Meet The Artist

Meet The Artist
Missy Trent
Email Missy at: MTreasures@hotmail.com

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Christmas Coat...

It all began that Saturday just before Christmas.

A girls' day out... sushi and shopping, with my sister-in-law and niece who were visiting from Iowa.

We chose to shop downtown Lawrence because it offers so much historic charm with beautiful brick buildings, unique shops, boutiques, and antiques. (even used book stores that I could spend hours in).

We made our way into a very nice thrift store. Very trendy, in a retro kind of way. The clothing is gently worn, yet some, very old.

That's when I saw it.

"The Christmas coat". (I gave the coat this name because of it's fabulous green color and because it was so close to Christmas).

I instantly loved her! (So much that I had my sister-in-law hold the coat so that I could snap this photo).

Just look at this beautiful rose design!

The fur on the collar had lost it's fluff, but the coat seemed to be in good condition. I tried it on and to my surprise, it was a perfect fit! I twirled around, giggling at my view in the full length mirror. I always tell myself that if I try on clothing and it makes me giggle... then it's sold. A must-have.

I visualized me wearing a vintage Christmas tree lapel pin on it's breast. Oh, yes! That would certainly make it a true Christmas coat to wear year after year, wouldn't it?

I looked at the hanging tag which revealed the price: $27.00.

Really! ONLY $27.00 for this treasure?

Oh, how I wanted the coat...

but it was Christmas time and how could I possibly feel good about purchasing something for myself?

My thoughts raced around in my head. I have Winter coats. But not a green Christmas coat.

Many people in this world don't even have a coat.

Money is tight this time of year.

Save your money, Missy.

I hung the coat back on it's rack and we left the store.

Exhausted, mentally, from the debate taking place in my mind.

I am still thinking about that coat! I'm so glad that I took a picture of it. I even painted her on a page in my art journal. She's special.
Yes. I regret not bringing her home with me, but am so grateful to have the memory!
And so, that is the story of "The Christmas Coat".
Are you ready to ring in the new year?
We are!!!


Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas past...

For us, it was a very quiet Christmas Day here on the prairie. As I made my way into the kitchen to get a cup of java, I noticed that it was going to be a sunny day, according to the shadows on the wall. Of course, I paused. Admired and then went back to the bedroom to grab my camera. I love waking up to such surprises!

Beside the coffee pot sits my shabby chalkboard (which I now use as a calendar).

December 25th. Christmas.

I hope that you had a wonderful one!

I called my family first thing. I think that next December I am going to suggest to them that we celebrate as a family AFTER Christmas has passed. Possibly, we will be able to ring in the new year together!

As I sipped the coffee, I did browse through the photos that we had taken just two weekends ago. We had a perfect Christmas together and I cherish the memories.

I am in no hurry to take down our Christmas decorations. In fact, I would never do so before New Years Day! It's all too pretty and I enjoy the warm and cozy!

I do, however, need to return to reality and routine.

I brushed up on my painting yesterday afternoon.

Tiny greeting cards in watercolor.

I rarely do art for fun these days. Personal art. It was pure joy to simply play!


December 26th.

Christmas past.

I have three large commission paintings to produce by February so today I begin!

Wishing you a fabulous day and I will meet you right back here...

very soon!



Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pre or Post Christmas?


Husband and I pour the morning coffee...

brewed from an old metal percolator pot from our vintage collection.

It seems to taste stronger this way. Hotter too.

Much needed on these brutally brisk Winter mornings.

Although tomorrow night is Christmas Eve, we haven't any plans or anyone but the two of us to celebrate with since we had our family Christmases early. Pre-Christmas just doesn't feel "right" to me!

I enjoy being out and about, walking downtown shopping strips. Saturday I snapped a few photos while spending time with my lovely sister-in-law who also adores art, second hand book stores, thrift shops, and antiques. (Oh, and sushi)!

The weekend before that, my family was here. I still feel some emptiness in my heart. After all, it is Christmas. A time for family.

I remind myself that I am very blessed to have my family still sharing this earth with me.

Yesterday it was back to work for both hubby and I.

Big commission paintings...

and I am so out-of-practice and experiencing a big creative block.

Not only have I been off of my routine...

It is Christmas, right?

A perfect time for some art journaling.

Just playing with paint and holding a paintbrush is great practice!

Yes, it feels wonderful to be back in my pretty art space, surrounded by my favorite toys...

even though my thoughts drift back to Christmas!

Post-Christmas here!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!



Thursday, December 18, 2014

I wish...

I wish that every day could be Christmas!

Well, okay...

That might take away some of the excitement and joy if it were Christmas season all year long, but I would, however, enjoy having these warm feelings (that seem especially strong and present this time of year), every single day.

Speaking for only myself, I do feel more giving, more thoughtful and compassionate. Possibly it is because I become more aware in December. Aware that it is the season to give. Aware that there are so many less fortunate people in this world, and even in my own community.

