Amelia the first day I brought her home
Well somehow, the summer has come and gone and I have neglected my website and blog. So what's been new with me you might ask? I finished up in May my last semester at Tech for a while. (Basically, since I graduated in December 2011, I am out of money to keep taking ceramic and art classes as a "secondary degree".) I taught quite a bit of art classes at Hodges this summer, did very little traveling and the traveling I did was for weddings, and adopted a new kitten.
Sometime in May, my sister came to me saying one of her professor's had some kittens they were giving away and asked if I was interested. At first, I didn't think I was ready. It hadn't been quite a year since Ziggy ran away and while I missed having a pet, I wasn't sure having to train and deal with a kitten was on the agenda yet. But I contacted the family and once I saw Amelia, I knew I had to have her. This was the first pet I had ever had the chance to name and it came down between Amelia (from Doctor Who) and Luna (from Harry Potter). Yes, yes, yes... I know I am a nerd, but it is really fun to say "Come along Pond" to Amelia and watch her chase after you! So that was BIG change #1!
What has been BIG change #2? I bought a pottery wheel and set up my first studio!! Now I have a fairly large walk in closet for a rented townhouse. The top two pictures are before shots of my extremely messy closet (just half of it, the other half is behind the wall and curtain.) Saying something is behind the curtain makes me think of Wizard of OZ. Anywho...
Now my studio is not very large, it measures a whooping four feet three inches by nine feet with a set of built in shelves. I have managed to put in a wheel, books, tools, another set of shelves and create a small but working studio! Of course Amelia loves being in my studio when I'm working, but she has been really good and nothing has been broken or messed with! Bad news about my studio being so small is I have to store my clay buckets in my living room, well at least until I figure a better place for them. I'm already thinking of how I can move some of my clothes and expand my studio haha! Who needs a closet for clothes? I would rather more studio space!
BIG change #3... My sister and I found a new roommate! I felt a bit like Chandler on that episode of Friends when he was interviewing strangers to move in after putting an ad in the paper. Well maybe not quite like Chandler since he was really wanting the roommate that was a photographer and hung out with models or the time he ended up with crazy Edie... but the interviewing part and some of the crazy part. I put an ad on craigslist and interviewed several girls until we found a great roommate! Although at one point I wasn't sure I was going to find anyone that was going to mesh well with us.
And I guess the final change was little and BIG... After going to school from 1990-2012 (22 years... yikes!) I wasn't returning to school this fall. I have spent almost my entire life in school and I had really come to love it. I know nothing else and I had lots of emotions about not going back. The week leading up to the first week of school and the first week my sister and new roommate went back to class were pretty blue for me. But now we are a few weeks into the semester and I can see how stressed out they are and how much homework and projects they have going on and I feel better! That sounds terrible, but now I have time to read a book, enjoy my tea on the porch, and I get to work in my studio when I am not teaching or designing fruit arrangements! It's great! Now I will probably be bummed when I see that first student loan payment, but that is a worry for another day.
So those are my changes and the highlights from this summer. I am still working on pictures from mine and Jon's trip to NCECA. I am now way behind on that, but I will still post about the trip. I also promise I will be writing and updating more. I don't know if anyone really reads this or not, but I know no one will want to read it if I don't keep it updated! I also have some ideas and plans in store for my blog/website and Etsy.
That's all for today! Have a great weekend!
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Here's the deal... I am an artist and I love food! I refuse to be labeled or included in the "starving artist" category. Now, while I have been broke... I want to be an artist and eat my cake too (metaphorically and literally!)
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