We started our fall season schedule. Since we home school and Z does community college, we have a different schedule than a regular school day. The days are planned and it has a different feel than summer. I have several looming deadlines so it is good for me with more structure.
I am always so inspired by fall colors, so I have ideas flying around in my head, just need to finish my current orders, so the new work can materialize.
There is light, we finally have power back on at home. It was a tough few days, the humidity and sleeping were the worst for me, but all in all we just had a lot of clean up and no major damage. It is funny the things that you miss, the iron. I tried to keep busy and cut out fabric, but it usually needs to be ironed before, so I did a little planning and some new design ideas.
Busy the next few days, getting ready for teaching and all, funny it seems the storm kind of ended summer early.
Well, it is the calm before the storm here, and everyone is a little antsy. That is one of the unique things about a Hurricane, you have a lot of time to prepare and discuss and wait. We are ready, but you never know exactly what you need to be ready for. We are near enough to the coast to get a big part of the storm but far enough away to not have to evacuate. Our biggest issue is wind, we have a lot of trees. Next will be the loss of power, not looking forward to many nights of sleeping in the Southern August humidity and trying to keep the food situation together, it is a good way to use up all the things in your freezer, on the grill.
I am trying to keep some work going as well, still have deadlines to meet, but it seems like a time to just be, a do have my book light all charged up.
In doing some research for a new shed in our back yard, I found some unique design ideas. I wanted something interesting that would be functional as well as add to the landscape. There are many local places that do the traditional barn or colonial type sheds. I have always had a modern esthetic, so, as my family knew already, I could not find anything I liked. So I started planning something the boys could build. I came across a company site and I love their little “studio” type sheds.
These prefab sheds are environmentally friendly and can be finished inside.
Since I am designing my own I can customize it for my use and I can use found/reclaimed materials, to keep cost down. It is going to be for storage, but with the right windows and location in the yard, I could totally work on design in these little buildings.
Now I just need few more sales to meet my little studio budget. I will be opening my on line store again in September, with some great handmade gift items for the fall/holiday season.
I have been trying to get “more” fit. I can’t believe it becomes so hard as I get older. Finding a plan to stay with in a hectic, is a challenge as well as eating well. I don’t mind working out, it is just tough to fine the motivation and do enough to make a difference. I have some physical limitations so that is another issue.
I read Heidi Klum (watching Project Runway this season?) and her fitesss guru, wouldn’t that be great to have a fitness guru to keep you going and make all the food and workout plans.
Before the red thread fire, I was able to workout with the help my friends a personal trainer and a yoga instructor (we had a fitness studio upstairs) and it really made all the difference. But things have changed and people are gone from the area, so I have new focus to do things on my own and hopefully get enough movement back to be able to workout in a class or gym.
Fashion for working out is always hard, you don’t want to look like you just got out of bed when walking around your neighbor at 7:30am. I like the layers of this look, and of course Heidi Klum looks great no matter. I think I need to restyle a couple of my big baggy tees for a update.
I usually do not follow typical mainstream trends when it comes to my art work. I do look at web sites and magazines, but when I try to but fabric, they usually do not have what I am looking for. I print, applique, and embroidery on the fabric, but the base colors are what I need. It is interesting that several trends I recently read about, are already in my group. “Green” reclaimed, rescued materials, which I use in my wood tiles as well as fabric embellishments, and mustard yellow, and polka dots.
Planning for the new school year has been ongoing for several weeks. I home school my son and also teach at a private art school. My boys here at home are going to work in a journal format this year. We will incorporate art, math, science, and writing lessons into a bound book format. It is something I have used a little in my art classes I teach, and I think it will help keep a flow going and make our life moreportable for travel.
I have been paint tiles for a couple of weeks now for a big order, I can finally see the end, so I am back to sewing a fashion. A 40 piece order of bags and scarves, and since it will be fall/winter, a new color palette. I am adding a Autumn Red, as well as the Dark Teal, Chocolate Brown, and a Golden Maize, to my base color group.
I do love the Chambray/Denim Blues with the Reds in this photo, and I do have a group of blue fabrics, maybe a new addition.