In this cold winter weather, I'm remembering sunny warmer days in the garden. This photo is of a native grass clump in the yard. I didn't notice until later that a tiny spider had made a web on the seed head.
I'm showing the workspace in the office again this week. I've spent more time here this week. And look! It's still not too messy. :) The framed photograph was dropped off earlier today at Allied Arts for the Members Show. I've done it the past few years, and this is the first time I've entered a photo. The Show opens Friday at the monthly Art Walk in downtown Bellingham.
You also see some boxes... one on the scale, and the other to house the bubble wrapped item (near the scale) that was shipped this morning. It's been a busy week so far in my shops. Love that!
Here is a better view of the photo for the art show:
This was taken on a winter bird watching trek looking for raptors (birds of prey). It was a successful field trip.
It takes a lot of energy to be creative some days, when life
is throwing other things at you. I have not completed any of the paintings I'd hoped to this week, however I did get some much needed sorting and rearranging done. So that's something. :) I do have these paintings in the works... an idea based on the Flower Crazy class by Carla Sonheim. (Yes, I totally love what I learned in that class!) They are still wet in this photo. More layers to come.
In other news... my Vintage and Ephemera shop has a sale on select ephemera packs. Here are a couple to tempt you. (Note that I get these packs only from books that are torn, missing covers or falling apart.)
I've been sorting and cleaning and working on getting organized. It's a slow process when you also clear out old boxes of stored papers that couldn't be tossed/shredded yet... and now can. I've found a few fun things along the way, and gotten rid of lot's of stuff. It's still a work in progress. The desk and table in my office look much better! It feels SO good to have it cleared. My Etsy mail packaging station is now on the table. You can see the little scale and small pile of books that will be listed shortly. The blue thing is the paper cutter for cropping labels to fit small packages. A few matted prints are beyond, also waiting to be listed. Oh, and you can see a box under the table. It has additional books ready to be listed. In other news, we had snow over the weekend, and still have a bit. Here's a shot of our front yard on Saturday afternoon.
One of the advantages of going through and sorting old boxes of things I've hung on to, for whatever reason, is finding an occasional treasure.
I actually bought this calendar in 1980 for my then husband, and it has been stored and moved from one place to another for, um....... 31 years. Good grief! I also still have the entire series in paperback from the late 1970s. I've read it several times. (May I just say, that however entertaining, the movie rendition of The Hobbit has added bits and pieces to the story line that you won't find in the book.)
This cool old calendar is now available in my vintage Etsy shop.
Oh my goodness! I made the most monumental mistake last week. I managed to mix up the shipping labels on two orders from my Etsy shops, one of which was a large custom order... and what a mess! Both customers were understanding and are returning the wrong package (at my expense) and both now have what they actually ordered. The bright side is that both orders were of the items I have a lot in stock, rather than one-of-a-kind items. So I was able to resend their orders before their return packages get to me. Blessings! But sheesh! :) In other news, I am in the midst of sorting my office and making an attempt to, yet again, reorganize. It seems to be a never ending process with me. Repeat after me... I am organized! I am organized! Unfortunately, I am in the very messy midst and have papers and stuff EVERYWHERE! I was so hoping to share a lovely organized table with you all. But I AM getting to the bottom... if you look close you can see some of the table top.
The shelves in the closet are looking better...
These are the shelves for my Etsy shops mailing envelopes and small item storage. They are still being tweaked, but are getting closer.