Saturday, January 18, 2014



Boy I've been slack on this blogging front- a month since my last post! Well it is what it is, volcano season is upon us here on the wrong side of the planet and I've been spending most of my time laying on the bed in a zombie daze. The last 4 days were hotter than Satan's sauna/hot tub room with built in pizza oven, but I managed to get through thanks to a good supply of homemade watermelon slushies, cool showers and a barely coping portable AC unit, clinging to the knowledge that in a couple of days we would have a week of the weather out there now; cloudy, cool and intermittently rainy.

Whilst not battling against the sun's attempts to kill me, I have been tending to other projects- this year has long been known in my head as The Year I Get My Life Back, and this summer hermit business is the foundation for it. I have put Fagin's Daughter on vacation and though I miss it terribly, I don't expect to open it again till around early/mid March. Not having to go down the Post Office is a huge weight off my mind in this weather- or not having to go anywhere at all!


I have finally succeeded in getting on government benefits which is a huge relief; for the past year and a bit I have entirely relied on eBay and Etsy for my income, which as some of you may well know is a huge amount of slog. Now after much uphill maneuvering I can finally take some time out from that to rest and mentally heal myself from the accident. I haven't really had any time to do this since it happened, though unbelievably it has already been two years. Sometimes it only feels like 2 weeks. I won't pretend I don't feel guilty about this period of unmitigated luxury (is there any more desired thing in this world than spare time?) I have to say I've earned it and will use it wisely.

I will still be around - Sparrow Salvage is about to become a digital graphics and download shop, with a good collection of antique books and a scanner/printer newly purchased I can offer a wide range of all kinds of interesting things. 

 digital download fodder

I am recently involved in the Etsy Vintage Street Team where we're actively campaigning to become known as Etsy's best vintage dealers, with beautiful shops, knowledgeable sellers and authentically dated inventory. I'm also in the early stages of learning about antique and vintage jewelry, from 1800 to 1970, a broad range but I want to know as much as I can, especially because I'm not yet sure where I want to specialise, if I'm to specialise at all. Right now I'm a huge fan of Mexican sterling, but last week it was 1920s Czech glass, before that early plastic and before that 1880s Etruscan. I'm also getting back into art and paper collage as a well-needed creative outlet. And if all that isn't enough, I'm in the midst of writing about 8 tutorials, some of which I hope to finish within the next few weeks.

 a shot for my upcoming photography tutorial

I intend to keep up the blogging through all this; I do spend most of my social networking time on Pinterest and Flickr, but I like being here, rabbiting on endlessly about things probably not many people are interested in and showing off my great vintage finds. I'm still shopping for Fagin's (as if you could ever put that on hold!) and I don't think I can buy something and then just tuck it away without showing it off. I have scored some pretty good stuff this week, but that can be for another post.


Julie Loeschke said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm really excited about the new direction in your work and am looking forward to the downloads and tutorials. :)

angi eharis said... Best Blogger Tips

boy i can relate to everything u just said! glad to know i am not the only one praying for some motivation, good ol' get up and go! your pics are always awesome, tx for sharing and inspiring, aloha, angi in hana

Jo Archer said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so pleased to hear you're giving yourself some time to rest and recuperate. Take it easy, Penny and good luck with your new venture. I'm sure it'll be fabulous, like everything you do. x

Wildthorne said... Best Blogger Tips

Catching up on the blogs, and that photo of the puppy (I call all dogs puppies) in ice is adorable. Looking forward to seeing what tutorials you are working on, and your collages. It is the time for hermiting and tinkering. I'm with you there.. in that space. <3