Personalities, bald spots, and cheers to a new year.

I had to take a general psychology class a few semesters ago for my degree and in it we had to complete a personality test. 72 questions later and I came up as ISFJ, or Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging. I read the little description and was so surprised to see that my general personality was written out in front of me.

My profile description: http://www.keirsey.com/4temps/protector.aspx

Seriously. I’m reduced to a few paragraphs. It’s interesting, however, to be able to see yourself in a different way. I implore you to take the test! You may learn something about yourself. I want to know what you came out to be, too. I find people fascinating.

Link to the test: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes1.htm

How are you my friends?

One of my favorite bands from middle school and on has been Weezer. I saw a performance of theres recently and as baby-faced River Cuomo turned around whilst strumming and singing I saw the growing bald patch on the back of his head. Why do I mention this? If River is aging that means I am aging. Obvious, I know, but it was the first time I had that ‘oh’ moment. Time seems to go by so fast.

This year has been an exceptional one. I intend to get sappy and even a bit Velveeta-style cheesy, so if you can’t handle it you can wait for the next post. This year I got to truly discover how much I love making pottery and how it can be so thoroughly fulfilling. I’ve been blessed beyond reason; given gifts that I can’t even begin to deserve or pay in kind. My hope is to be a blessing to others the way everyone has been to me. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings us all. I can’t wait to watch everyone grow and continue and do the same alongside them. All I can think to say is thank you. Truly, from this silly heart of mine, thank you. Thank you for the encouragement and support.

Happy New Year dear ones. Be safe.

T

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I can’t help but brag…

When my wheel was first delivered the box had looked like it had gotten in a bad fight. The boards protecting it were busted and the body of the wheel itself had a scratch like it had been dragged. It was my first time getting something so damaged from UPS. I figured everything else was fine and just let it go. 2 weeks into use I noticed the actual wheel head had a wobble. I thought maybe it was just me until a friend of mine noticed it as well. I called up Shimpo (the wheel company) and they exceeded my expectations! Karen at Shimpo is just golden and I can’t thank her enough. My new wheel arrived today and I can’t wait to change them out and get started again! I’ve got a lot of orders to fill and ideas to work up. I’m bursting at the seams to create! 😀

So thanks again to Shimpo wheels and how amazing you have been to me through this process! If you ever want to get a pottery wheel you should most definitely go to them. Their customer service is impeccable and their wheels are wonderful.

-Tisa

We can start again laughing in the open air tonight

I’ve been a busy girl, my friends.

I love this time of year. It gives me this all-encompassing feeling of warmth and cheer. It’s the cold air and the scarves and boots and natural cuddliness. 16 Main is decked out in decorations, and being surrounded by and selling the items we have all made to people making them gifts is such a treat!

Muah!

I sold some items at the Gallery Tour a couple of weeks ago, so I made some more of them. A different style of yarn bowl and some more Sunshine bowls since they make me smile.

The one of the right has fluted circles cut out and attached so I’m going to call it the polka dot yarn bowl.

My favorite thing to throw is a bowl. It sounds pretty boring, I know. The potter I’ve been learning from tends to end up throwing out a rhetorical, “Another bowl?” with a smile more often than not. There’s this fine line that you have to maintain when you make a bowl, though. If you go too far out the poor dear will just flop down as if it were exhausted. I love that you have to depend on feeling more than anything with this.

Any-who… I’ve scheduled a free choice hand-building class for Saturday, January 7th at 10 a.m for $35.00. Each person will get a chunk of clay and I’ll give you some ideas and help you bring them or your own to fruition.

Have a great Christmas everyone!

Tisa

 

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Thoughts

I’m not ashamed of my faith in Christ. I am, however, ashamed of the way I treat Him. I consistently push forward in my own will and strength and only come running back to Him when I invariably falter. Even when I present him with my hardened heart and distrust His treatment of it He pours favor on me. I don’t deserve it. I don’t deserve Him, and yet He sacrificed for me.

I realized tonight, amidst the joy and happiness of this gift I was given, that this self-titled (and proud) cynic was too happy to even care about the status of the other shoe. It’s a first for me. When ever anything good happens I expect the worst to follow.

It’s a long road, and it doesn’t end tonight with this overwhelming display of love and generosity from my friends and family by completely gifting me with the pottery wheel. The bottom line will always be the same whether we find ourselves in the middle of the most awful loss and storm in life or the highest of highs; life can be hard and ugly and it will stay that way if you let it. Your attitude can make such a difference.

This season in my life may last forever or a few years, but it is well with my soul. I won’t waste or belittle this time and gift with worry. Not any more.

I want to remind myself of this every day: His steadfast love endures forever, Amen? Amen.

T