Thursday, March 23, 2017

Still making awesome and creative charm bracelets and although they are not always in my shop; I am entertaining  the idea of adding them into my long neglected easy store.

When I think of all the ways, primarily on line, that I can access my customers, I am exhausted, frustrated and uneducated. I am a child of the 1970's and computers were not even in the forecast for this old lady dinosaur. I need a crash course in getting everything, everywhere on line.

There is so much merchandise in my shop that I could show you! I carry japanese indigo fabrics, cotton slug fabrics, original Bali cotton batiks, yarns, fibers, buttons, trims, ribbon, beads, beads, beads and all kinds of charms from my own designs to manufactured designs. All charms made in the USA. I could tell you stories, show you technique, teach you stitches and so much more but where will the time be found and what will you want to learn and see.

Tonight, my mind races in a thousand directions and they are not all points of light. Everything seems tall, unclimbable. The journey of this creative soul has become so much more than opening the doors of my shops and doing business. My paintings so much more than mere wall ornaments.

Sigh… I am running out of steam so I think I must go read this week's People magazine and call it quits for this day.

Good night all.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Things are turning to spring now especially after this nergetic sunny day. I pulled a few, very few weeds, took pictures, opened the blinds to the office and worked out there and even had a bit of time in the studio. Being in a bit of a funk, I comforted myself with some Cheetos. Ick. Now, the day is nearly done and already I am planning my shop day tomorrow. Display windows need chanfging, repair work needs to be done, trunk show merchandise needs to be priced. Here are a few photos of today's mostly mundane non adventures.... oops. Can not add pictures from my FB page do I will try again later!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

We have had a bit of snow and although I did not get a snow day out of it, when I could close the shop and stay all day at home, I enjoyed it anyhow. I love the soft quiet that snow on the ground makes. The freshness in the air, the sting of cold on my cheek, the softness of the ground with all the layers of white. People who wish for snow and don't get it and feel sad - you could lump me in that group!

I have been spending as much time as possible working on a new collection of paintings done with saturated colors on watercolor papers. I am trying to reconnect to some of the organic, doodle like shapes and marks I make when emptying my mind of drawing and doing something else.  I do not know if I will be successful but I am enjoying the journey. 

All the while I am continuing to make jewelry and gather inventory for the Sew Expo in Puyallup at the fairgrounds March 2 - 5. I think this show, at which we work so hard and is equally hard on our bodies shall be our last. I will miss it but it is time to move ---- onto the internet! Plus more time in my shop which is actually one of my favorite places to be. 

Finally, a sad goodbye to my friend Ellen who unexpectedly and suddenly passed away. I did not get to say so long but not a day has gone by that I have not thought of her. I will be missing her a long, long time. 

Live in love and light. Hug the ones you love tightly. Life is so sweet, so short, so wonderful. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

I am a woman who has always loved winter. The cold, gray days, a possibility of snow, hot cups of perk all conspire to make me feel cozy, creative and inspired in the warm nests of my shops, home and studio. However, I am a bit over the season. Yet another cold, Lucas can not play outside due to his four paws and a lot of mud and I am tired of wearing socks. Northwest geek that I am, I have socks on with sandals. I would insert a picture here but I can not figure out how to do it. Blogger only wants to add old photos already used on this blog. Sigh. See what I mean about winter? Every single day has been filled with minor, irritating little blips. Anyhow, as soon as my laptop is returned to me from the shop debugging it; I will be able to continue on with this post and add photos. Until then onwards.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Today was my fifth day in Tucson and finally, the sun has agreed to share some warmth with the temperatures rising to the 70's. After a morning spent gem shopping, hugging friends and an adventurous  lunch, we made our way to an old friend's home in a part of Tucson that most people do not visit. Once upon a time, this area was considered outside the city limits, rural even but you would not know it today. I love it. It feels old, mid century modern. Lots of gnarly trees, low brick houses, adobe fences. There was the beautiful cooing of doves as we sat on the patio and the sun making dappling shadows across our arms and foreheads. Restful and peaceful, conversations light and easy and the day became evening and evening drifted into dinnertime, more conversation, a look at the moon and Venus and little bowls filled twice with chocolate ice cream.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Back at it again today, trying to get a few things done and listening to the strong winds and driving rain outside the dining room window. Tomorrow, I plan on returning to work. I have missed my shop while I was home with this plague of a cold and I am thinking it has also missed me.

So anyhow, when I should have been making jewelry or getting together grab bags of sale items for the shop; I decided to drag out a tabletop full of paints, markers and colored pencils and unleash my inner need to draw and hop to it. I started two bigger drawings and did this small one for the top of my FB page. A new cover! I love my bird cover but someone asked me to do a love cover and here it is.

Now, to brave the outside storm in order to conquer the inner storm and get something creative done in the studio. Neither rain nor winds shall keep me from my appointed studio duties. Snicker...

Monday, January 16, 2017

Today, I am sick. I have that awful cold that is going around PT. Today is day four. Today I am sick of being sick, sick of chicken noodle soup, sick of television, just sick. I want it to end. I need to play and get back to the shop and make pretty things and chat with customers and eat french fries at Tom's place across the street and then come home and create new things in the studio and try out my new alcohol pens and paint ravens jet black and cast some concrete into jewelry components and take pictures around the neighborhood and draw up a love and heart image for FB because Geoff wants me to and here I sit sick.

Tomorrow is another day and we shall see if the rabbit hole of cough and cold goes away, once again planted in spring like flowers and a rainbow of color.