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I will be doing Somerville Open Studios again this year. It's this weekend. Come visit

** Fun with depression: just now putting my stock in one place. Have not made much new...oh- crud. Need to finish the stuff that's sitting on my table uncooked. Uh, no prob. doot doot doot. This is me, mostly winging it and coasting on product from earlier seasons.

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I set up yesterday still up for now. Hating FB but may cave to signal boost. If anyone is still in the market for hand crafted this season, let me know. I will be around til the 8th then will be traveling until the 17th.
Will be at Arisia.
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The fam and I are headed to the big island of Hawaii' in early December. Finances are tight so I cannot bring home a ton of souvenirs for all but if you know you want a thing and j can get it and bring it back, I will be happy to take your money and be your courier.

Second: if anyone was thinking of buying anything I make tell me asap. I have 10 fewer days to do things this month. (See above for why). I am likely to set up an open house sometime this holiday weekend for those who do want a hand made thing to give. If you do not fit within this part of the Venn Diagram, I hope you stopped reading after the first sentence.

ETA: I'm going to be home on Saturday from noon-4 if anyone wants to hang out, help eat surplus food/sweets, and/or purchase art. This is a moment where I prefer only to get notice of those who may come, rather than why folks aren't. I love you all, but this is detail management. Thanks in advance.
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Just a reminder I will be at Arlington Open Studios from noon-5 Sauturdau and Sunday this weekend. It is the final year for its location on Foster St. they will be making room for APS to use it as a public school again (hi baby boom and popular town).
I will be in the gym which is a sweet location.




come check out the HamilTins while they last. (If you want one after the fact lemme know)
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  • Somerville Open Studios/art/plans: total success. I enjoyed spending the weekend with [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen and [livejournal.com profile] lifecollage. I've now done enough craft fairs in the last several years to master the zen this time around. Historically I get quite frenetic about making new product. Not this time. I did maybe 8 pieces since Arisia, and that was fine. I was focused on being present and not on sales, so the fact I did quite well was made that much more. I very much hope this works out again next year.  Most notably, I sold my last dragon tin. I have no more dragons! I must make more!! Any suggestions on color themes welcome. I may ignore them, but consider that survey open. Future plans for projects involve using peanut butter/mason jars. I've done a few here and there. They look cool and are a different sort of functionality to boxes. Also, we have an almost never-ending regeneration of empty jars.

  • Cope: (or lack thereof) Events like craft fairs steal whatever cope and energy I'd normally have. Today I feel like I've been beaten with sticks, hence me updating rather than trying to be a productive member of the staff. I'm also just low on cope. The spectre of no formal income for Jaime is a Thing of Awful. Not knowing when The Good Health Insurance (and access to my therapists) is a huge stress. (more on the progress side in a sec). The stress is causing everyone at home to be ragged around the edges and harder for me to forgive stupid shit, be present, ... you know. The usual. I am one fuck-up away from a crying jag kind of all the time.

  • Jaime/Job/Prospects:. Her interview mid last week went well at academic institution (my alma mater, btw). They are coming up hard against commencement and then summer clean up, so they'll need a Jaime asap. It's a 2nd shift job, which would present a new set of challenges, but steady, full time, permanent, unionized work. In the meantime, the tribe did the tribe thing and Jaime has about a dozen leads to follow up on for side work. I introduced Jaime to the tool, Trello, to keep track of the leads and then forced her to sit down today after lunch so I could walk through it with her to cement in the notion of using it.

  • Kid: His teacher thinks he should see a therapist. I'm looking into it via the pediatrician from the list available to use through new insurance. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn't. I think he's just 4 and surrounded by stressed people, but also his daddy is a lady, and maybe he might want to process that with someone not his teacher and not his parent. Otherwise, we are doing OK? He and [livejournal.com profile] asciikitty had an awesome adventure that lasted most of yesterday and involved walking all the way back from [livejournal.com profile] lifecollage's house to our house. He and I played "store" the other night with his pretend food and cardboard pavers. [Dad loves to tell the story of me playing "bartender" when I was his age. When we moved into the house they're still in, there was a bar in the basement. I'd set up, offer to pour drinks, ask to hear about my customer's problems, and offer cliche aphorisms in response all the while wiping down the bar with a rag. Dad has NO idea where this came from. Kids are weird and awesome]

  • Travel/visits: My dad'll be here this weekend. Mom will be here in early June. Jaime/Kid/I will head to Ohio in early Sept to visit family. October I'll be back again for [livejournal.com profile] jedipartner1967's wedding (!!). All other vacation time is allotted to cover when the public school is closed this fall. There's a lot of one-off days and vacations, and no idea what Jaime's free time will be like, so have to assume it's me covering.... for now.

