A Home Away From Home

I live in Kentucky. I live out on a small farm near several “small” towns, but I’m not actually part of any of them; it’s rather wonderful. I love where I live. it’s full of crafters and artisans. All you have to do is sneeze, and you’ve mostly likely found someone who makes the thing you’re looking for.

Day 4, Bliss

I am happiest when I’m making something. It doesn’t matter what I’m making, so long as I’m doing the creative. I had originally planned to take pictures of my yarn stash, but I hadn’t gotten around to it yet. So, today, while I was playing with my camera, and realized that I needed to leave or not be able to eat breakfast before a crafting class. The camera came along with me.

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Susan, owner of Elements

I bought and drank breakfast*, and then I headed over to Elements Clay Studio for a Glass Frit class. It was a TON of fun! I absolutely adore Susan, the owner. She’s so genuinely excited over everything you create. I became hooked on pottery painting a couple of years ago, and I’m working on making a tea set one piece at a time.

Somewhere along the way, I realized that Elements is one of my happy places. Walking in, I can forget the world exists for a couple of hours. When I’m done, I always have something beautiful. If you’re ever in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Stop in and check Susan out. Now for the pictures.

Most aren’t very good, as I was very shaky today. But a few of them, make me smile. I opted for an already drawn lotus flower as my design. I’d never done Glass Frit before, so I didn’t want to work with new material while designing out of my head. It’s surprisingly easy, and I can’t wait to see how my tile turned out, and I can’t wait to do it again.

I got excited and forgot to take pictures of the first three steps. That being, washing the tile, doing a background glaze, and placing the design on the tile. I will post a picture of the tile after it’s been fired.

 

Bonus Picture! I was standing around after the class talking, and I happened to glance a little to my right. This is my absolute favorite from today.

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*Turns out, I didn’t like the sour cream doughnut holes, despite liking sour cream doughnuts. So I just stuck with my protein drink.

 

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Assignment 3, Water

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I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do for water. We haven’t had a lot of it, and the rain from the past week has all absorbed into the ground. But, I can feel a storm brewing. You can smell the rain on the the air.

It’s been overcast and cloudy all day. I’ve been waiting, eagerly, for the rain to start; I love storms. I love everything about them: the rain, the thunder, the lightening. I love it all!

Anyway! I was walking around outside, looking everywhere while trying not to lose the kid. She wanted to run and play. She did NOT want to listen about staying close. I’m IMG_2767.JPGdesperately trying to find water, and instead, I found these delightful little creatures. I almost stepped on them, in fact, because I was looking at Abby, and trying to explain that no, she can’t go behind the house to play in a mud. I know! I know! I’m a terrible mommy. *Insert Eye Roll Here*

Clouds and flowers are water, right? Right? Well, water is necessary for both, so I’m counting it! Ha! Take that rules that don’t actually matter!

Two Days In One

I signed up for the Photo 101 class, and, like usual, I’m running behind. So, you get two days at once! Whoo! Mostly, I’m running behind because the emails come in late in the evening when it’s almost dark, so no picture taking for me!

 

Assignment 1, Home:

My home will always be the small farm that I’ve lived on for most of my life. Even when I was living in the apartment with my best friend, it wasn’t home. I look forward to coming home and sitting down every evening. The place is beautiful in all seasons. As a matter of fact, the picture at the top of my blog, is part of the backyard before we built the goat pen. It’s one of my favorite pictures.

Home is also several people. I wasn’t at all sure how I was going to represent home, so I just started clicking around as I tried not tripping over the toddler following me around. I came in to look at the pictures, and found a home. I’ve spent a lot of time in this building during all kinds of weather, with all kinds of animals.

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This was a storage building that was turned into a chicken coop, and then repurposed into a goat barn. The intention is to turn it back into a specialized chicken coop so I can start breeding and hatching babies! I miss the chickens.

I’ve always wanted to hatch eggs, too, and now, I’m going to have that opportunity. We’re getting back into the egg business! The sun is shining directly over top of the hut, and when I saw the picture, it made me smile.

 

Assignment 2, Street

This is my very small road. I’ve lived here for pretty much as long as I can remember. There was a small break to move into an apartment a few years ago. I did, but came home pretty much every weekend.

One time, I had just gotten a pairIMG_2754of roller blades. A friend of mine was teaching me how to use them, but she didn’t teach me how to stop. I went flying down this hill and crashed into the ditch at the bend in the road.

 

 

 

 

Also! Bonus picture! These two were just t0o cute not to include! Yes, this is my daughter, and my old man dog, Copper. Bless his poor heart. He honestly, just wants to be left alone, and she worries him to death, despite my best efforts to stop her.

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“I’m A Big Girl, Mommy!”

Abby has been in a “big girl bed” for a week now. She absolutely loves it. She picked out special sheets and blankets, and then, while she was away at Grandma Terri’s, dad and I took the crib railing off her bed. Every day, she has gotten up, gotten dressed, and then made her bed. She’s so proud of herself, and it’s the cutest thing ever!

The first couple of nights went off without a hitch. About Wednesday, or Thursday, Abby stood up out of bed, stared at me without saying anything. She sat down on the floor beside her bed, and I said, “Abby, lay back down in your bed.”

She looked at me for a moment and said, “No, I am the floor.” She then proceeded to topple over sideways. As soon as she hit the floor, she started snoring again.

That incident, and one where she woke up scared because of the wind and crawled into bed with me, are the only times she’s not stayed in bed.

Because of her allergies, I change her sheets and blankets at least two times during the week. Clean sheets-if they’ve been left sitting out- will be washed and dried again. The sheet will go straight from the dryer to her bed. I didn’t do the mid-week sheet change this week. Her pillow gets washed once a week. Her stuffed creatures are washed every two weeks while she gone to her grandmother’s.

Even with all of her allergy meds, her immune system still goes haywire. Tonight, for example. She’s congested and coughing. She finally has an appointment with a dermatologist. The kid has more doctor’s than I do.