Big changes happened last year in our little saga of life. We retired, we sold our house, we bought an RV, we started traveling. January kicks off a year of planning for us. Downsizing and rethinking what we want out of every day life. Retiring made us think of endless days with nothing on the horizon and sounded boring and somewhat void of purpose. What do you do after you no longer have to punch a time clock, answer to a boss for your time, and don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn? We soon discovered that staying in our jammies all day left a lot to be desired.
We took a trip to Europe last year which caused us to start thinking about the fact that we had not seen so much of our great country. We began thinking about all the interesting and unusual places in the US that we had never seen. Thus began the plan for spending the next year at least traveling and exploring. Ed loves researching genealogy and I love making things with polymer clay and meeting other artists…so the plan began. we bought and purchased our Montana 5th wheel which we lovingly named DIMIR (did I mention I’m retired) and set off on some trial runs… a trip to the mosquito paradise of Myakka State Park, another trip to Gatlinburg for a big RV Dreams Rally to learn the ins and outs of living in less than 300sq feet, and then the big push at the end of 2016, a six week tour of Ohio (for the grandson’s wedding, Niagra Falls (because we wanted to), a day’s journey through Canada to see the locks in Souix Ste.Marie and then a trip to Wisconsin, coming home via Michigan again and a trip to Mackinac Island. We wanted to avoid I 75 so we traveled south on I 65 through Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and ended up sitting out Hurricaine Hermine in Florida Springs RV Park. After being on the road for so long, and spending 4 days in the monsoon rains here…we were ready for home, but sad to leave the road…only a wanderer gets this part.
Aside from a couple of minor issues…hitch problem in New York and not ever figuring out how to get our electric hot water tank working, we managed quite well and our enthusiasm never dwindled. We can do this!! And we haven’t killed each other yet.
Here are some photos and from the first months.
Tube rafting in Michigan with family.
completely calorie free!
Progress photos my canvas created after taking this picture…taken in Gatlinburg along the Roaring Fork River.
October found me quite busy! I started teaching a few classes….of course they were all in the same week! Here are a couple of photos of the student work. Now is the time to think about booking a class for next year! Please use the contact form to email me and you will be notified when new classes are listed! Here is an interesting fact regarding the classes below. The canvas classes were done by polymer guild members. The Bird in a Pumpkin class was done by 7 courageous students who had NEVER TOUCHED POLYMER before. I was totally impressed! Now they all want to come back for more in December. Check out the link in the caption below the Bird in a Pumpkin photo!
I’m doing two Christmas Shows. The first is at Raymond James Financial with my daughter Emily Shrider who is one of the art curators there. The second Holizaar 7
This is a really unique, fun market for your last minute Christmas gifts! I’ts not your mamas bazaar! I’ve been attending this show for years and buying my cool Christmas gifts here and this year I applied and now I am a vendor! Whoo Hoo….it’s always soooo much fun.
I’ve also been designing some new clay items at the Clay Center of St Petersburg and taught a polymer Bird in a Pumpkin Class there in November.
These two cuties participated in the charity event for the Tampa Bay Watch and both found new homes!
I’m coming back to my roots this week at the Arches retreat! My heart and mind are full with memories. Born and raised in Ohio, I loved watching the “script Ohio” magically appear on the OSU football field, exploring Old Man’s Cave on a Sunday afternoon, the crisp fall crunch of leaves, on the way home from school…yes I walked to school…my time for dreaming! All the old memories are flooding my heart and mind. Making me want to reconnect and reminisce. what fun! I’ve even discovered another one of the attendees at the Retreat is a former classmate of mine at Worthington High School.
I’m with a truly wonderful group of people here, getting to explore polymer clay! I am bursting at the seams with ideas and projects and new tools!
Here is a glimpse of what I made in class The Nature of Mark Making. I’ve been drawing on polymer for a while…but her class has taken me from simply using clay like you would a piece of paper, to making a beautiful piece of jewelry…although it’s not quite finished, I’ve been wearing it daily just because I love it so much.
THIS PAST WEEKEND, THE TUNES PLAYED, THE DOLLARS EXCHANGED HANDS AND THE PEOPLE ROCKED! ALL THIS AND MORE, AT THE ATOMIC HOLIDAY BAZAAR IN SARASOTA.
THIS WAS MY FIRST YEAR AT ATOMIC AND I WAS NOT DISSAPPOINTED!
CHECK OUT A FEW PHOTOS AND A KUDOS TO SOMEONE WHOSE HANDMADE FABRIC I ADORE BUT COULD NEVER AFFORD! BUT SHE IS AWESOME AND IT IS AWESOME AND DID I SAY IT WAS AWESOME!
Pamela Marwede I was really too busy to shop! But your stuff is awesome!
Here are a few pics of some of the items from my shop at the Atomic. And I wish I had taken pics of the others I really enjoyed, but I was so busy working, not much photo taking time.