Intermissions, stashings and cunning plans.

I’ve picked up the oil pastels again.


This one will be of the elusive cherry plucking striped warbler.

You know the kind I’m talking about. The ones with the blue breasts and yellow heads. You see them only at dusk after the children are in bed.

They don’t like children as they get to pick all of the cherries first.

It’s a bit of a cherry rivalry thing and you know how that goes.

Best they come out at bedtime really otherwise you never know how it will all end up.

I think I just need a bit of a jewelry break, although last night I admit to having a little moment trying not to buy all of the stones for sale on Etsy.

After a long struggle I managed to get away with buying only fifteen of them.

I didn’t want to buy them.


But they’re all so bootyful…

So I imagine that the painting intermission will be a short one.

Actually I could have retired completely from jewelry making after I nearly charged my first customer at the art fair $9,000 for a necklace and a pair of earrings, but I had to fess up as what would I have done with the hoard of gems I have lurking in the dark corners I stash them so that I don’t have to admit to being a hoarder who stashes gems in dark corners.

Out of sight just waiting for me to stumble across them and get all excited like.

Stumbling means I don’t have to feel guilty as I only find one at a time…

Actually, that’s a lie.

They’re lurking in plain sight.

I have them all in one place, organized onto cards into stone type ready to get out and gaze upon whenever I choose to ponder new designs.

But perhaps the dark corner lurking thing would be a more cunning ploy to prevent P from finding out the extent of my obsession.

By the way.

A note of warning.

If you use that Square thing on your phone to take credit cards at art fairs and the card doesn’t read first off and you have to keep swiping it, pay attention to where your thumb is on your phone so that you don’t inadvertently keep pressing the plus sign on the keyboard, again, and again, and again, until a simple $100 dollar charge ends up at $9,000.

This is not the best way to get repeat customers.

Just saying’.

So I’m off now to the post office where, I won’t admit to you here, that another small parcel should be waiting for me with yet more little beauties ready to be stashed onto cards in orderly loveliness and placed in my special orderly loveliness stashing container.

Send help now…

Or chocolate.


About coldfeetstudio

I am English, but live in Houston, TX. I have a degree in Sculpture. I love to make art. I sell my art for charity as I believe there should be no reason for someone to go hungry in this world. I am a wife, mother, pottery maker, jewelry maker, quilt maker, painter, cat lover, and, dog liker. And I am very fortunate to be all these things. View all posts by coldfeetstudio

9 responses to “Intermissions, stashings and cunning plans.

  • Margaretha

    It was a delight to read your post and see your pastel painting. I am afraid there is no cure. Chocolate will not help … just one more addiction. Enjoy your day.

  • nkcornett

    I’ve come to believe that all of us who like to make jewelry have some hoarding tendencies – we like to have stashes of things that we then have a hard time actually using. Sometimes I think I’m waiting for the perfect occasion, but for many things it never seems to come. I’ve discussed this with friends and they all seem to have a similar tale or two, or forty. But I have to say, you seem pretty good at actually using your goodies so I’m officially diagnosing you as “not that bad.” Perhaps an excessive categorizer and organizer with hoarding tendencies that have not yet become obsessive. I’d say there’s still hope for you, woman.

    • coldfeetstudio

      That’s so true, I have beads and buttons, etc., which I can’t use as they’re ‘too nice’ and I’m saving them lol
      My friend bought me some nice buttons to finish some bracelets with, but laughs as I’ve not yet been able to use them. You’re the only one so far that I’ve heard has the same problem.

  • nkcornett

    Ha – maybe you should write a post about your buttons and see what kind of comments you get. I’m willing to bet lampwork beads (well, no, not my good ones, but SOME lampwork beads) that a lot of sheepish hoarding stories will be told. :)

  • Shaiha Williams

    But just think. That customer might have been glad to donate the $9,000 to charity.

  • Sally G

    i agree with Margaretha that this was an especially fun post. I love your self-deprecating humor. Meant to tell you that I’m glad E took such a great picture of your display at the art fair. The work was beautiful and the display so inviting.

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