Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Catching Up

Where did the time go? I haven't been around this blog as much as I'd like. The autumn days have just flown by. Lots of things happening in the studio. One of them a secret project that has consumed an enormous amount of time.

It seems almost like yesterday that we were up in DC for ArtBliss. But it has been nearly three weeks already. How did that happen? Not one photo did I take while I was there. I made this pair of earrings in Stacie Florer's class. Bit wonky but it may be the first time ever that I've come away with a completed project from a workshop. Stacie is a great teacher!

On the way back we stopped to see Monticello. I've always admired Jefferson, well except for that slavery thing. So it was a treat to see his home. Lot smaller than I imagined but packed full of innovation and the most shocking yellow walls in the dining room. Dayglo does not even begin to describe it. My eyes hurt. Apparently this color was used to make the most of the light in the room. Me, I think I'll stick with dark and dreary if the only other option is that yellow.

Lots of things have been happening in the studio besides the secret project. Some of it is organisational. My glaze table mess went from this.....

To this!

I am pleased with myself beyond words. Finally a solution to the mess....Stepped spice racks! Why has this solution never occurred to me before?  I thought about alphabetizing, organizing by color, etc. It seemed a natural way to go. After all, the spices in my kitchen are alphabetized. Pathetic, huh? But for now at least I can see those glazes and get at them without stacking and unstacking.

Part of that organization had to do with necessity. I am definitely not normally the model of studio tidiness. The cheeky monkey and her brother arrived last night. The cheeky monkey likes to fossick around Nana's studio. There are too many things out there that could go horribly wrong....so...the only solution is to clean things up. I think maybe the cheeky monkey should visit Nana more often.

gratuitous photo of heliotropes of some sort

 I'm the only one up. It is quiet. It won't be quiet for very long. My grandson is a noisy little chappy. He giggles and coos, loudly. He knows that if he giggles and coos someone will come over and love him up. So he giggles and coos a lot.

Have a lovely couple of bright shiny weeks everyone. I'll be around this week but not on this blog. Nana has a lot of grand baby loving to do. Then we will head off to Dallas for a long weekend with our daughter.

Is it really October? Where did the time go?


Michelle said...

LeAnn, Enjoy the time with your grandchildren! - Michelle

sharon said...

Those earrings are amazing and gorgeous LeAnn...I just love them!
I can't wait to see what the secret project is too!
Well, have fun with those gorgeous grandchildren, you are blessed...

jessememan said...

LeAnn - it was so much fun meeting you in person and hanging with you in Stacie's class! Wish we could see more of each other. The earrings turned out lovely! Can't wait to hear about your secret project.

TesoriTrovati said...

Squeeze that cheeky monkey for me! She is too cute. And love up that boy. How wonderful to share these blessings! Enjoy the day. Erin

Pearl and Pebble said...

Love those earrings LeAnn! We stopped by Monticello a few years ago. Well about 13 years ago I guess. The smallness was what shocked me as well. Do not remember the yellow walls at all though. My walls might have been yellow at the time though too!!:D And your granddaughter is just beautiful! So envious of your glazen' space there!!!! Have a great day.

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

Your earrings are fantastic! I wish there were two of me and I was abke to take that class as well! So glad you made it to Monticello! It is a beautiful spot! Your grandchildren are definetly heaven-sent! Have a wonderful time...and cannot wait to hear about your secret project!

windrock studio said...

Me too, I love those earrings! and those cutie pie kiddos! You are certainly one blessed Nana ~ enjoy to the max, LeAnn.