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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

like wearing last year's jeans...

A fact or 2:  I am a compact person, about five foot 8..... 121 pounds.  I have been like this since I had a massive growth spurt when I was 12.  I have never wanted to be any other size.  I am very comfortable in airline seats, for example.  Strangely, the wife is the same height, which makes her almost a tall woman, but puts me at the shorter side of average height.  There are some exceedingly tiny Welshmen in my ancestry....

ANYWAY, I will get to the point soon.
The boy next door went through the same growth spurt when he was 12.  I got a bag of his outgrown clothing, I am wearing his 6th grade jeans now.  They are baggy and I can get long johns on under them.  BUT, his growth spurt has not stopped, and he now is a 6 foot 3 HS senior.  I am still wearing boys' clothing.  Sometimes mens' size small is...too big.

ANYWAY, now we get to the point.  I got to thinking 2 things today, as I wear this kid's hand me downs:  you never want to wear LAST year's stuff, that you outgrew.  Highwaters or tight in the belly or whatever.  I feel that describes how I feel about my work.  I am always outgrowing myself because I get bored so easily and move ahead to new ideas.  I like to sometimes re-visit old ideas though.

I have made heart mugs, but not much lately even though Feb. 14th is coming up.  I really like cat cups, but have not made them much in a year.  BUT yesterday I was thinking to self "tee hee, what if they had a cute saucer, shaped like a heart or cat?".  Which is the equivalent of your mom letting out your jeans so they aren't too short....



4 comments:

Lori Buff said...

I know how you feel, we want our work to progress not just in quality but in design too.

When I was a kid and outgrew my jeans in length but not in waist my mom sewed a different fabric to the hems, it added length plus made them into an almost new (because they were different) jeans. That's kind of what we're doing in our pots.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Sweet mugs and saucers!

smartcat said...

Nice to see hearts and cat again.....saucers add an extra bit....neat and practical!

Are there going to be any red hearts....or blue hearts?

Busy Bee Suz said...

You are so witty and wise.
I'm just thankful that last years jeans still fit me. :)
Go YOU!!!

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