A few pictures of the pots I am working on now. I attended a wholesale trade show in Halifax last Spring and received many orders from some great galleries and shops. They are now in the process of re-ordering for this year so after a lovely break over Christmas and January I am back in the studio. For the longest time I couldn't bring myself to call the little shed where I have my kiln and wheel my "studio". It sounded so pretentious, so "artsy", but I guess I have to get over that. I try to get out to work every morning by 9 am. I know that's not too early but by the time Isaac catches the bus at 7:30 and I put a bit of laundry in, figure out what to make for supper, have a coffee (or two) and check the blogs I read....and Facebook...etc. suddenly it's 9 am. Scott (my husband) works from home as well but his office is upstairs so after the bus leaves we force ourselves to get to work. I come back in to the house at lunchtime, we have lunch together, walk the dog then I do a bit more work in the afternoon and try to be back in the house when Isaac gets home at 3:30. He is 15 so really doesn't NEED me to be there but after so many years staying at home with my boys when they were young I don't like him to come home to an empty house and I know he will be grown up and gone in a few short years so for now I'm going to enjoy every minute (well there are some minutes I don't enjoy...he is a teenager after all). Ok, that's all for today, there was a big snowstorm here last night....30 cm of snow (12 inches) so must get out and help with the shoveling and snowblowing.
Friday, 25 February 2011
We bought our house the same month we got married in 1988. It was over 130 years old and seemed like a good idea to buy when we were 19 and 22 years old. Over the last 20+ years we have slowly chipped away at the things that needed to be renovated, including a major 3 month renovation in 1998 where we moved out for 3 months and lived in a travel trailer....by a lake...with no hot water oh and did I mention that our boys were 6 and 3 years old at the time? That is a story for another day. Last summer we tackled the remaining 2 rooms that hadn't been renovated in 1998. They were formerly a kid's playroom and a laundry room/bathroom and we moved our washer and dryer upstairs to a closet in the hall and changed the playroom into a spare bedroom and the laundry room into a bathroom.
We had to strip off all the old plaster, replace the sub floor etc. We did find some interesting things in the wall including a newspaper from Scotland from 1866, a clay pipe, and a tiny leather child's shoe.