Life, Art, Etc…

In which I cover health, the state of me, art projects, and places to make art.

I keep meaning to get back to nice, logical, progressive posts about my Arts and Sciences entries, but I’ve been finding myself low on spoons a lot lately. About ten weeks ago I got my first set of botox injections from migraines, and they actually did a LOT to help me. But they wore off a few weeks ago and since then it’s been migraine city around here. So this blog post is basically going to be an picture dump of what I’ve been up to in the last couple of day. Think of it as a glimpse into the life of a Vandy on a medium day (not the worst, not the best).


Today was a all day in pajamas day. Which meant I wasn’t feeling amazing, but I also managed to get some stuff done, which is the important thing! Notice that I am, as usual, surrounded by furry little helpers.


Adooorable little helpers who just make me want to cuddle instead of work. :)

I’ve been working on trying to finish up Ian’s kaftan, since his birthday is this week. It’s been a huge project. I started it for Christmas a year and a half ago, but I’m going all out on it: printing cloth, hand sewing, special buttons, silk tablet woven trim.

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In addition to working on Ian’s kaftan, I managed to put up etsy listings for the constructed silver buttons (make on demand),

and for temple rings like those I entered in A&S (also make on demand).


In addition to finally putting up a few extra things on Etsy, I’ve been reorganizing around the house, trying to make some better work spaces and places for tools and supplies to live. Some things about having a small house are nice, but now that someone is living with me, not having a separate studio space all my own makes things challenging. So I’ve been trying to carve out some little specific work niches.


This is my space for encaustic and other painting!



I set up my felting machine and some storage, and hope to move my sewing machine and supplies here as well.



And Tamra came over a couple of days ago and we started setting up a dedicated place on the deck, under cover, that we can use for dyeing!

I also noticed that the county has been spraying on our road again. The last time they did this, it looked like they managed to kill one of my trees, but I got lucky and it’s coming back this spring. But since we have bees and gardens, and pick blackberries near the road, I finally got off my butt and made some no spray signs. I also made them *nice* and inoffensive, so hopefully they do the job! I have four more to finish up too, which should cover the entire area along the road of both my parents’ property and my property.

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And that’s at least a bit of what I’ve been up to.