Saturday, June 26, 2010

Easing Back In...

Trying to anyway. These occasional disappearances must be hard to understand for anyone who isn't familiar with depression, but they're something with which many people who have depression struggle. I haven't felt awful these last few weeks, but I often find it difficult to maintain a level of social interaction that might seem normal and comfortable for most people. At these times I tend to withdraw, and I'm working on learning to recognize when it's about to happen so I can at least let people know I may be needing a break. One of the hard things is not knowing how long that break may be, and when I feel this way it seems like it will be forever.

Luckily, I haven't been in a full-blown depression, so I've been able to get some work done and haven't isolated from my family. That contact can be so important, especially when I'm already feeling less than proud of myself for not keeping up elsewhere. It doesn't hurt having a supportive family that makes me laugh. If you like to read my blog or check out my Facebook page, I apologize for the long absence, and I so appreciate everyone who has stuck with me. Hopefully I can get myself back into a healthier pattern because there are some people I really miss hearing from and talking to!

A bit of shop news - after seeing the Thank You cards my mom and I designed to go out with my orders, my friend Vee requested some customized with her shop info to send to her customers. They were so much fun to do that I've added a little section to my shop where I'll offer a handful of basic designs for other sellers. The cards make a really nice addition to the packages I send out, and they're perfect for holding my mini Moo cards. Offering them in my shop will give me a chance to do something else I enjoy besides making jewelry and hopefully help out other sellers as well. My plan is to start with simple text on the front and the seller's Etsy address on the back, but if people seem interested I can include their shop logo or avatar on the front.

I'm getting ready to fire my newest design using PMC, keeping my fingers crossed that it will work. It's a classic design, but I did do some research using pics from an old British funeral home. It's very basic, but is the first piece I've done that isn't either completely coated organic matter or made using a mold I've bought or cast myself, so I'm pretty excited about it. The cross on top is made of PMC-coated rodent bones. After the first firing, I plan to add a 'molding' between the two levels, also of coated rodent bones. I'm doing it in two steps to allow for the initial shrinkage of the clay during firing. My concern is that the bones bordering the top level will end up in the wrong place, and this stuff is too expensive for me to want to test that theory! I'm now a bit worried about what the top bones will do, so I'll be keeping a close eye on the process. Anyway, sneak peak:

Classic Toe Pincher

Chris and I went to the local college last night hoping to catch sight of a fox family that he spotted from the car the other evening. Amazingly, we did see the parents very briefly before they took off into their little woodsy area, though we weren't quick enough to get pics of them. We did hear the pups yipping and tackling each other behind the treeline, which was pretty cute.

Fox nappy area

Suspicious fur / murder evidence

Ending this one with some beautiful bug photos Chris took outside our house the other night. He submitted one to What's That Bug for their archives and some identification help, so hopefully we'll hear from them soon.

Time to feed the zoo. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!


Amy Nicole/RubyMtnBeads said...

It's good to see you back! I hope you continue to feel better! Can't wait to see how the latest pmc project turns out!

Naomi said...

It's so lovely to have you back and to know that you're feeling a little better.
I'm really looking forward to seeing how your coffin project turns out, but can't believe I've missed the cards on your site so am going to check them out right now.
OOh, just had to tell you that I wore your snake vertebrae earrings out the other day and had so many admiring comments!! How great is that? :D
Sharing my smile and sending Hugs xx

kwkmjk said...

As always, so proud of you. 'Nuf said.

littlecherryhill said...

Hiya Kim! I'm glad you did an update. Very happy that you are okay. Look forward to seeing how your bones coated in pmc turn out. What a kewl idea! x x Take care x x We're all thinking of you :)

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