I gave myself a treat yesterday afternoon, and finished painting one of my favourite screen designs.
The panels are asymmetrical and the main space can be filled in a variety of ways. I chose to put birds and flowers in this one.
The screen is made of card, which, at this size/thickness, is tougher than most types of wood – thin sheets of wood can split along the grain far too easily for my liking.
Being made of card, it can also be hinged without using metal hinges – very tiny metal hinges being one of the things with which I have not (yet) had much success.
I can never get them to work satisfactorily: they either bend while I am fixing them in place, or wobble about when they are in place – possibly, I have not yet found the right sort of hinges!
Next week Project Garden Wall is about to start in earnest and I have been delegated to help mix concrete and mortar.
I am looking forward to doing something full-size (for a change !) but, as I am not going to be in any state to go to the post office, this will mean closing my Etsy shop for a week.
I am curious to find out what life will be like without having the shop presence hovering in the background.
I don’t dash to check if anything has sold every 15 minutes, which I was inclined to do when I first opened it in June of last year; but I am very aware that it is there, day and night, 24/7, and this does make me feel as though I am “at work” all the time.
Blogging is the same. I can’t honestly say that this has, so far, been more that a way of recording what I have been working on – and I won’t pretend that I don’t begrudge the time and effort that goes in to trying to photograph things so that they look like they do in real life, or at least as near to “in real life” as represented on my screen and generated by my computer.
It is going to be interesting to see if I miss Etsy, or if I really would be more comfortable sliding quietly back in to the “real” world.
Final decision time is June this year, so I had better make the most of this opportunity to see how it feels to be “private” again.