A.K.A I’m here, you’re there, and I’m ok with that.
I can hear the train rumble outside a few blocks away. I moved to Mt. Airy a few weeks ago and it feels so perfect, so far removed from everything and my mind is quiet. Restful and thinking calmly. This mask (the earrings are my addition) hangs outside my studio door and belongs to my roommate Michelle Stortz who teaches movement and yoga. She specializes in working with cancer patients.
It feels really good here.
Getting things set up again.
My Grandmother’s rocking chair that I want to carve this year.
Some work, displays and some plants…
I really want to keep the bookshelves spare…just a few things. I need to build some more shelves in my bedroom for tchotchkes.
My Grandfather, I think he was pretty ill at this point, but I’m not sure. He died of colon cancer not long after this photo was taken though, couldn’t have been more than a year or two… My brother Eddie is holding my little sister, Abigail, and on Pappy’s knee is my little brother, Earl. I’m the one with my eyes closed and my chin on my Grandfathers’ head. I’m wearing one of my favorite shirts–those ones they made in the 80’s with the thin plaid cotton, long sleeves, pleated shoulders, and button up fronts.
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Yesterday was my birthday, Big Ol’ 32!
My day was full and ended with finishing this custom project for a nice woman I met at The Art Alliance’s Shop on The Square where I do some volunteering. She had this lovely big silver setting with a kind-of-unimpressive carnelian stone in it, She wanted the stone swapped out for a shell that a friend gave her. I think it turned out pretty nice! Its all cold connected- no soldering was really necessary. There is a simple backing plate to hug the shell and then balled up wire goes through the holes to keep it snug. The other balled ends are inside the shell.
It was fun to put together.
Because of some new neighborly-fun(?)-party-students-drugs-on-my-porch activity I found a new home/work space! So in November I’ll be consolidating–Moving! Again! But it’s ok:) This will be a good move. It’s always a struggle to upheave and relocate but things keep getting better each time I make a change so I can’t complain!
I finished up some new displays too that I’m really excited about. They will be going to the shops that sell my stuff, around Philly and hopefully live there, if they fit well in the shops. They were a long time coming! The wood was sitting around my studio for months and It took me that long to mentally put them together–and about a week to physically put them together, once I knew what I was going to do.
And more to come:
I want this.
In a little while I intend to paint and fix the decor up a bit 🙂 First things first. Getting settled and starting to work again.
Just so happy and thankful to have a window!
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