Lots going on, exciting changes, but haven’t been blogging because ???? same old same old yawn you bored yet? But there are some concrete things to point to now, and some of them might actually be interersting to the 5 or so people who still read this blog ;). Bear with me for a moment -
So I read a blog post yesterday that set my head a-spinning. “Hate blogging?” it said (paraphrased). “Here’s how you can get out of the “I have to have a blog!” trap.” And it felt right, and like a relief, even though I hadn’t done anything yet, so I’m going to start implementing the post’s recommendations.
Effectively, this blog will be going away – at least in its current mish-mash, can’t-decide-what-it-wants-to-be once-in-a-blue-moon form. The content will be sifted and reorganized into a series of articles where there’s no expectation that they will be regularly added to. Blog posts will probably be limited to BIG news and updates. This will obviously all take a while for me to implement, but at least I’m motivated to *do* something about it instead of wanting to run away at the mere thought, which is where I’ve been for the last few years!
(And yes, I know a bunch of stuff in the sidebar and such is broken. Working on it.)
Aaaanyway. In other news: most of my artistic efforts in the last year have been devoted to crafting, shiny hanging things and jewelry mostly. The crafting part of my creations is being produced under the name of Rainlight Crafts, and is being sold on Etsy as well as… the occasional real life event! Yes, after six years I’m tentatively dipping my toe back into the craft fair circuit. My first attempt was aborted almost before it began by that car accident (you know, that one. I won’t go into it all again.) But we just had our first event at Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary’s Beltaine festival, which went phenomenally well. We will be returning there for Drum’n’Splash in July and possibly Stones Rising in September. I’m looking into other events local to Pittsburgh that are relatively low-cost and low-dynamic – possibly Confluence, possibly something in the I Made It! Market area, we’ll see. But I’m excited and hopeful. I discovered this last weekend that I actually really enjoy vending, and hearing what my creations mean to the people buying them.
One woman bought a tiny trinket to hang in her cube to remind her that she has a life outside of it.
One woman wanted a stone to remind her of the Standing Stones at Four Quarters, specifically the first one she saw raised.
Still others would cast their eye over my collection and be seized by one that MUST BE THEIRS. RIGHT NOW. And it is something I’ve *always* loved as a creator, to see my work make that connection with a total stranger, to have that bond between two humans flash into existence out of nowhere. For whatever reason those creations right now are the ones made from wire and stone, not paint, but I’m sure I will return to paint someday. My chosen medium shifts with the years and the seasons as does my subject matter and style, and that’s okay. It’s just who I am, and my business needs to not just accommodate that, but thrive on it!
One thing I really would like to do in the future is figure out a way to incorporate my paintings into my crafts by incorporating tiny reproductions. It’s percolating, as my ideas do, and will come out when it’s ready.
I have also updated and expanded my offerings at RedBubble, and will be continuing to do so – shirts, pillows, posters, cards, phone and tablet cases, so many neat things! I’m also looking into Spoonflower and Patreon to get more of those passive income streams going. My family is living off dreams and gratitude these days as we attempt to forge our way independent of regular paychecks and human resource departments.
Speaking of family, my husband has started a company that is working on really awesome stuff for the people who run and attend genre cons, whether they be SFF, steampunk, anime, comics, etc. It’s called ConBuilders, and I designed the logo. Check it out if you are so inclined!
In addition to the blog changes, I will be attempting to incorporate my craft work into the overall Fire Sea Studios website – another change that will take its sweet time, I’m sure, but things are moving now, moving where they’ve been stuck for a long, long time. This is good.
I have purpose, I have plans. I banish panic, I banish perfectionism! Full speed ahead.
Life is good.