27 April 2015

what it takes to make a life long dream come true = by me

love with all my soul = Pearl Button

paint, illustrate, create more, layer more, be mindful

notice the path of my life that has me here right NOW

styling spaces = oh i love this stuff = watch out booth #1559 NYChttps://www.facebook.com/kelli.maykrenz

get published A LOT and get your artwork on the cover

be true to yourself = be raw and be seen
It has been way to long since I blogged. My days turn into nights into weeks into months lately.
I am good with that. I am grateful for that. I am so insanely blessed to be right here, right now and to really notice how very lucky I am.

Truth. I have created my own luck. I have worked seriously hard to be in this very place and time.
I have climbed a whole bunch of big scary mountains. Mountains that had winding paths of betrayal,
death, life changing illness, self doubt, anxiety, panic attacks and more self doubt. I have been an artist my entire life. I have created for fortune 500 companies for many many years. I have no real ego. Truth. I care most about loving and giving and yes, being loved back.

I thought it might be nice to share some bits of what I have done to arrive at this very space in time to get to my dream of debuting my line of ME at the National Stationary Show. I know I make it look easy as I stay positive and keep my life in good energy. I practice daily at showing up to do the really hard work. I know I am lucky to be given gifts and I am meant to share.

It took me so very many years and so much help from loves in my life to get me here.

We have sold a home I adored to be able to have money to design just for me. I let go of clients and income that I depended on to live. I have trusted in being good and giving and creating in life.

In the past two years come this May. We have sold 80 percent of everything we owned (with my darling hubby supporting and working with me to make this happen). We have moved from Minneapolis to Sarasota Florida then near the beach Siesta Key and now to Galena Illinois. I have created enough art to submit and be published in 8 magazines, continued working on my favorite clients in Minneapolis (okay, I need some income) and being mindful of having a good life, a true and loving marriage, being a good daughter, friend and showing up.

I am seeing the light of our travels to NYC on May 12th. I still have to reach the top of the mountain. Believe me I have tons of work to do to get there. I can honestly say (and I am SO hard on myself) but, I have 80 cards that I adore and other cool products for the show.

I hope that I can inspire one person to really go for your dream. No matter how big or small. We are blessed with one life (that I know of) and it matters that we show up and continue to love ourselves.

I cannot thank my hubby enough for believing in me. I really am very lucky. Love sweet love. Shine.


17 March 2015

being mindful of my path to the National Stationary Show. grateful me.

details coming together to create my booth for the nss ny 2015

card line, prints, fabrics and my love of gold

gold leaf meets Pearl Button's World of magic

oh i gush for Pearl button's

moments are all we have to cherish to love a life worth living

my muse = Pearl Button
Deep in the moments of designing, creating, planning, dreaming and building my dream.
The National Stationary Show is in New York at the Javitz center May 17, 18, 19, 20. I will be there.
My booth is in the new section (as of last year) it is juried and called Fresh. I am honored and lucky to have been chosen. Excited for this journey in my life.

I will debuting my new line of Pearl Button's World cards, prints and fabric. I am creating like a crazy person who has one thing in mind = create designs that make me smile, happy and feel good so that others will find joy in my art. I pray that my love, passion and goofy love of living translates to others in my booth. I pray that I am aware of noticing my lucky days of being here alive and healthy.

My mission statement is this.
A world that believes all great things are possible. Where happiness & silly moments matter most. Knowing that sharing and giving fills the soul with life-changing goodness. In Pearl Button's world we celebrate the precious everyday.

My wish is to be known for giving love and celebrating life. I have lived and had many hard mountains to climb. My self has been left with scars to show my strength and brave soul. This has all brought me to this very time and place where I am ready to SHINE my very brightest.

Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for following my heart here on this blog. Thank you for knowing that kindness, love and waking each day is what life is all about.

Gratefully I breathe.

18 February 2015

a calling. i answered. i am home.

blocks from the house we live in. Grants home.

history. yep, it makes my life better.

shadows, trails, sunshine, space wide open fields. yes, please.
When I was in 6th grade my school took a trip to visit the home of Ulysses S. Grant. I remember being smitten with this tiny little home. I remember the fake cherries in a bowl on the table. I remember thinking this is where I want to live (okay, not in the little house) the city of Galena.

Funny how the calling of my soul has been to live here for what seems like forever. We moved mountains and moved here from Siesta Key Florida. I know most think we are crazy. I do not feel crazy at all. I feel nurtured by the history everywhere I walk. I am so excited to see more then strip malls. I am thrilled with Galena. Okay, so the best of both worlds would be to have a little place on the beach in St. Pete too. Dreams still marching strong in my life.

I am drawn to this little house pictured above. It is two blocks from the house we live in. I visited today. It is clearly closed for winter. I peered into the windows and I filled with glee for on the little wooden table was a bowl with fake cherries. YES, I felt home.

