Sunday, August 26, 2012

THE SWEET SMELL OF SCHOOL

Only one and a half more weeks, and summer will official be over at the LaChance household. Julia begins 3rd grade on September 5th.......3rd grade!! Where has the time gone?
I hope your summers were spectacular!
I spent most of the summer removing myself from any and all obligation to spent time with my family, take stock of my blessings, and re-evaluate some life decisions. Everything was in vacation mode......my Etsy shop.....my time here at my blog. My focus was my "day-job" responsibilities, and enjoying time off to build summertime memories.
Truth is, I missed you all. But it was a needed break both physically, mentally, and spiritually. It has been a tough year. I will spare you all the details. I have never wanted my blog to be a place filled with sorrow. When and if I have something to share that may motivate or help others, I will offer up my experiences. For now, I will remain focused on just navigating through a bumpy side of my life. There will probably be a few life's lessons learned by the time my journey is over. *big smile*
The summer has had some joyous moments. Lazy days at the lake. Spectacular fireworks on 4th of July.  Julia finally having the guts to remove the training wheels from her bike and learning how to ride. I will never forget that look on her face when she finally "did-it"! A full house on the weekends as there seem to be a growing population of kids in the neighborhood. My social butterfly always in the middle of everything.
I did do one art project of the summer - just in case you thought I was being completely lazy. I had been looking for something to place over a large wall above my television. Something with pops of color and texture. I found a few pieces I liked, but nothing "perfect" so I had an old damaged canvas that I decided to experiment with. I had admired some abstract geometric paintings and wanted something with blocks of color.....the colors I like....and it had to be tactile. Here's my version of the "block-painting".



I have also spent the last two weekends preparing for an upcoming November craft show. I wanted to get some original designs started and prepped. I have been elbow high in paper mache, clay! Got a few started but still a long way to go. Here are a few sneak peeks at some Christmas designs. Hopefully, I can get a few new pieces to hit my Etsy shop soon and the rest are heading to my fall shows.



Of course, Halloween is just around the corner, and yes, I have been working on new plans for my shakers. Have a few ideas churning. Stay tuned because I will be giving away some completed shakers to arrive before the Halloween season.
Thank you for sticking with me over this very quiet, non-existent summer. I am back in the saddle and excited about some of the projects I have come up with. I promise to stay in touch.

Chow for now,
Cyndi