Due to some medical, career, and family issues I have been off the grid mentally, socially, and creatively for almost 7 months. If it weren't for Joseph and my daughter I may have just picked up and wandered off into the woods forever.
Upside: I have gone back to school for biomedical engineering. I have recently began to torch and draw again. We're a little poorer now, but I am in a lot less pain and happier. Joseph is working hard to keep us living comfortably and I'm hoping to add to the household earnings through torching. I let a lot of things go and I have a lot of amends to make. It's a long road but I always seem to claw my way back.
Downside: I have been severely cut by my family and I think years of mental "abuse" have finally boiled over. Am I dealing with these things slowly and gently. It's hard letting go of something you've been told to hold on to even if it is trying to kill you. But c'est la vie...my problems are small compared to those elsewhere.
A new set I completed for my first craft fair! Please view the images at full size to see all the detail.
Many hours of work and many rods of glass went into this set. I used a glass called 'Kronos' which is difficult for me. It has to be gently reduced in a manner that tested my patience to the last ounce of composure.