My name is Stephanie Patzer, I am the proud owner of Second Helpings Boutique in Glenwood, Iowa. I am married to Craiger and have two wonderful boys named Hank and Sawyer. I have a passion to create fun and fanciful things out of items people deem unnecessary.
Now that I have been involved in this project, or job, for a couple of years, I need to determine just who I am. What do I mean by that??? Well..... when I am introduced to new people, the inevitable question is: "What do you do?" or "Where do you work?" I am never quite sure what title to give myself or should I say allow myself to have. I need to be comfortable saying, "I am an artist."
A person who produces paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby.
A person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, novelist, poet, or filmmaker.
When I look at this definition as provided by google, I fit the mold. I just need to embrace it. I get nervous saying that is what I am. I cannot explain why... as I love my job more than anything else I have ever done. I am taking a hobby and making it my life's work. I feel like people will lump me into some sort of category or preconceived notion, or they won't see my work as art. I realize art encompasses a lot, but does it encompass painted furniture? How about taking old junque and finding new ways to look at it..... look at the little vintage suitcase table, a transformation that really has a delightful result.
I see art in this, but do others? Art is subjective, peaceful, angry, happy, colorful, whimsical, catchy, joyful, humorous, different ~ Oh my goodness, I could go on and on with what art is and I can take those same descriptors and apply them to me... what does that mean? It means that I AM AN ARTIST!
I am in love with Annie Sloan's color Chateau Gray. This is a new one for me to use and quite obviously I went gangbusters with it. I painted a few items yesterday and sanded and stained them up today and I am loving the results. Mind you, the color from the can is different than the photos you see here as I set my paint with dark walnut stain. Quite frankly, straight out of the can the color looked a pale lavender. Take a peek at some of these cast-off's refabulized:
I call the first grouping, the trifecta for obvious reasons. The bottom photo is a handmade coffee table. It is heavy duty and durable.
I have participated in JunkStock both times that it has been out there. I am anxious to give it a go again. This is a really unique art fair. It encompasses a broad range of items from flea market finds to flips. I fall into the later category with my junque. I love to find old furniture and make it fun and whimsical with my own touch.
I generally stick to the basics for my goodies because the intricate painted pieces take too much time, those I save for my customer commission work. I cut off my customer requests on May 1st so I can busy myself preparing my inventory. I have sporadic pieces that I do in between customer's work, but I am rolling now. I finished several pieces today, crazy thing is I have already sold 4 of them just through my facebook posted photos.
One of the biggest monstrosities that I tackled today was an old oak desk. Huge & Heavy in all of it's glory. I used Annie Sloan's Old Ochre to make the transformation. I love the end result. I sold it within 10 minutes of posting it's photo. I am also thrilled with the look of a little side table I had fun with in Go BIG Red.
Today's high was 96 degrees. I love the heat, so painting outside, catching rays, listening to tunes, and doing what I know, Thank the good Lord above for all I am blessed with.
I have been incredibly busy and have put the blog on the back burner. If you follow my Facebook page, you will see just how busy I have been. I continue to do commission work for customer's and fit in my own pieces in between. One piece I have just finished is this desk with a United States map on the top.
Looks pretty simple right???? Not on your life. I felt a lot of pressure to get it just so. I can throw a USA outline on a piece of paper in no time, however once you start adding in outlines of each state, it is a whole new being. I took extra care to make sure Iowa was smaller than Texas but bigger than Rhode Island. As a Nebraska raised girl, I have always been able to pick out that state and make it resemble what I grew up knowing. Once you have to add the other states surrounding it, not as clear cut. I am now a fan of Colorado and Wyoming... why? They are simple in their outline. I have had 2 additional customer requests for this type of piece. Due to the time and effort, I have decided to call it "one of a kind.". I may change my mind down the road, but since it is so fresh and I know I put 30+ hours into it, we will call it rare and unique, and keep it as one!!!!! God Bless the USA!