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Welcome to my Blooming Blog!

So, what's with the name... Blooming Blog?

Years ago, when I owned my retail art studio in NC called Art Blooms, I seemed to have stumbled upon the concept that has always been at my core; personally, artistically, and professionally... blooming.

As I grew within the role of small business owner, I realized that my life up until that point, had been a series of nutrient bursts to feed that entrepreneurial spirit.

I have always been an artist. I was never one of those people afraid to use that label because I was strong in my belief of what art truly is and who its for.

I believe in living with the openness of catching inspiration as it flows and that harnessing that energy into an entity of some sort that further radiates it out into the universe. In that regard, artists are conduits and their art just differs in the way it's demonstrated.

I believe art is for everyone. Regardless if you are a maker, teacher, or a collector, art surrounds us. It's in our homes, on our t-shirts, featured in car designs, and manipulated in graphic design.

With that in mind, I give you Blooming Blog, with the intention that after reading and engaging, it encourages you and nurtures you to bloom in your own way.

Blooming Blog

A Look into Life as an Artist & A Blossoming Human

By Rachelle Eason

Arachnoid Cyst Head

Arachnoid Cyst Awareness Day 2023

March 14, 20237 min read

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The lesser energy that I have got me off the continual hamster wheel of producing and showing like a madwomen! I crave quiet, calm, and peacefulness.” - Rachelle Eason

Arachnoid Cyst - Bits of My Story

It's Arachnoid Cyst Awareness Day and I just wanted to pop in and give you a some highlights of my story.

It's actually a very long story that I intend to write down and share with those that are dealing with this chronic condition, but now is not the time. 

I only wish to share a few bits to raise awareness, although it seems long too!

In General

  • Arachnoid cysts are typically non-cancerous tumors that are usually birth defects.

  • Arachnoid cysts are full of cerebral fluid that moves around as you move...think of squishing a water balloon in different places and the bulges that result.

  • Arachnoid cysts are often found incidentally when patients are tested because of head trauma. Some are asymptomatic and some people go their whole lives without knowing they have one. Some are discovered because of looking for answers to symptoms.

  • Arachnoid cysts can vary in size, put pressure on different parts of the brain, and can cause intense headaches, vertigo, seizures, strokes, etc.

  • Most people with scoliosis have an arachnoid cyst, although the reverse is untrue. Having an arachnoid cyst doesn't mean they have scoliosis too.

  • Many neurologists and neurosurgeons refuse to believe that ACs cause the symptoms the patients complain about even with MRI proof of the placement and pressure. Many patients suffer needlessly because of this.

  • Medication for migraines is usually given as treatment although rarely helps. There is no guarantee that surgery will relieve the symptoms of the arachnoid cyst.

  • There's a specific Facebook group for support of people with arachnoid cysts.

    Arachnoid Cyst MRI

Specifically Me

  • My arachnoid cyst (AC) was discovered because of intense symptoms that manifested when I was 50. Traveling back from SC, without warning, incredible pain came over me and I screamed as if someone was stabbing me in my head. Chris was driving and of course, was completely startled at my outburst.

  • A neurologist discovered my AC with an MRI a few weeks later. My MRI also showed I had several transient ischemic attacks (mini-strokes) which I never realized.

  • My AC is on the large side, 4 cm, and is lodged right between the two lobes of my brain.

  • It took 18 months and four different specialists to get to my fabulous neurosurgeon in Winter Park who is an expert in treating arachnoid cysts.

  • Discussions with my neurosurgeon led to explanations for impairments I've had since childhood that I thought were weaknesses compared to "normal" kids... such as feeling of drowning during diving into pools and doing flip turns; feeling light headedness, tunnel vision, and moments of blacking out while running distance for tennis training, etc. 

  • I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis as a teen. If my curve was straightened at that time, I would be 3 inches taller. At the end of my junior year of high school, I was a few weeks away from scoliosis surgery when I decided against it. (Different story. ☺️)

  • When I was an invited artist to Disney, I suffered incredible headaches due to the music and noise around my shop, passed out a couple of times, and spent part of almost every day with dizziness... all due to the arachnoid cyst.

  • When I was pregnant with each of our four children, i had tunnel vision and blacked out early in each pregnancy. Now I know that was due to my arachnoid cyst.

  • In June 2020, I had my first craniotomy to fenestrate my arachnoid cyst. I had instant relief! But... I had a critical response to the anesthesia, my blood pressure tanked, and when they pumped me with fluids, my lungs filled up. I went into respiratory arrest and ended up with pulmonary and cardiac problems that eventually went away with treatment by those specific specialists.