  • Cultural: Seeing Arcadia with Dad and ascii this weekend; Swan Lake with coworkers on the 13th; rollerskating on the 21st with [livejournal.com profile] sweetmmeblue and [livejournal.com profile] ahf (yes, I call that cultural); Brandi Carlile with [livejournal.com profile] caulay in early June; Doubleclicks in late June... It feels like a lot. I want to go see Verse and Vodka coming up, but I feel overwhelmed, dammit.

  • Work: not much? I'm sort of in a lull. One coworker's been out due to vacation then illness then workshop, so generally quieter than usual. My intern is done for the semester. I expect things will pick up soon.

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So, I'm participating in Open Studio (Somerville) next weekend. I've really not been advertising this, but hey. It's a thing I'm doing. Where you say? Stop #73. [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen and [livejournal.com profile] lifecollage were kind enough to share their space with me.
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I am pretty much under the radar and not listed anywhere in the schedule. I consider it a great opportunity to hang out with my friends for the weekend and maybe sell some art.
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...Because you nailed it.
Request: to make something in this vein:

Original artist- Jade the Firefox's site on Deviantart

My version:
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I am exceptionally grateful for other artists who inspire me and provide me designs to interpret in clay.
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I am cozied up to my laptop with my 2nd cup  of coffee, listening to Jaime's zen playlist, which is dominated by South American flute, with a child safely deposited in school and no major obligations for hours (til it's time to make dinner).

I survived my first Arisia back as "full time" staff in over 10 years. Maybe... 13 years?! Since I burned out in Reg.
Being the assistant guest of honor liaison div head was as expected a fair bit of work, not just at con, but a LOT of prep ahead of time and for months in advance. Not so much that it was impossible- not at all, but given we were responsible for our GOHs, high stakes. The goal was to get shit done and not let them see how the sausage was made. Turns out there are way more pieces in motion than one can imagine. But, from everything I've heard, all Guests had a good time. I had a great time! Possibly the best time I've had at Arisia in the last 7-10 years.
Props...

  • to [livejournal.com profile] nchanter for being a very involved and dedicated conchair. An honor to serve with you, madame.

  • to [livejournal.com profile] sweetmmeblue for being on top of our division. Ditto: an honor to serve with you, madame. We divided up tasks approximately by guest and it meant nobody had to remember ALL things for in this case 4 people. It can be as little as 2 (artist and author) but we had fan AND muse of whimsy this year, so a team was required. It really was an honor to get to be the Scalzi Wrangler (damn, wish I'd had a ribbon specifically for that. OH well. :) Our team, which

  • [livejournal.com profile] rintrahroars for rocking staff services and taking care of all of us.

  • Jaime for being on kid-patrol with grace and humor

  • Turtle Track (Ocean and Austin big love!) for being their usual rock-star selves and keeping the kids busy so the adults could go have some fun

  • [livejournal.com profile] fubar and [livejournal.com profile] asciikitty - for showing up, hanging out, and being part of a big deal for me.

Things that went wellthe good stuff )Not so great:
lost coat saga )
Pictures of the weekend...
Pictures )

OK. Off to do some art, friends.
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Hey- I'll be participating again this year at Pandemonium's geeky craft fair this Sunday from 12-6. Stock up on your locally sourced nerdtastic crafty stuff. Next event following this will be the Arisia art show.
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This is what I've been up to for the last 2 weeks...

Pictures of BUTTONS )

Available soon for purchase at your local yarn shop.
I celebrated the delivery by not touching any clay.
Did I mention I'm going to be at the Pandemonium craft fair on the 13th? I sort of haven't done a thing to prep for it yet. I should work on that. Not today.
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I may have been remiss in explicitly stating that I'm participating in Arlington Open Studios for the 2nd time - it's this Sat/Sun: Oct 17-18 from 12-5 each day.

Unlike other Open Studio events in the area, this is all in one location on Foster St. off Mass. Ave. I generally like the idea of all the artists in one location. I don't have to hope my specific house is on a street people are willing to walk down. Also maybe I'm not super-keen on random strangers visiting my house, so that.

I will be on the 2nd floor in the hallway going into the gym. I will be also selling dryer balls and hand-spun yarn for [livejournal.com profile] asciikitty {technically I did most of the spinning on that yarn, but I'm donating all sales to her future planning fund}- Plus, I have the usual clay-covered upcycled boxes. The latest feature/fancy box is a Furiosa/Mad Max theme.

