Monday, May 31, 2010

Bead purge

Descriptive title, huh?

The wooden box I use for spare beads and beads made while trying out a new techniques is overflowing. Sure, eventually I might use them but I have SO many projects in the works and so many beads and I'm trying to get things under control and cleaned up. I've organized the beads into collections based on color and started posting them in the shop.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Magnum Opus and Free Shipping

For the past several weeks I've been focused heavily on my kids. We are winding down our school year finishing research papers, web design projects and that very last unit in the math book. I have observed that math becomes increasingly difficult as the weather outside improves.

I can end up feeling creatively foggy during this process. There isn't time or energy left at the end of the day for my artwork. Work begets work apparently and I only have new ideas when I am also actively creating. You can see where I go from here..."I will never have a good idea EVER again! Waaaaah!"

(Driving on a Friday Evening by my daughter, Ema)

I checked out my daughter's new blog the other day. Have I foolishly been stumbling over my own magnum opus? The raising of children is such a large creative endeavor that its hard to see the beginning and the end all at once.

Nothing changed - except my attitude. But that's made all the difference.

(All photos above are my daughter's. She just shot her second wedding. When I was seventeen I babysat to make money!)

To everything there is a season. I'm looking forward to getting into the studio again soon with the energy of the accomplishments of our school year at my back and a long summer ahead.

In celebration - FREE shipping through May 31.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Happy Saint Helena Day!

The island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean is considered to be the most remote community in the world. And today is her day!

Although there are islands that are geographically farther from a continent Saint Helena gets this title of most remote because it is 1200 miles from Africa AND has no airport. The only regular access is by Royal Mail Ship about 8 times per year.

Found in 1502 by a Portuguese ship that had blown off course, brought to fame as a possession of the East India Company, it is today a British Overseas Territory.

Two years ago on this day I was scrambling to pack for a 3 month adventure for a family of five to this much forgotten island that has captured our hearts and minds. I don't think a day goes by that I don't think about returning.

I could go on and on. If you're interested here is the blog that I kept during our adventure.

All photos were taken by my husband Kyle and are part of the documentary work he did for the island's museum.