Hello again!

by Amanda Woade

I know that it has been quite a while since I've posted anything, and that's for a big reason - I moved to North Carolina!

It's a really big move, to go from Philadelphia to North Carolina, but I'm excited for the change.  It's been so long since I last moved, I completely forgot how exhausting unpacking and settling in can be.  I'm pretty much there though, art is on my walls and most things have their places.  I did a very rushed job of packing, so it's also been a rediscovery of all of the things in my life which can be emotional at times.  I'm glad I'm finally going through everything (there's no basement or attic where I can just hide all my stuff I don't want to deal with until I move again... I was spoiled by the Northeast!) even though it's taking a lot longer than I thought it would.

I'm also really happy that my new home has a space for a craft studio, so there's a dedicated place for all my catnip supplies.  My roommates are also crafty people, so having a craft room has been really wonderful.  I finally hung up some art in there to feel encouraged to work.  There's nothing less inspiring than looking at a blank wall.

In sadder news, Dr. Professor Mr. Smokey the Bear passed away in April. He was so well loved and his passing was tough but quick. I still miss him a lot, he was my true companion for so many years. He helped me through a lot of hard and weird times and I’ll always be great full to him.  I hope he's eating chicken sandwiches and snuggling up to someone, wherever he is.

On the other side of the coin, my roommate did get two kittens - Copurrnicus and Banyan.  They are both little orange gentlemen (ok, maybe not gentle or men quite yet...) and they've been lovely to help raise.  They'll be 6 months old in a couple of weeks, the time has just flown by.

 I know I haven't been as active, updating the blog or sending out newsletters, but I'm hoping that in the next few weeks I'll be really able to get into a better schedule of creating.  I am working on both a Halloween and Christmas collection, both of which I'm really excited about.  Making the classics is always lovely, but having something new is inspiring.

How has the summer treated you?  Any big changes? I hope you're all doing okay and staying healthy.  I know this pandemic has been exhausting on so many levels.  Keep on doing the best you can, that's the best each of us can do.