LtJ.

just a little plug for my place of employment, laura tanner jewelry.  i am delighted to be on laura’s team as a production assistant.  i spend time in the corner window of her attic studio most weekdays twisting wire to recreate her beautiful designs.

here’s to hoping everyone shops small businesses this Christmas season!

http://www.lauratannerjewelry.com/

cowArt, jeremy.

One of my favorite photographers, Jeremy Cowart, will be here in Chicago this December.  I already have a class that Wednesday evening so I won’t be able to make his (one that costs (and means) a wee bit more than the $200 fee … ;))  but will be envious of all those who have a chance to attend.

http://store.jeremycowart.com/products/187474-lifefinder-chicago

Incidentally, his organization, Help-Portrait, has an event coming up on December 10th that I am volunteering with…

Find out more (and the Chicago Community page) at http://help-portrait.com/

Pinching Pennies.

Find a penny, pick it up…

I’ve been thinking a lot about that phrase lately, as I recently found a penny on the sidewalk near my house.  I love to find “lucky” pennies.  I remember as a kid being delighted to stick a found penny in my shoe.  Feeling more assured throughout the day with its presence.  As a teacher, it made me laugh to find a penny while walking with my class and to offer it to the 4-year-old holding my hand.  The joy that lit up their face.

Now, as I have transitioned into graduate school, just starting a business, and am trying my hardest to stick to a “creative” life, I find my brain scrambling for safety nets…”in case it doesn’t work out.”  Without the guaranteed 2-week paychecks,  I find myself working and re-working my budget…where will I find those extra pennies?

I read this posting today.  Thankful for the unexpected gifts found in following your dreams.

Manna on the Stoop.  http://www.arthouseamerica.com/blog/manna-on-the-stoop.html

For more…visit Art House America.  http://www.arthouseamerica.com/  Be sure to catch the welcome video by Charlie Peacock.