“Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.”
I added that quote to the BT Tumblr some time recently. It might have been when we were driving through Texas.
Tyler and I made it to Mexico! We arrived the evening of the 14th, just hours before the 15th, which happens to be my birthday. My dad graced me with 3 beers & a shot of tequila, leaving me pretty defeated on the 15th. Little did that tequila know… I actually needed a day of relaxation. Silly tequila.
We’ve been settling in to our new environment pretty well. I’m currently staying at my dads in a little mountain town called Ajijc. Everything is beautiful. My dad’s house is peaceful. There’s a mountain behind me & a lake in front of me. People are nice. They call you by your name. A lot of people speak English here- so that’s good for me considering I don’t speak Spanish. Sun pumps happy fuel into my blood & there’s been a lot of it. It’s nice to come here after leaving a city, to get my head clear, to be alone with my sewing machine & my sketchbook. I have call & text service but I don’t have the internet when I’m not in WiFi. Clearing your head from technology clouds has got to be one of the best feelings.
I’ve been spending a lot of time sketching ideas & working on new wallets & pouches. I should have a slew of 50+ more products soon. Right now, I only have a few pouches in the BT online shop. I’m going to send out an email from my newsletter the night before I list them. You can sign up for my emails here. It’s funny, I still am getting used to this whole waking up, not feeling like I’m rushed to go somewhere for someone else, or feel that I have to have a mask on more someone else. Bird Trouble is going to only get better & better from here on out. I can feel the anxiety from Chicago seeping out as I have more control of the time I’m putting into my work.
If you’re reading this from BlogLovin‘ & can’t see my blog… you can’t see the awesome (if I say so myself) makeover I did to my website!
This is what it looks like now. Play around with the links at www.birdtrouble.com and let me know what you think. All the content is updated & fresh. I even have a new dream logo that the amazing Rachel Urquart created for me. You may know her as Pony Gold. I dig her style so much, I know you will. Here’s the logo & of her recent work that I love.
God damn love her work. Go look at her blog. All of her tiny illustrations make me want to start stick & poke tattooing myself. Being far from the tattoo artists & know SUCKS, but I’ve always been good at DIYing shit. Besides, I know I’m good at stick & pokes. I’ve done a few in my time. Even if I wasn’t good… I still want more free tiny tattoos. I’m going to sew for the rest of the day while I think about MORE. TINY. FREE. TATTOOS. Here’s some links I’ve enjoyed this week:
THINGS I NEED TO SHARE WITH YOU
Live Fast Mag – This article about Adam and Emily Harteau’s life was beautiful, inspiring, & is a reminder of what’s more important: an open mind, experiences, shelter, & sharing.
The Jetbirds: Evolve. My friend back in Chicago is in a rock & roll band and they just came out with a new album that I think you’ll like!
FreeCycle.Org – my best friend told me about this website so I can find free leather to repurpose. This website rules. Re-use!!
The new Threadless collection. Hello Chicago Threadless Headquarters!! Ya’ll are looking so good & I want to go where ever you shot that video.
Obama speaks out that he is AGAINST BSL! YES!
Steve Martin, Kermit, & Dueling Banjos? Woah.