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.

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The Sky is the Limit

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Boundaries.”

“I refuse to accept that I have limitations
beyond my own belief of boundaries.
Perception is all that limits the mind.”
— Shannon L. Alder

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Traverse City, Clinch Marina 2015

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The gold tones and shadows in this shot can only be captured at a sunrise or sunset.
This is one of my favorite times while on vacation in at Clinch Marina this Summer. We were there for five days because the wave height on Lake Michigan was at eight feet!

Thank you for stopping by, and please don’t forget to share with your friends on Facebook! OK, see you soon.
~~Tresa

Photography by
MeyerClarkStudio 2015

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Fun Times

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge:
“Today Was a Good Day.”

We are always happy to visit Traverse City, Michigan. Traveling by boat is the only way in my opinion, because the water and the scenery in Grand Traverse Bay is gorgeous.
It takes us almost three hours to travel from Lake Charlevoix to Clinch Marina where we were docked. In this mini “mesh” photo gallery is a pic of a sail boat, and my husband on our power boat. Also, at Clinch Park, I quickly grabbed my camera to capture the cutie patootie toddler, who at first, seemed to be walking all alone. I love taking pictures, and there are lots of opportunities to capture beautiful sunrises and sunsets too.

Look forward to posting more soon.
~~Tresa

For more information on Traverse City:
http://www.traversecity.com/

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Our Voyage

August 20, 2015

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It rained on our anniversary this year, but the rainbow was a gift. –We docked at Traverse City, Michigan – Clinch Marina in Grand Traverse Bay.

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It takes time away from the every day work schedules to reflect. Time to think about how I’m leading my life and how I would like to feel like this, relaxed on vacation, and thinking about what I can do better. How can I be a better wife, be as creative as I can during the work week. I create more beaded jewelry on vacations than I do during a regular work week! My husband is very understanding and has valuable input to quality control. He also has a creative eye. If only we had more hours in the day to enjoy the fun stuff. Our fourth wedding anniversary has arrived today, and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us!

August 2015 on our way to Traverse City

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boating

Dad can do what he wants, after all it’s his boat!

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August 20, 2011 – Wedding Reception

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lighthouse wedding cake

Our cake cutting picture with the lighthouse cake I designed.

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Nautical poster design

Poster design I did for our guests to sign at our reception.

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A piece from my summer 2015 collection with turquoise, gold filled stardust beads, pearls and agate.

Connection Sensibility

Photography Class – Day Six

Connection: There are many ways to interpret this theme: from a gadget to a handshake, from a bridge to a gathering among friends. What’s yours?

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Artistic Connection
I think most artists would express the word “connection” as stimuli they are bombarded with, making connections from one visual or idea to another. A sensibility or the ability to appreciate and respond to complex emotional or aesthetic influences.

Nature is incredibly amazing. The three druzy stones are my inspiration for the packaging graphics, a combination of the nautical and wedding concepts. I made the connection when adding the knotted cord to a photo shoot for my wedding jewelry packaging. Creating the cord as a graphic decorative element just seemed natural.

Thank you for reading and liking! YES liking and connecting here…

~~Tresa

Define Your Bliss

Photography Class – Day Four

What is your idea of bliss? Is it an image of your family, laughing at the dinner table? A state of total relaxation, while lying on the beach? Your latest painting, drying on the canvas?

Bliss: complete happiness, great joy, paradise, or heaven: “wedded bliss”

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The packaging for my nautical jewelry and a bracelet with amazing gemstones.

The meaning of “Bliss” to me, well, I could list an entire cornucopia of utopia that can take on many forms of enjoyment…

• A “turtle” ice cream sundae with hot fudge, pecans and raspberry sauce
• My wedding day: cutting the cake
• A flower arrangement from our beautiful garden
• Designing and creating
• The finishing touches on decorating a favorite space
• A photograph that displays my jewelry design with extraordinary lighting
• A sense of accomplishment when completing a goal
• An amazing boat ride to Mackinac Island on The Great Lakes.

OK for example, when I combine my passion for handcrafted jewelry with graphic design, I’ve spent my creative time accomplishing goals and extending my skills. This, and working with amazing gemstones can be described as great joy!

I designed the graphics for our wedding, and the nautical concept was carried into my jewelry packaging designs.

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Save the Date postcard I designed

wedding cookie

The box design I made for my bridesmaids wedding jewelry and the lighthouse cookie favor.

Nautical compass by Tresa Meyer Clark

A compass design created in Adobe Illustrator

Lighthouse Cake

The lighthouse wedding cake was delicious.

BeadHavenShop

The Bead Haven in Frankenmuth, Michigan

Thank you for reading and enjoy your little slice of heaven today.
~~Tresa

Pink Spice Agate Slice

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
–Henry David Thoreau

Pink Spice Agate Slice

Designed with Spring colors in mind. A fabulous pink druzy agate slice necklace measuring 24 inches around and is secured with a perfect size lobster clasp. You’ll love the copper chain with this one-of-a-kind gemstone with druzy quartz crystals. Handcrafted with quality materials and attention to every small detail. More information in my Etsy shop.

The Things I Forgot to Say

Every day we go about our business with one day leading into another like a continuous movement of waves on the ocean. Some waves are big, and some are really big and frightening. Then suddenly, I wake up from that horrible dream of a tsunami and feel so blessed to be alive! On a really good day on the water, a sailor needs some wind to arrive at his destination. So where am I going with this? Sometimes it’s the simplest things in life that make us happy, like watching the sun set on the shoreline, or the fisherman cast his line, and the turtles poke their little heads above the water. I guess it’s the scary things I experienced that helped me to grow and learn to appreciate the little things. Yes Dad, I did pray to God, to please get us home safe that windy day on Lake Michigan in Little Traverse Bay. I was so scared. Seven foot waves coming from more than one direction — slapping the 46′ Maxum with sheets of water that sprayed over us — was a day you hoped you’d already made “peace with your maker”. I was not proud of myself, when I got sick in Ron’s green cooler with that lonely can of beer in it. That boat ride to Lake Charlevoix was the longest trip ever! So, what I forgot to say is, growing up on the lake was a blessing, and I’m glad you were at the helm that day when the weather was worse than they had reported. I remember you said, “that’s just a part of boating, I hope we didn’t scare you away.” Even though I trust your judgement and your 30-plus years of experience on the big waters, I’m still a little afraid. Maybe that’s part of what makes it exciting, like the tsunami dream when I suddenly wake up and feel happy to be alive! Thank you for all the years of amazing adventures on the Great Lakes, and for being my Dad.

This video is from July 4, 2014, one of my treasured memories.

The Pursuit of Happiness

This is where I need to be right now, no looking back and no regrets. Only beautiful thoughts, blessings, images, and words will be my space to create in. Creating my way to the pursuit of happiness!
—Tresa

I am a jewelry designer and graphic artist. On this blog, I hope to explore and learn, make new friends, share my ideas, present my jewelry designs, write about my process, post photography of my boating rendezvous on the Great Lakes, and share artsy tips! If I can do all of this, and cook for my husband, then wow, what an accomplishment! (He’s a much better cook than me and made the heart mash potatoes) I’ll have to allow myself to make mistakes along the way, in this new creative journey, in the pursuit of happiness.

boating, nautical abalone necklace

The pursuit of happiness

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