Time is flying, summer is almost over, today it feels like it already is! Derek is asleep in flannel pants, and I am jealous.
But I got some metalsmithing done, sent out some flyers to my pediatrician about the new Holistic Moms group, Portland Branch, that I have helped cofound with a friend. Our first meeting, a free Open House, is Oct. 2 at the Community Center in Beaverton. I hope people show up, but I know new groups can be slow to grow.
I am going to go lay down and rest a bit till the Derek man wakes. He is growing so fast…today he figured out how to raise and lower the curtains in his room, and move the blackout drapes back and forth. Oh lordie.
Here he is Labor Day Weekend at the Oregon Coast Aquarium:
Till my time is up with the babysitter.
I hate bad studio days. It’s like bad golf days, I figure, you want to play well, you know how to play well, but you are just off.
Today was an off day and I have so few studio hours it really sucks when it happens.
A razor blade, oddly, would have made a difference. But also, I dunno…just…I knew what I wanted to do, what I wanted the glass to do, but it mostly did not obey me.
It’s sunny, so maybe Derek and I will go out to a park this afternoon until it’s time to start thinking about dinner. But now, it’s time for a quick, big glass of water, and then little Derek is back in my charge, and my brain can stew over the fact that the studio time was quite lukewarm.
I did get some new things up on Etsy today, at least!
For those of you who enjoy reading about my glass, I do have a glass-centric blog. I talk there a lot more about my process, shows, sales, techniques, and just that part of my life, my glass art biz and my love of the medium.
Art After the 9 to 5
In case you are interested. =)
Thursday is Derek’s first birthday! We are having a very small party that day, just my parents and us. Then a slightly larger one on Saturday, but still very small. We want simple.
DLJ’s parents can’t make it this week but will be here in September to see the little guy.
I took him to his Infant See eye appointment today. It went well, he had a good time, especially when he found the pedals that raise the eye exam chair up and down and kept making it go up and down, over and over. He is such a button/lever/switch freak!
I let my mint tea steep for the past 20 minutes, it’s a doozy of a cup of tea. MINTY!
Derek is snoozing, I started a bead on its electroforming journey in the studio. It’s so nice and clean down there. It got out of control this past year, with so little time I didn’t want to spend any cleaning, so I will now try to clean a little after every work session, and spend a little time Sunday night straightening.
No signs of mice, tho there WERE fresh nibbles on my shears…but that might have happened between Sunday and Wednesday…but still, if the door was shut, how did the mouse get back in? I cleaned up its nest behind the drawer, made of chewed up paper and insulation from the walls. I guess he lived there quite awhile. But Lolita got him in the end, being a cat, which is what she is.
It’s cloudy today, and cool. There is no usual Mom’s group as a lot of folks are out of town or have family visiting. One Mom wanted to go to the zoo, but I am planning on going Monday, so I that would be a lot of times in a week.
The weekend looks fairly fun yet simple. A birthday party on Sunday…and nothing else really planned. I am watching the cats for a friend this weekend, and maybe I will get some time listing some items and working on a developing web project, or another glass project. I sure keep busy, you’d think Derek would be enough!
I can’t believe he turns a year old on the 21st. How did that HAPPEN so fast? =)
You will note a link to my etsy shop on the main page of my blog now. Not much there at the moment, but I am hoping that will change. I am changing juiceglass a lot right now, how I sell, where, what…a lot of it is behind the scenes at the moment, but for now, anything I sell pretty much will be in etsy, it’s easier to just stick to one thing for now as the hammer and nails fly in the background.
Feel free to buy if you see anything you like as the days/weeks/months go by! Support handmade art! And I mean HAND MADE. I sometimes have issue with “beading” as “handmade” but that is another post entirely that will probably piss people off. I just think handmade should be mostly truly handmade, all the pieces, not bought and strung. But there is no real name for “buying beads and clasps and chain and findings and stringing it and its done by human hands, not mass produced” so handmade is the word for now for all of it, I suppose.
This weekend we are putting a ceiling in in the glass studio. I have a roof, but no ceiling. This is very cold-making in the winter, so I am hoping a ceiling will help. Dad is coming out with Mom for the “fun” event. And DLJ and I will probably get a lovely dinner out on Saturday while the grandparents spend time with their darling grandson.
I should be in the studio right now, but my babysitter hurt her ankle and is on crutches. I love having her, even if I didn’t have work to do I would love the time to myself twice a week. But I do have work to do, and I do have some to do right now, even if not in the studio itself. I will try to torch tonight after Derek goes to sleep, but after that I have to start clearing the place out for the ceiling construction. Nothing like forced cleaning, but man, the place NEEDS it. With so little studio time, I work, I don’t clean.
