Saturday, January 28, 2012

Stockpiling Work

I'm  sure you all are wondering where I've been, and I am sorry that once again, I've been MIA.  The truth is, I have just been in a blogging funk.  I get so little time on the computer these days (with the kiddos and all), and I just couldn't think of much worthy of writing about.

But today I am feeling back to normal.  Perhaps I've had too much coffee??  I wanted to show you a snapshot of my work that I've been stockpiling.  This is just one shelf full of small items that I've been cranking out while I wait for the studio to be completed.

And on that topic, we are slowly making progress.  It was supposed to be done on Jan 20th, but of course, we didn't make that deadline.  So here we are at the end of January, and they are now installing lights, toilet, sinks, etc.  The interior painting is done (except for some chalkboard paint that I'll add later), so that's great.  When the studio is finally completed, I won't have time to organize and decorate to the extent that I want to do.  I'm going to throw in some folding tables and get straight to work.  I've got until early March to get things completed, and that isn't a whole lot of time in the clay world.  I'm waiting until next week to take pictures of the new place.  And then I'll have something to blog about  :)

Hope everyone is having a creative weekend.  Hubby took the kids today, so I could actually get in some work time!  Thank you, best husband in the world!!!


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Some Thoughts

Hi there!

I've been busy for the past few weeks with just family stuff.  The holidays, traveling, trying to get the house back in order, etc.  I've done very little as far as my clay work goes.  Whenever this happens, I start to feel "off" and not quite right.  I am happiest when my days have some balance between family and art, and the art side of things just wasn't happening.  It makes me grumpy and I feel like I lose myself.  I even feel a physical sensation - my chest gets tighter.  I feel like I can't expand my lungs and take a super deep breath.  This is the way I have been feeling lately.  I wasn't sure how to change things either, as there seemed to be no end in sight.  Until last night.

I got an email last night about an exhibition I had applied for.  It was a surprise email as the notification date for the show had already past.  I couldn't believe my eyes!  My heart sped up and I actually gasped as I read the email!  And then POOF!  That tension, that tight feeling in my chest disappeared instantly and I felt like I could breathe better and stand straighter!  What a feeling.  I was so happy and it brought me back to my goals and dreams that I have for myself. 

It's taken me a while to understand that I truly need to make time for myself.  I tend to forget it, but how I feel when I get some creative time is vastly different from how I feel when I don't.  I know I am a happier (read: better) mother, when I have just a little time to create.  I don't need 10 hours a day to create - no, nothing like that.  (I'd love to have it, but not right now when my kids are so young!) But I need to make sure that I get 5-10 hours a week for myself.  That's not that much, and oh, what a difference it would make. 

This is a huge topic for me, and I could keep typing and typing, but I don't want to put you all to sleep.  Really, I just wanted to share my good news about my invitational.  I will share some details later, as I learn more :)

Breathing easier,