Making Space

I’m resting… again. You may remember that my feet and legs have been giving me trouble since Metal Retreat – swelling, hurting, and just generally being uncooperative with the whole notion of being mobile. Last week I had the first of two procedures to correct some circulatory issues and yesterday I had the second. They’re straightforward but because of my fibromyalgia, they are also much more painful than I was expecting. For this week, I’ve cleared the decks so I can give myself the time I need at home to rest and deal with the pain without engaging any anxiety about other deadlines. My pastor did a sermon yesterday about the importance of making space, which was timely. So I am unapologetically making space even though there is plenty going on.

If you want to catch up with Roadhouse goings on, you can check out our update from yesterday. We are going to have some HUGE announcements soon, and I am beyond excited about it – and shortly after Thanksgiving, we’ll actually be set up to start working in the studios. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to working in that space! (I’m going to be in the far left corner – with three of those darling little windows! Squee!)

Studio-Intro

I also have a post up over at Art Jewelry Elements today about some of the storage solutions I used for Metal Retreat. I am an unabashed fan of the AWP line of tool bags and totes – hopefully, you aren’t hearing about their products for the first time! If this is your first introduction, though, you won’t be sorry – high quality, low prices, just in time for Christmas!

In amongst everything else, I have managed to squeeze in a few working sessions, including a full day of studio work with my friend Kimmy in honor of her birthday. Here’s the  piece I made at her studio – a gorgeous Blue Biggs Montana jasper cab I’ve had in my stash for years, cut by the always awesome Robert Segrest.

Blue Biggs Jasper

It still needs to be patina’d, but that hasn’t stopped me from wearing it once or twice. (Kimmy needs to post pictures of her piece – a stunning Red Creek Jasper cab in shades of creamy green with burnt orange and deep brown highlights. Gorgeous.)

So what about you? What have you been up to?

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