Good morning! I have time for a quick note. This afternoon I am scheduled to jam with friends and acoustic guitars. In the meantime, I am so grateful just to be able to sit down at my art desk and drink my coffee and journal a little bit.
My Etsy shop, A Bit of Birdsong, is evolving into ephemera and papers. As you know, paper is definitely one of my passions. Look for the shop to grow exponentially as I finally turn in the keys to the little red caboose. What a great learning curve it was. The next brick and mortar I run will be in a much busier location. I already having a real estate super sleuth watching for potential locations.
That said, I listened to my sweetie play last night.
On a gardening note, I have begun to find creatures. Oh, what a sign of a little ecosystem! Parsleyworms have found me.
A little garden zen…
Oh, and some blog love. I came across a beautiful calendar over the weekend. It was outdated, but I guess someone local had purchased it and then donated it. Very lovely. I looked up the website. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an interesting ABOUT page. All of the shop members have written a Haiku about their jobs. Wild Ink Press — cool stuff.
I have some things to do in the Etsy shop, so I must run. I really appreciate all of your kind comments. Between moving out of the Sidetracked shop and working on A Bit of Birdsong, AND working full time out of town a lot lately, I have had no time for this blog or to really leave comments for anyone, but I took tomorrow off of work and I plan to play some serious catch-up. I plan to rest some as well.
I feel a bit like Piglet. (Mama, do you know what I mean?) In a panic. In a rush. More to do than I can do! I have been working many hours out of town lately. It has been a real challenge. If I did not love my job so much, and all that they offer me, I think I would have “give out” by now.
In addition to work, I have been extremely busy closing the shop down. It took months and months (years) to stock it up to where it is now, so tearing it down has been a process. I have had several large and very successful sales, thanks to my sweet customers. I have moved out about 400-500 items during recent sales. Now I am boxing up, bagging up, donating, storing, all in preparation for my little private studio/workshop.
Then there’s Etsy. Ahhh, Etsy. I have been really focusing on my Etsy shop. Peeps, it’s a good and happy thing. Just busy, busy, busy!
Here is a treasure I found recently. For my garden.
The real thing. Heavy as lead. Beautiful detail. Not plastic. 7 dollars. Lucky me.
Just dropping in with a few lines. Looking forward to live music tonight, a surprise from my sweetie! Off work. All the birdbaths are all scrubbed clean and filled. The hummingbirds have fresh food. The tomatoes from the garden are fine. I continue to work on closing down the shop and transitioning to a private studio. I think a Friday nap may be in order. Or wait…I have time to go shopping! The Steelbender is prepping for a lesson anyway.
Oh, and I am still working on family history. Pictured is one of my McNeill ancestors: Thomas McNeill born in 1849, my great-great-grandfather. His wife was Martha Jane. ❤
They are all growing in pots. The romas are huge! They are so healthy. I planted one heirloom. It has produced so many blooms, but they kept falling off. I have continued to trim dead leaves, water, and compost. Finally there are two heirloom tomatoes growing.