When all else fails …

Revert to what you love … for me, it’s discovering new hobbies (or spending money, according to DH)!  So, I’ve just placed an order.  I will be playing with the ‘art of papermaking’ … I’ve always had a thing for specialty paper (as well as all office supply ‘stuff’ – makes me wonder if I was a school teacher in some previous life …???)  Anyway – mulberry paper, vellum, beautiful papers with pressed flowers … I’m gonna learn how to make it.  And – you can add your own recycled paper to the pulp – so it’s a GREEN hobby.  How therapeutic is that … turning your credit card bill into handmade stationary?!?

handmade papers handmade paper and casting handmade stationary

And, I’ve discovered a few new glass techniques to try.  copper metal inclusionsI’ll be experimenting with some inclusions and enamels in the near future.  I’m also looking to enroll in a glass seminar in June.  It’s an A.M. class (OUCH!) – and it’s not cheap, but it looks to cover lots of techniques I’ve struggled with – so, we’ll see …

I still have moments of depression, anger, worry and heartbreak … but, I’m learning to live with it.  And while my back is still on fire, I haven’t erupted with any viral spots yet … It’s all good!

rays of sunlight

About claytonhill

Artisan of beautiful and functional art, handmade in our glass studio. All items one of a kind due to the nature of our medium. A little about me: As the mother of four children, multiple four-legged 'children', wife and an ER nurse ... I've always found pleasure in pursuing creative outlets. My current 'hobby' is kiln-formed glass. As I never do anything 'half-way' ... my husband and I are really enjoying this medium. Other hobbies have included/include stained glass, quilting, knitting, wine making, candles - oh, and a brief trial of the ancient Ukranian art of etching designs on blown eggs ... don't ask. :) You can view my on-line glass store at www.chneos.etsy.com
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