Thursday, May 31, 2012

I Got This

Alright... I've been keeping a little something from you guys.
Mostly because I don't want to get anyone's hopes ups.. 
And by anyone..
I mean me.

So, here is the situation. 
I have applied to teach art at a nearby school!

I would be the art teacher guys.. at a school.
With real students.

Basically, a dream job for me.

I applied last week, and had an interview.
Today I had the second interview,
and a tour of the school,
 I met the principal, 
and some students.

I can barely focus on anything else! 

I'm posting about it only to get this all off my chest, 
and maybe spark some positive thoughts my way.

I don't know when I will hear back..
so, until then,
please send some positive thoughts and vibes my way! 

I will be repeating "I got this. I got this. I got this.
until I know.. that I got this.

And now I will try to get my mind on other things..
Like summer drives, and hikes and smiles.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Get To Know Mary!

Please give us a brief bio, where you are from, who you are, and how you started in this field?
I am a painter and art educator living in the Greater St. Louis Area. I am originally from St. Louis, but have spent a lot of time in Michigan, too, where I went to graduate school and taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts for 10 summers! I have a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art: Painting.

When did you first discover your creative talents?
I've loved making art for as long as I can remember, always taking as many art classes as I could, even during the summer!
It was in college, during my Painting I class I decided to take the leap and major in art, specifically painting.

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?
I am inspired by nature, maps, art and travel, landscapes and geology! Keeping a blog keeps me motivated, accountable, and inspired.
Each Wednesday, I post a new painting I've completed that week.
I also keep myself motivated by planting small seeds...applying to galleries and residencies and shows.
It also helps being surrounded by creative people!

How would
you describe your style?I would describe my style as mixed-media abstract, with lots of layers and textures and a variety of media.
My paintings are layered with maps and scientific illustrations and geological diagrams of land formations.
I am captivated by the idea that geological shifts and transformations seem to parallel both individuals and their relationships: continually changing, varying, shifting and developing, too.

Describe yourself in 5 words.
Passionate, optimistic, creative, compassionate, introspective.

Anything else you would like to add?
Favorite quote?
I love this quote by Albert Einstein:
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Words of advice?
Words of advice:
Never give up! Be true to yourself and be kind to yourself, too.
Remember everything's not black or white; there are lots of shades of gray in between.
Finally, practice, practice, practice and plant small seeds

Share with us something funny that has happened to you recently.
Recently, I was asked if I was a geologist or a painter. I was very flattered, but amused, too, because science was never my strong suit in school.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


I actually don't like posting photos of myself like this, 
but my friend Chelsea did such a great job on these,
 she deserves quite a shout out.

We drove down to Salt Lake together last week, and had fun exploring and taking photos.
It's a good thing I was feeling brave, because there were lots of people around watching us.
One guy even got into a picture with me.

If you would have read this blog 2 years ago, you would know..
I would never have done anything like this.
I used to be extremely shy and introverted.

I still like my alone time, and have a few bouts of social anxiety..
but for the most part, I'm pretty brave in public.
Life is short. Why not have fun?

Chelsea is a very talented photographer,
so if you are in the Utah area, please contact her!
Check out her website, and her facebook.

Here are some more photos of the shoot!

June Sponsor Call!

Do you have a beautiful blog or shop you would like to advertise here on Talk2thetrees? 

I would be delighted to work with you!

How it works:
-Your ad will go up on the first of the month.
-Large ads are listed first, then small ads follow.

-You can make your own ad or I can make you a custom one for $15. 
If you make your own, please be sure it's the right size!

Monthly Rates:

 The Extra Large Ad
There will only be one per month.
Extra Large Ads are 45$ 
This includes an interview, and your choice between a giveaway or a guest post.
You will get a solo post for your giveaway
and another solo post for your interview. 
The Extra Large Ad package also includes weekly shout-outs via twitter and facebook. (see stats below!)
The Large Ad
 Large Ad's are 35$

This includes a group giveaway with the other sponsors. 
If no other sponsors are scheduled for a giveaway,
lucky you!
You will either have a giveaway with me, or a solo one! 
The Large Ad Package also includes a group interview post.
If you decide to sponsor another month, your second month will only be 25.00, without a giveaway.
The Large Ad package also includes weekly shout-outs via twitter and facebook. (see stats below!)

The Small Ad
Small ads are 15$
There are no limits to the amount of small ads at this time.
This ad is a great and affordable way to get your shop or blog seen!

I can make you a custom button for an additional $15. I will include HTML for you to use on your own blog too!

Giveaways: A giveaway is included in the Extra Large Adspace. If you are interested in just a giveaway and no adspace, the charge is just 25$.  Please note that the giveaway item needs to be worth at least 25.00.

Product Reviews:
 For a less costly way to advertise,  you may send me an item from your shop to incorporate into my weekly outfit posts! I always link what I wear, and do a little review for my etsy or other handmade finds!
The outfit post also gets onto lookbook, twitter, facebook, tumblr flickr, AND pinterest! It can be a great way to get your item seen! So, if you are interested, send me an email!

Blog Info:
Talk2thetrees was launched in 2008, (though not updated regularly until November 2009). T2TT has been consistently gaining new visitors and followers ever since.

Currently, according to Google Analytics, Talk2thetrees receives over 9000 different visitors a week and over 15,000 page views a week. 

Talk2thetrees has over 2000 blog followers at this time.

I am also on twitter, with over 13,000 followers 
and use Facebook with over 2000 likes and over 1000 friends. 

I use these sites daily to promote any new posts, tutorials, or featured sponsors. 

I post on average 5 times a week... but often more!

Talk2thetrees is a for-profit blog. This blog is a way for me to  live my dream of working from home. All profits made from sponsors are put right back into advertising this blog, which means.. more views for you!

Talk2thetrees was featured in the August 2011 Issue of Artful Blogging.

As well as the December 2011 issue!

Talk2tetrees the blog and shop has also been featured in such places as

Perez Hilton's

the blog of Paper'n'stitch,
 And the September 2011 issue of Doggie Woggie.

 Talk2thetrees is a for profit blog, meaning I accept money for advertising. It's a way for me to live my dream of working at home as an artist. 
All profits received from the blog are put into advertising for Talk2thetrees, which means.. more views for you too! 

I truly appreciate my readers, and look forwarding to blogging with you for many years to come!

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