Happy Valentines from Pokeberry!
Much is going on down here in Sunny (but cold) South Carolina. I still have not finished the dear old paper clay clown couple I was supposed to make for Hubby for Christmas. I have added some details and am now just working on smoothing it and fixing things, finishing the details and then I will make sure it is very dry before painting on the clown faces and gettin' it done. It has moved to my latest sitting spot in the kitchen--where I will work on it more since it is at hand.
The three kitty jug band up above was a duet for a long while. Suddenly one day the orange tabby showed up full of dust above a floor register. My little grand kids were here that day so I am thinking Jacob who is two had been keeping orange tabby captive inside the floor register for a good couple of months. I gave him a good bath and reunited the group. Now they are sitting on top of my little counter top dishwasher here in our smaller house.
Big news!Hubby & I decided a bit ago that since none of our kids are currently renting the bigger house up on Pokeberry Hill--we are going to fix it up, do some finishing and re-arranging--and move back. We both enjoy the quiet of the woods and since we both have a lot of tools and mess all the time it makes more sense to live in the bigger house.
We have not decided to sell the lake house-- maybe someday-- but not at this time. Our plan is that it will be a guest house, a get away cabin, and possibly we will rent it out to vacationers to help pay down the mortgage.
I'm excited. I like the big house. It has been a bit of a mess--unfinished and full of stuff that needs to be de-junked and the landscaping is not at all done.... also the remnants of various of our adult kids and their buddies moving in and out and in and out.
We've decided to 're-take' Pokeberry Hill.
We have plenty to do there. I hope there will also be time for art. :)
Pokeberry Patch on Etsy is open for business again.
I've made some changes this year. One change is I reverted back to doing animal cake toppers --no more portrait toppers. I needed to de-stress and I tend to work much harder on the toppers that look like someone on their big day. Too much self imposed pressure! I still have toys in the shop.
My future plans are to add vintage stuff that I love-- ribbons and trims and books, and ephemera, etc..
Also I want to add my own paper goods and printables.
All this has taken me a longgggg time!
I've come to terms with the fact that I am not 'normal' and should not compare myself to artists who are. I am self taught--so my stuff is odd for sure, but I like it.
I've got some kind of pain or brain issue (often both) to deal with all the time--which tends to slow me down and interfere with my efforts to focus. I have seen some of the major cool blogs and facebook pages and books and etsy shops, websites etc... of other artists I admire and it has made me feel like such a slacker!
Well I realized finally that this is 1. envy/jealousy--which is just plain wrong/sinful-- AND 2. I am who God made me to be and that's just fine with me and Him.
So... no more smacking myself down if I don't do as much or as well as I think/perceive someone else is doing. No more being hard on myself for being less than I wish I was.
If I blog once a year--so be it! If I blog every day, that's fine too.
So......like Pokeberry Mary plans to do--- keep yer hearts at peace folks! Don't go wishin' you was somethin' ya aint!
Proverbs 14:30 says: A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
And most of all...
Have a Happy Pokeberry Valentines Day!