First Friday Featured Artist

I would like to invite you all out to my artist reception opening on January 7th, 2011 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to visit with me and see some textile art!

I am Bad Cat Creation’s featured artist for the month of January! While you are there you can browse Christina Thorne’s large selection of eclectic creations from various artists she has in her cute boutique! It is one of my favorite places to be because of all of the one-of-a-kind items there!

The shop is located on the corner of 4th ST and Irvine Ave by the Post Office for those who may not know.

My show will feature a large scale textile sculpture, cute plushie creations, functional wallets and a few more surprises! It is something you won’t want to miss! I really hope to see you all there!

After my opening I will be posting pictures; but for now I want to keep you all waiting in suspense!!!

I hope to see you all there! If you are unable to make it; I am sorry but you will have to wait until after my opening to see what I have been working on! For all in town that do not get to make it; my show will be up for a month and you should stop by and check it out!

Love and Peace friendships!!!

Shanna Mae



Welcome 2011! I am as ready as ever! For whatever you have in store for me! I will push through. I will persevere.

To start the year off right; I had an awesome horoscope!

This is a year to be bold and to charge forward with creative ideas and big dreams. The past year held a lot of hurdles for you, and a lot of seemingly insurmountable roadblocks. You have persevered as best you could, though, and that really counts for something whether you succeeded at your goals or not. But in 2011, you will have greater assistance in getting where you want to be and expressing your true, radiant personality and character. Look forward today with great enthusiasm and hope – for wonderful things are in store for you.

And that I will; look forward today with great enthusiasm and hope!

I hope that every one was safe tonight and is now sound asleep in bed. Now I sleep for a few hours before going back to work.

God Bless!

Love and Peace dear Friendships! I wish you all the best! A safe and happy new year! And I pray for good health for all!

Shanna Mae.

Raise Your Glass Up To a New Year

When you learn to forgive yourself; it is then that you learn to live and love again. The time we’ve spent placing blame upon ourselves has created this heavy cloud upon our heart. We must learn that life is a journey and an experience that helps us learn and grow to who we are to become. We must learn to stop blaming others. Life is only what you make of it. You are equally responsible for the events that happen when you have the ability to change the things you can. Those that we cannot change; we ask for help to accept what we can’t. I have heard plenty of stories, watched others pick up pieces of shattered hearts and watched others blame themselves and search for love.

This year has been full of experience for me. It has come and gone faster than the break of dawn. I’ve ached and blamed myself for things not working out how I wanted them to. Questioning my own judgement, worrying about what might happen next, fearing the next painstaking moment, crying over another who didn’t have my best interest, putting myself down as a mother. … I have had many mistakes of my own. I have kept them locked so deep inside; the painful memories that I hide.

I’ve felt pain and hunger. Lost love and wonder. I’ve been beat into the ground; left shattered and lost. I’ve felt fear and anxiety.I’ve cried and screamed. Felt lonely and alone. Left only to learn to stand again. To breathe again. To think again. To believe again. To love again.

I have felt comfort. I’ve felt love and laughter.  I have learned to dream again. Through this long  journey of 2010– I have learned who I am. I still struggle every day in ways of communicating my past experience to rid myself of the terror.

I’ve been blessed with series of unfortunate events; that I do not frown upon. There were times I felt I could no longer go on. Exhausted by mind and constant running. Struggling every day to make ends meet. To be there for my daughter. I have challenged myself to extreme limits. I have pressed on harder in times of doubt from others. I have learned to block the unnecessary jabs to ones hopes and dreams. I have craved organization, more determination, more dreams. I’ve grown as an artist; a mother; a daughter and friend.

This year has left me feeling accomplished in many aspects. I have reached innumerable goals. I have tried and failed; but I did not fail to try.

I will never apologize for who I am. I would rather be loved for who I am; than who I am not.

This past year I have met many amazing people who have made a very large impact on my heart. Others who have helped me hold myself together when I felt like crumbling.

I have developed a very deep understanding of life, family, love, friends, and God.

I have came a long way from where I was a year ago. And I have learned so many things. I have felt so many emotions. I have developed who I am. Recognized my true passions and desires.

2010 is coming to an end dear friends; and I want to know what you will take with you. What you will leave behind. And which goals you will set for yourself this new year. Whatever it is you find along your journey always keep these things in mind:

Love as if you have never loved before. Forgive yourself and you will forgive others. You will learn to live and love again when you have found internal peace. When you feel like crumbling; keep going anyways. Try and maybe fail; but do not fail to try. We have one shot at life. This is not our dress rehearsal. Live each day as if it were your last. Be mindful of others but do not accept anything less that will cause hurt to you. Learn that sometimes you must let go; even though it hurts. P.U.S.H.- Pray until something happens. When you feel like giving up; keep faith because God will carry you on. Do things that scare you. Show the ones you love how much you love them because you never know if it will be the last chance you get with them. Listen to your heart; and you will find your calling. Be no one; other than yourself.

2011 will be my last year of school for my BFA and it will have taken me 10 years to obtain it. It is never too late. It took me 8 years to do what I really enjoy in life. I have never been so blessed. The moment I started listening to what God had set for me to do– things started falling into place. I have still faced a lot of hardships; but frown upon none. They have helped me learn and grow as a person. I have learned and felt so much this year that I have no idea how to put it into words.

With this year coming to an end; I just want to say thank you to all of you have crossed my path in life. Those who have continued with me in life; thank you. Thank you to my AMAZING family, friends and professors. The ones who have pushed me to keep on going when I felt I could no longer.

I have experienced one of the busiest years of my life. I have completed like 2 years of life in 1 year. This year I set myself a few resolutions.

  1. Pray more. Love more. Smile more. Learn more.
  2. Dedicate time to myself to settle my mind, body, and soul.
  3. Learn to relax and teach myself it is OK to do so once in a while.
  4. Touch others hearts. Inspire others.
  5. Create my Senior Show with a goal of ridding my heart and mind of pain.
  6. De-clutter my life.
  7. Become organized.

I may have a few more that I cannot think of at the moment. However, I just want to wish you all a safe, happy and healthy New Year. I am taking all I have learned in to 2011 and leaving all the painful things behind but will always keep them in mind.

Here’s to the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011! The best is yet to come. Welcome to the first day of your life, the first page of a new chapter for all.

Love and Peace.

Shanna Mae