The Big 30

Monday was my 30th birthday and I spent all of it in the car driving back from our epic summer vacation in Wyoming. Which means, I had plenty of time to contemplate being 30, art, and what the rest of our life is going to look like. I can't help but remember being 20 and telling everyone that I would take over the world by 25. And then the exhilaration and trepidation of celebrating my 25th birthday in Japan, just after the earthquake, newly married, and new to the military. This life feels like mountain climbing with all it's ups and downs; bravely soldiering on.

My goal for 30 and the next ten years will be to care less about other people's opinions about what you are supposed to do, how you live life, etc. I'm going to try and be brave enough to make choices that work for me and stick to them. My goal is to be my authentic. I'm not sure what that is going to look like yet but I'm excited to find out.

As for art, I still want to keep creating art now more than ever. I want to make work that interests me and that I'm proud of. I want to work with other artists and create a community. Most importantly I want to keep traveling, learning, and creating a beautiful life.

While I was thread painting at the beginning on our vacation, Bea pulled all the paper sleeves off my DMC floss. I realized that I needed to do a complete over haul of how I stored my threads. For too long they have been stuffed into a plastic sheet container or my metal ice skate box.

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Inspired by the thread organization which Penny has at her shop, Ewe Count in Cheyenne Wyoming, I set out with Bea to buy rings and some curtain rod brackets. Voila!

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Now Bea thinks that we own a thread store, which makes me laugh because I sure do have a lot of thread. Everything that has a hole for a ring is displayed on the curtain rod and everything else is placed in a little Floss A Way bag and hung on the hanger too. I'm going to go back and sort things a little bit better by color once I have more rings. The thing that concerns me is light fastness and dust accumulation because they are hanging out in the air. 

Look at all the browns and greys I have? Look at how little red I have. Maybe I need to do more shopping. And this isn't even all the threads I own!

In big news, I'm in a show in Kansas City! Wahoo! Stop by Gallery Eight One Five to check out my collages. I'm bummed I can't make the opening tonight as I'm sure it'll be a blast.

 The giant burrito that I mistakenly ordered on my birthday.

The giant burrito that I mistakenly ordered on my birthday.

Listening: Bea singing Rainbow Rocks songs for hours in the car on the trip back to Missouri

Reading: Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Klepas; I blame my mother for my romance book obsession. 

Cooking: Kombucha! The sister-in-law gave us a skoby and we've started our first batch.

 The alien creature that came home with us and will make us a delicious fermented beverage.

The alien creature that came home with us and will make us a delicious fermented beverage.