Monday, January 26, 2015

Rough start to 2015

Ushering in 2015 did not go as I had hoped.

Like so many others, I had planned on making a fresh start and with lots of ideas floating around in my head, I had hoped to have a new piece completed by now. As it happened, I came down with what I thought was a horrible cold which in actuality turned out to be the flu. Apparently that flu shot I got back in November wasn't enough to keep the bug away! I've just started feeling like myself again so I'm trying to slowly get back into the groove.

On the positive side, I was able to do a lot of reading, research, sketching and getting my thoughts down on paper for various projects I hope to get started on soon.

Today I managed to do some reorganizing and straightening and finally got around to replacing my clothes pin line for hanging prints. Originally, I had strung plastic clothes pins on a cord and this worked out fine. However, recently the pins began snapping off and breaking every time I pinched them open. I'm guessing that over time the sun may have degraded the plastic, making it brittle.

My new hanging system uses wooden clothes pins. I've mounted them on a long narrow strip of wood with fairly heavy T-pins, using a hammer to tap them in securely.

I ended up with a long row of 42 pins that hang nicely from the T-pins.

After adding a screw eye to each end of the wooden strip, I was able to attach cords and hang it back in place where the old one was. 

I like that the rigid wooden support doesn't sag like the old line. It stays up out of my way and the fact that the pins swing on the T-pins make it easier to attach prints.

At the moment, there's a monster nor'easter type blizzard - possibly "record breaking & historic" - bearing down on New England.  I'm hoping it will be a good time to hide out in the studio and get something going.


  1. Sorry you were down with the flu. I guess this year's shot hasn't been very effective. Wishing you a great 2015 in spite of the not-so-great beginning.

  2. Thanks Annie. Finally starting to get back in the groove so things are looking up. Now, if only these snow storms would stop.