(If you knew me personally, you would know, right now, I'd be giving you a smile & a hug!) I'm guessing you may want to know a little more about who i am & what i do so, here goes...
My name is Michelle Owenby. I am a child of God. Lover of the stars & the seas. A Southerner. A daughter. A student of all that intrigues me. A friend. A lover. A wife. A mother. A traveler. a singer of songs. A live music devotee. a somewhat obsessed tennis player. a seeker of truth & knowledge. A designer & artist.
I live on the coast of South Carolina on Sullivans Island (some people call it Mayberry By The Sea) with my husband, 2 growing & lovable boys and our lazy yellow lab, Yet. I work out of our home where I find (sometimes) peaceful and (always) joyful inspiration.
Since I was a little girl growing up in Asheville, NC, things have always been a feast for my eyes; everything looked like art to me. Colors, shapes, patterns, nature, architecture. I constantly drive my family crazy with, "Oh my gosh, look at this, look at that, look how pretty!!"
My mother had a huge influence on my perception of beauty; she was always refining things, organizing, creating, beautifying everything from the flowers in our yard to the clothes in her closet. She taught me how to use my imagination & my hands to create beautiful, artful things. This "maker" heritage comes from our deep Cherokee roots. My dad was an avid outdoorsman & since i was his only little boy (wink), I was often along for his adventures. my love of nature & the ever-present beauty of our world is deeply-rooted in him & our North Carolina heritage.
As long as I can remember, I've loved collecting & using markers, colored pencils, paints, stamps, decorative paper, journals, books, magazines; all the things that bring artful inspiration. And a project, wow, how I love a project!! It took years for me to allow myself the indulgence of chasing my love of those things. I had no idea how deeply all of that resonated inside of me & how much happiness & peacefulness it would bring.
A recent trip to Sedona really brought this to the surface again; it awakened that part of me that had been lulled to sleep and I am so grateful I had the chance to experience that creative & spiritual revelation. It is a time I will never forget & I strive daily to nourish that part of me.
My hope is that I can put, just a smidgen of, the kind of beauty that I have always enjoyed back out into this world. I hope it can bring a smile, soothe a heart, evoke an emotion, open an eye to the beauty that is everywhere, around us all, if we just squint our eyes a tiny bit.