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Getting the tools out to create a new patio or a graphic design using Illustrator keeps us very busy. Looking through our photos, I believe we are blessed with a supportive family, a good work ethic, and the creative skills that make our lives more interesting and sweet. Some sarcasm is fun too. Today, I posted a few of my FAVORITE photos from 2017 to now. It was hard to just choose a few. Follow me on Instagram to see more.

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Our back yard at Christmas time.

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Our patio in process.

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My husband is the man with the tools!

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The finished patio was designed and built by my husband.

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First work, then play, at home in Charlevoix with Dad, Ron, and Mom.

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Dad and Ron

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My niece Emma Lynn, the newest edition to our family.

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Banana bread with strawberries, walnuts, and chocolate chips. My artwork as a tea towel.

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My screen saver on my old Mac that is resting now.

I hope to share smiles, fun and photos with you in the future! The new plan is to create a new WordPress site where I can share more of the process of my artwork and textile designs with a professional.com site.

I would like to stay in touch. Follow this blog MeyerClarkStudio and Instagram and Facebook and my textile designs at ClarkyWorks.

Have a blessed Summer!

~Tresa

Inspired by my freinds on WordPress and the Daily Press, Favorites.

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Through the Lens

This post is about my creative process.

Away from technology, experiencing life through the lens of my camera, is my favorite place to be. Whether it’s a pink reflection on the lake, or orange flower petals reaching for the light, I’m in my happy place. yessssss.

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Northern Michigan Sunset, Lake Charlevoix

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I didn’t know the shape of this succulent plant would be so intoxicating.

I was drawing the angular shaped flowers in my sketch book — when I decided to go to the computer and start a textile design — my next favorite place to be. My heart was beating faster. I used the B&W version for reference to draw an idea in Illustrator.

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Fabric design by Tresa Meyer-Clark

Taa Daaa! The finished textile design for a tea towel and a table linen.

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Photo from Roostery.com/ClarkyWorks

 

ClarkyWorks is my textile design shop on Spoonflower and Roostery.com. There, you can choose and customize my designs in repeating patterns for fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap, home goods, and fashion.

Thank you for checking in on my creative journey. Your comments and questions are welcomed.

Today’s post was inspired by The Daily Post on WordPress.

Bees Don’t Digress

Taking time to smell the roses, and photograph them is not always easy, especially when you have a few minutes in the morning before work.  I am a nature lover, so I always get up early to enjoy my morning time.  I’ve been known to get distracted by the bumble bees when I’m having my morning coffee. Their buzzing is very busy and non-stop. But, the cardinal is busy too, hopping around in our tomato plants. I smiled when he finally flew to our Rose of Sharon tree, and then I hurried to captured his portrait. 

 

 

A busy backyard.

The birds are not visiting as much when we are working, but the bees don’t care.

I digress, Time to stop and smell the roses.

~~Tresa

 

This post was inspired by the Daily Post, “Shiny” on WordPress.

Guaranteed to Satisfy

As promised, our video from Mackinac Island on July the fourth. It was a very satisfying experience having lunch at the Grand Hotel. The view of the Straits of Mackinac was stunning from the highest point in the cupola, where we enjoyed a tropical cocktail. We always look forward to our next visit, satisfaction guaranteed! In the mean time, we have lots of photos to cherish and post later!

Do you have a favorite vacation memory?
~~Tresa

This post was inspired by our summer vacation and The Daily Post on WordPress.

Mackinac Island

Only in Michigan! The sunset on the Straits of Mackinac from the Grand Hotel is breathtaking!

 

“A Perfect Day on Mackinac Island” by Jeff Blyth, focuses on the beauty
and uniqueness of the Island.  More on this topic coming soon from our
personal perspective!
~~Tresa

Inspired by Pure Michigan and the Daily Post on WordPress.

Goals and Sunsets

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Photo by Tresa Meyer-Clark on Etsy

2016 was a very busy year for us. I worked at my day job, and attended classes for Event Planning, Design and Decor in the evenings. It was a fabulous experience. One evening, a guest speaker demonstrated her positive energy with a Powerpoint presentation, and shared this: Create an imagine/inspiration board to help achieve your goals. My take-away was, I need to get very organized in order to use my new skills in combination with graphic design.

