I've mostly gotten used to sheltering in place. I'm lucky to have a home studio so I can keep making things during the pandemic. I miss talking to people face to face but I'm distracting myself pretty well with art, movies, and online communications.
I've been putting off this post because of all of the uncertainty right now. I pass my days working on art and going for walks around the neighborhood. I've decided to accept our current reality because, well, I have no control over it other than staying home and staying sane.
I recently returned from a relaxing trip to Tulum, Mexico. The weather was hot and humid but there was always a breeze off the ocean and the water was so, so blue. Something I discovered down there was all of the colorful Mexican crafts. Especially alebrijes which are hand-carved wooden creatures with intricate designs painted on them. One day I want to visit Oaxaca to view them at their source.
January flew by didn't it? I've been spending the time doing my annual studio tidying and planning for the year ahead. My biggest news is that I'm changing my brand name from Redshine to Michelle Mars! I decided that I want to represent my work as a person instead of an impersonal business name.
2019 is almost over (phew!). A lot happened this year didn't it? This year I started designing and making jewelry. I updated the ventilation in my studio and remodeled my aging kitchen. I had some great trips to San Francisco and Palm Springs and I took a road trip through Oregon. I've been learning some French, meditating, and biking daily. Overall, 2019 was a pretty good year for me.