Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Best Laid Schemes...

....o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley.

or "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry" ~Robert Burns, "To a Mouse"

I'm up to my ears in hand painted wooded beads for several necklace commissions - and with luck, one for ebay as well. :)

The plan was to have these finished the day before yesterday, but between dealing with the roofer, playing catch up from last week's computer mishap, a visit with our darling daughter (who just moved closer to home - yay!) and the explosion that is my workspace, I'm afraid time has gotten the better of me...

The good news is that progress is actually being made....

No, really, it is. :)

Do you ever feel completely overwhelmed, but in a good way? Like there are sooooooo many projects you hardly know where to turn, and each one holds such possibility you want to dig into it immediately?! Like there are so many ideas and so much inspiration you'll never be able to get to it all? That's kind of where I am....heck, that's where I always seem to be, hehe....

So I must get back to it....

But before I do, I have to share the most recent commission - a tea chest featuring my collector friend Barbara's fur children - soooooooo much fun to paint this one!!

And just a week or so after I sent it off, there came a knock at the door....

The postman, bearing a package from Barbara, with the most wonderful goodies imaginable from Chocolate Flower Farm on Whidbey Island, off the coast of Washington State. The incredible part is that this is the little island where my Mother grew up! How cool is that?!

And isn't my Mom pretty? This is a photo of her back then:

Okay, that really is it for now. Back to work I go, sipping a cup of this heavenly chocolate mint tea, burning a chocolate candle (thank you Barbara!) and listening to the Beatles....Does it get any better?!

Wishing everyone a magical and creative day!!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`• ~ Carolee


Zan Asha said...

Oooh, so many treasures! Your mother is lovely! And the commission painting is superb!

Haha, I AM ALWAYS behind in something!

Kathleen Coy said...

Aw, love the photo of your mom. And the tea chest is fabulous! I'm having one of those busy-good-overwhelming days myself, so if you could send a cup of that chocolate mint tea over here, that would be great! Lol!

Dolores said...

Wow. Sarah really looks like her grandmother!

Creepy Creations by Jamie Moore said...

I love the tea chest, it is adorable!! Great pic of your mom!! Thank you for sharing!!


Carolee said...

Would that I could, Kathleen - but the tea is Harney and Sons, if that helps!

LOL, Dolores....Yes, I suppose she does. Usually I get "you look like your Mother", hehe, but I'll pass it on!

~ Carolee
PS - for those not up on family stuff, Sarah is my niece. :)

snippetgirl said...

That tea chest is exquisite!!!!! Such a great idea and so beautifully done. What a wonderful tribute to her furry babies.

Anonymous said...

The tea- box is Or to say it in german: Wunderschön, großartig, toll, einmalig und phantasievoll.
All the things you make are so beautiful.
I wish i could do that.
The picture of your mother is lovely.
Did you inherit your talent from her?
Have a great weekend

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Carolee, you've just described my week to a T. I seem to have project ADD--too many ideas, not enough time or hands. :)
And your mom is beautiful!

Christopher A. Klingler said...

WOW ~ Carolee you just have too many projects wonder you are feeling overwhelmed.

Great new commission piece and lovely photo of Mum. :-)

Enjoy your weekend.

Chris (-:

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

What a great post Carolee! Great photo of your mother, the commissioned piece was WONDERFUL, and I knew you were going to get orders on those necklaces!!! So happy for you that your daughter is closer to you.

Now, get back to work!! HA!

Heather said...

your mom is beautiful! what a lovely photo. Awesome beads too!~

Barbara said...

Finally! I think this might work. You look so much like your mother in that picture. I enjoy reading your blogs, especially your photos of the snow. I do miss it.