December 29, 2012

wow! it’s worth looking at again.

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the difference in color you see here on the silk is due to dipping the silk into an ammonia rinse which immediately turned it to the darker purple color. of course you can’t imagine that I could resist trying out a little over dyeing in the indigo…

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shucks! all the workshop table coverings I had so nicely dried by hanging in the yard are now wet again- rain! great for the garden though and looks like indoor work today.
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December 27, 2012

it’s always a little difficult getting back into gear even after a short break. mentally, I’m not really all back. my mind wanders to things I would prefer to be doing.
such is the nature of the independent maker. taking time off has always been hard for me. I’ve never really disliked my work as a whole so I don’t have much of a need to get away from it. every day off or vacation seems to find me thinking about how I can put the experience to use in my work. I’ve created a situation where I have so integrated my work with my life for nearly 35 years now that separating the two creates anxiety.
also, working like I do, there isn’t any formal paid vacation time or paid benefits not to mention pensions or retirement plans. so time off generally means increased stress about bill paying. so I tend to try to avoid that stress by working more.
somewhere in there is a balance that must be met.
here is a short video on spiffing up your FB page if you have one. I spent a fair amount of yesterday on the computer working on future projects.

December 26, 2012

heading into the new year now! exciting times ahead. more on that soon. the time between Christmas and New Years is a time for me of organizing and reordering. and for today I’m going to start outside. it’s very windy but sunny. I think all the ginkgo leaves will fall today. makes me a little sad. but I will rake them and put them to good use for mulch.