I’m sensing a pattern here…

Monday seems to be the day that I get around to posting here. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, except that lots and lots has happened since the last Monday post and I’m pretty sure I can’t remember it all!


I did get to spend a few hours on Friday with a student who had been part of our Barbara Becker Simon workshops last month. Together we worked on designing and putting together this wonderful necklace using some amazing lampworked beads that Barbara made, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Mostly, though, what stands out about last week is its rather intense introspective aspects. I’m struggling with some stuff right now and have been in a funk for a couple of months. We got some good news about Nick’s work situation last Thursday, and I think I was expecting the funk would lift in the wake of the relief and so much to be thankful for. Unfortunately, not so much – I’m still wading through emotional and spiritual mud, which feels like lots of effort without much progress. I talked about the nature of “funks” during worship yesterday (always a risky thing!) and prayed from Ephesians for myself and others in the room . I was really stunned by the number of people who came up to me after both services, some of them very emotional, to say they were in a similar circumstance.

So, prayer. And creating. And one step at a time.

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.”

Pearl S. Buck

Francesca Watson Designs

I’m working on two mixed media pieces for Gail’s upcoming show, “She’s Got Issues.” I have never done any serious mixed media work, and the subject matter of both pieces is intensely personal, so this has been a “take a deep breath” experience. The process has been alternatively frustrating and deeply satisfying, and I’m happy with where the pieces are ending up – though I’m a little desperately trying to convince myself this isn’t going to wind up being as addictive as my other creative pursuits. (Because there’s nothing inherently bad about trolling eBay for vintage ephemera, right? Right??)

(Along those lines, Roadhouse Arts just recently signed Seth Apter to come do some workshops with us next fall – what a genuinely nice guy! He has a new line of stencils out with Stencil Girl and to celebrate he’s having a blog-hop and a giveaway. Check it out here!)

So that’s the update – we’re packing up and decluttering the house so we can put it on the market (which is taking much longer than we expected) so between that and life at Roadhouse, life is pretty full. How are things in your world?

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