all of my comings and goings back and forth from here to my mother's in Alabama have a tremendous disorienting effect on the everyday rhythms and creative flow of my work. i struggle eternally to settle back into a comfortable productive regime, and always seem to find that sweet spot just before i have to leave again... all of this to say that i am scrambling to have a shop update at some point later today, provided i am able to properly edit all the many photographs and descriptions necessary to explain each individual design. being self employed has many pluses - especially for this one ADD gal who would find it nearly impossible to fit into a "normal" public working environment - but lord have mercy, is it ever difficult for me to juggle all the many balls required to manage my own career... the creation is the easy and enjoyable part; then comes the photography (and a constant struggle with lighting in this cabin of the woods), meticulous edits of each shot (4-5 photos for each piece), lengthy descriptions of the emotions, inspiration and materials used, laborious listings in many steps for my online Etsy shop; then the wrapping, packaging, and shipping of each piece. forgotten in all of that shuffle is the time and cost involved in shopping for gemstones, antique reliquaries and found objects to incorporate into my work. folks who aren't involved in the process of a self employed artist are unaware of the time involved to accomplish all of these feats, while juggling the everyday chores that fall solely on the shoulders of one who lives alone - errands in a town that is a 25-30 minute drive each way, gathering recycling and garbage to haul to the dump and recycling center, working in a walk with walter once or twice a day, meal prep, laundry, with cleaning ALWAYS the last thing on my list!
so when next you look at something i have created, remember that the woman behind the curtain is moving quickly to push and pull the many knobs and levers required to make it all work.
and as always, i deeply thank you all for reading my thoughts, for leaving feedback, for your steadfast encouragement and support! xox
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