Tuesday, August 19, 2014

End of Summer

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under the chairs
Heart You
Cup Pitcher
End of summer. Time for new beginnings. We've finished up school shopping and are ready to get back into a schedule. Things have changed around here - just when we thought we had it all figured out, isn't that how it always works? 
The job I started ended, and at the same time got notice that my husbands will too. I've decided to go back to my previous job while he still searches. As much as you think these things will never happen - they can. We still don't know whats at the end of tunnel but for now we are taking it one day at a time. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Over a month?!?!

Favorite Rose
Pink Flower Bowl
Birthday Present
Rose Garden
Farmers market
Yellow Rose
Trying Underglaze
Mint oil
old Cars
Ready to bloom
Dining room Centerpiece
Rose Garden 2014
Rose Center
Pink Center Flower
Bee Pottery
It's hard to believe that my last post was the beginning of June, but then again it's not. I've started my new job, giving me more time at home. 
There has been a lot I've wanted to do without a day off to do it and now it's almost like days off overload. I've been playing catch up - going to farmer's market, taking trips up to the rose garden, beach days, book barn days, making mint oil.... oh the list could go on and on. It's summer and that's exactly what your suppose to do. 
I'm proud to say I read two whole books in 1 week! There are plants outside right now waiting to go in the garden. I have plans to go to open studio day for pottery tomorrow, along with the beach. While there is a part of me that wants to settle down and start crossing things off my list - this part right now is having way too much fun for that. So my posts are still going to be sporadic, art will come when I want to do it, and the new shop plans will have to wait until there is a routine. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Spring into Changes

Across the way
Purple Spring
Studio Corner
Tongue Out
In the yard
Put a Bird on it
Pink Hue
Web Spinner
Rosemaling drawing
Raspberry flower
After School
Art Studio
Weeping Angel
Cat Books Window
It always seems like this time of year. The beginning of June that bring on the most changes. Call it the pollen in the air or maybe a spring itch but it's refreshing. I made a huge decision, one that I didn't even think I would make. It came about with a huge pro and cons list and much personal struggle. 
A couple of posts ago I mentioned how my days off were only Wednesday and Sunday - and that just didn't seem like enough. Enough time with my children, who grow with every blink. Stress was building and sitting on my shoulders every night I came home. I found myself walking in the door frustrated and not being able to leave my day job where it belonged.
An opportunity came to work at a place that would give me 4 days off in a row, less hours, a pay cut for myself (but a large raise for my husband was in the very near future), and a night time shift. I passed it down. It didn't have a title or prestige that my current job had and the atmosphere was one I'm not use to. Plus I didn't want to go backwards in pay. Like everything that is meant to be, it came back to me again - on a day that I cried at work.
For a moment I actually thought about turning it down again. 
Was a title worth more than my happiness? That small difference in pay worth more than my family? Had I really changed that much? 
I woke up and took it! 
Now there are plans for beach days, diving deeper into pottery, more pictures to be taken, and a smile again.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Planned By Him

Spring Turret
In Bloom
Outside Looking In
River Front
Griswold Living
My Secret Spot
Art Light Draw
Art Bedroom
Writers Block
Florence Garden
Gilded Light
Spring Blossoms
Studio Shed
In the Ocean
Little Artist
I sunk my toes in the sand, heard stories about bohemian artists, and had the sea breeze in my hair all because my husband planned it. 
There's not much I don't plan. What to eat for dinner, where to go, what needs to be done when, and quite frankly it's tiresome. I've never been an all mapped out person. Random trips that happen on a whims notice - that's me. They feel like magic moments. The ones where you get to escape without a care or thought to think about, not knowing what you might discover along the way.
We were suppose to go to the largest flea market in the area this Wednesday, that was the plan. He schedule his day off, I cleared my day off - but sometimes as much as you plan, things happen you don't expect. 
Then he planned it all. A day just for me. He took me to the Florence Griswold Museum, where there is painted door panels, and stories that made me wish I was part of the art colony started there.We ate lunch at a nearby cafe we had never been to. I showed him my secret spot I would sometimes drive to when I worked in the area and had gotten there a little too soon. 
Then we combed the beach with our shoes in our hands and feet splashing in the tide. Finding sea glass, shells, and driftwood pieces for an art mobile I'm working on. 
It was the best day I've never planned.  
* PS - I think our little aspiring artist Miss Aries will have her own art colony one day. She had one of her art pieces picked to be in school district wide art show. We couldn't be more proud!