It is a lovely sunny day and for the last week it has apparently been the same but I have not even seen it...so, late yesterday afternoon I managed to sneak out with my son for 9 holes and then played 18 with a very good friend of mine this morning. It is really important to get out in the fresh air especially when busy..I have decided! When I thought I was busy before I was mearly strolling in the park, and I keep saying that. How much busier can I be? But really there is always room for more somehow.
One area I have been sacrificing for some months, is the answering of many emails I get from fellow budding engravers around the world. I apologise once again, it has been impossible to allocate time to this as yet. All emails are neatly in a folder waiting patiently to be answered and will eventually.
One of my latest commissions (for a Christmas present) is a HUGE crystal vase which will have a collage of the family pooch, all over it. This one is due to come for her portrait photos soon. It is always important to take photos of the dog at the same level as them so there is no forshortening. Dogs are always a popular subject and I really do enjoy engraving them, I have a lovely old bloodhound on an optical crystal plaque, waiting to be collected. Can't show you as yet . Also recently completed all the awards for a London College, such a different type of order and that is what makes my job so interesting.
Just about to tackle 40 beer tankards for an "Oktoberfest" right now, although a beer now after a hard game of golf sounds a much better idea.
Next Sunday is the Art Glass Fair at Dulwich College, London. I will be demonstrating hand engraving all day, and of course selling my wares.
I will leave with this little note for any woman out there who is feeling low, and especially those under control of a misogynist at this moment :
Inside of you is a smart, powerful, dynamic, capable, self confident, alive, alert, fabulous woman! Let her come out and play, the world is waiting for you!
Louise L. Hay