Sunday, January 29, 2012

Winter Days




Winter days in south Texas can be freezing one day and then a beautiful sunny and 70 the next. Today is one of those beautiful sunny days. My tangerine tabbies (and friends) have been enjoying the wonderful weather after the rain storm.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Golden-Fronted Woodpecker


I love these guys. Usually, they flit around so quickly that it is difficult to get a picture. This one stuck around long enough for me to take a picture through the kitchen window.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rain!





Yesterday's rain storm left us with 3.6 inches of rain and made our creek actually look like a creek! Happy plants today! Hopefully, this this year will be better for our trees than last year.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Playing with Encaustic


This weekend, I was on my own as Mr. Tabby went to deliver his mom's belated Christmas present - an iPad. After the initial trepidation wore off, she has decided that she likes it. It won't be long until she is hooked like the rest of us.

I took advantage of the quiet time to play in the studio. I received an encaustic starter set for Christmas. This is my first attempt. Lesson learned - hot wax on hot wax leaves a big blur! I like the way the flowers turned out though.

Have a good week!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I'm Welding!






This weekend, Mr. Tabby and I took a Welding for Artists class at my favorite glass studio Wired Designs. Mary Jo Emrick gave us an overview of all of the types of welding and how to set up to weld. We were also given a chance to try out three of the different methods: oxy fuel, MIG with gas and MIG without gas.

My favorite welding type was the oxy fuel. I am used to using a torch for jewelry and it is sort of like soldering in stained glass making. It is slow but gives you more control. Mr. Tabby has a MIG welder so, of course, that would be the method that I liked least. He likes it because it is much faster.

I took the class because I want to make custom frames for my glass work ala Roger Thomas. I took a class from him a few years ago and was stunned at the presentation of his artwork. My frames may not be at his caliber just yet, but now I have some basics so that I don't have to rely on the standard frames on the market.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Off and Running



I’m a bit late to the new year and consider this week as my fresh start. I am walking on my own for the first time since November. Woo hoo! I am slow and it’s not without pain, but I am independent again. This weekend, Mr. Tabby and I put away all evidence of a sick person in our bedroom. No more crutches, walkers, or soccer balls (for therapy). We also got rid of the extra bedside table full of pills and general junk. The TV also went back to the TV room where it belongs. No more lying in bed all day! The studio also got a good cleaning and the kiln is now back in place and plugged in.

Today, I also start taking the Hello Soul Hello Business class with Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Nicholls. They will be teaching me how to create and grow my artistic business. The business has been growing each year since it was started (that sounds impressive, but when you start at zero, it doesn’t take much to grow!). I am looking forward to this class to help me focus and refine my five year plan towards a new career.
Even the day job is showing promise as I have made a change to work with people that I greatly admire. This year shows tons of promise already!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Catalogs!


It is that time of year again. Once the Christmas decorations come down, the garden catalogs begin to show up.

This weekend was a beautiful sunny 70 degrees. I was able to walk around the back yard and the gardens for the first time since my surgery. While there is lots of clean up to do, the promise of a lush garden always brings a smile. It is supposed to rain this week, so I will be pouring over the new catalogs to pick out my spring tomatoes, melons, peppers, etc. We have to make decisions quickly here in order to get our seedlings ready. Such fun!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Nurture


My fellow fliers have challenged me to choose one word to define 2012. It is to define my intent for the coming year. We took Kelly Rae Roberts’ class Flying Lessons and have become an international source of on-going support and encouragement.
My word for 2012 is “Nurture”. I chose this word because I am in the beginning stages of making a significant change in my life. It is my intent for 2012 to begin to nurture my creative business. I need to plant the seeds that will someday become a new way of life for me - one that is true to myself and brings me joy each day. I am not quite ready to fly on my own, but I am ready to start walking down that path. That means learning new things and creating a plan. If it was my garden, I’d be picking a sunny spot, creating raised beds, amending the soil, irrigating and planting. Lots of different things that have to be done before the seeds can reach their full potential.

I have a plan to quit the day job and focus on more creative endeavors. Before I do that though, I need to take care of a few things. These things include the not so fun like new windows and a new roof. And, some fun things like building a new studio and adding solar panels. None of those are insignificant so the plan is a five year (or so) plan. In the meantime, I need to start building a good foundation on the creative endeavors side so that when the time comes, I will be able to truly fly.

That isn't to say that I won't be creating along the way. For 2012, I have signed up for a few on-line courses including KRR’s latest course “Hello Soul. Hello Business.” to give me some more business roots. Another e-course that I have signed up for is Flora Bowley’s “Brave Intuitive You” just because it looks like lots of fun. I love her paintings and her approach to creating art. I have also signed up for a few classes at my favorite studio Wired Designs. I will be learning to weld in January and will be enameling jewelry in March. And, since I will be walking soon, I will be firing up the kiln to practice the things that I learned this past year. I didn’t choose “Focus” as my word for a reason!