We visited the site of an old pottery mill this weekend. The kids had fun running on the pier, looking for broken pottery that still remains on the shore from the 1800's. Sail boats seemed to dot the blue crisp water, while puffy clouds drifted over head. It felt good just to get out of house. To take a drive into an unkown town, explore, and spend a day together.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
I'm trying to challenge myself to get back into making or working on something every night. Just to carve an hour or two out for myself. It's harder than I thought, especially when it use to be my norm.
Recently the lovely people at Better Homes and Gardens featured me in their Holiday Crafts Magazine. I am so honored! Not only am I flattered to be featured with some many wonderful designers, it also gave me the inspiration and push I needed to keep making. So if you ever wondered how to make my Snowflake Garland here is your chance. The magazine features the step by step pattern in it. So look for it on shelves now...hopefully it will inspire you too.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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
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
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.