Saturday Morning Ramblings

Alright, I was bad again.  I missed Friday, but I still consider it okay, because I'm posting now as I have some time before I go to work this morning. It doesn't help that I have a cat sitting on my chest while I try to write.

I had a thought as I was sitting outside enjoying my cup of coffee.  Alright, it wasn't really enjoying because I've ran out of both milk and creamer.  I spent one Lent giving up creamer, but I still need it in my coffee in the morning.  So it was more like swallowing the bitter caffeine that fuels me each day, both then and now.  But I love coffee nonetheless, and it is always part of my morning routine.

Anyway, back to my thought.  It was cooler this morning.  Arizona summers don't seem to cool off until September or October...but this morning, it was overcast with the threat of rain and a cool breeze was blowing through.  At 82 degrees fahrenheit, it was lovely (as compared to the normal 100+ degrees that it usually is all summer).  It made me think about if I'd someday soon get to enjoy my coffee in California every morning, feeling that same breeze coming off the ocean and cooling down my coffee so that it was just the right temperature to drink.  It made me think about the future there versus a future here.  Will I be a Art Studio Assistant at the Children's Museum next year around this time?  Will I have a normal job?  Will I have my dream job?  Who will I be with?  Will I finally be in California for good?

This week was a little odd for me.  I'm trying to adjust my routine, but accommodate the changes.  For one, my roommate is back and school has started for him and my other friends still at ASU.  I said goodbye to my roommate Thursday morning as he went off to his classes, standing in the kitchen with my cup of coffee, and wished him luck.  I made this comment to my boyfriend, "You're off meeting Swedish royalty, everyone else is at classes this morning, and I'm sitting here with my cup of coffee, watching my cat chase her tail."


Granted, I can't complain.  I'm rather glad I've graduated and I don't have to think about classes or school or homework or assignments.  But at the same time, it gave me some normalcy in my life; a schedule.  But I hope now that my friends still in school are thinking about projects, that maybe it'll motivate me to work on my own.

Anyway, I'm off to work in a little while.  I like the days I get to come in at 9:30 instead of 8:30...but today is the last day in a while I'll get to be scheduled at 9:30.  I guess I should be thankful that they trusted me so quickly to become a Lead Art Studio Assistant, but I still feel like I don't know enough to qualify.  Oh well.  I learn as I go, and I ask questions, so I think I manage.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  See you Monday!

Fiber Artist Environment: Tactile

So, what might my environment like as a Fiber Artist?  I would guess it would seem much as it does now: surrounded by fiber paraphernalia such as yarn, wool, embroidery tools, etc.  I have stated before that I would like to be in San Diego in my studio apartment by the ocean (or at least near it).  Let me show you my ultimate environment; how my day might start. Imagine waking in the morning.  It's dark except for the slivers of light peeping in through the blinds or window shades.   There's a faint sound of waves.  Pulling off the covers, you pad to the kitchen to prepare the morning coffee.  As it was brewing, maybe you would open the blinds or window shades to let the morning sunlight inside.  After getting your coffee, why don't you open the  patio door?  The sea breeze greets you as you sit down on padded patio chair to enjoy your coffee and wake up a little more.

What is on the agenda for today?  Meetings with potential clients, wishing to buy art?  Work at the yarn and fiber store?  Or is it a personal work day at the studio?  Are there errands to run?  Whatever is happening, be sure to make time to relax and take a breather at some point during the day.  That's what this is all about, being relaxed, and enjoying what you're doing.  Take it easy and don't get too overwhelmed with life.

In a nutshell, my environment:

  • easy going
  • relaxed
  • hardworking but not stressed
  • day planned ahead of time
  • respected as an artist

Photo taken by Ivailo Djilianov