My travel schedule was somewhat thwarted this week due to a cat-care snag (you know who you are, bad friend who doesn't read this blog anyway so I can publicly scold you with impunity!) We are still going, but will now be leaving this Friday and staying only a week to ten days instead of two full weeks. Bad, bad friend. But it might be okay - two weeks might have been a bit tiring as a convalescent.
As a convalescent, I've been frustratingly unproductive. People say to take things easy, not push it, etc., and while I'm sure that's good advice, I hate having to lie down and not be able to put in my usual time in my studio. I don't like naps. I have nothing against them in theory, but they make me cranky so I don't see the point. (My husband thinks I'm an alien.) So I've been feeling very slow and stuck these past few weeks, only able to put in an hour here and there and not feeling very inspired. But finally, yesterday and today felt like normal, healthy, productive days where I could sit for hours in the same position. Let the unsticking begin...
The upper left hand photo is of a new pendant design I'm working on; the pendants sold out pretty quickly last time, and I felt bad that I'd only made four, so this design is a little more practical and hopefully means I can offer more the next time. I'm also working on new dolls, ornaments and busts and have decided on Halloweeny/ Menagerie theme. But this will be a more ethereal ghosts-and-wraiths kind of Halloween more than witches and pumpkins. Lots of white and paleness and general spookiosity (sometimes Georgina, the narrator of Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging gets trapped in my head. Yes, I read my teenage sisters books when I'm home for Christmas - I confess!)
The confession of guilty pleasure brings me to the 'hooked' parProject Runway in two days. Generally, I don't like reality t.v. watching that much of anything in two days is pretty gross, but the weather was rainy and it was so addictive, I just let myself be sucked in. AND my favourite designer (Leanne Marshall) won, which made me happy. She was sort of nerdy and quirky and I assume people like her never fare that well in the big, splashy world of corporate-sponsored t.v., but she rocked it. And she even has an Etsy store, just like a normal person, though it's on hiatus at the moment. (The above photo was taken from her shop's sold items). Anyway, I was very inspired by the way she manipulates fabric to give her clothing beautiful details and structure. I plan to to try something more unusual with my forthcoming dolls' clothing as a result.
Finally, I just have to share this hilarious photo of my dear, sweet boy who we finally broke down and had groomed during last week's heat wave. The poor darling was so miserable that we had him shaved - most of his lovely, soft fur cut away. But despite the potentially humiliating nature of this hairdo, I think he still manages to look pretty damned fine!