Archives for August 2012

The new studio!!

sometimes you know it’s time.  Time to take the thousands of hours of tools, tips and techniques I’ve been stockpiling away for someday.  Time to go big or go home. Time to look fear, doubt and uncertainty right in the eye and say, “You don’t scare me anymore!”.  I’m ready to make shit happen.  Big, glorious, fabulous connections, projects, and ideas that have been inside of me waiting until this time.

I will fail big or I will success beyond my wildest dreams.  I am planning on that latter.  I’ve gotta lots of dreams and goals; I figured it’s about time to start getting to ’em.

Last weekend I had my grand opening.  I opened my doors at noon on Friday, I keep busy by finishing up odd projects, straightening labels, etc.  Then soon it was 12:10… 12:15…. 12:30…  I teeny part of me was starting to panic a bit….  am I crazy? what am I doing? Is anyone gonna show?   But then I tried out a technique I had heard about the day before.  I say down to my journal.  I wrote an entry as if that open house was already over and I wrote it how I wanted it to turn out.  I wrote, “the open house started off slow, I was a little nervous.  But then one person came, then another.  Soon the whole place was filled with awesome people, the perfect people I would hand pick to share this moment with.  Before I knew it I was closing up.  I had great conversations, really connected with others and I sold so many things that went to the perfect people for them.”  As soon as I got that last sentence down on paper the first person walked in, then the second.  My entire journal entry came true. It was such a powerful tool to put my mind in the space of optimism and attraction instead of doubt.

I feel so grateful to each and every person who came by, has sent their well wishes and wished me luck on this journey.  I thank each of you!

Here are some pictures of the new space:


good used finds… results in totally “Me” decor

After a month of looking for the right chairs for the classroom area I gave up and just decided the universe would bring me the right ones. Well… driving home a week and a half ago from northern Minnesota to pick our daughter up from camp we were driving through this small town of Crosby. Then on the side of the road was a store having a sale. One the sidewalk were 7 bistro chairs in great condition. Plus… only $35 for all of them.  Thank you universe!!

In the week before my grand opening of the studio I was still without a main table in my space. I looked at conference room tables, craigslist, pinterest and still didn’t see anything that spoke to me. I then last week suddenly knew the exact table I wanted. I wanted to build one out of pallets. I went and found the pallets behind some stores, got permission to take them and happily filled my van as full as I could w/ them.  We live on a corner lot where our garage is actually on a different road then our front door.  Well the road our garage is on was closed because they are digging it up and redoing it. So I had to park in the front and carry each pallet down my driveway, through the house, through the backyard and into my garage.   I painted them and then my husband helped me turn them into my favorite table ever.

Here is a slideshow so you can see also a bit about the assembly of it.  I think I have my husband convinced to create a few smaller ones to sell.  I can just picture them painted a different range of colors and how perfect it would be at a lake house or for people like me that are wanting something unconventional.  (You can click the photos to get larger views)



And last but not least: the Bistro awning  I made for the studio:

they mean well… but don’t listen to them…

– “why don’t you just buy the cheap plastic tables for your studio… you can get them super cheap”

Me, “no, I don’t want plastic tables, I really like the pallets, I know it’s a lot of work but I don’t mind hard work and they really fit my style”

– “wow, $50 is a lot of money for a used piece of furniture… you can’t just be spending money like that.. the free pallets are a much better choice”

Me, “yes, but more important than the money is that I really am excited about my pallet table… it’s so me…”

– “nobody is spending money anymore.. you’re better off selling stuff cheaper”

– “your stuff is beautiful but it’s priced way too low. You won’t ever attract the right people with these low prices”

– “have you ever thought about making, (fill in a million ideas here)? I saw them here and that person was selling a ton of them…”

– “is there any money in the art world? is that a good choice for business choice?”

– “there is no money in painting… your better off selling supplies that’s where the money is”

You get the idea… every day… well intended comments  that I used to feel obligated to listen to.  These days however, I’m in the zone. I’m realizing the power of being focused, confident and knowing my boundaries. Also what I will and won’t do, what I am okay with making and what I am not okay with charging.  Pay attention to the world, take notes as you put together your plan.. listen to your heart.  Learn to listen to the right people; the people who know, the people who “get” your direction. Then as you execute it.. be focused.. head down and make it happen!!!

The story behind the art – Take these broken wings

Take these broken wings art by Noelle Rollins

Title: Take these broken wings

I love the song blackbird by the beatles.  I used to listed to this song a lot years ago. I just heard it yesterday on the radio again and I was reminded of my love for it.  Some of the lyrics I love best are:  “All your life.  You were only waiting for this moment to arise.”

I love to imagine as I’m going through these journeys towards my dreams and there are times I stumble or need help. Times I feel like I’m failing or ready to give up. I imagine these lyrics.  It’s okay that I’m not “there” yet, my life has been a journey and I was only waiting for this perfect moment to get the shit done.  I’m not behind.. I’m exactly where I need to be.    Love it.

