Well, without further ado, let me introduce you to the newcomer in the studio...the new Husqvarna sewing machine, which I just got in Sioux Falls today. As you see, it's still sitting in the box on the table...I'm waiting for John to get home, so we can unpack it together and give her a proper welcome.
Obviously I must also get rid of the clutter on the desk...those are hoops that were part of a series, which I will eventually get posted in the shop, but for now they must just get back up on the wall where they belong. We have a Husqvarna riding mower, which we call Husky (we tend to name everything...cars, mowers, some of the plants, etc.) but clearly I'm not going to call her Husky...besides there could be some confusion. I'm sure she'll (and I am pretty certain this is a "she", while the mower is clearly a "he") tell me her name in due time. I'm smiling, but I'm not sure I look quite as gleeful as that lady on the box!
While I was taking a shot of the new sewing machine, I took a quick shot of the tables in the new studio set-up...all lined up in a row under the window. The one on the right is totally filled with the artwork for sale from my shop (before the work was occupying all sorts of surfaces in the studio) and the desk in the middle is now my only real work area, whereas before I had two. There is a third table, which you can see on the left, which is housing work in progress, trays of parts, fragments, etc. that I can use for inspiration and collage. The sitting chairs and the combo coffee table/flat file is on the opposite wall, so you can see out the windows from there. Seems like it's going to work out nicely.
So, here's what I've been thinking lately....and maybe some of you who know me by now, won't be surprised. Something's got to give...I'm trying to do too much and I have to admit, it's more than I can handle, especially now that I have to learn how to operate a sewing machine from scratch....and eventually use it to help me make art! John and I have both been trying to learn to play the banjo for the last year or more and having been so busy this winter, I've all but given that up, which I never intended to happen. So, I decided that I'm going to have to let go of A Walk Through The Universe feature altogether...at least for now. And I'm going to do the Made By Hand feature as I have people send things to me. That feature doesn't require a lot of my time, but A Walk Through The Universe takes enough time, that having it back would make a difference. I mean, here it is Monday evening and I haven't had time to do anything about tomorrow's post....it's always a scramble to get it together. I enjoy everything I'm doing with the blog and I hope my readers do too, but I have to get my priorities realigned. I hope that you're with me in thinking that my direct communication with you about what is happening in the studio should remain the central focus of the blog. So, there are invitations out there for people to be part of the Made By Hand feature and as I receive them I'll continue to post them in the middle of the week, but other than that, I'll do my usual post on Monday and Friday. Rats...I hate to cut things short, but there are only so many hours in the day and gardening season hasn't even hit yet! Last summer I barely did anything outside and I'm determined it won't be that way this year! So, hope you're still with me because you all mean so much and the connections and friendships across the planet are very important. Thanks so much for your support and I'll see you on Friday, unless I have a surprise post for the Made By Hand feature, which could happen anytime! I'll continue to solicit new folks for that feature also, as time permits.
Oh....I forgot to show you this last Friday...Page from the Book of Stolen Moments!
And I had a great time at the Jackson Street Bookstore on Saturday! I talk big, like I ws going to spend hours there, but it's like having your eyes bigger than your stomach...you get full too soon when eating a wonderful meal...I lasted an hour and a half before I figured I'd better get out of there before I got dizzy from looking at so much and before the choices became too painful...as it was I spent almost $50, which was pretty good considering what I had stacked up in my pile of possibilities!
Happy Spring!! Have a great week!