Saturday, April 30, 2011

Craft Saturday!

If you're in or around Des Moines today, stop by the 4th Street Theatre downtown and check it out. Lots of lovely handmade items; you're sure to find something you love, either for yourself or maybe a unique Mother's Day gift. Noon to six, on 4th Street between Court and Walnut, downtown Des Moines (right next door to Java Joe's). Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring is here and life is good....

Spring! Finally! For me, spring means craft shows. I am busily making journals and collages and cards for my first show of 2011, Craft Saturday. Seriously can't wait. It was good to have a bit of a break, but 4 months without a craft show is plenty long for me. I really like doing them. I also have some other opportunities on the horizon for spring which I'll mention a bit further down the road. The last two weeks have been 2 of the happiest ever for me. At the end of March, I was relieved of my day job due to a "reduction in workforce." The reasons, whatever they might be, don't matter to me. The result does: not having to force myself to go to a soul-stealing day job for a while is like a precious gift to me. I am loving my life so much now that I don't have to go to work. I truly feel like a new woman. Or maybe, my old self. Probably a combination. I feel super-lucky to get to have time with my son, who is fun and amazing and wonderful every day. We are having lots of fun playing outside. We are busy working in the art room. He colors while I make books. I love how he announces each color after he uses it: "I colored green!" I've been enjoying simple pleasures like hanging the towels out to dry on the clothesline. And somehow at the end of the day, I am tired from working and playing hard, rather than feeling exhausted by stress and anxiety like I had felt after a day at my old job. My ultimate dream, of course, would be to never have to go back to working at a day job. I know that's probably not realistic just yet. But it doesn't mean I've given up hope. For now, though, I am grateful for every day that I get to work at home and enjoy life the way life should be enjoyed. If anybody would like more info about Craft Saturday, you can find it here: You can find us in downtown Des Moines on April 30th from noon to 6 p.m. in the 4th Street Theatre, which is adjacent to Java Joe's. Would love to see you there and I know you will enjoy all the fabulous handmade items. Happy Spring!