I had a wonderful birthday today. Lots of fun with Derek, and friends from California, and DLJ. I am tired after a late dinner of burgers on the grill. Time to shower and get ready for a fun weekend with Mystarion and Ivy!
I spend all my time posting snippets in livejournal, neglecting this good ol’ domain.
LJ is just so easy….I dunno. If I could get LJ to post over here, all would be perfect.
I am sitting here eating some whole wheat pasta while Derek naps and the laundry spins. It’s a nice Thursday; we took a walk this morning with some other Moms. My friend Mystarion and his wife Ivy are coming to town as it is my birthday tomorrow. Mystarion is very allergic to cats, so they don’t stay with us, but it may be a challenge with Derek, we hang out at home so much now as a result…I don’t want Mystarion miserable in my house. I have to look up when they are arriving tomorrow.
Sax left, he was visiting! Do you longtimers remember Sax? The New Zealand fling? 13 years later he finally showed up to say hi. He made a special trip to Oregon while he was in the United States and we hung out at the Doug Fir Lounge, and my house the next day, before I took him to the airport. It was wonderful to connect again.
Derek is getting teeth like crazy, and is almost 11 months old. He is such a sweet boy. He calls everything “DADA” right now. He speaks long strings of consonants and syllables in his own language. He crawls, stands up, cruises around. He’s a bundle of trouble and joy all at once.
Hopefully it won’t be another month or two before another update. Maybe I should schedule it so I know I do it at least weekly, huh? For all 3 of you left to read?
I haven’t been writing at lunesse.com Livejournal makes it so easy…but I WANT this site to live and be interesting. I want to pull everything in here, flickr, etc. I need to work on that. My pal Halsted knows so much about getting everything in one place….maybe I will go stalk her site and see more of how she does it,and try to integrate here.
It’s a rainy Friday. Derek had fun at playgroup, and is now napping. When he wakes we will go to get some Copper River Salmon. It’s very $$$ but I get it once a season to support wild caught salmon vs. farmed. Today is the day. I like the rain, it was so hot last week, even though we escaped most of it by being at the coast. I don’t know what the weather is for this holiday weekend, but we will have fun no matter what. Saturday will be our first trip this season to the local farmer’s market, which is open again, YAY! I told DLJ we can do whatever he wants for Memorial Day, since it is more of a day off for him, than me. =)
I hope to get some studio time, but that’s about it. I want to start making winestoppers and I just need some time to mess around and see what I can do.
I’m down in the family room, which is finally, all the way finished. Carpet, walls, all of it. DLJ even hid the wires behind the baseboard he installed. We got a big baby gate type guard and it is blocking off the tv.entertainment console and the two shelves of CDs and DVDs from the little guy. As the days get warmer we will hang out down here more. Well, gotta go to the loo, and do so before he wakes so….potty calls for me! Didn’t you want to know that? I knew you did.
Spring is here.
Derek is 7 months plus and just about ready to crawl. He is army crawling and getting all of his legs up in the air while trying to move forward on his hands and toes.
We went on a two hour walk today to enjoy the warmer weather. He had a good time, I think, we went with 3 other Moms. Tomorrow is play date day. We went swimming today too, so it was quite busy!
I have a glass show at the end of the month at the Convention Center, so I am in the home stretch for that. Of course, I have so little studio time these days, but I should have enough inventory.
DLJ is watching the kung fu channel. It makes me want sake…bad. We have some but it’s late. =)
Sorry about that.
It’s so busy with Derek and life, it’s hard to find time to sit and write. When I have spare moments there are always things I should be doing, or I just want to sit and do nothing, or nap!
I am so happy Spring is coming. The hyacinths are starting to push out of the ground, and the plum trees are just about to bloom. Plum and cherry blooms are one of my favorite things about Spring here.
I have a dentist appointment on Saturday; it can’t come soon enough.
I still have 3 baby teeth, you see. And I was told many years ago they might make it to my 30’s. I think one of them is finally failing, it hurts a lot. They were never meant to last so long, pretty impressive if you ask me, the little guys.
Since it hurts I am guessing the enamel is wearing and a cavity has set in. The real bummer is, once it goes, there is no permanent to replace it, so I will need a false tooth. Ah well. It’s hard to not feel like a failure but geeze, BABY TEETH. I should feel proud they made it this long.
I’m getting geared up for the Glass Expo at the Convention Center, it was a fun time last year and I am looking forward to doing it again, even though getting inventory is a lot harder with a little Derek running around. I think this year will be the hardest, as he cannot entertain himself at all…and needs to nurse every few hours. I don’t mind it, just makes glass work hard, but it is temporary.