  • After 18 months of blissful head health that I don't ever remember feeling, my cyst returned with a vengeance. I could tell because when I bent over, the pressure in my head felt like I was underwater. I could actually feel and "hear" the fluid moving.

  • Without hesitation, I had my second brain surgery in August 2022. Very aware of my issue with anesthesia the last time, my anesthesiologist was phenomenal and prevented that from reoccurring. Although the trauma of surgery triggered a secondary issue... occipital neuralgia on the left part of my head. Now after an outpatient procedure and six months recovery from brain, surgery, those symptoms are decreasing.

  • After both surgeries, I have had cognitive impairments. After the first surgery, I couldn't read a book for about 18 months. After this second surgery, reading anything even Facebook posts, is hard. I can't accomplish multi-step processes in order, and producing my live or recorded instructional classes online is close to impossible. It's taking me days to write this.

  • In both surgeries, my doctor was able to fenestrate the cyst and remove 95% of the membrane of it. The parts that have their tentacles in the lobes of my brain cannot be removed without lasting damage.

  • Will mine grow back? Most likely since it already did once. Will I opt for surgery again? Yes, in a heartbeat. The pain is too intense not to.

  • My doctor says that the hope is scar tissue builds up with surgery and eventually the cyst can't grow through the scar tissue.

It's crazy but there are people in the Facebook group that have had this surgery 19 times or more. There are a lot of children diagnosed with it now and parents have to decide if having surgery is the right choice. Just the words "brain surgery" are scary when making the decision for yourself. I can't imagine having to make that decision for one of my children.

That is a whole lot of info, but it is a whole big thing!

Arachnoid Cyst Head Flowers

How I Feel

I am so very grateful for all of this! The diagnosis explained so much that I thought made me weaker than others. My doctor and his team are amazing and addressed my condition head on (pun intended😂) while letting the choices rest with my husband and me.

My life has changed tremendously and I know for the better. The lesser energy that I have got me off the continual hamster wheel of producing and showing like a madwomen! I crave quiet, calm, and peacefulness. There's no room for things that disturb that and I make a conscious effort to keep stress minimal. I say "no" a lot! 

My Art

My art has been influenced by my arachnoid cyst, both literally and figuratively. 

About 6 weeks post this last surgery, I started a pottery collection of slab built textured planters that I called Reclaim, Recover, Renew which evolved into a second collection called Recover, Renewal, Refresh. The process of building with textured slabs, pressing them together to form a vessel, and the finished pieces intended to hold plants, symbolize the overlapping of symptoms from childhood and adult hood, finding a way to bring them together into a story that overcomes the challenges and creates space for new growth.

Then, dealing with the occipital neuralgia, sparked a person piece for me. The head as pictured is the visual manifestation of what is going on in my own head. The left side, the analytical critical thinking side, features the aspects that are impaired...reading, calculating, processing. The right side, the creative side, features what seems to be in overdrive... pottery, creating, dreaming.

Most of all, it shows I am grateful.

Thank you!

So...if you have read this far, I commend you! Thank you! I hope on this Arachnoid Cyst Awareness Day, you have learned a bit about an invisible illness that is definitely not invisible to the person saddled with it.

A bit extra...

You can click the button below to see my arachnoid cyst head sculpture as an incense burner. 🥰 



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Rachelle Eason

Artist, Potter, Facilitator of Clay Experiences

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More Blog Posts ~ Written by Rachelle Eason

Yesterday marked 3 weeks since my brain surgery and I am in the phase of recovery when I have to remind myself to take real rest.

This quote by Jennifer Williamson has been coming to mind a lot.

What does real rest feel to you?

Our track record with growing a garden, is well, let’s say, inconsistent.😳😉 However, I am determined to start growing some of the plant elements I use in my Plant-Stained Paper, and, of course, have a great meadow for our little Willow to wonder about when she's older.

Rituals and Life Transitions in relationship to creativity and actually living our daily life can help navigate new and overwhelming waters.

Come along on a walk and chat with me as I wonder around Lake Hollingsworth.

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Over 17000 sellers have put their Etsy shops on vacation mode this week in protest of rising seller's fees and other policies that have thrust artists into competitive disadvantage.

So, I had a problem and looked to clay to fix it. I needed to figure out this whole food approach to combating this disease and I knew how much time it takes to learn about a targeted nutrition approach.

Air-Dry Clay definitely gives an additional layer of art exploration and it feeds those of us craving tactile engagement.

