One of my pushes for this year is to plant new seeds – I meant it both metaphorically and literally. One of those seeds was supposed to be a collaborative selling site and Etsy shop. Turns out there will also be a brick and mortar component to it. That will be Field and Fable, a separate entity from Tooaquarius. I’m sloooowly working on the site and the shops for it all. The step by step thing.
Field and Fable will have a downtown storefront as well as an online presence. The shop will focus on maker work – fine art, upcycled creations, local craft, supplies for it all and a learning space. Tooaquarius beads and niftiness will be present of course as well as work from many others. I will probably move a portion of my studio there to keep making work.
I’m one of those lucky people with a birthday falling on a holiday. Some years this leads to colourful birthday cake options:
Yep, I notice I missed the new year. In fact the whole first month. But we’ll gloss past that and onto the whatcha-been-up-to bits. My new years always begin with a little too much new stuff to find homes for and a little much cold weather. This year was no exception. Shortly after that adjustment we have the kidlet’s birthday mid-month and this year she turned 15. Which means, where we live, she can now get a learner’s permit to drive (which she did). I’m not quite sure how I got from the sleepy little pixie of Way Back Then to the current version but I suspect there’s magic involved somewhere.
In the crafty world, the post holiday season is always oddly busy for me as folks come load up on the beads and goodies they’ll need for spring designs and their own collections. This means I am spending a pile of time making new batches of the Big Canes for the year. The monarch-style butterfly above is one of the first up. I got smart this time around and cajoled the kidlet into helping out so that I could photograph as we go and I could use the resulting photos to write up the tutorial, finally.