Aware that I can do something.

I seem to become more driven to do my part in helping others and wow, that feels incredibly good!

This is REAL joy, indeed!

All of my senses really kick in when December rolls around!

I don't want to miss out on anything...

The smells of pine trees, cinnamon, candies and fudge being made in specialty shops...

The sounds of the Salvation Army bells, Christmas songs playing on the radio.

My eyes are wide open to all of the beauty and the magic that surrounds us, even while out running errands.

Lights, sparkles, and often, (in Kansas), SNOW!

We greeted our first snow of the season this morning!

Naturally, I grabbed my camera and my heavy brown coat. I through on some boots and out the door I went, careful not to leave too many foot impressions in the freshly fallen snow. That ruins a great photo opp!

Snap, snap, snap.

Isn't it great that we no longer have to ask ourselves if a subject is photo worthy or not? With digital, I feel so free to shoot!

After playing Miss photographer in the front yard, I made my way to the backside of our house.

I'm never out in the snow for very long. It's dreadfully cold.

Inside, I brewed a pot of coffee. At night I've been sipping tea or hot cocoa with a peppermint stick. I swirl the stick around and around, allowing the mint to dissolve and add a hint of "wintery" flavor. Those pure sugar sticks work best for this! (Those softer sticks).

Another special something that I only do during the Christmas season.


Today I finished my last custom ordered ornament so I am now officially taking a mini vacation to spend time on personal art and with family.

It was a successful year for selling and I thank my supporters from the bottom of my heart.

I never ever imagined that I would actually be living my dream.

I did make some time to finally bleach some of those charming bottle brush trees! I even glittered a few!

I purchased several of them last year but simply never found the time to get creative with them.

I had planned on dying some and adding "bulbs", but I was so captivated by the whites and the creamy colors that I decided to save the dying for next year.

For now, I sit in my favorite chair, all wrapped up in a soft sweater. Gazing at our pretty tree. Staying present!

Oh, how I wish...

that almost every day could be Christmas!

Sending blessings your way.

Peace & Love to all.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The most wonderful time...

Hello, dear ones!
Yes, I know. It's been awhile since I have blogged.
I have missed my iPad terribly...
and you!
It's funny how we tend to get stuck in our comfort zones.
For me, my iPad has become my office. I use it for all of my photo editing, organizing, corresponding, selling, promoting my art, blogging. I had my last iPad set up to suit my needs just perfectly and then one day it was gone! A black screen and never again to power on. We tried to fix it and even replaced the battery with no luck. Yes, I have other devices, but oh, how I missed my perfect iPad!
Tonight I am happily setting up my new iPad Air!
Keep in mind, I may have some tweaking to do so this post will be short and sweet. A test post!
I hope that you are enjoying this holiday season!
I certainly am and have so much more to share.
Blessings to you!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tis' the season...

Tis' the season!
It's that time of the year again...

I am spending each day painting ornaments!
Ornaments to be shipped out to new homes and families from all over!
This warms my heart.
I have much more to share with you…
but it will have to wait. My iPad has died. I used my iPad for simplifying not only my life, but my art biz and blog. As I create this post on my Macbook Pro…
I can't help to feel so lost. Everything is different on a laptop! I am certainly out of my comfort zone now without the ease of an iPad!
I do hope that you are enjoying this beautiful season!
We are expecting snow today!
Yes, I will have my camera ready and I shall return soon!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Celebrate Halloween!

The wind is howling just outside my windows.

A crisp chill has made it's way into the house. That old familiar chill that forces me to quickly jump out of bed in the morning hours and grab my fleece robe that has hung on the bathroom door hook for months.


It's such a beautiful season, indeed.

I cannot even imagine living somewhere else, where there are no Fall colors and the sound of crunching leaves beneath my feet when I venture out.


To me, this is the season that excites and reminds me that the holidays are soon upon us!

Here in Kansas, it usually begins now.


Start digging out the sweaters, mittens, boots, and ear muffs because it's coming.


But let's not jump to far ahead.

In leu of this wonderous, spooky time...

Let's stay in the moment and celebrate Halloween!

I have enjoyed many opportunities to play and prepare for this "holiday".

Shopping with friend from Texas...

(Pure silliness and fun as we tried on masks and hats)!

A trip back to my home town recently led to more dress up fun with my special cousin, Tonya...

and, of course, my immediate family whom I miss so much, especially during holiday months.

Yes, life has been blissfully busy lately.

Art sales.

Some substitute teaching.

Friends. Family. Chores.

A trip to Arkansas. Flea markets. Off road riding. Dining.

Selling out of Hand painted Christmas ornaments already!


I even watched my very first World Series game on tv!

(I have never been a fan of sports, but did enjoy game 7)!

I try to be a very open minded person and expose myself to new things. Watching the game with hubby made it even more enjoyable!

I wish each and every one of you a safe and happy Halloween!

Stay warm!