Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Caloo Calay!

Coffee in the New York skyline mug, "Someday Never Comes" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (just for you, Bill) on iTunes. Oh it's good to back in the comfy brown recliner with a laptop in my lap and coffee by my side. It's been a few days. While I wasn't posting, I was off cleaning up the last details on the book, shipping the last orders from the BMAC which were scheduled to go out as soon after the show as possible (the rest of the orders are nicely spaced with scheduled dates between now and September), and doing general clean-off-the-slate activities. Oh yes, and I was recovering as many of my pictures as I could from the Pictures folder I inadvertently deleted last week. *sigh*

But the list of things I got through is not what's important this morning. Nope. the most notable thing to come out of the last four days is that for everything I got done on the list I didn't add two more things. I didn't even add one more--my to-do list is actually shrinking! It won't last, but I'm luxuriating in it while it does.

Another Creedence song just came on iTunes: "Lookin' Out My Backdoor". That's what I'm going to be doing. The pauciflora and the weeping cherry are in bloom back there. The redbuds, spring magnolias, bradford pears and even the dogwoods are gloriously shedding blossoms and pollen all over the city. Even my little flying dragon in the front is bursting with shy, yellow-white flowers. The camellias bow out on either side of the front steps, and soon my shady little witch hazel will cut loose in abundant yellow-orange. I love spring. It happens so early and exuberantly in the south.

But back to glass. Now that the book has been put to bed, I am moving forward on another project I was considering last January and had to put on hold for the book: The Siyeh Home line. These are the clear architectural glass slumped pieces I have been playing around with for, oh, 20 years now. The name is from a friend I met with yesterday who is going to create a marketing survey for me to test the glass patterns and piece styles I should initially produce in the line. I still haven't decided whether to exclusively retail them or to do retail and wholesale, but I need to do something more than I am. I have an intern coming at the end of next month and I need to have something for her to do!

As I finish up the details of Projects Past (I so love that the book is now in this category--I am just going to revel in that reality for awhile) I also look ahead to finally setting up a photography area in the studio. Dave got me some halogen work lights at Home Depot and a piece of black Formica to use as my seamless background. Now I just need some clamps and a tripod, and voila!


I started this post some time ago and got sidetracked ordering packing supplies (peanuts, boxes, tape, etc.) from a new vendor and putting in a claim with UPS for one of the big panels I just shipped to a client in Chicago. I was so happy with my packing of the three 16X32X1/4 inch pieces and they managed to stab completely through the box and all the packaging and chip a big piece off one of them. Those wily guys in brown; can't put anything past them! Now off to fire pieces for the new stands I am having done and a replacement for the panel to ship.


Bill Paley said...

Photos of the backyard! Now! Before the blossoms fall off!

Brenda Griffith said...

Right now! I'm off to photograph!