We are all more than one category in life..

Published on Feb 23, 2021
The pandemic has caused a seismic shift in all our lives, in ways big & small.

I never realized how much I’d taken time and the passing of it for granted – not to mention hugs, dinners with friends, lazy evenings spent with family .. all of that and so much more.

It took me awhile, but I finally mobilized by newfound time – in a very creative way.

Etsy Artwork by Mary Lou Cerami

I began to make art.

Now, I’ve always defined myself as an artist. I’ve been freelancing as a web and graphic designer since the late 90s. Design brings me a great deal of satisfaction – this entire website was created and is maintained by me – as are more than a few small & large websites I count as clients.

But back to the art – true art is an inception, a seed that forms in the mind and asks to be born. The only task is the artist must believe in herself enough to nurture that seed – and create something from an idea, a thought, an inspiration.

Since our marriage in 2009, my husband unfailingly embark on 2 or 3 yearly road trips across the US. Together we’ve traveled a good chunk of the Americas – from Oregon and Montana to the Florida Keys, with a few flights to Hawaii and Mexico mixed in.

We travel in our dependable Mazda CX-5 loaded with road bikes, my inflatable Starboard paddleboard, a sea kayak and our dog, Stella, and we would never leave behind Yoshi our conure (yes, he’s a parrot).

These travels fuel the love I have for nature and hiking and being outdoors. My entire life is centered around these trips, from my SUP Yoga summer schedule on Lake Michigan to when I start teaching outdoors yoga in the parks – it all jives together.

We haven’t traveled more than 50 miles from home since the start of the pandemic.

Yearning for nature as I do – my heart found solace in creating mixed media collage art – Wildlife and sea life crafted from elements such as sea glass, vintage jewelry, buttons and beads of all types. I already had an Etsy store where I dabbled in selling vintage jewelry since 2018 – so this was my chance to open a new category to create and sell my art!

I’ll be honest, selling on Etsy is not easy. There is a great deal of competition on that website from other artists and makers. I’m just another pandemic-weary creative person adding to an already full marketplace. I could look at it that way and throw up my hands and easily give up.

But to make art for the love of making art – that is the truest goal. I’ve discovered a new joy in my life making these mosaics. I love finding cast aside or broken jewelry and repurposing it into something beautiful, like a sea manatee or a Narwhal made from sea glass and rhinestones.

It brings me joy. And I wanted to share my joy with you – my students and friends.

Have a peek at my Etsy store – and let me know what you think!

And follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Etsy too 🙂

Good Vibes!

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