First thing on my agenda today.....was to tidy up the mess I left in my studio yesterday.......it really was quite bad, even by my standards and I'm normally not worried by a bit of creative mess. Sometimes I find I can't think clearly when the mess is overwhelming, it feels like a cluttered workspace = a cluttered mind. Anyways, it's all ship shape now and it allowed me to think about what was lacking in that niche in my Altered Book.
I just want to step back in time a little bit to the period when I was selling everything off in the shop. Many customers asked me if I would sell my artwork and old class samples. The reality was that there were some pieces that had sentimental value to me, a couple that I really liked but then what the heck was I going to do with all the rest so I agreed to sell them off and donate the money to charity. Last week, I finally got around to opening the envelope with all charity pennies in it and sent off a cheque to my chosen charity, The Isobel Hospice which is where a very special lady, my friend, Tricia Livings spent her last few days. Initially, Tricia was a customer of mine but she soon became a dear friend and gave me some wonderful advice when I was going through a very difficult time. To those of you who liked my work enough to part with your hard earned cash, thank you so much, collectively you raised £550.00 and donations like this make such a huge difference to the everyday care of patients at the hospice.
On a lighter note, I'm off to pack my suitcase.....I'm flying to Holland in the morning for a creative weekend with my friend Lia Sauer, owner of De Craftorij in Ede. I am teaching three classes there and I can't wait to see her new shop. Not sure if I'll be able to blog whilst I'm away, if not, will fill you in on Tuesday.