|Mermaid Umbrella by R A J|
If you haven't noticed, I haven't updated this blog in a very long time. In fact, it's been so long, that Google notified me and told me to step up and pay for my domain. Unfortunately, I had changed my credit card, so I had to go back in my info to correct it and then realized...nah. Lets let that domain name slide.
Mostly, the lack of updates and the fact that I've abandoned this blog, is because of a doctor's order that I need to ease up on my hands and set my priorities on what I want them to do in order to prevent severe, life altering, shooting pains I have had with carpel tunnel. It meant choosing between doing the fine art that I want for my career, and doing the crafts I enjoy for my sanity, and that's a pretty hard choice, but I made my decision, and cleared out the mountain of craft supplies from my studio (still am. You wouldn't believe how much yarn I have.)
Occasionally I found myself wandering back, and just last week I was squeezing a ball of yarn all "Aw, this is a nice color" and then I spontaneously wove a scarf with straws and it looked so neat-o but then my hands needed to be iced and it hurt to pick up my stylus. It's really not something I can do anymore, not even as a musing.
I changed my Etsy store name from PthaloAzul to RAJ Illustration, dropped my entire craft supply woodcut line, replaced it with drawings (that I'm slowly uploading, which has been slow since this year has been rough). I put away my guitar, saw my piano gather dust, and threw out the stained glass, and it shattered in a way I can't fully describe, but the way it shattered as it hit the bottom of the trashcan was less like a crash, and more like a turning page.
I started this blog because I loved crafting as much as I loved to write. During college, I made up a title of a book in the back of my head, and it was going to be called "This is Not a Craft" and it wasn't going to have any crafts in it. It was a surprise to me that the book idea turned into a blog...and the greatest surprise was this end. It wasn't the ending that I wanted to happen.
But, that's assuming that it is an end at all.
Because sometimes ends aren't ever ends, but are actually middles, beginnings, and blog posts about crafts.
This might be my last post here on TINAC, but it won't be my last creation or my last written word. You can find me currently posting on Tumblr (3AM-octopus.tumblr.com) twitter (@rajmews) and pinterest (rajillustration) and can still buy my art on my shop, which has been renamed RAJ Illustration in light of it's being all illustration now. Thank you for all your support by reading, commenting, and spreading word about my little blog.