is the best part!

It’s also been interesting to watch how social media grows. It’s like the super old Wella Balsam commercial that goes, “They tell 2 friends, and those 2 friends tell 2 friends, and so on and so on and so on.” So far, I have had a few of my friend's friends purchase things from me. I have met them before, but I wouldn’t have been in contact with them without social media. I’m really looking forward to the day that I have total strangers connect with me and buy my products!

So, all that to say: ”Hello world!” “Hello Facebook!” “Hello Instagram!” And hello to whatever the next social media app is that will take over the world. Thanks for helping my life to be more connected and for helping my business to grow.

Mud Musings,
Gretchen

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Art through Dogs

I recently got a new puppy. I was of course, so excited to get to meet him. He is my first puppy to have as an adult. His name is Van Gogh, as in Vincent Van Gogh. And no, he is not missing an ear. My husband and I named him Van Gogh because his puppy fur looked Van Gogh-esque with lots of different colors and swooshes (it has changed since then). Also, Van Gogh is our favorite artist and really inspires both of us.

In fact, we had the chance to visit the art museum Musee d'Orsay in Paris a couple of years ago. My husband had to literally pull me out of the Van Gogh exhibit room because I was in there for so long. It was the only time that I have actually cried when I looked at art. It really is quite amazing and awe inspiring to behold. So...now we have a dog named Van Gogh.

Van Gogh smiling at the flowersVan Gogh is the most energetic and happiest puppy I have ever seen and he makes me laugh every day. One of his favorite things to do in life is to smell flowers (and sometimes eat them). Nearly every time I walk him and he sees flowers, he has to stop and smell them, examine them, and taste them (if I don't stop him in time). He is so cute about it that it really has made me "stop and smell the flowers" too and take time to enjoy God's beauty through His creation.

Van Gogh smelling the flowersI can be having a tough day or be down in the dumps, but when I go on a walk with Van Gogh and "smell the flowers", I get so inspired by my surroundings, that I feel like I have to go and create something, or I will explode!  So, thanks to my dog, I have more inspiration and a bigger drive for art than I used to (and I didn't think that was even possible!).
Thanks Van Gogh for being a goofy, silly, happy, flower smelling dog. You make me laugh and smile and have a happy heart. And, most of all, thanks God for making that little guy and giving him to me!

mud musings,

Gretchen

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Trees and Me

One of my all time favorite essential oil diffuser necklaces to make is the Tree of Life necklace. I've always loved trees. I started climbing trees the moment I was tall enough to climb on my neighbor's back to get a boost up to the first tree branch in my front yard. We used to play in the trees in southeast Texas all day and evening long in the summer. We even played "spotlight" at night in the trees. That was basically hide and seek with a flashlight in the tree branches. It's amazing no one got their eye poked out!

Then I went away to college in southwest Louisiana and again, I was playing in the trees. We used to have pizza parties up in the top branches of the old oak trees that have the moss and branches growing all the way to the ground and back up again.

Trree of Life Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace Aromatherapy NecklaceAnyway, I guess you could say I'm a tree hugger! Now trees have even more meaning to me because they represent God in my life and who I am in God. Psalm 1:2-3 says, "...but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers." ESV version. I memorized that verse when I was 13 years old and it has always meant so much to me. God and His word are always bringing me life, rejuvenation, joy and peace and He is the one that makes me prosper.

So, when I came up with the Tree of Life design, it made me so happy! Now I have added a new touch to some of the trees with my Sunset collection. I hand paint a different sunset on each tree in the collection. It's so much fun. I've always loved watching the beautiful sunsets that God paints. I wish I could paint more like Him!

mud matters,
Gretch

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