Lots has been going on around here. Nort, my husband and I have been working on my Etsy site which is now up http://www.albiesmith.etsy.com so I hope you will take a look and any feedback would be greatly appreciated. And I have been working on this blog which I said I would never do but, well, Leighanna Light insisted I could and should so I am. She and I have a very special relationship which goes back many years to when she lived in Southern Oregon also. She was working at a stamp store and I taught book making classes there. We have mentored and encouraged each other in learning, teaching and just plain navigating through life for a long time now.
The other big thing that has been wonderful and consuming a lot of my time are our two kittens, Stella and Bella. They are a little over 4 months now and we got them when they were 2 months old. They are sisters and they are loads of fun. Stella is the calico and Bella the gray tabby.
I have been out in the studio a lot lately. The colors just call to me. I've been playing with my hand carved stamps and the stencils you will see info on below. So there are many new books in the works.
And I just got the email confirming the acceptance of my proposals to teach at Art & Soul in Portland OR in 2009. I will be teaching 3 classes. One is a two day and two are one day classes.
It started to get cold here but it is sunny up here on my mountain. Down in town, on the valley floor, it gets foggy a lot in December and January. I forgot that and thought it might be time to move back down to be closer to people and things I want to do out there in the world. But then I went into town yesterday and felt the cold and the fog and I am thinking maybe we'll stay in our paradise a bit longer.