Friday, January 31, 2014

This is a fuzzy, low-light iPhone photo taken of me by a good friend. Forgive its quality and understand its purpose here: I'm happy. This was taken the day after a reading I gave, from my new poetry collection, in Athens, Georgia, scene of my Ph.D. days and Annabelle's baby days. It's where I learned to be a professor; it's where I worked toward the credential to make that possible. It's where I wrote a lot of poems about breastfeeding (and started a novel I never finished). Man, that was a long time ago! 

This is all to say that nobody can be a poet, editor, teacher, mom, wife, AND small business owner, so I'm cutting the one I can cut right now--I'm closing down the etsy shop and giving up the constant, back-of-my-mind pressure to think about the shop, making things to sell, and even--yes--blogging. I think there can be very little room in a happy life for pretending you're something you're not or feeling bad because you can't be and do everything. I'm no longer a blogger, and I can't manage four careers. So.

What a lovely time of my life, though, that I did spend doing this--writing about my days at home with Annabelle, writing about my homeschooling and homemaking and crafting and selling, my friendships and my growth as a woman, a person. What a joy it was to cast those plans and hopes and ideas and accomplishments into the world and have warm, encouraging, smart people say, "Hey!" and "Good idea!" and "Keep going!" and "Look what I did!" I will be forever grateful and glad. 

Someday I might be a blogger again--this life is oddly short and oddly long at once--and if I ever am, I hope I'll find you. I hope you'll once again say, "Hey!" and "Keep going!" Thanks, friends, for everything. I wish you peace and love. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

My Kind of Holiday Shopping

Look what I just scored at Good Will (where I now go at least three times per week to look for particular items of clothing and a small dresser we need--you have to be persistent!)--an enormous crewel rendering of candles and branch. Holiday art I didn't even have to make! I'm feeling a little swoony about it. :-)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Making Merry No Matter What

Despite nearly a year of having (or taking?) very little time to make anything, the holiday season has me at my table, fiddling with scissors, thread, and felt, without fail. And we had a dusting of snow on Wednesday and Thursday, which made Thanksgiving cozier and heralded the coming of Christmas loud and clear.
Hence, this little "noel" hoop finished and ready to ship--the first listing in the old shop in months, really. (I've been a bit afraid to do much over there, really, because everything seems to have changed, etsy-wise, since my attention had to be turned back to teaching... hopefully I haven't completely missed anything.) Fun!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A spot of christmas making...

Finished: a felty fox ornament for a little boy named Duncan. Still to come: a llama and a kitty cat for two other small folks. The fun has begun!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Annabelle's Automaton Girl

Annabelle is once again gearing up for the homeschool co-op holiday craft fair, a great event that allows our kids to sell their creative wares, and I thought I'd share a glimpse of what she's working on, though I don't have a very good scan. She's experimenting with watercolors for the first time, which has me excited. Whenever she tries something new, I have the vicarious joy of glimpsing future mastery. I am a rabbit-hole girl, famous for wanting to immerse myself in a learning a skill (or researching a subject or watching all of one director's films, etc.) until I feel like I have it down--and then moving on to something else. Some things stick, of course--poetry, hand sewing. But I have only so much time and energy for new pursuits. It's a nice bit of parenting good fortune that having a daughter seems to stretch my capacity for feeling this particular brand of happiness and, certainly, my potential for feeling proud. :-)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Leafy/Love

Well, today there hasn't been any time for making. I did, however, get to have breakfast with my husband, whilst the girl attended homeschool science class (a course organized around the real science behind science fiction tech--how cool is that?), where she and her partner, Sam, made a working cyber hand with tinkertoys and rubber bands. And I read a lot of discussion board posts.
And I paused from that work to stand on the front porch and feel the crisp air and see the golden light fall upon my family, variously engaged in front-yard leaf raking and leaf unraking. Pretty family. Pretty fall.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Poppy for Sian (and for Veterans Day)

My friend Sian said the veterans don't sell poppies anymore in her part of the world, so I whipped up a wool felt version she can wear year after year. :-)

Back soon with a Christmas hoop project!