What About the Art?

Last night, Joe was polishing his boots for work, and he asked me where my soldering torch was (he found this tutorial online for shoe polish that entails torching your shoe – smells lovely, let me tell ya).  I said it was in the basement, and go for it, “I’m off the metal, I’m on the fabric.”

And, really, that’s the way it goes.  I flit from making art, to making digital scrapbook pages, to soldering, to sewing.  It’s not that I’m not interested in everything all at one time, it’s just that there’s only so much time in the day, and I only have the energy to be obsessed with one thing at a time.  So, other things, regrettably, but necessarily, fall by the wayside.

My time, this year, really was curtailed by unexpected, and unpleasant circumstances.  Since Joe and I have been together, his hours were always 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.  This was perfect for us. I would come home around 5’ish, and I had all of that time to myself to do my projects.  And, since he was going to bed like a normal person, he had all afternoon to do his.  And, then, the rug was pulled out from under us – in April, he was transferred to last out, and now he works 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.  I cannot tell you how much this sucks for so many reasons that have nothing to do with free time, and have everything to do with proper sleeping, healthy habits, and sanity.  And, now when I come home from work, he’s been up for maybe an hour, and this is the time we have to spend together before he goes to work.  Sometimes, he’s working on a project, and I have time to work on something in the craft room, but not so much.  And, by the time he goes to work at 10:00, it’s really too late to get anything messy started, or to do anything that requires accuracy, like soldering or sewing, since I’m tired. I usually get my creative team stuff done, and then it’s time for bed.

Not enough hours in the day.




But, I do miss arting, and mess making, and my craft supplies, and so on, so next year, I’m going to make an effort to schedule time for arty things, and to do that, I realize, I need structure.

Like online classes!

So, next year, I’m embarking on a mail art exchange with my friend Mindy.and we’re going to take Robin Marie Smith’s class, You’ve Got Mail . . . Art!  Yippee!  Art + Mail = Happiness!  Her Ripped and Stitched Journal also looks interesting, but again, not enough time in the day.  And, I’m going to once again take a journey with Misty Mawn in Full Circle.  Every year, Misty sends out an email around now, announcing her next class, and every year, I gulp at the price.  But, I’m always happy I signed up, and it does always follow on the heels of holiday gift money.  And, I like the way she’s structured it this year – I really think it will fit into my lifestyle.  And, while her classes aren’t forever classes, she does leave them open for well over a year.

I even rearranged my craft room to accommodate my return to messy products.  Originally, I did all of my crafting at one station, but now, I’m really not inclined to get a goop of gesso on my fabric, so I moved another desk into the main craft room from the way back room (a very cold room, with no windows), and now I have two stations to work at.  I’m so ready!

Ready for 2014, a year of endeavoring.  My word for the year, endeavor.

More on that later.


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