The last 4.5 months have been filled with things I was too scared to do, things I thought I’d never be able to do again and things I fought to be able to do again. This was one of them. ‘Don’t let the bastards grind you down’ means more to me now than it did when I initially wanted this done. Thank you again to the incomparable @xmarks for the tattoo, the chats and the comfy chair.
I know I’ve been M.I.A around here and have completely been up my own ass
But it hasn’t been for nothing
You know that quote by Albert Camus: ‘In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.‘
Well it’s actually true in my case
During what has undoubtedly been the worst time of my life…hospital visits and crisis centres and panic attacks and crying. Oh man the crying…
Well somehow during that, I started fooling around with decoupaging and that led me to painting. Now I must warn you that despite how often I’ve been asked or told that I ‘must be an artist’. I’ve never thought of myself as creative nor did I have any interest in pursuing art of any kind other than just to please my own eye.
But I found that I can literally turn my brain off while creating or painting or decoupaging or whatever else I come up with. Hours go by, my hands and arms are covered with Mod Podge and paint…and I have created something. That feeling of accomplishment is so rewarding. It’s intoxicating actually. And it feels really fucking good.
And so began Damaged Goods Shoppe. I don’t know where this will lead me or how it will turn out. I can, however say that nothing, not even writing this blog has made me feel as vulnerable showcasing my art. I’m not used to that. I’m such an open book and sometimes even a little cocky but this is different somehow.
Anyway, for now you can find my creations on Instagram at
On Facebook at
On Etsy at
and you can reach me through any of those sources or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you’ll take a peak and I’d love and appreciate any feedback
Shopkeeper of Damaged Goods
I’ve been working hard on creating