Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The madness comes to an end

For whatever reason, Christmas this year has not felt nearly as hectic as in the past. Maybe it's the fact that everyone I know is cutting back on the whole gift giving frenzy. Or because I either made or purchased handmade gifts from etsy supporting individuals instead of companies that makes me feel at peace amongst all of the crazy energy of this time of year. Whatever it is, I hope all of you have some calmness in the upcoming weeks too.

For those of you still shopping, I still have loads of practical gifts for anyone on your list, such as this autumn tree mug. Ideal for the coffee or tea drinker in your life.
On another note, one of my scallop edged trays made it to the front page. It is my favorite treasury that I've been featured in by far. The earthy colors, rich textures, and sharp photography makes for a stunning collection. Thank you to thumble.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Peace and primate

I've just returned from a weekend meditation retreat and am feeling relaxed to say the least. Which is good, because prior to leaving I was having a busy time firing another kiln in between work while the holiday season crept up. Lots of new items will be posted in the last few days of gift shopping. My favorite this year are the doves, reminding us to find peace during the next few weeks and beyond.And I was in this excellent treasury on etsy, I think it's great since the mug has my monkey stamp on it. It is by far my fiance's favorite stamp and has inspired him to start making his own mugs and trays with it. Thanks to seababejewelry for the treasury! Not only is it a lovely shop filled with beautiful jewelry, the photos help me forget a snow storm is on the way.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Gratitude and Bounty

Another Thanksgiving has passed, and I still stand firm in thinking it is by far my favorite of all the holidays. No pressure for exchanging presents, just getting together with loved ones and eating a wonderful feast celebrating the bounty of autumn. This year was especially nice to have four generations of our family all together; from my adorable year old niece to my 95 year old Grandmother who still keeps us on our toes.

Of course a big part of the celebration was the enormous spread of food that could have fed a small army. Days later, still feeling stuffed, I'm resorting to eating fruit and light foods. Here's a platter that makes me think of harvest and this time of year...soon to be posted in my shop.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Let the holidays begin

The holidays are upon us already and I'm starting to feel the need to get more studio time in. I work part-time during the week so evenings and weekends are my time to create. And that's exactly what I'm up to. Here's a shot of some ornaments waiting to be glazed.

This kiln has to be fired before Thanksgiving. Most importantly because it has a present for my Grandmother who's turning 95 tomorrow! She still lives by herself and pumps out oil paintings at an astonishing rate. Truly an inspiration. Happy birthday Grandma!!!

And introducing my latest creations, earrings. Here's one example. I'll be posting some tonight in my etsy shop. Each comes with a sweet little box, pretty enough to give as is. No wrapping necessary.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The push I needed

The thought of my first entry has been daunting to say the least. I've had many things to post about over the past few weeks, but was was never sure where to start. Luckily, my dear friend Shoshona gave me the push I needed. She tagged me. Up until this, I had no idea what this meant, but here are the rules:

* Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
* Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
* Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their name as well as links to their blog.
* Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Ok, well to start with my seven facts. Since I'm new to the world of blogging, there's a lot people don't know about me.

1. I'm not one to play by the rules, especially with chain letters, etc. It feels like sending people you care about junk mail. Plus I have a bit of a rebellious streak, so this feels like a place to start. I won't be following the last two steps of tagging.

2. My fiance and I love to play board games, mostly in the cooler months when there's not much to do outside, so we're pulling out all of our favorites from childhood. Clue, Life, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Uno. I could go on, but you get the idea.

3. I am fascinated by antiques and the history behind old household items. I love going to flea markets and antique stores. The discovery of some obscure item and what it's use was many years ago makes me appreciate a slower pace of life, without computers and cell phones. It also makes me feel much more connected to working with clay, one of the most ancient forms of art.

4. Traveling is when I feel most alive. Meeting new people and discovering new places is so exciting. And seeing connections between food and culture. When I can't travel, I live vicariously through Anthony Bourdain.

5. My fiance is a former chef and up until about 2 years ago, we were pretty much vegan. He creates amazing meals since cooking is his passion. I'm always impressed that he can whip something up out of nothing. We support our local co-op and health food stores for almost all of our food. Mostly we eat at home so we can cook as healthy as possible. But, we also love to eat out and find new restaurants. Our junk drawer has a huge stack of menus from places we've tried or want to check out.

6. NPR is always on in our house and my studio. When I was a kid, I thought talk radio was so boring and never imagined I'd be hooked on it.

7. Yoga keeps me flexible and sane. I notice a huge difference if I don't keep up with it, both physically and emotionally. I'd like to have a regular meditation practice, but get distracted. With yoga, I know when I get to a class the next hour and a half will be focused and for me.

Thanks Shoshona for getting me started!! I'll be back to post soon with some pictures next time.