Saturday, 18 October 2008

18 October 2008

A lovely pic of my eldest son Shane and me after a game of golf! Such a special time we are having. Anyway, thought I would share that before I dived into my work and packing up for tomorrow's glass fair. Would love to meet anyone visiting the fair who reads my blog ;-)
have a great weekend everyone. x

Saturday, 11 October 2008

11th October 2008

It is a lovely sunny day and for the last week it has apparently been the same but I have not even seen, 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

Thursday, 2 October 2008

2nd October 2008

Today was a difficult day for me as I had to say "goodbye and good luck my boy" on Skype, to my youngest son , who I have not seen for 3 years, and who lives in New Zealand and is leaving for his 6 month tour of duty in Afghanistan. How do you do that?? I need to be giving him a big hug! Instead there were just tears and a snotty tissue on a poor quality live stream on a computer. Then again, at least I could see him and tell him I love him.

I am so so proud of him, and to be more positive, he will be much closer on the planet to me than he has been for the last 7 years. A huge blessing as well is that I have my eldest son with me still until December, he does not realise how special this time with him is to me....(would probably cringe as all boys would at a soppy mom).... but I am truely fortunate, as this time for me could have been much more difficult. I love you boys more than words can say.

I really have so much to be greatful for, including a fantastic amount of work coming in....what credit crunch??

So I had better get on with it, and keeping busy is the best way to stave off negative feelings.

I know I have said this before, but today it is important....Keep your face to the sunshine so you cannot see the shadows.