its been a long time since i've blogged. i think when google reader disappeared i lost touch with blogs and figured they were all a dying breed. i tried to let mine die but it hung around like a ghost and sometimes i would visit it just to see if it were really still there. i didnt delete it, in my mind i have many times. i'm not one to save things and quite honestly don't know why i still keep the blog especially since there are plenty of other sites to just post a photo of work and disappear.
having said that. maybe i'll post a few things. this is probably the first year that all 3 of my etsy shops have had decent action and i have my nose above the poverty line. i'm not making nearly enough art because i spend a lot of time getting materials for my industrial habitat shop (see sidebar etsy widget). its been my bread and butter the last year or so. a big boon was getting a bunch of signs from the scrap yard and reselling them as well as supply type things such as soda/beer can tabs, empty shotgun shell hulls, corks and this and that. i lucked out this year too when an interior decorator found my shop and ordered all told about 80 or so street signs for 2 restaurants she was redecorating.
my industrial bloom flower shop has had much more steady traffic and interest this year, in fact this is the first year that i have received a handful of requests to make bouquets for gardens as well as interior decor. having more welding experience under my belt has made the flower making more interesting ~ i like the challenge of figuring out how to weld a bunch of objects together that are not weldable ie plastic, rubber, aluminum etc (i know you can weld aluminum with the right machine, i'm just using an old lincoln plug in) by drilling holes and adding metal washers or nuts I can usually get the flower part attached to rebar via welding. its a huge relief to know my flowers are made better and will last much longer. i still feel like they should be treated like glass and kept out of the elements but i'm glad people don't care if they decompose and put them out there in the sun and rain and whatever else. only time will tell!
and my paulaart 'art' shop on etsy is still chugging along. YES I AM STILL MAKING PIPE PENCIL HOLDERS. i've upped the ante and usually weld something to them and make them beasts. i am still learning about metal and how to work with it, how to treat it and keep it looking good. the more i learn the more i know i know so little. and i feel a frustration building about lack of real studio space, lack of good tools and lack of knowledge and help. still working on a little wood porch (i'm slowing ruining it and one day i'm sure it will collapse). i weld indoors but don't use a tank, just electricity so my shitty welds are even shittier. i'm always holding my breath when i weld and doing little spot welds and running outside to breath. suffice to say i dont weld much and havent really become proficient at it. i have to be unapologetic about it and do the best i can until something 'gives'.
i still live in the loft here in huntsville. i look like a hoarder with all the stuff i have since i go to the scrap yard all the time to buy material to use for art and to sell in industrial habitat AND to keep for the day the scrap yard closes or metal just dries up. some days i feel trapped with all that i have. then i do a massive reorganize and feel like i have room for more. i am addicted to going to the scrap yard. i think i have more fun there than anything else. finding objects that i've never seen before THRILLS ME. i want it all!!!! but you can only put so much stuff under porch stairs and in a loft.
i'm all over the place.here. can't imagine this is gonna interest anyone.
i wanted to just start posting things i have made or cool stuff for sale in my other shop. maybe i should just jump in and start doing it and not worry about catching up and showing what i've done months ago. maybe i'll do that. soon.