Here’s a quick peak at the part where we made a “tree in the wind.” As you can see, all needs to still be painted.

I invite you to watch the video that is less than a minute. It’s not about my pictures, it’s about noticing the length of the photos as they flip through the slide show, each photo set pausing longer than the one before.

The second installment of The Lowdown on Pottery

There are three main types of clay and each have specific ways for making as well as unique characteristics in their finished state.

One of the biggest misnomers out there is the difference between the terms pottery and ceramics.

The truth of the matter is that ceramics is the umbrella term for fired clay.

What is it about holding a piece of pottery?

It something that transcends words for me sometimes…and I’ve been a potter for decades.

As an artist, I understand that in personal terms and creative terms. Recently I was hit with a brick wall, figuratively speaking of course.

In all of my gazillion experiences teaching, I think the best learning was fueled from the energy of those in the room.

Little scraps of paper in my night stand drawer are essential for me.

I have a gazillion art and writing ideas that float through me at any given moment and I have to catch them before they flow away.

In June of 1986, I graduated high school and drove this sweet ride!

I love flame! At least I love controlled flame in a creative artsy setting.

Two of my fabulous students last semester gifted me with a torch and I have been enjoying finishing up my Raku pieces with the added touch a torch flame brings.

Seven years ago, our life changed with a literal heartbeat… my husband’s.

Memories have been triggered in unexpected moments… sounds, movie scenes, and in visits with old friends.

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Our Creative Well ~ Transcripts

Special Podcast Hosted by Ali Manning & Rachelle Eason

Our Creative Well

EP. 1 April 21, 2022

Life Transitions & Creativity


Ali Manning & Rachelle Eason


Roben-Marie Smith &

Christina Pateros

Our Creative Well

EP. 2 May 5, 2022

Nutrition & Creativity


Ali Manning & Rachelle Eason


Beth Bollinger

Our Creative Well

EP. 3 May 19, 2022

Sanctuary & Creativity


Ali Manning & Rachelle Eason



More Blog Posts ~ Written by Rachelle Eason

In my last six months of AJ classes, I have learned more than I EVER learned in school! Not only have you given us the opportunity to learn art and journaling, but also culture, history, artistic techniques, etc., etc., etc. And because of your enthusiasm and powerful yet gentle method of teaching, I am able to learn, actually grasp!

-Gloria Hill ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

For several years I have been enjoying Rachelle’s special art! Her reuse of flowers and plants in her work gives it a fresh natural aspect and is also eco-friendly. From the varied stains in the pages, to the imaginative front covers, to the colorful threads used to bind the spines, you can easily see she puts her heart into her work. Meeting Rachelle and obtaining some of her art has brought me much happiness and tranquility.

-Gayle Forry ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you desire the freshness of nature, but require that beauty to have longer life span than that of a fresh flower - Rachelle Eason journals are the perfect blend.

The most amazing flowers are magically transformed on to paper so that they can remain in your life or on your walls or desk. They transform paper into soothing piece of art that will pull you in.

You will be totally drawn to the journals but, understand that you will hesitate for a moment before you write the first word. Once you do, you will be hooked. Or…choose to frame a piece of this magical paper, and it will smooth your nerves for years to come. I say choose both.

-Marie Crofoot ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The first time I saw a Rachelle Eason plant-stained journal I was moved in a way that I can't explain. Their beauty touched me like no other art has. Since my first encounter with them I have purchased at least a dozen, and plan on purchasing many more. Every time I can't decide what to give someone as a gift and I want to make it extra special, I give a Rachelle Eason plant-stained journal. It's the perfect, hand-made gift of art. One of my friends burst into tears at the beauty of her journal.

She was moved just like I was. I have had the chance to meet Rachelle several times and her sweet spirit adds to the beauty of her journals. I know how much of her heart and soul has gone into them. They are more than journals. They can become pieces of art displayed in many unique ways in your home, photo albums or scrapbooks, or as I am currently using one, as a piece of beauty to bring calm to your soul. I love and appreciate the art of Rachelle Eason and hope and pray that others will be moved by it and see the beauty in life that it inspires.

-Susie Jones ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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About Rachelle Eason

Rachelle Eason has been an artist all her life. She is the owner of Marvelous Mud Pottery Studio in Lakeland, FL where she focuses on teaching adults in a progressive learning adventure in clay. She also produces own line of fabulously functional pottery.

Rachelle Eason is also the creator of Plant-Stained Paper... artistically designed with fresh flowers and leaves then boiled together for one-of-a kind designs.

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