Sunday, February 6, 2011

{Pretty.Fresh.Simple}....A Simple Summer Girl

As many of you who have read my blog for a while know...I love featuring my favorite artists from Etsy.  And today's post covers an artist who's work embodies all that I love about the ocean. Meet Heather from Simple Daisy.  

Heather's blog was one of the first that I started reading on a regular basis...and her humorous, authentic and creative posts always kept me coming back for more.  I just love how this Indiana girl reminds me so much of the quintessential California girl. When you read her blog - you would think she grew up on the shores of the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean...she just exudes that warm sunny beachy feeling and you really see it reflected in her work. 

I recently purchased the Jamie bracelet from Simple Daisy's Etsy Shop....and just loved how she packages her jewelry.  Her attention to detail is amazing and I  couldn't help but feel the swoosh of the ocean breeze when I opened up the box.  



Heather's always been a "water girl".  She grew up with a pool and enjoyed boating on the local lakes...but it was when she was in 4th grade and visited Florida - that she fell in love with the ocean.  "The color of the water, the sea life, the sunshine...I loved it all and I have ever since".  Don't you see the inspiration she received way back when she was a little girl? 

Love the Sea Handstamped Necklace
Sea Horse Necklace
Sand and Sea bracelet
Heather works on many projects at the same time and loves to spread all of her "messes" everywhere.  For those of you who visit her blog - you know the great studio she has.....


Simple Daisy Studio
She has journals full of ideas...and her mind never stops thinking about all the possibilities to create.  Her inspiration comes from everywhere as she is always looking at things through a creative lens, especially when she is outside enjoying nature.  She loves the color of the ocean...driftwood, sand, rocks and once she starts working with these mediums, all kinds of ideas come into her mind.  



Her passion for making things started at an early age, learning from her Grandparents.  Her Grandpa was a home builder and when she was a little girl, she would take his prints and the JC Penney catalog and "design and decorate" her home.  She would put all of her ideas into binders and just dream of the day when she would have her own home to decorate.  Her Grandma sews beautifully and when she was growing up, Heather used to take all her leftover material scraps and try to make things.  

So it's no surprise today that her house is full of pillows she made herself (although she says she is not that great at sewing..I bet she is)....and she loves to build out of scrap wood, having learned that from her Grandpa.  It makes her so happy to be building in her basement workshop as it brings back wonderful memories of all the things he taught her.  

Some of her most favorite projects are those that can be finished quickly, especially making wreaths and beachy signs. She loves decorating and makes things she can put in her home and is fearless about trying new things.  Power tools, sewing machines, torches...whatever it takes to create...she's open and willing to try anything once.
When I asked Heather why she named her shop Simple Daisy, she said.."I decided on Simple Daisy because daisies are my very favorite summer flower and I like things to be simple and uncomplicated.  One day when I was thinking about names...I knew I wanted something Daisy...and simple just entered my mind. I think that Simple Daisy very much describes me....A Simple Summer Girl".    With a Happy Heart.  

An Indiana Girl who's heart belongs at the Sea....


22 comments:

sealaura said...

great post! Heather is one of my first friends on the blogosphere and I too love her jewelry. she made me a fab sealaura tag that I just love to wear.
I always look forward to her cheer on simpledaisy.

It's Jenn! said...

Great post, beautiful jewelry! I will most definitely be visiting her shop!

NanaDiana said...

I don't know this blog at all...but you can bet I will pop over there now. Thanks for opening another door~ xxoo Diana

classic • casual • home said...

So pretty. I love how Heather displays her jewelry on drift wood.
Mary Ann

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, what a fantastic post!!! Heather is amazing!! I love everything!
XO

michelle said...

Love the bracelet you purchased! She is so creative and talented, I just adore her and her blog!

simpledaisy said...

Thank you so very much!! That was so very nice of you:):):):)

I am honored to be on your happy little bechy blog!!!!!

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

I love when sellers "wrap" your purchases like a gift. Makes it so special!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Debbie! I ADORE Heather! Her heart just sings for the ocean and you can tell she's just in love with life by the way she writes her posts. Always happy, uplifting, encouraging, and so very creative. And her jewelry is fabulous!!! How sweet of you to feature her on your post today. You're a gem yourself! ♥

xoxo laurie

Donna said...

Heather's work is just gorgeous! I always love seeing how other people package their work, opening that pretty box would be like a gift in and of itself. I also really love the beautiful blue glass beads that she uses, I am hoping right over to her shop and blog! Thanks for sharing yet another talented artist!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Adore Heather's creations! So fresh, innovative and filled with beach love!!!

A Vintage Vine said...

Her work is awesome!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Heather is so full of creativity! Her pieces are beautiful and I love the one you picked out!

Kaybe said...

I purchased 3 necklaces for Xmas presents. They were too pretty to re-wrap. My nieces loved them. Heather's blog is not only light-hearted and fun but it is honest. She shares from her heart.

Take good care,

Karen

Shellbelle said...

Count me in as another who simply adores Heather. She does everything with gusto and I remember commenting in the past that she should have her own show on HGTV, she does it all! I love her beachy crafts and decorating style, I love her recipes and her commitment to exercise. Her Etsy store makes me wish I wore jewelry, lol.

If ask who I would most like to sit and sip a glass of vino with, it would be Heather for sure. Or a beer, she's the one who turned me on to my favorite beer (and I wasn't a beer drinker).

But most of all, Heather is just a darn sweet, honest person. She's aces at The Hut!

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Heather's jewelry is gorgeous! I love the hand-stamped pieces combined with the charms. And the sea glass wreath is so unique and charming :-)

becky said...

Add my name to the Heather fan club!

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Heather sure does make some beautiful jewelry. Love her studio... great space! Thanks for the introduction. :)

kerrie of sea cottage said...

This is the sweetest post of one of the sweetest sea-lovin girls in the Blogworld. Heather is a blog friend of mine too and someday I will own a piece of her jewelry.

I wanted to let you know that I am working on opening an etsy shop for my artwork...it will be called Seawashed Studio and linked to my blogs. I'll keep you posted. Thank you for asking. ox

gpc said...

I love love love her stuff!

One Heart said...

Love Heather's creations. Absolutely a breath of fresh air...sea air that is. ;)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

She's an ETSY favorite of mine..that's for sure! I absolutely LOVE her jewelry and drool over it every time I visit! She has a lovely blog, too! This is a nice article about her! She sparkles...just like her creations! ♥