Monday, June 30, 2014

June's Featured Artist: Sunshine On Water

Name:  Betsy Murray
Business Name:  Sunshine On Water
Etsy Shop:   Sunshine On Water

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Age:  36
Profession/Day Job:  Stay at home mom of 2 kids
Where in/around Rochester do you live?  Webster
Craft(s) of Choice:  Metalwork, creating sterling silver and copper jewelry, painting

Besides your main craft of choice, do you enjoy any other crafts?  
My main craft is metalworking and creating jewelry but I also love drawing and painting!  As a child I enjoyed drawing in my sketchbook, in art class and painting with watercolors.  In college, drawing was my concentration.  I love drawing what I see in front of me on paper.  Charcoal, pencil and ink are my favorite mediums to work with because I like to create "sketchy" lines then work from there.  Drawing people have always been a challenge for me, I enjoy drawing figures but not necessarily faces!

Is there a craft you've always wanted to try, but never got around to learning?  
Welding, someday, maybe this or next summer  I will pursue it.


Did you go to art school or are you self taught?   
My initial degree is in Physical Education, after years of not using that degree and teaching Prek instead, I decided to go back to college.  I left my teaching job and returned to school!  I went to SUNY Brockport and received a BA in Studio Art.  Every class was an amazing learning opportunity, I had wonderful professors and am still friends with many of them today!  While there, I made sure to arrange my schedule so that I would be able to take Metalsmithing.  It was only offered 1 semester a year so I was able to get in the spring semester of 2005.   My professor was tough, no slacking but I learned so much!  I also learned to use a torch in that class, there was never a fear of it from that class until now. 


What’s your first craft-related memory?  
Sewing as a child!  My parents always had the sewing machine out, usually open, so my sister and I were able to sew doll clothes, purses, or whatever we felt like!  It was great to make my own "creation" with a piece of fabric and some thread.

How did you get started with Etsy? 
My sister encouraged me 4 years ago in 2010!  I opened my Etsy shop under another name and it took about 3 years to get it established to what it is now. 


In your creative life and work, of what accomplishment are you most proud ? 
Participating in art & craft shows.  I have always been quiet so taking the leap to sign up for shows was difficult for me.  I decided to try my first show 3 years ago and am happy with the confidence I gained over the past few years in regards to selling my work at shows.   

What inspires you, or makes you want to go dashing off to craft?  
Nature, I see things around me, leaves, trees, water and I want to create what I see in my work.   I am a big recycler, yes, it sometimes drives my husband crazy, but I see trees disappearing around us with new buildings going up and I want to preserve some of that.  I love collecting leaves, drying them and shaping sterling silver wire to their form.  Water is also my inspiration, it makes me happy.  Much of my work incorporates water themes, beach glass and leaves.    

What does your workspace look like most of the time? 
Messy, metal, pliers, wire cutters, dremel tool, torch, etc... I have been trying to organize myself and my space more lately! :-) 

What (if anything) do you like to watch/listen to while you create?  
House Hunters on HGTV,  Kid Rock & Bruce Springsteen music wise.  

Do you craft with anyone, such as your kids/grandkids/friends?  
I love creating art with my kids, simple things like watercolor on paper, painting lake rocks, giving them paper to collage with.  They also love painting.  My daughter is super organized and very symetrical in her work, my son is more abstract, asymetrical and thinks outside the box with art.  They have different personalities but both love to create!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Treasury Tuesday: Pretty in Pink, with Green!

Pink and Green featuring UpTillNow

Treasuries Created by RNEST members:
Puppies and Kids curated by MFcrafts

Treasuries Featuring RNEST members:
Especially For You featuring VeryMuchAliveShop
The Pink Bag featuring TwiceUponATimeDesign
To Infinity – and Beyond… featuring TheWhimsicalSweet
When in France featuring TheKnottyOwlshop
Pine and Wine featuring SunshyneSilverwear
Peachy Keen featuring SewIndieShop
White Buffalo featuring SchumArt
Between Blue and Green featuring RinaMiriam
Clean Green featuring PoetCharms
Awesome Felted Creatures featuring PeachesProducts
The Wise Old Owl featuring PapersaurusCreative
Vintage Hats with Style featuring NightOfJoyVintage
Downtown Abbey featuring MyBonnyMonAbri
Strawberries and Cream featuring MoyaLazyFactory
Just Beachy featuring OnHandLotions

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Treasury Wednesday: How does your garden grow?

Home Grown featuring OnHandLotions

Curated by RNEST members:
It’s Black and White curated by JustEggsquisite

Featuring RNEST members:
Let’s Head Down to the Beach featuring OnHandLotions
Wild Nature featuring ArtNMetal
June #085 featuring MyBabyParty
Summertime…and the livin is easy… featuring BrittanyLeighJewelry
At the Office featuring ChristineAndCoDesign
Summertime Citron Slushy featuring CircuitBreakerLabs
Smile Power featuring FrancescaDeCaire
Creamy Mushroom and Pea Sauce featuring HappyEarthTea
Bright Morning featuring HeatherBehrendtGlass

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Treaury Tuesday: Red and Gray!

Red and Gray featuring RinaMiriam and TheKnottyOwlShop

Curated by RNEST members:
Singin’ the Blues curated by JustEggsquisite

Featuring RNEST members:
Summer Beauty Must-haves featuring OnHandLotions
Camp Necessities featuring OnHandLotions
Patriotic America featuring PeachesProducts
From Chrysalis to Monarch featuring PeachesProducts
Butterflies Are Free featuring TwiceUponATimeDesign
Oh Joy! featuring TheKnottyOwlShop
Heady Daddy featuring SunshyneSilverwear
Yellow Summer featuring ShannonCitron
Travel Inspired featuring SewIndieShop
Floral May featuring SchumArt
Poke! featuring PoetCharms
For Maya Angelou featuring NightOfJoyVintage
Lets go Green featuring MyBonnyMonAbri
Mini Doll featuring MFcrafts

Monday, June 2, 2014

June Team Challenge: "To The Sea"

Welcome to RNEST's June Team Challenge! The theme for this month was
"To The Sea"

Let's take a look at the contestants...

Teeny Tiny Aquarium Charm Bracelet by ChristineandCoDesign

Whale Tail Earrings by SunshineOnWater

Lighthouse Scarf by KeenTied

Cast your vote for your favorite item on the poll in the upper, right corner of the blog! 
Deadline to vote is by 11:59pm on Monday, June 9th! 

The artist whose item receives the most votes gets their Etsy Mini on the top spot on the blog!