Dabbling in Pottery

Dabbling in Pottery

Here are my rather wonky results from this summer’s attempts to learn pottery at Chambers Pottery.

Lovely studio.  Fascinating people.  If you’re looking for a pottery studio, I’d highly recommend this one.

I took the Beginner/Intermediate Wheel class where I was introduced to wedging, a little hand building, throwing, finishing and glazing. 

I have a whole new level of respect for folks who do pottery.  It’s slow, meticulous, hard work!  And, I must admit, requires more patience than I have… although I suppose I could say my distraction over building my new shop this summer could partially excuse my impatience and rough work.

Still, I really enjoyed dabbling a little in pottery.  The bowls and beads I completed this summer are a fun souvenir.  But if you really want to see some beautiful work, you should visit the studio and see what the real pottery artists are making!

Living in a House of Cards

Living in a House of Cards

This shouldn’t be such a big surprise.  But this morning, it suddenly dawned on me that I’m living in a house of cards.

A big new venture – opening up my own shop.  Exciting.  Terrifying.  Exhausting.  And today – a big scheduling headache.  I had everything all arranged.  Drop boys to school.  Big one picks up little one at dismissal.  Babysitter shows up shortly after.  Meanwhile, I’m doing my small business owner thing with even a little time set aside for the gym.  Yes, a tight schedule… but manageable…

Until the bigger kid gets sick (and generally, mine don’t… knock on wood).

Then what?  Who stays home?  Who picks up the little guy?  Forget that workout class.  But what to do about the meeting scheduled 15 minutes before school is dismissed?  What about the next meeting scheduled 15 minutes after school dismissal?  What happens when your back-ups have scheduling conflicts?  And your spouse is on a plane to some meeting who knows where?

Mad scramble.  Flurry of e-mails and texts to reschedule what can be rescheduled and cancel everything else.  My boys staring dolefully at me recalling “the good ol’ days when moms didn’t have to work…” (thanks for the guilt trip guys).

10:07.  Little kid at school.  Big kid resting on the couch.  I’m pooped!  I know a bazillion other working moms are handling stuff like this everyday.  And I suppose I did too.  But, geez, it’s hard.  Are any of those bazillion other working moms seeing this cry for help?  Can you advise me – how on earth do you factor this wild card into keeping your house of cards standing?

The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero

 
Things have gotten crazy and hectic for me with the imminent opening of my shop (just 15 days til classes start!).  We’ve made changes and compromises to our home life – more babysitter time, more eating out, less time together, less attention to keeping our home neat, less sleep (for me)…
But we’re still reading!
Our daily read aloud has been bumped up to breakfast time.  Breakfast hits the table by 7:15.  Kids are out the door for school by 8:10.  It can feel a little rushed, but I’ve been trying to read 20-30 minutes while the boys eat.  They’ve had to make some big adjustments now that my attention is so diverted with the new business.  I’m really glad we are keeping this part of our day constant.
We are currently reading The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan.  Gotta say, we really enjoy Riordan’s work.  This series promises to be even better than the original Percy Jackson series.  The three new heroes, Jason, Piper and Leo are fantastic.  All three of us look forward to reading more and more of their adventure each day.
Having said that, it’s now 7:03.  Which means I need to skedaddle – get breakfast on the table and get reading!

Stitched Tribeca (and why I’ve been away)

Stitched Tribeca (and why I’ve been away)

I’m back!
Mostly.
I am still working feverishly on my new venture.
Just hit that link and follow me over to the new website I worked on all summer.
Shop opening October 1st.
(Holy cow, that’s in just 19 days!)
I will continue to blog from this site at least once a week.
But I’ll also be blogging for my shop.
And if you’re here in NYC, would love it if you’d stop by to see me!