WHAT I DID TODAY
Quite a while ago, think years, I came into possession of an old Hoosier cabinet which was just sort of pushed back against the wall and forgotten about. When I decided to set up my studio and started cleaning, guess what I found!!!! That’s right, the old Hoosier came out of hiding. It was a bit dirtier than before – it’s been in the garage after all and the evidence of a failed attempt to antique it was still there. Whoever painted it painted EVERYTHING, the hinges, the latches, everything within reach. Anyhow, I’ve decided to clean it up, repaint it and use it in my studio. It has at least 50 years of grime built up – seriously – that has to go before I can start it on it’s road to recovery. First things first…..knock as much gunk off as I can. So, out comes the pressure washer, off come the doors, out come the drawers and off come what looks like 20 years of kitchen grease and grime. Yay! My biggest fear that it would explode into a million toothpicks didn’t happen. Everything withstood the pressure washing with no problem. Great – half the first step – done. One more wash with a bit of Mean Green detergent should do the trick and I’ll be on to the second step – paint – soon.
Here’s a before photo –
Sorry for the bad focus, but you can see the shape it’s in. Yuck!
After first pressure wash.
ON THE WHEEL
This week I threw a couple test batter bowls, one of which I promptly broke off the handle, I tried something new I saw in Pottery Making Illustrated, Throwing in Two Parts and threw a sweet little rounded pitcher.
I threw a flashlight!!🔦🤨
Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you into trouble. Frank Tyger
Yep, I think it’s time. First of all, I’m not breaking up. I just need to get it together and hop back on my post schedule starting now.🕰🕰🕰
ON MY NEEDLES
Alas…..many starts, no finishes. Have a look:
Unique Chic Studio
80% Tussah silk/20% Merino
Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter
Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Tweed
Good thing this is for next fall/winter, I’m as slow as molasses on colorwork!
Some random sock yarn I found on a deep stash dive.
These are just three of I don’t know how many wips that live in a bag by my chair. Next time, I’ll include a few sock UFOs.
ONE MORE THING
I’ve started a new blog, The Insomniac Potter, along with an etsy store as my house was reaching critical mass potterywise. I’d be honored if you would take a few minutes to pay us a visit.
You teach best what you most need to learn. Richard Bach
Check out my latest shop update at https://etsy.com/shop/claydreamspottery!
See you there!
So – it’s been a busy few weeks. I set up an Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery and have been putting a lot of hours writing and rewriting, tweaking and retweaking my shop stuff, working at getting more pots photographed and listed. This is much harder than it should be since I’m a bit technophobic, computer illiterate and way out of my comfort zone when I encounter something unfamiliar computer wise. I have to reinvent the wheel over and over again. I’m figuring it out slowly but surely.
Today, I’m running a full bisque kiln this morning, then tomorrow or Saturday go into a glazing frenzy, then finally run a glaze kiln. I guess one good thing about insomnia is that I can start all this 2 a.m.
I’m anxious to see how the spiny things turn out. I plan to stain them, fire them and then lace them back together with a thin leather thong. I hope it’s going to match the picture I’ve been carrying around in my head for a long time.
FYI – The spiny things behaved exactly how I’d hoped (for once)! The toothpicks burned away, leaving perfectly shaped holes for lacing them together later. I LOVE it when a plan comes together!
Wow, I slept late this morning – til a whole 4 a.m.! If you guessed this week wasn’t exactly a good one sleepwise, in other ways it absolutely rocked. Let’s see. What happened this week? OK, got it.
- Mr. Insomniac had cataract surgery on his right eye on Wednesday morning and is doing great! He is seeing better than he’s ever seen, 20/30 on the right about 24 hours after surgery.
- I sold a pot in my Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery
- I’ve had time to work on several knitting projects that have been languishing for what seems like forever. If I haven’t mentioned it before, I also have a knitting blog. You can check out this particular alter ego at http://iknead2knit.net.
- Filled a pew at Mass last Sunday with nearly the entire fam, three grands, a son, a daughter in law that I love, my bestie, who happens to be dear d-i- l’s mother, me and Mr. Insomniac.
- Successful glaze firing of pots to restock my Etsy shop. Shop update is tentatively scheduled for April 22.
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on man unless they act. G. K. Chesterton
This little angel is waging war on my handknit socks!
I’m beginnning to think I need to buy a safe…she manages to find and destroy at least one sock of a pair. She’s learned to knock the clothes hamper over to pull out the socks. I’m trying to cut her some slack, she’s still a puppy, but her taste for handknits and Mr. iknead’s azaleas is making me want to tear my hair out.
ON MY NEEDLES
This is about the fourth attempt at getting started on this.
Airy Yarn from Unique Chic Studios
80% Tussah Silk/20% Merino
I think I finally have a handle on it – I hope so anyway!
ONE MORE THING
I’d like to invite you to visit my new Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery.. I plan to update every other Monday morning, but now, I’m slowly adding things, but I’d love for you to come have a look around. I hope you like it!!!!!!!
Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly. Plutarch