When you're creating a new piece of art, what can distract you and take you away from your work?
Is it your cat(s)?
Maybe you have young kids at home, or you homeschool.
Maybe you just have a busy life outside the home.
Or the warm weather and sun keeps drawing you away outside.
Whatever it is, it sure can put a damper on your creative processes, I'm sure.
For me lately, it's Caena.
Yup. An Akita puppy. A 10 month old Akita puppy.
A 10 month old Akita puppy who wants to PLAY! PLAY! PLAY! 24/7 or until she wears herself out.
For example, I'm working on a new 2 drop peyote stitch cuff. I sit downstairs, and do my beading on a TV tray while sitting on the couch. This keeps me away from my computer so I'm not distracted by the Internet, another huge timewaster for me.
Of course, sitting downstairs, on the couch means that Caena can jump up next to me. Whereupon she proceeds to paw at my arm, climb in my lap, chew on my elbows, or just stretch out and try to show me off the couch.
Now, Caena has Chrondrodysplasia, a bone and joint disorder, and as a result, is a dwarf Akita, who at 10 months, weighs maybe 40lbs. Despite this, she thinks she's twice her size and acts it.
Last night, as I was trying to finish this cuff, so I could hopefully use the natural sun to get great photographs, she decided that mom needed to play instead. This entailed not only chewing on my elbows, climbing in my lap and pawing at my arms and hands, but something else that was, while distracting, utterly hilarious.
See, I'm using a mix of Miyuki Delicas and Matsuno seed beads in this cuff, so I have them mixed and in a flat container that sits in front of me as I stitch. Well, Caena decided to 'taste' the beads.
Yup. She decided to stick that floppy tongue of hers out and into the container of beads. Luckily it was just the tip of her tongue, but still. I grabbed at her mouth and manged to swipe most of them off and into my hand, along with Akita puppy slobber. Then I sat there, laughing at her, as she looked up at me, with that oh so hard to get mad at face of hers.
I wonder how they tasted.*** FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR, 50% OF ALL SALES WILL BE DONATED TO AKITA RESCUE. IN HONOR OF DANTE-INU AND MY NEW RESCUE AKITA, CAENA. ***
SEE DANTE'S SPIRIT TO PURCHASE SOMETHING.