There is a knowing in our souls. It matters to follow your heart. No matter how many opinions differ. Do it following your calling. Face every fear. I am still facing mine but, I happily say I am getting better. Grateful living in Galena.

more on grateful living and my art filled life here 


15 February 2015

creating when it's not easy

layers of paints, tissues, inks, drawings, paper, gold leaf

lately i am marveling at white ink on gold

for me there will always be threads
Today I realized that when big stuff in life happens most of the time my escape is creating. Once in a very great while I freeze. I simply do not want to create or I try and it feels scattered. My life lately has been full of real stuff that is not easy. I practice the daily art of positive thoughtful living. I practice overcoming anxiety that is fresh at times. I follow my own self care habits that bring comfort and then I rest. I sleep. I sleep when it feels too much.

I know that all creatives share in the steps of finding our ways when it's not easy.

Tonight I wanted to share some helpful guides for me in my life. In hopes that I might help just one soul have some new ideas to perhaps practice.

Guide I created for me.
* I journal. I simply write, scribble anything and everything (which is a lot) that is in my head. I feel free to write everything down. No judgements of myself here. This journal is sacred healing life filling stuff.

* I walk. Yes, exercise in any way helps my head. Nature does it for me. I've noticed with the temps being super cold here in Illinois lately that I miss my big long walks. My head missed the space they clear for it. I am sure my little dog Pearl Button misses them too.

* I sleep. I nap. I do not beat myself up for needing more rest. This is a lesson I practice. No telling yourself that you are lesser for needing a rest. GO REST.

* I listen to music. Music that matches my mood. Almost always a song or two can take me out of my head space, if even for a little while.

* I practice not thinking too far into the future. This one is tricky. This one takes a bunch of practice.
I believe we only have this moment for sure. Any given moment can change your life. In big magical soul flipping ways.

I am practicing my life in a thoughtful way. I love then I love more. First of all loving me the very most I know how.

07 February 2015

Love Sale in my Etsy Shop 40% off Art

In honor of LOVE. One of my most favorite things to do is LOVE BIG. I am having a LOVE ME sale in my etsy shop. 40% off my original artwork.

I often find amazing art that I cannot afford to buy. I sometimes wish original great art was more affordable. Believe me I live the life of the starving artist so I know that we as artists need to earn a living and that the time, talent and love we gush into our art is worth tons.

I also believe that when we feel something strongly we need to bless that feeling. For me it's having this LOVE ME sale in my etsy shop.

I am grateful that I live my life as an artist. For me creating is like breathing. Naturally I adore giving and loving others. Enjoy my friends. Thank you for enjoying what I do.

Coupon Code is loveme15
to received 40% off of your purchase

link to my etsy shop is right here.


05 February 2015

my passion for loving

my love for vintage aged meets hand sewn art

mixed media meets here with layers of paints, illustration and glee

love notes inside of box featured in Stampington Life magazine 2015 Feb

stitched yummy layers wrap everything up

handmade Valentines all in a row 

my passion for loving. just a few treats i had made and sent into possibly being published in Stamping and Company magazine. Lucky for me several of my items have been published this month celebrating love sweet love.

It's easy to surround yourself with the things that make your heart skip a happy beat. It does not have to cost a lot of money. Really it just takes noticing what makes you feel joy. I love all things in nature and I love history. So I tend to collect vintage pieces and I adore making pieces that are new look vintage.

I have always loved Valentines Day. I remember growing up I would decorate a shoe box and slice a little opening in the top. Then I would proudly (ever so shy I was) take it to school and sit it on my desk. Each year (I went to school with the same kids from elementary to high school) I would wish and hope that the two cutest boys would leave me a Valentine. I can honestly say I never received one from either boy. I continued to wish and still adored all of the sweet cut out designs with my friends names on the back. To this day I still have a few of these.

Sometimes I wish I could do this again. Create the box march it proudly to where my friends are all gathered and see the magical wishes that get dropped inside. Perhaps this is why I adore creating note cards, letters, snail mail, packages and wishes for others.

Fond memories of hoping the right boy would give me a Valentine.

Little did I know back then it takes years to find the right Valentine and when you do hold on tight and surround them with love sweet love.

I have handmade Valentines in my etsy shop for sale. The prices are super good. Thank you to those of you who have ordered already.


03 February 2015

layers making up my life and my art

building layers of painting, illustrations, clips of my world, vintage flowers

adding gold leaf for added goodness, white illustration work

watercolors, acrylic inks, india ink, illustration joy

paints, illustrations, tissues, stitched together
Today I was noticing my methods to building art. I have always been a lover of details, textiles, fonts, colors colliding together. My background is heavy in graphic design and illustration. I am noticing how I have always found a way in my computer generated designs to introduce elements of hand created artwork. I like this about me. Funny how we do something for so long it is just the way we do it. Not really thinking just doing. I find that when I get completely out of my head and just create it all flows out of me.

