Pancake Day

Did you know that it was pancake day? No? Well neither did we till we went out to breakfast at IHOP and had to wait 20 minutes for a table. Turns out according to the folks at IHOP that today is National Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday) Everyone gets a free short stack and they have volunteers on hand collecting money for local charities. So win win for everyone!

Tonight the kids and I are going to make a king cake to celebrate our own little Mardi Gras. A plastic baby is baked inside the King Cake, and the tradition is whoever receives the baby in their piece of cake must buy the next King Cake or throw the next party. King Cakes are made of a cinnamon filled dough in the shape of a hollow circle. The cake is topped with a delicious glazed topping and then sprinkled with colored sugar. Personally I am thrilled about the possiblilty of finding the plastic baby in my slice!!

Thanks for all the comments and emails from yesterdays post. It is so nice to be able to talk about these kinds of things with people who go through the same feelings! I am doing my best to reply to everyone.

Today was a perfect day out, sun shining, and not too cold. We actually woke up to powdery snow everywhere, but it melted away pretty quickly. Tom and I went to all the local thrift and goodwill shops and found some fun stuff. I only got to photograph one of our purchases though and then my camera batteries died, and we are out!

We found this great chalkboard/wipeboard easel for the kids for $8.00 It has nice deep trays on both sides for holding paint/chalk etc. I figure we will just clothespin the paper to the top when they want to paint!

Cakes + Peeks

Last night I made strawberry shortcake, with angel food cake. It always reminds me of summer! The strawberries sadly were kind of bitter, so we had lots of extra cream to cover that up. Today is was snowing outside which doesn’t help in thinking that spring is right around the corner. The only hint is all the Easter baskets and supplies all over the stores.

Here is just a little preview of the “air” stuff I have been working on. There is more though, and I don’t want to reveal it all until I have it finished. I must say things that hang are always so hard to photograph. Not only do you need a tall enough backdrop, but things on string tend to spin and spin and spin. I think antique hot air balloons are extremly romantic. Not necessarily the actual balloons themselves, but the drawings or plans for hot air balloons. At the Air and Space musuem we saw some amazing illustrations. Impossible things that would never actually make it into the air…beautiful though.

I have been feeling lately like I don’t have enough time to create all the ideas bombarding my mind. Between keeping the shop updated, wholesale orders, and projects for books + magazines I feel like I have a lot going on. Almost so much that it intimadates me to not even do any of it! I am not trying to complain, I know all these things are wonderful + exciting, and I should be grateful for all theses opportunities. Its just sometimes you slow down and think “how did I get here?” and sometimes even “is this what I want?”

I have tried to maintain my balance between running a business and creating things beacause I enjoy it. This means sometimes saying no to people, to new experiences for growth. I think as craftspeople/artists/folks who make stuff, we all sort of struggle with the question of Where do I want this to go? Maybe even daily. Its good to sit back sometimes and take check to make sure you are still doing things the way YOU want them done, and not nessasarily the way the WORLD wants you to do them. I’m not thinking about shutting down my shop, or anything crazy like that. I just think sometimes its good to create a dialogue about these things. Especially with other people who understand…..