Anyway- I apologize for being mostly radio-silent about this activity that's actually quite important to me.  If you think you're likely to go, let me know!
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  • Dry cough (ouch- you best be gone by the end of the week, germs)

  • Making myself go out for a short birthday celebration (total yay)

  • Handed off 2 commissions (well received)

  • Continuing the pantless toddler shenanigans (eh? Boy is getting there, but it's exhausting)

  • More beef stew made (enough for 2 meals)

  • Snow day called for kid's school (c'mon!)

  • Watched SportsBall Big Game (Huh... home team wins- that was exciting!) (and when I say "watched," I sat in the room with the game on because I had...->)

  • Started work for tomorrow eventually to be thwarted by the system not saving my work (Just for 1 record, not everything lost)

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The upside of not selling much at the art show is that I don't have to rebuild my stock. Right?
::shaking it off::
I have a few more items in my commission list, so I'll do those then let clay go for a few months til I don't feel so epically disappointed.
And I'll up my stock on Etsy in the meantime.
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All I want to do is one of half a dozen art projects.
I have no attnention span.
Or even the capacity to write a real update.
ETA:
But, QE goes back to work after a month-ish break as of tomorrow. So, not that all day jobs are dumb. I just want to be fabulous and make stuff and not have to deal with money. Like, for a few years.
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Today's my show at Pandemonium in Central Sq. 12-6.
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I'm excited about the extra flurry of conversations here in LJ land.

I've been too engrossed in family/holiday stuff to do much computer stuff for most of the last week, really.
The visit with the MIL is going well. Today was a trip to Harvard Sq., just the two of us. No pressure. Goals included my haircut, a trip to Legal's for lunch, and there you go. I added stuff to a to-do list and did most of them. I really enjoyed the conversation over lunch about family and the past. I got some insight into that part of the family.

I continue to be massively and unbalancedly obsessed with my clay crafting. I am impatient that I"m writing this and not upstairs doing Just One More Thing [Pandemonium! Dec 14! Be there or don't, see if I care, nyah!] ;)

So yah. hi.
If there's more I dunno because  now that I have a bit more blue and green clay, I have these Harry Potter ornaments to make. byeeeeeee
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So craft fair #2, survived. I did better than breaking even: I'm not sure that was true of all vendors. I made a new friend, a 7 yr old, who was there with her vendor-mom. She hung out with me more than at her mom's table, I think. I don't know I'd ever been so throughly adopted in so short amount of time. I'm glad I brought my spinning wheel. I finished the malabrigo I brought with me. A nice adventure, but not one I'll repeat next year.  I'm very much looking forward to Pandemonium next month. That will be a good venue for what I'm doing.
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Backtracking to what I wrote yesterday about the busy weekend...

Adventures in preschool land )

Rick's memorial service )

SYTYCD dance tour )

Oh. And I have a craft fair in Malden this Sunday: Congregation Agudas Achim Ezrath Israel's holiday fair. I am betting it's going to be rather small, but happy to have a new opportunity. Let me know if you think you'll be attending.

Oct. 19th, 2014 11:04 pm

AOS Day 2

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So, today was entirely awesome from beginning to end.
Yeah, I was anxious going in before the doors opened, but from about 1:30-3:30 I couldn't sit down because folks kept showing up. For much of that time, I was getting sales, even. I can't tell you how many friends I saw today because it's a blur. At least a dozen.

Our babysitter for today wanted to trade his services for art, so I sent him home with:
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This dragon tin.
And he posted a picture of it to Facebook
And TAMORA PIERCE (who happens to be friends with him) said, and I quote, "Wow, that's totally amazing!"
That I am not up at my table making her one for her very own (with purple eyes) is an act of extreme control on my part.
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Oct. 18th, 2014 10:31 pm

Day 1, AOS

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Well.
+ survived day 1 of 2 of open studios.
+ [livejournal.com profile] lifecollage was awesome.
+ broke even
o but that's about it
+ met new folks
- didn't see many familiar faces
+ found out about 2 more craft fairs (at a temple in early Nov., and Pandemonium 12/14.)
+ thinking about doing both, plus the usual Arisia
+ still have a whole day tomorrow
+ and have company for it in Robin.
+ have a decent spreadsheet of commission requests
+++ came home and let [livejournal.com profile] asciikitty try on the shrug I just finished. It fits her perfectly, so it's her early birthday present. Now I know how much more to knit for my own version. Seriously- it's a perfect fit.
- that shrug was supposed to be for Amy back home
+ but she wants clay anyway.

So yeah. Good day.
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