I've been feeling a bit lost now that the semester is over. I really threw myself into school work this semester and was rewarded for my hard work on a weekly basis. With classes over I've had no motivation to make things because there was no reward. This is the hardest thing about being an art major; it is hard to make work that is not going to receive a grade. And when I'm not making things I spiral into an melodramatic depression.
In the height on my insomnia I started making these dumb little embroidered felt flower brooches and hair clips. They're stupid, really...I just use craft store felt, pin backs I have lying around, and embroidery thread I bought years ago and never used. I don't make patterns, and each flower in one of a kind because I'm lazy and get bored. While I hated these little creations, I found myself carrying them around, admiring them, talking to them, showing them to anyone who walked into my house. I realized the only way I can take care of myself is by putting it into the things I create and caring for it that way.
So I made an etsy shop. Cody and I laid in bed and he told me we couldn't go get dinner until we came up for a name for my shop. Anyone who knows me knows that food is enough to motivate me to get things done, and thus "The Average Quail" is born. Inspired partially by the Christmas Quail we saw on Christmas day, and my perceived mediocrity of anything I make, I am rather satisfied with the name and the vibe of the shop. I gotta do some banking (get my card set up and whatnot) before I can begin listing items in my store, but sit tight and the felt creations will be up very soon.