Feels like I'm down to blogging once a month now. Facebook, for all it's faults, is so much easier to bop around in. But there's been nothing to write about there, either.
I've stripped down my Artfire shop to bare bones - I was hoping to get around to ripping up all my old pieces but there's been no time. It's very hard now to get chunks of time to do much of anything, much less creative endeavors.
I'm currently running the bookshop by myself, averaging 10 hours a day, five days a week. On my two days off we run errands in the morning - usually doctor visits, grocery and/or bank runs, and trips to the laundromat. By early afternoon, my husband is completely exhausted so we come home and I take care of the apartment. When I have a few minutes to myself, I end up doing online jigsaw puzzles.
I'll be dragging some beadwork with me to fuss with, when I can, at the bookshop - but those moments are few and far between as well.
It may be time to set this blog on the virtual top shelf in the back of the cyber closet.
I've handed over my best pieces to the Jade Dog to help fill her tables at the art/bead shows she'll be attending this season, which means none of them are visible in my Art Fire shop at this time. I'll be filling my shop with findings, beads, and interesting bits in the very near future.
I'm having trouble coming up with new designs as long as all my previous work is in front of me constantly, and I don't have the time right now to push my Art Fire shop as I should, due to a multitude of personal issues.
I mentioned before I'm tearing up a lot of older work, cannibalizing for parts and retooling. The destruction of those pieces isn't a bad thing - it's a rebirth thing.
Oh, yes - getting ready to rip up a bunch of un-sell-able finished works. I'm keeping all my bead embroidered pieces, free-form peyote pieces, and beaded bead works. Everything else is getting the axe.
Or seam ripper.
So. There's that.
But that all has to wait until we finish moving our bookstore. Like THAT'S easy. Going to be another eleven days before that's complete and we're back open for business. Probably another month after that before I get a chance to do any serious beading. More on the bookshop move can be seen on the Bird Song Used Books Facebook page.
Hmm. Forgot to put in a picture. So here's the last thing I made - this was for a Jade Dog beading challenge, wherein I bought the bead mix and embellished a box lid. Called this one "Carnivale Southwest":
Doesn't she make the BEST poly clay cabs? (Sorry about all the little fuzzies in the photo)
The Jade Dog got her Kickstarter funded!! WOOHOO