Monthly Archives: May 2009

Train Wreck

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For those of you who might remember that I was going to update my studio pictures today, 5/19/09, I though this might be the most appropriate image.

I am planning on having a booth at the Tanana Valley Farmer’s Market this summer, and have been trying to get lots of stuff made – so the ongoing efforts of rearranging, remodeling, and generally maintaining my creative space has been, shall we say, a challenge. Glad to report, however, that the little bit that I have managed to improve has really made it easier to find necessary supplies, and to see projects through from start to finish. Yipee!

Joys of Motherhood

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As I type, I am experiencing one of those wonderfully joyful parts of motherhood: my two darlings are playing together happily in the sandbox, despite the fact that she is playing “Barbie on Treasure Island” and he is playing “Wheeled Things Getting Coal for the Fire.” They are being so sweet. Completely unlike themselves, really.

Yesterday, The Boy (recently turned 3-years old) successfully used the potty for the first pee of the morning. Yeehah! Then he hid behind Daddy’s chair, pooped in his pull-up, and REMOVED his pants and pull-up. When he appeared, bare-bottomed (and a bit messy), in front of me, I asked, “WHERE IS THE POOP????” His response? “I dunno.” Ack!

Day before yesterday, The Girl (recently turned 5-years old) said, “Mommy, you have a big belly. You must have eaten too much.” Well, yeah, for the past thirty years, or so. When I was teaching kindergarten, one of the preschoolers hugged me and said, “Why are you so fat?”  Being a year and a half pregnant at the time, I thought it was cute, if a bit annoying. I am no longer pregnant. It is no longer cute.

Overhearing one’s children narrate their play is definitely more enjoyable than bodily functions or childish honesty. Recently they’ve been making Barbie and Pocahontas fly to Mexico. When the dolls get to their destination, they are said to be “on Mexico,” like it is a hill, or a rock, or something. In my house, The Girl does the flying, and The Boy holds the map. She takes charge of their play most of the time, but he certainly has his own opinions. The other day, Barbie (her usual alter-ego) said, “Everybody likes to kiss.” Pocahontas (his doll, by default) replied, “I don’t.” Barbie: “But kissing is so wonderful!” Pocahontas: “Kissing is … is…disappointing.” Ok, so how does my 5-year old know so much about kissing? And, excuse me, disappointing??? The teen years are going to be really interesting.

Studio Redo Part Two

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! I know for lots of you (if there are “lots” of you!) it’s already the 6th, but it’s still the 5th to me.  I took the first photos of my messy craft space on April 5th, so today was the day for an update.  I’d been making steady, but SLOW progress, so I decided to do one whole day of focused work on the area.  I took pics before and after today.  Here are the before shots:

Sewing Table 5-5-09 Getting better...

Sewing Table 5-5-09 Getting better...

Clay Table 5-5-09 Still pretty bad

Clay Table 5-5-09 Still pretty bad

Window Wall 5-5-09 Ugh

Window Wall 5-5-09 Ugh

Shelves with Labeled Bins - Messy-Looking, but Organized

Shelves with Labeled Bins - messy-looking, but more organized

So, that’s where I started today.  After working for several hours, I had managed to clear out the space along the window wall enough to move my clay table under the window – yea! Natural light!  I cleaned the floor (as best I could – clay is murder on carpeting), moved the table and cleaned where it had been.  It looks GREAT!

Look! Natural Light!

Look! Natural Light!

Look! Empty Space!

Look! Empty Space!

Look! Space for Claying!

Look! Space for Claying!

Then I turned around:

Ack! What Have I Done!!!!!

Ack! What Have I Done!!!!!

Well, I guess I’ve got my work cut out for me tomorrow!  Next studio update in 2 weeks.