this was the first day outside for the little turks, out from under the heat lamps into the big wide world. well, a protected turkey enclosure for now. we had quite the coming out party. i just soaked in the turkey joy as they dusted and sunned, stretched and climbed all over me.
we've been slowly moving in, cleaning, imagining and adjusting. it's taking me some time to get things set up and for all of us to decide what space to use as communal and what to save for other artists. ruby and i had the whole hotel to ourselves today. i was going to shopvac the upstairs but was too entranced with the lacy patterns in the cobwebs and paint chips. it only got a little spooky.
one of my embroideries was accepted for the upcoming show called "from the tongue" curated by joetta maue. i was jumping around most of the day yesterday yelling "i'm an ARtist, i'm an ARtist" in the most obnoxious way. i've never been able to say that before without feeling silly. and today it just seems unreal. it's great for this to happen while we're just beginning this hotel adventure.
i've discovered smoothie love thanks to mathyld! my own strawberry seeds didn't grow, but at least the csa is taking care of us. i wish i could do better with gardening. the second pic is of my own poor, stunted tomato seedlings. and below, a lush urban dye garden that is a few doors down from the hotel. i just received woad seeds in the mail from milkweed chicago on etsy that i'm going to try at home. woad is supposed to be the easiest plant to grow, let's hope i can manage it!