Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Just Minding My Own Business ~ When All Of A Sudden.....

Boom, just like that.
Didn't see it coming.

Times have been difficult for my family since October of 2007.
No need for detail other than it's been a financial struggle since helping with my mom's medical and death expenses.

Last year, we were finally feeling like there might be a little light at the end of the tunnel....
until my husband was unexpectedly laid off right before Christmas.

So, I found a pace after the lay-off.
I learned to cope and juggle bills and force myself to see good things every day.

Spending time in my studio helped keep my mind off of troubles ~ 

Frisky puppies made me giggle ~ 

and my garden helped me stay focused ~ 

It wasn't easy.
It was high level budgeting and going without any extras.

BUT...we were, by the skin of our teeth, surviving.

Boom, just like that.
Didn't see it coming.

We lost our unemployment money.
All due to a power play in Washington.

In some ways, this news was scarier than the actual lay-off. we are.
In limbo.

Right now, the only money we have coming in is the money I make from my art.
I've just recently finished a piece that is a sort of nod to a character named "Madrigal" from the book "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" by Laini Taylor.

If you've read the book, you'll understand my character design.
This is my idea of what Madrigal might look like if she were in Gerushia's World ~ 

(Maragild is an anagram of Madrigal)

I think this piece stands on it's own as well.
It is still within Gerushia's World.
No need to read the book in order to like the piece.

Because of our current emergency, I am having a 40% off sale in my Zibbet Shop.  The above piece is normally $80.00 and it is included in the sale. If you prefer shopping at Etsy, you can receive the same 40% off storewide by using coupon code STAYSTRONG.

Sometimes, it makes me sad to offer my art at discounted prices.
It makes me feel like it's in a dime store junk aisle.
But, as you can see, I am desperate.

If you've ever contemplated buying an original or print from my shop, now would be the best time ever.
It is food on the table until we get through this nightmarish journey. I am.
Still blogging, if not as often as I'd like to.
Still trying to find good things in my every day life.

I don't know where this journey's path is leading us.
Honestly, I'm terrified.
And confused.
Confused about why things like this happen to people that try so hard to live a good and quiet and simple life.

I know there are no easy answers.
I have no answers at all.
Right now, we are in a dark struggle and I am trying with all my heart to find some goodness....and make a few dollars selling the thing that I love to do the most...

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

P.S.  If you have any questions about the sale or my art, please don't hesitate to contact me.  xoxo