Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wings Up

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This tiny bird, the one with the cobalt robes and anxious cries, with spirit wings ready to fly, is blue and fierce in archetypal form.

Head forward. Brow set. Legs taut.





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Only $849 needed to hit the 15% mark for Stage III!


Our week of hiatus is almost over, and we've been so busy catching up, plus dealing with the endless stream of issues related to building the house, that I don't feel as though I've gotten anything more accomplished. We meet with our builder tomorrow to lay out the work for next week, since there are some changes, chief among them the electrical work. What this means is that, in addition to the extra load of base course and the grading and tamping, they'll need to lay some of the wiring before the slab is poured.

With every word, I'm watching dollars going out the door.

There have been some good developments: Our flash sale over the weekend produced a good selection of orders, and we've received a few orders even since. We're also past the 10% mark of our fundraiser for Stage III of the building process. But, as I said, dollars keep marching out the door. I'd really like to raise enough through the YouCaring page to hit the 15% mark by next Monday, when work resumes. That would put us up to $3,000. All we need to do is raise another $849. Of course, ideally, I'd prefer to hit the 20% marker, which would mean raising $1,849. If we could hit 20% sometimes next week, I'd be thrilled.

So please continue to share the links to our YouCaring page via the widgets provided on it. Please also continue to post the widget code from the purple box at the page's lower right. And please spread the link to Wings's Web site around liberally; if you own some of his work and post a testimonial along with the link, that helps tremendously. If we could sustain the pace of sales that we've had over the last week, we'd have a huge chunk of the work on the house covered. 

Thanks again to everyone. I'm way behind, pulled in all directions as I am again today, which is why I'm so late getting this posted. Maybe tomorrow . . . . 




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#ThrowbackThursday: Water. As Life.

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It's #TBT at The NDN Silver Blog, with a trip back to the summer of six years ago, and a work that embodied its spirits of sky and storm and light. In a place where water is life, it's water as life, in an iconic Native design that invokes the power of protection.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. This pair sold long ago, and the stones are, of course, unique, but if the style speaks to your own spirit, simply inquire via the site's Contact form; Wings can create a version uniquely your own. And, as always, sales are much needed (and never more so), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Work Resumes Monday — Please Share


So much to do. So far behind.

We have not really had a moment's rest this week, despite putting the crew on hiatus until Monday. I don't expect that to change between now and then, either. This business of trying to build a house is a full-time job, wholly apart from the multiple other "full-time jobs" we both maintain to keep Wings's work and this place going. I was awake at 4:30 this morning, unable to sleep . . . and without coffee, since the coffeemaker died last night (yes, we replaced it today; I'm still dragging).

One of my s-i-l's horses, four of whom we're hosting in the next field, is pregnant. That will entail quite a bit more in the months to come. Then there is Spice the miracle chicken, who has to be kept segregated now from the rest of the flock (they have turned on her), and whose apartment (otherwise known as a dane crate) was flattened the other day by 50 bales of hay tumbling down on top of it. A minute later, and I would've been under it, too. She somehow escaped through the smashed crate completely unscathed.

And we're still juggling everything for Monday, when work resumes on the house. Another load of fill, the grader and tamper, the electrical wiring laid in, and the slab poured. Then the adobes, framing and beams, and windows. Oh, and labor [slightly hysterical laughter]. No, I have no idea how we'll pay for it all. All I can do is take each item, each job, each day as it comes, and work my ass off and hope for the best. Even after a pair of nasty falls last week (autoimmune-related), work resumes on Monday regardless, and my own work increases with it.

Part of that work means swallowing my pride daily and asking people to share the link to our YouCaring page. Please go to the page itself, share via the widgets there, and post the widget code from the box in the lower right-hand corner. Please share the link to Wings's site, too: sales of just a few of his masterworks, the concha belt, a few of the big necklaces, and we'd be covered for the walls and windows. 

Thanks to everyone who's given us a hand to this point. I'm hoping to get several orders shipped tomorrow (I haven't even been able to get away from this place for days now), and get to some thank-yous, as well. And maybe some gardening? Nah, probably not. 



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Death Eaters and Daddy Lessons

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I have learned my daddy lessons better than he ever taught, and I will gladly give them over to the death eaters.



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From the Four Corners of the Sky

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's Wings's newest work, completed only this afternoon. It's the chance to wear raw elemental power in the form of the storm-webbed sky, calling the rains from its four corners.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

All Of These

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Is he all of these, and are they he?

I suspect so.



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