(Ok, I'm not really a witch, but I probably would have been burned at the stake in 17th century Salem.
I am a big fan of midwifery, pirates, and eating a peck of dirt before you die.)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Too Much Milk in the Batter

A long time ago, a dear friend and his then wife were making waffles.
Their marriage was near its end, and so
most things for them were strained and stressful.
To this day, my husband, said friend and I will use the phrase
Too Much Milk in the Batter
to describe particularly overwrought, stressful moments in our lives,
recalling the image of our friend and his wife hovering over their bowl of batter,
their cigarettes hot with constant puffing,
fretting the too much milk in the batter.

That is where I am now.  I've got way too much milk in the batter.

I'm blessed, even lucky, in fact, to have such a plethora.
But, just like milk in the batter, too much of a good thing can ruin the outcome.

There is the wedding decor/quilt. This, at least, is pretty much done.
 170  blocks for guests to sign, and then to be made into a quilt.
 16 centerpieces for tables.
the bin.
pennants for decor.

And then there's this.  At least this, too, is just about finished and out the door.
A sweet throw for a friend getting married in 2 weeks!
Her favorite colors:  blue and purple.
I just love those little flags!

Oh, and this....
A commission for my theater company.
A quilt based on the Madeleine L'engle novel "A Wrinkle in Time".
It will be raffled off during the run of the show.
I'm attempting to quilt a universe.  With hand-stitched hexies.
Good luck with that, right?

And of course, there are stacks and stacks of things waiting.
Another commission waiting in the wings.
And.  The Thing that is most Occupying my mind.
I have to memorize 60 pages in less than 3 weeks.
(ok, I already know 7 pages of it. So it's only 53 pages.No biggie, right?)
These are all wonderful things to be given to do.
Some of them (all, actually, except for the memorizing 60 pages thing)
I am being paid to do.
Which is what it comes down to anymore.
As an artist, theatrical and fabric, anything I "make" is a product.
And that means Time is Money.
As an artist, everything we do, (and you know this), needs to make money,
since we make so little of it for what we do.
(which is why the 60 page memorizing thing is LAST on the list)
And if we have
Too Much Milk in the Batter,
the batter can't be used, and therefore is a waste of time
and time is money.

I'm tired of living this way.

Oh, and did I mention that I have two children, a husband, and a house
to manage?
In all my extra time?

Puffing hard on my cigarette,
Yours Truly.

1 comment:

  1. Your life is a paradise to me. Full of purpose and love. I love everything you do. xo Ale