You can find the lyrics here if you’re interested:

Artwork links: original,  matted print   or  Postcard print



Story behind the art – crossroads

Head Held High Crossroads artwork by Noelle Rollins

“Crossroads” by Noelle Rollins

Today I want to start a new weekly feature called, “The story behind the art”

Title: “Crossroads”

I created this artwork about 8 years ago. I was going through a divorce, I was back in Minnesota in a place of refinding myself. I knew what I didn’t want to be and I knew where  I wanted to get to. I was somewhere in the middle.  I was caught between the calm I wanted and the chaos I didn’t.  I frequently thought of the classy women in my life that were who I looked to for advice or to see how they’ve handled themselves at defining times in their own lives. I remember my friend Tammy when she was going through something saying in her fabulous southern accent, “I can either choose to handle this like they do on Jerry Springer or like Oprah, I choose Oprah.” It’s funny how such a simple line has helped me through so many situations. Choose classiness and all that is good over being sucked into the part of you that wants to rip someones eyeballs out.   Now don’t get me wrong, there are times you need to give it right back to someone, don’t be a punching bag, it’s not wrong or unclassy to set appropriate boundaries with people when they are trying to put their own crap onto you. But I try to remember to keep my head high and embrace my fabulous, even during those times I surely don’t feel fabulous or classy.

I think this artwork has resonated with so many people because there are times in all of our lives where we are in the in-between zone. We want to be reminded of what is possible and to just keep going and be aim to be strong; knowing there are great things ahead.

You can find prints of this piece here if you are interested:

Or the Pallet Print here:


what is all this about Mercury retrograde?

I have been hearing all about this mercury retrograde thing and then about 10 days ago I was having a really tough weekend where I found myself just crying for no real reason. I was feeling like I was working so hard and yet making no progress, feeling like the weight of the world was on my shoulders and I was doing everything myself.  I was able to intellectually know this wasn’t the case, my husband was right there asking what he could do to help. Yet emotionally it was tough.  I usually take a nap or two a year and the last 2 weeks I’ve needed to take almost daily naps.  Just feeling exhausted.

I then started hearing information about not only about mercury retrograde but also the solar flares. I started hearing people talking about the same reactions.

I googled mercury retrograde and here is what I found:

MERCURY RETROGRADE: The purpose of Mercury retrograde is to review and revise our life and our connection with reality. The timing of this universe is geared toward the Sun as it moves through the zodiac. Mercury has an orbit that at times gets ahead of the Sun allowing us to look into the future toward new and innovative ideas. However, we cannot continue in that vein until we come back to the present designated by the Sun and put our new ideas into manifestation. During the time that Mercury jumps ahead, we ultimately have to bring the ideas back into the present to test and evaluate to see how they fit into our life. As Mercury retrogrades back into the present, the connection with the Sun happens as we test drive our ideas and re-align with reality and the natural timing of the universe.

Mercury itself rules how we think, we will be adjusting everything related to thoughts, concepts, ideas, and communication, especially how technology and material elements play a part in the physical manifestation of ideas. When Mercury retrogrades, we find that many parts of our life are being revised. Often these revisions can be a surprise or throw us back a step. However, these revisions which occur during a Mercury retrograde, are a “course correction” and provide a stop gap measure until we can review situations. During this time of revision, change is compounded and confusion is created by our reactions to the ever-changing situations. Thus anything started during this time will ultimately be taken back or even revised further, making for a high-frustration time. This will be especially true with changing our minds, reviewing new ideas and our communication being improved and honed so not to be mis-understood.

The best mode to be in during a Mercury retrograde is one of “non-reaction”, and with earth signs being impacted, physical environment will be changing continually during a Mercury retrograde. Treat the time period as a time of gathering information, yet because the information will be in constant change it would be like trying to comb your hair in a wind storm. Best to wait until the changes stop before attempting to make things orderly. Therefore, just let the winds of situations blow around you without reacting. Once Mercury turns direct, take a look at the information that is still around at that time and go about putting everything in order, while maintaining the fine art of flexibility.

I encourage you if you have a moment to watch this video also:

The amazing Illuminating Souls video on these changes lately.

You can also find the illuminating Souls here:

So as we all just sorta wait this one out and keep plugging away, I’m wishing you all the best!  *N

lovely little touches

Whether it’s a wedding or a class or a dinner at your home; I think it’s the little touches that show your guests the love.  I’ve been busy in my studio setting up all the big things and now I’m working on all the little ways I can show love to anyone who enters the classroom.  I want people to come and feel the love, comfort and inspiration.  To connect with themselves and each other and feel my gratitude for them being there.  My latest little project was painting messages on each of the classroom aprons:

uplifting aprons



And here are the fabulous gift bags that arrived the other day I can’t wait to wrap the art and gifts people purchase in these beauties:


Happy Monday to you!   *N