Saturday, June 13, 2009


Eeeeesh! Has it really been four days since I've popped my head in here? It seems only a day or two, but I have to be honest - marking time is not something I do well, especially when life starts to get crazy. Which it definitely has this week....

Yep. Life has a way of waking us up sometimes - of showing us what's truly important just at the moment we really need it....

So there I was, just a few days ago, scrambling to meet deadlines, worrying about how I'd manage to meet all kinds of obligations, worrying about whether I'd make much needed sales, when the phone rang. It was John, calling from work, explaining how the brakes on the Beetle had gone out suddenly as he was exiting the Pennsylvania Turnpike that morning. Now, if anyone's ever experienced the turnpike at rush hour, you'll know just how scary this is. At least half the vehicles on the road are huge semi's. If he'd had to stop suddenly, for any reason at all, I'd have received a very different phone call that morning.

Long story short, when we had the car inspected the previous week, the mechanic neglected to tighten a couple of bolts, which came flying off suddenly, leaving John without brakes. An honest, but potentially deadly mistake, which to their credit they owned and immediately repaired.

Not so easily repaired is my sense of security, which maybe isn't such a bad thing...The whole episode was a reminder of just how fragile life is - and to never, ever take it for granted. (I'm showing you the car here only because John won't let me show him, hehe.)

And those deadlines I was so worried about? I met two of them (commissions) and missed one (a magazine submission). I'm still scrambling, but with a cooler, and much more appreciative head. ;)

I've also decided to work on a completely fun piece this week. Not that they're ALL not fun, but this one is extra fun because it's so large. It's actual furniture.

Soon to be HALLOWEEN furniture, hehe!

I'll be back soon with photos of this one in progress.

In the meantime, since we were on the subject of appreciation, I want to thank all of you who purchase my work and support my art. Without you, I wouldn't be able to live this artful life, wouldn't be able to spend my days creating....I soooooooo appreciate every single comment, every email, every bid, every purchase, and I'm incredibly honored you like my creations enough to give them a home.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ♥

~ Carolee


Susan said...

Wow, Carolee, I'm glad John's okay. That must have scared him half to death!!!
I can't wait to see the new furniture piece; your work is always fabulous.
We thank YOU for sharing your wonderful work with US and your life with us through your blog!!!

Linda said...

so Grateful This was a good blog post when it could have been so bad, I guess we are all looked after, sometimes, by unseen forces. We love seeing your work and enjoying your posts too. Lindax

Zan Asha said...

OMG Carolee! I am so glad that your husband is safe! Yes life is fragile--and you don't have to rush so much--I am sure any magazine would be happy to take you! And there are several good ones out there so it's a matter of time before we see some wicked goodness from you :)

Can't wait to see the Halloween furniture!

Sonia ;) said...

Wow thankful blessings all is weel and Johnwas not hurt. I know what that turnpike is like...scary 18 wheelers..Cant wait to see the piece as you go....Life does hand us hiccups to make us stop and think.

Sonia ;)

Kathleen Coy said...

Yikes, that is scary! I'm glad all is well. What a reminder of all our blessings!

Anonymous said...

glad everything is well

vintagepaletteart said...

Oh thank god nothing bad happened Carolee!!! John was very lucky indeed! Tell him that I said Hi and glad he's OK. =o)

Can't wait to see your WIP!


William Bezek said...

You have a whole year to meet the next magazine deadline, and I can't wait to see that furniture...keep track of the hours you spend on that one! I'm sur it will be fabulous.

Janine said...

This new beetles aren´t that what you can call a dependable car.
The old beetles Volkswagen were the much better cars.
I really look foreward to see what you make of this furniture.
Halloween- furniture sounds great.
Have a good week