This picture, of the messiness of my studio desk at the start of a new project, tells lots of little stories. First, it signifies that I'm in the beginning stages of a "secret garden" type portrait on linen canvas for an Australian girl name Jani. (Since Meg shared the portrait I made of future-Finn in the forest, I've had lots of requests for similar pieces, children in favorite or fantasy landscapes, and I have to say, I love making them).Here's a short list of what else this photo is saying:
1. There's jasmine tea in the Campbell's soup cup. Right now, this stuff's like smack to me, delicious, air-freshener-smelling, reminds-me-of-eating-sushi smack.
2. I discovered a new-to-me source of 100% wool felt. I don't ever really "trust" a felt source until I get scads of their product in the mail, and I've had some duds--getting a box in the mail full of stuff with the texture of scouring pads makes me want to cry, folks. It's pitiful. But thanks to a couple of craft books I've read recently, I decided to take the plunge and try A Child's Dream True. I was really hopeful because you can pay with PayPal (which you can't do at Magic Cabin, my usual happy place for delicious 100% wool), and you can buy yardage. Well, it's THE GOOD STUFF! Hooray! You can see the greens (for the garden) billowing all over my desk and glimpse their promo postcard, too.
3. The Gingher tin in the corner tells you that I lost my beloved embroidery scissors and had to buy a new pair. I can't quite quash the sneaking-but-totally-insane suspicion that somebody stole them. They're that good.
4. I recently allowed my family to talk me into putting the desktop computer in my studio. While I do like being able to edit photos and do shop stuff on a bigger, brighter monitor, I'm feeling a little crowded, my dears. What should I do?
5. It's time to clean my desk.