Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Best...

I have been working like crazy lately.  Crazy as in going to bed just before the sun is about to rise on a regular basis kind of crazy.  I even fell asleep while typing one night.  The keyboard had imprinted itself upon my face in an almost inverse snakeskin pattern.

Doing this nearly every night has made me a little frazzled.  It's not so bad, because I enjoy (for the most part) what I do and I know that this is the early years of the business and that now is the time that the biggest sacrifices are required as we establish and build the business.

Even still, there are times when I catch myself questioning the value of it all and teeter on the brink of abandoning everything and running for the woods.  I have this fantasy of becoming a hermit who lives in a treehouse.  In this fantasy, I make art all day and live off of cookies that I share with children (who they are and where they come from, I have no clue!), but I lower down a basket filled with cookies Emily Dickinson-style to share with the kids.  I know... it's strange and there are some elements that I don't quite understand, but it all made sense one morning.  I think my rationale for the children is that they'd be runners for supplies or something.  Maybe I have seen that episode of Little House on the Prarie called, "The Voice of Tinker Jones" one too many time.  Or maybe it was "The Brady Braves" from the Brady Bunch?

In any event, I think I get a particular glint in my eyes when I start thinking about this.  William has taken notice of this and did something incredibly kind and generous!  He got me a NEW Anne Choi bead to add to my collection!  He's the best!  Without gushing too much, I think I'm incredibly fortunate to have found someone who recognizes when I need a little pick-me-up and knows exactly what will make me break out in joyous song.  (It's probably not so joyous to others in the room, but that is temporary forgotten as I wave around my newly acquired Anne Choi treasure!)

The new Anne Choi bead features a carnivorous plant and a bumble bee.  The new bead has a quote by Shakespeare, "I am giddy, expectation whirls me round.  The imaginary relish is so sweet that it enchants my sense."  I love sarracenias!  They've got such an elegant form and survive in some of the most spartan landscapes.

I remember asking Anne when she'd make a sarracenia bead and she said that she had to find just the right quote first.  I was so giddy to see her make one and even more enchanted to add it to my collection!


TesoriTrovati said...

I feel the same way you do, minus the children and the cookies! :-) I just treated myself to 3 Anne Choi beads that just arrived as a birthday present to myself. I have long admired her work and I am hoping that I can break out of my rut and make something worthy of their genius rather than tucking them away in the cabinet of curiosities that has become my studio! Enjoy the day. Erin

Anonymous said...

An Anne Choi bead is indeed a treat. Lucky guy!!! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

The Crafty Mama said...

I hadn't visited your blog in so long. Thank you so much for sharing your excitement--and new bead! I hope to see you soon, maybe in Tucson again next year? One of these days, I'll get up and visit your shop. Are you up for a design challenge anytime soon?
All my best,