Many of the people around me are transitioning and I am no exception. I think with Spring and warmer weather comes the need to move around a little and refocus while dreaming about running through fields on warm nights with outstretched arms (whatever can be done to make that more possible is what should be done!) This is my new little barn studio. I still have the river studio, too, but it's very hot up there in the summer and this way I can be where I can tend to my gardens and animals when I take little breaks throughout the day (instead of heading to the co-op where I will undoubtedly buy and spend more than I should).
And the very best part....
It's a little bittersweet for me, this transition. This new little horse I'm fostering, Cache, is a very sociable, polite, and lovely horse. I usually have the barn doors open and he will stand right outside of them, just hanging out, while I work inside. That's exactly what Soj would have done and exactly what I dreamed about when Soj was still alive. I was really working toward figuring out how to be with him more and this barn studio was one way to do that.
But the fact that it's not my Sojer standing outside the door does not lessen the fact that there is still a very loving and sweet horse right there next to me. It's a difficult switch for my heart and mind and definitely good practice in being open to change and to the fact that no matter what we plan, life is going to do what it will. We just have to roll with it and keep on finding beauty in it.
I've been coming up with some new designs, too. I'm really into braided leather right now. This is just a prototype of what is to come. This bag still needs to be tweaked a little before I'll put it out there, but this is the main idea. We all love floppy leather, but this leather is actually just a tad too floppy for a bag this size, I've learned. So, the next one will be made with a leather that holds its shape a bit better. In only a small amount of time the somewhat less pliable leather also becomes very soft and supple, but it will stand up on its own when set down which is nice for a bag.
And my latest custom order...
The Airborne Wallet: