A week in the life

Once again I can’t help but marvel at how a girl who really likes to write struggles with creating blog posts. Regardless, I’m here now and ready to share some of what claimed my time last week. I had the week off, and it was great to be a little bit lazy and whole lot of productive.

Before I could make a mess, I had to tidy up. In doing so, I took a long look at this encaustic piece I did a couple of years ago. After trying it out, I think it might just stay where it is.

Cat meets fowl
Encaustic painting

Then, I rekindled my romance with pearl knotting and whipped up these necklaces. Two of them sold at the market last week. (Yay!!) Plus, it’s the ideal craft for Morgan’s place. We don’t alway agree on how much light there should be, and pearl knotting does not necessitate any kind of interrogation light.

Pearl-knotted necklaces
Pearl-knotted necklaces

The week away from work also gave me an opportunity to have lunch with my friend Jonna. It was a pleasure to visit with her and her daughter. And, I ended up the happy recipient of many new enameling powders. So, I spent Wednesday enameling. I still haven’t mastering the bead-pulling station. Grr …

Multi-colored enameled pendants
Multi-colored enameled pendants

Enameled pendants
Enameled pendants

But I’m pleased with these flat pieces.

Then it was time to break out the polymer clay to see what I could do. I’d recently seen a post about creating a faux glazed- ceramic look with clay, so I gave it a whirl. Like the enameled pieces, there were hits and misses. I’m particularly pleased with these two. IMG_7017

Polymer clay pendants
Polymer clay pendants

This piece is no specific look, but I think it’s kind of cool. How will I turn these all in to actual necklaces? Stay tuned …

Stamped and marbled clay pendant
Stamped and marbled clay pendant

And here, just for fun, are two pieces I whipped up while at the market. I am very much taken by the cat. I just love those colors.
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Resin clay cat in a beaded bezel with a wire-wrapped necklace and a beaded circle necklace
Resin clay cat in a beaded bezel with a wire-wrapped necklace and a beaded circle necklace

Next, I want to say how much I love Rubber Moon Stamps. Some of their designs are so lovely and inspiring. Sure, they might be a little woo-woo, but I do mean that in the best possible way.

A lovely Rubber Moon stamp
A lovely Rubber Moon stamp

So that’s kind of it, in a nutshell. I found stuff to donate, throw away, file away and finish. It was indeed a soul-satisfying week. Now, four about 10 more just like it.

I have a lot of weird ideas

Let me explain. I have long held onto the idea that the right tool will transform me somehow. For example, I have a pretty horrible southpaw scrawl. I’ve long fancied that the right pen will give me good penmanship. That is sadly not so.
Also, I’ve long hoped that the right cookbook will turn me into … not a good cook, per se, but someone who likes to cook. That is sadly untrue as well. I mean I will always love to bake. And, I like looking at some food photos, but time spent in the kitchen should be to rinse paint brushes or wash my hands after using glue or resin or some other crafty medium. Time spent on food prep, especially if it’s just for me, feels like wasted time.
I love this hat.
I love this hat.
That said, I recently bought a shirt in Chicago that is fun and billowy and reminds me a lot of how some artsy women dress. (Is it impossible to be creative when you’re restricted by tight clothing? Really, billowy clothing is a common sight among women at the art retreats and other classes I’ve attended.)
I’ve been thinking about that shirt a lot. I’ve yet to wear it, and I wonder how it will make me feel — if it will make me feel anything. Will I feel like an artist if I dress like one? Or is my non-work uniform of jeans or cords and a t-shirt and cardigan enough of artistic garb for me? I don’t have many pairs of jeans without a resin spot here or there. And I’m OK with that. They are washing-machine resistant bits of proof that I do make things in my spare time.
Is there even such a thing as looking like an artist? And, why would I care what people think about how I look?
Sure I want to look presentable at the market and other shows, but do I want people to see me and think artist? Is there even a way to make that happen? Other jewelry makes tend to dress up. What is that message? “I’m living large. You can too, if you buy my jewelry.”
It was moustache day at the market. Because I had a tentacle mustache already, it seemed only right that I make a t-shirt of an octopus with a ‘stache.
It was moustache day at the market. Because I had a tentacle mustache already, it seemed only right that I make a t-shirt of an octopus with a ‘stache.
 That seems to make sense. My style is a little more casual. I’m hesitant to say funky. But that’s my ideal customer. She’s not afraid to wear something a little kooky, something very different.
And, I shouldn’t be either. Whether it’s resin marred jeans, a favorite Threadless t-shirt, or my new, flowy “artist” shirt, I just need to be me. It’s really all I can be.
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With my Godzilla t-shirt on, how can I be anything but myself.