Friday, April 7, 2017

Guest Potter at Oak Park Brewing Company!

Soooooooo... This here's a visit with a fellow potter and great young guy who has a fun vlog, "The Apprentice Potter," on YouTube.

We met up at Consumnes River College and struck up a nice friendship, which has continued even though the college system booted me out because I've taken all the classes I can. (Effing budget cuts!)

A couple of corrections for the video, though...

I'm an investor, not an owner.
The art featured is arranged by one of the folks at the Brewery, not by me, although I support it completely! (I wish I had come up with the idea, but I didn't...)

But, enjoy the video. And ignore how many times I lick my fingers, 'cause, DAYAM! That sauce was GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The End of an Era

I'm moving!

Soon. Don't have a date, yet, but it's happening.

Mr. ShellHawk and I are going our separate ways, and as a result, I need to see what I can do about lightening up on my shop inventory before I move on to greener pastures.

To that end, I reduced the price of my comfy t-shirts by $3.00, and if you enter coupon code NEST2017 at checkout before April 30th, you'll get an additional 10% off. You can also use it on anything in the shop with a minimum purchase of $16.99.

Also, it would be a financial help to me, which would be very much appreciated! :D

Please feel free to share this post or the coupon code on your favorite social media to boost the signal!

Thanks, kids!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Rainbows

Photographer unknown.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Or, as we called it down the pub, "Amateur Night."  ;)
Click on Kylemore Abbey for a wee Irish playlist... Click on "Play all."

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Little Upgrade = BIG Help!

Tools.

Potter's tools. Sculpting tools. Everywhere! All over the studio.

Always in the way of something else.

I've had the idea of getting them organized for a long time, but the actual doing it hadn't come to pass. Until now!

I had some pegboard hanging around since we moved into this house, ten years ago. The previous owners had left it, and I wasn't about to throw it away, so...

Yes, I can be a pack rat. Let's not go there, o.k.?
I had hubby replace the brackets I had there already with longer ones, and then we attached the pegboard. I have a ton of the doohickeys you use for pegboard, lurking around in a giant Ziploc baggie in one of the garage drawers (also from roughly ten years ago), so it was just a matter of digging through them and figuring out what layout was going to work out.
It gave me the opportunity to see which tools I had and how many, so I don't end up buying more of the ones I already have. I love that they're all in view, in easy reach, and organized!
I'm a bit bummed that I had to ditch my Trick 'R Treat movie poster. I've had it in the studio for a long time, and I need to find another place for it. I'm running out of wall space!

For those of you wondering, those lovely, hand-made wooden tools are from Burlchaser's Etsy shop. They're spectacular to work with and inspiring to look at!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Light Reading

Been haunted by my demons recently, so that's why no posts for a little while. Back soon! :)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Haunting Driftwood

Driftwood sculpture by Nagato Iwasaki.

Incredible use of found things, paired with an amazing eye for form and anatomy.

Find more here.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017, I'm Not Ready.

This extremely unflattering
picture shows I would like
to have humor about my
imperfections. And maybe
punch someone.
I'm just not. 

I'm turning older in March. Not ready for that, though I'm not freaking out about it.

I haven't done what I wanted to do with my life, quite yet. (I'm still deciding what that is by the way, so please, don't judge me!) 

I still say the wrong things and get in trouble because of my mouth. (Still. Damn it!) I mean well, I really do, but there are still those horrifying moments where I just try to see what my mouth is saying at the same time it's saying what it's saying and thinking, "No! Don't! You can't---! Oh, shit. You did. You really did." *face palm*

And man, there are so many things I want to do, I'm dizzy with it! But this is the time I need to settle myself and breathe, and focus on what is really important to me.

Don't get me wrong. 2016 was a really rough year, personally, but it wasn't all bad.

I had the great opportunity to go to the Stanley Hotel, which was a major bucket list item!











I also got to go to Cancun and Kauai, which was a blast. I got to see old friends in Portland, Oregon. I had the opportunity to go to a great ceramic art show and speak with some very talented artists. I got to see family and friends. I had a whole doggone year without a surgery! YES!!!

And I did make some personal strides forward, but -- and many of you will recognize this about yourselves -- somehow I feel like I fell short of my expectations of myself.

I'm pretty sure everyone feels this way from time to time, especially this time of year. Maybe you (like me) didn't lose the weight you wanted to, or you didn't commit to your plan for world domination, or something like that. I keep telling myself that it's o.k. I'm not dead, yet (escaping the 2016 Death Race was an accomplishment all on its own, so I count it as a win!), so I can keep on working on myself and my other goals. It's not too late.

 A friend mentioned to write down my goals and then figure out where they stand on my priority list. I'm still working on it, and I feel cautiously positive about it. The cautious part of me is the part who's afraid of failure. I'm reminding myself that I overthink things, and to just keep going. To have some courage, because really, I'm not going to be executed for not achieving my goals or desires. (Why are we always so damn dramatic about this?)
And I'm reminding myself that in spite of all of my failures -- real and imagined -- I'm still falling forwards more than backwards. Inch by inch, things improve. I am on an adventure, and it is, overall, pretty amazing.

Yes, I really do have to remember when to just shut my mouth, but sometimes, what comes out is kind and helpful. I know that will get better with practice.

One of the things I noticed I could improve was my charitable giving. I noticed that I was, quite frankly, stingy with giving money to causes I supported. And I decided to change that, right away.

I believe in them, sure. I sign petitions which don't seem like they're just a crazy waste of time. But giving? Not as good as I wanted. Because I don't make loads of take-home cash after I donate to my retirement, it was easy to excuse not giving to what mattered to me.

So I went back to my last post and chose three separate charities I wanted to give to, and for two of them, I set up a monthly schedule of support. It's not loads of cash, but I know that every little bit helps, and that they need it, regardless of how large or small the donation is. And really, it's not going to break me. Will I need more time to save for things I want for myself? Sure. But, honestly, aside from improving my studio, I really don't need a whole bunch more "stuff." I can live without a wind spinner or another wind chime, honestly.

I'll continue to make changes, as incremental as they may be. The New Year gives us all an excuse to stop and take inventory, so we can see what changes are important to us.

Happy New Year, Gang! Here's to some positive change!
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