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This year I’ve photographed and posted my favorite subjects: boats and sunset reflections on the water, especially mirror images. My book of passwords has grown with more photos to post, and design competitions to enter. I find myself writing, yet another updated profile or an artist statement about my digital artwork, and what inspires me.

In 2017, I would like to build my portfolio with new digital art and experiment more with painting. My goal is to impart a consistent body of work. My focus will be to create graphics for special events, and design inspiring motifs/patterns for home goods, stationery, wall art and more.

So back to that revised profile.

About Tresa Meyer-Clark
Having a family who encourages my artistic abilities is a blessing. Growing up in Michigan and working as a graphic designer will always have the most influence on my artwork. I earned a Bachelor of Art degree in graphic design and ceramics. I am a student of life, and the nature around me is my muse. I also love turtle sundaes with raspberry sauce!

As another year has flown by! I look forward to reading your posts on WordPress, making the next new year even better! Feel free to share!

~Tresa

This post was inspired by goals, and my friends at: The Daily Post.

Edgy Pure Michigan

We visited The Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan twice in August. The first time was on a rainy day, and the second, in the evening for the sunset. I wanted to capture the vastness of the landscape in a photo. I felt very anxious about going down an enormous sand dune because I couldn’t see the pathway, only the edge. It was a crazy thought to venture all the way to the bottom. There were people there, at the bottom, on the shoreline. The edge was the main feature in all my photos, and the people were too far away to photograph with my iPhone. 

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Thanks for stopping by, you are awesome! 
~Tresa

This photo is inspired by the wondrous Lake Michigan and The Daily Post.
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/edge/

Nature’s Frame

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My husband stands between the trees, and makes a perfect photo opportunity for me, as my eyes are drawn to a natural frame in the landscape. We are at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline Park in Elmira, Michigan. Of course I had to make sure a sunset photo was planned as part of the trip here. The wind and the reflections on Lake Michigan were exhilarating and breathtaking!

With over public 100,000 votes, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was named the “Most Beautiful Place in America” on ABC’s Good Morning America.

 

Thanks for sharing and stopping by!
~Tresa

 

Photography by Tresa Meyer-Clark. This post was inspired by The Daily Post. https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/frame/

A Fun Thank You

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~~~A FUN thank you card is inspired by my garden.

We’ve been really busy lately, so a quiet morning with time to write my thoughts down and do a 30 minute cardio is good. We’ve been working on selling our house, fixing another, helping my parents, and enjoying boating on Lake Michigan. The busier we are, the more I organize my time to meet my goals. I’m always learning and challenging my creative skills. I’m designing a logo for my dad and a bridal shower invite for my step daughter. Volunteering to help with floral design and setup for local event planning companies has been a blessing this Summer in providing me with new friends and contacts. All of this I am very grateful for, and thank God for my skills every day. When I have time to just sit and think about everything, a hand written note would be perfect to send to those who I appreciate. It would be easy to just send a text, but to do the unexpected is more fun, even though it may seem old-fashioned. I made this card with flowers from my backyard and created the handcrafted note. To make the letter “R” look good was fun, with a little patience and time management! I really liked the yellow and red colors on the wood table. I’ll write a note on the back to Rupali from Utsav Planners and share more about my Summer in an up coming post.

What do you think of my card?

Thanks for stopping by!
~Tresa

More fun topics?
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/fun/

A Treasured Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is the Bible verse that we all know well.
This is a beautiful sample of the prayer in German on a wax form. My Oma gave it to me. Today, it is one of my treasured items along with many things
that make me smile and help me remember her.

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Mathew 6:9-13
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

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My Oma, German for Grandma, always appreciated beautiful things like this embroidered
handkerchief. I wonder if she ever really used it. She probably just admired it, as I do.

What do you hold near and dear, and does it inspire you to write or photograph it?

Thank you for stopping by! Comments welcome.

Happy Easter, and God Bless.

~~Tresa

This post was inspired by The Daily Post  photo challenge “Half Light” and Blogging University on WordPress.