Birthday Month

Bird and Butterfly Garden Bench with Teal legs
Bird and Butterfly Garden Bench with Teal legs

I was born on May 30th, the same day as traditional Memorial Day.

When I was a little girl,  I always looked forward to the parade that took place on my birthday.   My Gramma and Grampa, aunts, uncles and cousins would celebrate with me. The smell of lilacs and fresh cut grass, a giant lollipop and laughter in the air are whispers of long ago.  Those are happy memories of my birthday.   As I grew into an adult it was fun to celebrate it for a week or two, max.  Now a days there is a thing called “birthday month”, where young and old alike celebrate all month long.

Here is to loooonnnnng celebrations.
I am doing my part to celebrate my birthday “month”.   I am offering a “Birthday” sale this week in my Etsy shop.
Save 15%  on selected items.  Coupon code is THEBIG60

pom sugar bowl


I am in the process of changing things up on my website.  It is a slow process because web stuff is not where I shine.  I have sent some new pages out over social media, my Art Work page and Installations.   I just ask that you please bare with me, I may end up posting something by mistake.

The Shop page is going to be the longest process.  But soon you will be able to shop directly in here without going to another site to purchase.  Although I will still have a presence on Etsy for the Etsy buyer convenience,  my work will be easier to find on line…right here…this is home!





Published by robinchladdesigns

I have been doodling, coloring, drawing, cutting, sculpting, painting, sewing, writing and everything in between since I could hold a crayon in my hand. My first art projects were filling up a big, fat coloring book of bridal dresses. I boldly ventured into new territory with paint-by-number sets. I graduated to luxurious and decadent velvet (paint-by-number) sets. Eventually, I mastered the art of Spirogragh. Originally from upstate New York I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1986. Back then I was a single mom and found myself in the job market. I went to Pima Community College for training. Instead of diving into my academics I kept hanging around the pottery studio. Some people lived there and if I didn’t have two little girls at home I would have ended up living there as well. Joking aside, I fell in love with clay and all its possibilities. Being in a position to care for my kids, in 1989 I created a very marketable, creative, and functional item. It was a simple concept that took me into new heights of the craft world and I became an entrepreneur. Creating and selling became my passion. I had achieved success for many years. I loved being my own boss and living the artist’s dream. Life moved real fast and before I knew it my girls were all grown up, moving out, getting married and having kids of there own. Hey, wait a minute… I am a Gramma at 40? No sweat, I handled it gracefully. Fast forward to the present: I have been on a journey led by God. I took a sabbatical for the last 6 years learning new people skills in real estate, retail and care giving to the elderly. But my natural instincts kept leading me back to what my soul cannot deny. New visions, new risks, and a stronger faith has lead me to this point. Have I arrived? It’s like my life is all mapped out and a red arrow points to You Are Here! But the road keeps going and I have learned to listen to that still small voice. My days are filled with a little bit of art, a little bit of caring for my grandchildren, care giving to the elderly and volunteering at Sunday school. I am currently working on sculpting with clay in a tile mosaic setting, like my Seed Pod series or House of Fruit Trios. Some of my pieces are a mixture of individual 3-D tiles, shadow box shrines, and ornaments. The work that’s being created is inspirational, whimsical, and contemporary. Even though life can be very serious and intense I hope to achieve simply bringing joy or even a smile to someone’s face though my creations. I am also designing and developing my%2

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