1) Thesis I = FINISHED! Challenging, rewarding, hugely enjoyable to create. I am so proud of what was accomplished, but sad to see the summer go. This schedule featured lots of free evenings (an absolute luxury) and spending all that time alone with my poetry was revelatory and useful.
Surprising to me is the huge turn my work has taken. There is a lot more experimentation going on and I have relinquished my panicked sleuthing to discover MY UNIQUE VOICE! Letting go of this self-imposed deadline to have myself completely figured out felt like a million bucks.
2) In conjunction with finishing Thesis I, I made my first ever Granny Square Afghan! This was one of my New Year's resolutions. (I have a particularly difficult time finishing crafting projects, especially BIG ones.) I started on this a month before my sister's birthday, and finished just in time.
In the middle of attaching the blocks:
All done and at the birthday girl's house:
3) I met my favorite blogger and crafter, Elsie (A Beautiful Mess) at Renegade Craft Fair here in lovely San Francisco! She was SO sweet and it was amazing to chat with her in person. So glad she made the road trip out to visit!
And who can resist doing some serious shopping at Renegade? I LOVED the handmade, vinyl accessories by Miss Allison. She helped me sift through her HUGE selection to find the perfect wristlet and sparkly wallet, which I love!
Another of my all-time favorite bloggers, Emily Martin of Inside A Black Apple made it to SF this year! I was thrilled to make off with a print of one of her fantastic paintings:
The second I had this framed and hanging on the wall of my studio, I felt the whole place come together. I love, love, love finding little treasures like this to make my space cozy and happy.
4) Back to school!!! One week from tonight, Fall Semester starts a.k.a "Hectic O'Clock." Something about this crazy schedule is comforting, though. Life has had some dastardly tricks up its sleeve lately, so the regularity (even if it IS sixteen flavors of exhausting) will be charmingly reliable. Also, I'm really looking forward to meeting all of the new first year grad students and working with boat-loads of talented new poets.
Bon soir, mes amis!