Ok, quick update. I spent much of the month cramming in custom orders left and right, and was very happy to do so knowing that most of (I say "most" because I never hit all the deadlines just so) July, August and September are mine to do as I wish! Which is to say, stocking both Etsy shops as much as possible for the season to come and exploring many, many new ideas!
Even with the load of custom work, I had a great month with so many fun requests and the satisfaction of all the completed projects that did get out.
And the writing of the short stories is taking shape nicely too. Still too early to share anything but soon, I promise!
I joined a site called 750 Words which is for writers who want to get into the habit of writing every day. I promised myself I would write at least 5 times a week and the goal being 750 words each time.( about 5 pages in book form) So far I have exceeded the required 750 every day I have written, sometimes doubling it.
It feels so good because the most intimidating thing for me when I began is that the idea of writing with a project/goal in mind seemed just overwhelming at times. When would I find the time? How could I ever write complete stories?
All the world-building has paid off though as so many of the ideas and little details are already fleshed out. . . and new ones arrive every day to continue the creation process. Now I think my biggest worry is "How will I know when I have enough?" and "Will I be able to stop?" :)
Also this week, as a treat to myself, I took an afternoon and went to our county's main library. We have a branch in our little town and via the internet can have any book in the system sent to us here in a day or two but it is literally a one room operation. . . though it's one room filled with books! :)
Still, I love to hit the main branch once in awhile to spend time just browsing and reading. I found two books on the "New" shelf that are completely inspiring to me as I go about writing. One is called "The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh" and is about the landscape and locations within the actual forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood of those Winnie the Pooh stories. The other, is called "Ivory Vikings" and is about the set of Ivory chess pieces discovered in the 1830's, that date to Viking times and the identity, skill and artistry of the woman who, in all likelihood, carved them. It's a grand peek into the 400 year history of the viking sea trade as well.
More on all that another time. . . the month left me with quite a few pieces to show for my monthly new work post so I hope you'll enjoy!
|Cottage from another town of the Pine, named Sylvan, with their crooked chimney stacks.|
|And I love little gabled, nooks (for reading or spell practicing) of houses so I add them often to mine. :)|
|Finally getting these back in the shop this summer. I needed a better support design for such skinny, wonky, top-heavy houses. The metal door charms help and a thicker but flexible wire inside. Trial and error. . . and more trial and error. lol|
|These are not "new" actually but the addition of the long "meadow grass" growing on top of each level is.|
|An original Anubis Amulet. I've been working on making functional, smaller amulets while still trying to get decent detail. Not easy in polymer but my confidence with it keeps growing.|
|Chatsworth Village (Alpine) Houses I mentioned last month. The available selection is starting to grow!|
|This may be one of my favorite anthropomorphic pieces that I have ever completed. Thoth, the Ibis headed deity of creativity, time and writing.|
|Another Mushroom House!|
|A fine garden Gargoyle, named Callalla, for watching over ones magic gardens!|
|and finally, a custom pair of statues. . . this is Nephthys and Sutekh (or the Set animal), both based on traditional statues and styles from antiquity.|
Thank you, as always, for dropping by!