I spent a glorious two weeks in July at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, totally immersed in creativity. The surroundings, my classmates, and the faculty were utterly inspiring. I returned home with a head full of ideas and the determination to restructure my schedule so that I have more time for the studio. Ann Wessmann was my teacher in a class titled "Multiples + Collections: Objects + Installations". I brought my collection of pressed leaves, and Ann helped me think through some ways to incorporate them into my work. While it was a productive time, I realize the physical work that I produced is only second to the thinking and puzzling out that I did. It's so hard to find the clear head space for that kind of looking inward in a daily life filled with a full time job, housework, family demands, etc.