My Charlie Brown Christmas tree! I've always wanted one.
So I'm sitting here and I have been racking my brain over what I could write about for this blog post. It's quite a puzzle because I know so much already . . .
Hahahahaha! Really, I'm just kidding.
I painted some rocks
It's the end of a long year that has been challenging in some ways, fun in many ways and a transition year for me in my personal life because I'm perched on the edge of an empty nest and I have been contemplating what I would like to do with myself now that my duties as a parent are no longer needed the way they were in the past.
I've got a whole lot of free time coming. Sheesh! This free time is causing me some anxiety.
But if I calm down a little bit, and take a short trip off into my daydreams, I guess I can find a few things I could take some time to learn about. I think that more of these things will reveal themselves to me in time, especially when I have the actual experience of all that freedom.
I have come up with two things that have been piquing my curiosity and could warrant further exploration.
TechShop announced a great special available up until December 25th. It's a 3 month membership for $249. The usual rate is $175/month. What a deal that is! So I'm thinking about taking them up on it and getting myself and my designs organized and coming up with a plan that will get me in there at least once a week for around 4 hours to use the Epilog Lasers.
I've already done my research and gathered up some of the best kinds of cardstock and deeper cardboards that I think might give me the depth that I will need for what I want to accomplish. I've already taken their two hour introductory class and learned how to use the lasers. Now I need to gather together all the patterns and drawings I've come up with that I think will make some good designs for my boxes and other metal things I want to make. It's taken much longer and become a more detailed process than I was expecting but I really think I'm going to go for it.
The second thing is also over at TechShop. I found out they have a full Powder Coating set up and will teach me how to do that too. Then I will use these techniques and mix them with metal smithing and formed metal clay components to develop something brand new that I haven't ever done before.
Looks like I will be spending some longer periods of time in San Francisco early this coming year. I will have to be more disciplined than I have been in the recent past and get some things done. My thinks are lining up!
The application process for the Mill Valley Art Festival is from January 15-March 15. It's a huge step for me. I need to finish some of my projects, take some beautiful photos and apply.
Wish me luck!
and a very merry holiday season to all of you!
Are you wondering about what this “Blog-o-Sphere” thing is?
Andes Cruz, a metalsmith I met online and whose work I love, formed a group of friends who blog and she called it the "Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank". We all write a blog post once a month about the same topic, and we all post at the same time, on the 20th. I've been writing with them since October 2013 and the group keeps me blogging even when I am busy doing my thing. I hope you’ll visit all the blogs on the list and see what they have to say and if YOU have anything to say, please leave me a comment. I would enjoy hearing about it.
Following is the current cast of bloggers who have ideas to pursue so let's go read about them!
Andes Cruz: http://andescruz.wordpress.com
Kathleen Krucoff: http://kathleenkrucoff.wordpress.com/
Pallavi Gandhi: http://studioat605.wordpress.com/
Tosca Teran: http://wp.me/pigO-up