Friday, March 14, 2008
Yeah! I am home and back in the saddle again! Isn't it funny how you sleep so much better at home? I am cleaning and organizing in my studio space - stitching a bit, and doing some other odds and ends. I don't know if I have ever mentioned that in addition to the many other things I do, I am the Association Registrar for the Brazosport Youth Soccer Association. We have six soccer clubs in our Association and usually have between 2400-2800 kids. The spring is not as busy for me as the fall months, but tournaments are revving up and a bit of my time must be devoted to that as well as my personal activities. So this morning was involved with releases, transfers, player cards and updating rosters.
If you have read my blog for very long, you know that each time I visit Hot Springs, Ark. I have to stop by Fox Pass Pottery. This time was No exception. My DH and I stopped by Fox Pass on the way out of town and we had a delightful time purchasing some items and getting a tour from Mr. Larkin the owner and potter. He showed us his studio, glazing room, and all his kilns and workshops...it was a fascinating tour and makes me appreciate even more, the time and talent that goes into each piece. I just love the earthy texture and beautiful colors. He explained about the chemical combinations of his glazes and things he has learned over the years about changing up these equations (yep, flew way over my head, but my DH is a chemist so they were on the same wave length). Mr. Larkin majored in chemistry and combines his love for chemistry with his talent for "playing with clay". He actually mixes his own clay, his own glazes and has a real understanding of how each of his kilns (two brick gas ones and one large Japanese style wood burning kiln) work to produce nuances in the pieces he does. Here is a snapshot of the pieces I purchased this trip. I like to just go into his shop and see what he has on the shelves and mix and match. There is everything from decorative pieces; lamps, wall sconces, etc. to fully functional; dishes, mugs, glasses, bowls, etc. I definitely recommend stopping by when you are in the area.
Woohoo, at the moment, I have an Atomic Fireball in my mouth! Remember these? We got a jar of them at a Cracker Barrel in Ark. - they had all kinds of candy from the good ol' days. Talk about hot!
I got a small package in the mail today from Anna Nowicki. Anna is a textile artist in the United Kingdom. I ran across her blog, Serendipity and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Her work is very inspiring. She had an ATC challenge going, so, I signed up! She sent a number of buttons and unusual washers and I am to create an ATC using some of them to send to her by the end of March. This should be fun!
- Adoration. Offered to God alone, a response to His infinite holiness, majesty and perfection. Praising Him for who He is.
- Confession. Confessing our own sinfullness and inadequacy to approach Him apart from the merit of Jesus Christ.
- Intercession. Prayer on behalf of others - those in danger, sickness, or crisis.
- Petition. Requests made to God, showing our dependence on God for every gift of physical life and spiritual grace.
- Thanksgiving. Thanks given to God for daily food and sustenance and the multitude of blessings we enjoy and receive from Him.