Doing all the Things

Life sure fills the holes that appear pretty quickly.

 

I tried to start my day filling it with something other than direct work, before I got sucked in. I took a photo to share on my walk this morning, before returning the glass studio, the kiln heated and up to temperature.

Morning Forest Walk
Morning Forest Walk

This has been my first week with my new schedule, where I have three days to be in the studio instead of one. “In the studio” this week means setting it up.

I have two of them. One, which I posted in my last post, is the glass studio, built for me by my amazing father. It’s set up for glass work with total safety in terms of materials, air, ventilation.

I soldered in there, now and again, when I was dabbling in metalsmithing. Now that that is the direction I plan to go, with my glass, I need to set something up just as safe in the area where the metal and jewelry studio will be. That room is in my house, separate from the glass studio. So it needs its own ventilation and safe area for playing with fire.

The financial outlay is a little scary. I know I need these things to do my work safely. So I am gathering them this week. It won’t be perfect in terms of seamless venting out the window without outside summer heat getting back in, but within the week I think I should have things set up to go.

I’m not going to give up beads. I will make my favorites and continue to learn and expand on my favorite designs. Find ways to combine the two, beads and sterling, with fabrication. I don’t really know what all of this is going to look like yet, in terms of where my voice goes. But all the while I will be making the things I love to stock the galleries I am in, and in some FB groups I am a part of.

But I am also going to work on, and take care of, me. Yesterday I went out and got makeup. This is a rather large thing for me. For most of my life I have considered it a frivolous expenditure beyond the very basics. I have not wanted to put the time into learning how to do it well. But, what the heck. I’m comfortable wearing what I want into my old age, but I may as well have some fun while I still don’t look like a Grandmother. So I splurged (a little) on myself and got a couple makeup brushes, and have some things to practice. Like not getting eyeshadow in my EYES.  I definitely didn’t get the girl gene to be good at this stuff. But,  it’s fun.

And walks. I will be taking more walks, now that time is available to me. To get me moving and thinking and out there early in the morning, before the heat of the day slips in.

Also, my son has a school fundraiser tomorrow, and I made all these homemade Oreos to sell.

Cookies!
Cookies!

I mean, LOOK. AT. THOSE.  Maybe I should sell cookies instead. :p

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