I'd like to dedicate this blog post to Lucy Hayles of Lucy Designs. Not only does she have more talent in her little finger than I have in my whole body, she is as nice as she is talented. I first met Lucy on FaceBook through a dear friend who happened to be high school buddies with Lucy. I would see all of these fabulous things that she posted and I would think "WOW! I want to do that" or "Dang! How in the world does she do that???" I was constantly amazed and inspired by her, and still am.
As some of you know, about a year ago I took this big ol' jump off of Mt. Everest and quit my job to pursue my creative side. From the first day Lucy has done everything she could to help me. In the beginning I was constantly asking her questions and not only did she answer them, she told me step by step what I needed to do. She was a true Godsend to me. I'm sure she didn't think anything about it, that's just how she is. Not only has she been there when I have had questions on how to do something, but she has also been there when I have questioned my abilities, and she has been there when I have needed to vent.
A few months back I finally got to meet Lucy in person! It took several months for the three of us (our mutual friend went also) to find a time when our schedules would all jive. It was funny, I posted on FB that I was going to be eating lunch with the famous Lucy and meeting her for the first time. Of course I get all these comments from mutual FB friends all telling me how jealous they were that I was getting to meet Lucy! I tried not to get my feelings hurt that no one was jealous that Lucy was getting to meet me - lol! Well, let me tell ya, Ms. Lucy is just as pretty as she is sweet and talented. I guess she just pretty much rocks!
So what is the point of all this mushiness over Lucy? Well, mainly I just wanted to take the time to say thank you and to let her know how much I appreciate all of her help. So many people don't take the time to say thank you, not a proper thank you anyway. And here is the other reason:
My first dragonfly! I've only been wanting to make one since the first time I saw one of hers! So yesterday while I was waiting for paint to dry I started piecing it together.
Is it as cool as one of Lucy's? Well heck no, but considering that until about a year ago I had never even held a power tool except to pass it to Mr. Flower Child much less actually use one I'd say I did pretty darn good! Not only did I use my handy dandy drill that I'm becoming quite proficient at, I also used my jig saw and the circular saw (but don't tell Mr. Flower Child - I'm not allowed to use the circular saw, something about cutting off fingers and what-not - I've tried to tell him that since I like all of my fingers and what-not I would be extra careful, and then I added that lots of females use saws, just look at Lucy. He was not impressed - sorry Lucy)
I started to paint it and do some really cool glazes, but then I decided that I liked the rustic feel of it so decided to leave it like it is. I have plans to make more, my mind is going in a gazillion different directions with all the possibilities! But not like Lucy's, I want to be inspired, not copy.
I've stated before that I quit caring about how many followers I had on my blog, and I really don't look at the number of fans I have on my FB page, just as long as whoever is following me is happy that is all I care about, but this is one of those times I wish I had a gazillion followers so everyone could see how wonderful I think Lucy is. If you are reading this and you haven't seen Lucy's work then you are soooooo missing out! You need to hop over to her blog right now (http://www.lucydesignsonline.com/) and see what you have missed and be sure to like her FB page too!
So thank you Lucy! Thank you for your help and for always being there, but most of all thank you for your inspiration and for sharing. You are a true artist, inside and out, and I am constantly in awe of your talent.
Peace, Luv & Happiness!
(BTW, I still have plans to make a dog bed, but it'll probably take another year for that to actually happen - lol!)