What was your first job?
Mine, other than babysitting, was working for the vet, which I adored, but it was only a summer gig. Then, being a camp counselor. (Also seriously seasonal.)
The summer before my senior year in high school, I became a part-time cashier at the local Publix store. This was back in the dark ages when cash registers still had mechanical buttons and math was required to make change. (Really!)
I used to entertain myself by seeing how fast I could ring up 8 packs of sodas and the bottle deposit.
The absolute worst part was inventory. And, yes, I mean with pencils and clipboards.
Bars of soap and jars of baby food were the worst possible assignments.
Soap made me sneeze the whole time and trying to re-stack all the little glass jars inevitably led to a mess on the floor. Somehow it always seemed to be strained peas or chicken mush. Aaaaaackkk!
You are, I imagine, wondering what triggered this stroll down memory lane.
Well, I’m shop-keeping again!
This time, art, which is way better than soap or baby food!
It’s going to take me a while to get used to the new system, though.
I tried. Bill tried. We made some progress. Veronica helped!
There are, however, a few things still to work out!
There’s a hint of a coming special collection of art by Gloria Venuh, MATS, who was my Intentional Creativity Intern this past year and is about 97 kinds of seriously talented! (Not to mention about to start her PhD in theology and art!) There are, indeed, more to come.
They should be there later this week!
And, I’ll be adding more and more items soon. Including more coffee mugs! (Very cool!)
There’s is a pretty, purple poster edition of the Grandmothers’ Manifesta, just in case you know someone who needs a gift or some moral support.
But, having resolved my meltdown over wanting it the way I want it, and convinced my inner critic to take a brief vacation, we’re open. I’m so hoping you’ll visit!
Also, if you missed Wednesday’s blog with the invitation to get a free, printable pdf of the Manifesta, just click here!
Here’s the thing… I really believe that this is part of my way of making things better for my girls and for all our littles! And that reminds me of a quote, sometimes attributed to Michaelangelo:
Art will save the world.
I hope so. At the very least, I think it makes us more fully human and that’s not a bad day’s work!
Thus, a new class, coming soon.
For this moment, feet up and prayer scarves. This one is dark blues and greens.
Whether you’re new here, or have been part of the family for a while, thank you! It takes a village to spread the word. And the images!
ps… Rule one of blog posts like this is to give people only one link to click. It’s a challenge but I’ve been working on it. However, today is an exception and, since you’re a bright and capable being, I’m going to trust that you’ll figure out what works for you and not give up.
pps… If you know where the studio elves are hiding, Phoebe and Luther would be grateful if you’d send them, please. It’s a bit hard for them to help paint, just now!