I am building a collection to present this year at the National Stationary Show in NYC in May - a new division called Fresh. Juried section and smaller I like this. Starting out designing my cards I thought "however do I do this?" Funny I have been doing this for decades. I paint and draw and layer and sew and layer more and then find the words that spill from me until I have a piece that makes me feel original and good. Something worth leaving behind in the world.

My goals are to show up in NYC with lots of new designs, pride in my booth style and in me. Being mindful of the truth of being me. Staying true to all that I am and all that I want to leave behind.

I am praying that others will be drawn to my style, my gifts and my messaging. Continuing the path of knowing that I am meant to do exactly what I am doing in this very time and space.

30 January 2015

handmade valentines by me

details, layers, gold leaf $35.00

layers of love found here for $35.00

gold leaf heart with wings layered on happy brights $35.00

love sacred love found here for $35.00

collage i love - sweetheart yummy

layers of love stitched here $15.00

really, yes only $15.00

large matchbox all original graphics and vintage bits $25.00

gorgeous hand made heart box for hiding treasures $24.00

crazy pretty vintage only $22.00
I love celebrations. I love being able to create tons of art many styles, mediums all filled with the joy I live to express. So my etsy shop is stocked with very affordable originals created by me for you to give or collect.

So much to learn and do and create just wanting to keep the fresh, love of creating alive for me and price my art for others to collect and enjoy.

Thank you for being here and liking what I do. It matters to me. I notice you. Love sweet Love.

Link to my etsy shop just in case you see something that makes your heart beat a little faster.

28 January 2015

a little how to wrap a cool package by me

layers of book pages, tissues, paints come together.

find supplies by looking at paper in a new way.

i love to theme my gifts. color, textures, words, love.

vintage goodies are a must.

layers of paintings by me, vintage statues i collect, a flower from moms garden

One of my most favorite things to do is give. I love giving. I love wrapping. I have always thought that part of the joy of receiving a treat is the magic it is wrapped in. So with that I am going to give a few tips on how to customize your wrappings. Might be fun!! Once you start thinking and looking with new eyes at everyday things you have = you will be hooked.

I start by collecting papers that I think are cool. Could be a page from a magazine, a vintage book page, words printed from a grocery bag.

Alter the paper in some way. Add messy paint, write a poem, stitch randomly (by hand or machine).
You can add layers on top of each other in several ways. A glue stick, deco podge glue, tape or sewing.

Wrap the gift in brown kraft mailing paper, white butcher paper, rolls of childrens white paper found in craft areas of most stores.

Take your altered paper and cut it to the size of the top of your gift. See already it is a fun gift.
You can theme your gift (birthday, holiday, something you know your friend loves)

Take a simple piece of twine, ribbons tied together, torn strips of fabric and tie around your gift.

See how much fun this is! You can play and create lots of fun altered papers and have a stack just waiting for the gift wrapping time.

Play. Spend time just moving around papers, paints and your own personal style.

The art of gift wrapping is special and I promise your friends will adore your attention to giving.

New Valentines created by me found here in my etsy shop.


06 January 2015

2015 I am showing up

Happy New Year. Happy year of beginning again. I have been marching my design path for many many years. Always knowing that I had something bigger and more inside me to get out. Being brave enough to actually go beyond  being the artist designer but, not being seen has been a hard climb for me. I feel like this year is my year to ARRIVE. For this very reason I have picked my word for 2015 to be ARRIVE.

One year ago I chose the word SHINE. I pushed and created and took every chance I could to get my art and designs out to people who could publish and notice my work. I tried my very best to SHINE in the way I had longed to. I am blessed to say that it worked as of this new month of Jan 2015. I have been published 7 times. I have had so many friends and my loving family behind me saying that I could do this. I could overcome the anxieties and just put myself out there.

I am grateful for listening and believing others when I have not believed myself. My parents have always believed in me and my art, always encouraged me to design and create. My hubby has been a constant voice of positive encouragement daily (even when I doubt myself the most) he is there going through my panic and anxiety coaching me on.

This new publication called Room to Create is a huge dream come true for me. As I have always been interested in where other talents create and what fuels them. I am proud of this article as it truly is me, how I think, where my passions come from. I am grateful for being recognized (knowing there are so many amazing artists in the world)

I am learning that our blessing come when we gush positive goodness on ourselves, when we truly listen to our hearts and what we want to matter at the end of each day. I continue to work on my anxieties and Mr. Doubt. I know that I will continue to work on shining and I will ARRIVE this year.

Happy to announce that in May I will be launching my line of Pearl Button's World of cards, prints and other goodness. I applied to be in the NY National Stationary Show a new division called FRESH - where a panel of talent votes you in or out. I am so proud to be in this juried section of Fresh.

This much I know even when you have fears and doubts move forward any way you can. It matters, it counts and you are so much happier.