Saturday, September 2, 2017

Surprise Package, Nerissa and Marin

Good morning! Time is flying by 'way too quickly between posts. I really, REALLY must become more diligent about reading your blogs and updating mine. I'm afraid 2017 has found me woefully short on both.

A few weeks ago, I received a surprise in the mail from a sweet blogging friend, Jo (Serendipitous Stitching).  Jo send a lovely card and a copy of Cross Stitch Collection magazine that contained my blog and interview. Jo - THANK YOU FOR THINKING OF ME! (Aren't blogging friends the greatest EVER?!)?

In spite of no stitching to show, I have been busy - here is my first full body sculpt - Nerissa. It's American/Greek for "Daughter of the Sea" or "Nymph of the Sea". I took a class from Deb Wood. She is an awesome sculptor and teacher - Deb - THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME BELIEVE IN MYSELF!!

Nerissa, Daughter of the Sea

When I returned from working with Deb, I immediately started another mermaid sculpt. I know I have a lot to learn, but I'm very proud of how this little one turned out - meet Marin, Star of the Sea:

Marin, Star of the Sea

Marin's Journey
 One of the things I love about creating is researching the meaning behind whatever it is I set my mind to create. It makes the entire process more meaningful to me. It is my hope that that spirit will shine through to the observer.

Before embarking on this little mermaid’s journey, I studied the myth and folklore behind mermaids. They are considered to be sea dwelling creatures with the upper body of a beautiful woman and the lower body of a fish, conveying elegance and fantasy. Most have long hair, either red or gold. Their hair symbolizes that of the supernatural or of the gods. In myth and folklore, mermaids are often described as being seen above the surface of the sea combing their hair and gazing into a mirror. The ancient Syrians are said to have worshipped a mermaid moon goddess, Atargatis.

Out of this information Marin was born - a golden haired beauty, gazing into a mirror admiring her gold tresses and hypnotic gaze.  The name “Marin” is of Irish and Celtic origin meaning “star of the sea”.  Hence the star fish embellishments surrounding her coral throne and the sand dollar with the star on her crown. Marin wears a moon tattoo armband in memory of Atargatis.

And - there's MORE to share! Till next time.....


  1. Kim: Wow what beauties, you are amazing, they are beautiful, I see your work is perfect, the Mermaids are lovely.
    Thank-you for the explaining about the Myths and Folklore of the Mermaids


  2. So glad to hear from you! Both mermaids are the beauties they should be; your creativity is amazing.

  3. I love mermaids.And yours are so detailed in their creation.Believe it or not and although I am Greek I had never heard of the name Nerissa!!!!AriadnefromGreece!

  4. Hi Kim your mermaids are beautiful.
    How sweet of Jo , bloggers are so wonderful .
    Enjoy your weekend.

  5. That's such a great gift from Jo.
    The two mermaids you created are just gorgeous. And I love the thoughts that went into the creation of Marin.

  6. Oh Kim, I am so glad to read a post by you. I was just thinking of you last night and wondering what in the world happened to you!!
    So very nice of Jo. :D Your dolls are gorgeous Kim! Truly works of art.

  7. What lovely mermaids you created, Kim! You received a nice surprised from Jo. Enjoy your day!

  8. I absolutely adore your work. These Mermaids are perfect!

  9. Jo is so sweet! Congratulations!!! And your sculptures... WOW! You are so incredibly talented. These are fabulous.

  10. Such beautiful mermaids!! I especially love their tails and their sweet faces. And how fun to go to the mailbox and find something special!

  11. I had to send the magazine! Glad that you liked it.
    The mermaids are lovely, what are their tails made from? It's so beautiful.

  12. What kind of media do you use for the tail? It looks fantastic! Greta work :)

  13. So sweet of Jo to send you the mag, what a good egg she is!
    I LOVE your mermaids, their displays are amazing!

  14. Oh my goodness, your mermaids are AMAZING!! I can't even imagine creating something like that. Just stunning!