Friday, October 29, 2010

Ode to the Artist's husband

by Kelli Pope

Every year, around late August, early September, my dear husband Steve has to hear those dreaded words...."art show season is about to begin". What this means is he won't see much of me until Christmas. It means other than working full time and sleeping, I make jewelry. If I'm not making jewelry at a show, I'm at home making jewelry. It means he cooks a lot more, and cleans a lot more. He gets to help load and unload my Explorer at least a dozen times with my tent, tables, displays, etc etc etc. And, he's even begun oxidizing components for me. (Oh, the smell of Liver of Sulphur in the Fall!!!) He becomes a massage therapist, working on achey shoulders, and the giver of pep talks. He must often listen to hammering late into the night. He becomes my number one fan and supporter. In short, I could not do what I do without him.


So, to reward both of us, and bring a little normalcy and calm into our lives, we grab our 2 furry kids and head for the Smokey Mountains between the October shows (which is where we are now). We try to plan the trip around peak leaf week, so we can hike among the majesty of the Fall colors, and enjoy the beautiful Fall sunshine, and cool breezes. Soaking in the hot tub doesn't hurt either!!! :)



The boys will hike with us, and play in the river. The joy of watching them play in the water is therapy in itself.
Sunsets from the hot tub are magical. And mountain views breathtaking.

All in all, we will come home rested, relaxed and ready for life to get crazy hectic all over again. Thanks honey for all you do for me.



9 comments:

mairedodd said...

this really touched me, kelli... i am so happy that you function together like a team... and that you get the support doing what you love that you so deserve... way to go steve!

Courtney said...

Beautiful post! Thank you. Yeah Steve.

SummersStudio said...

That support you get is the best! You've got some very happy looking pups.

MaCarroll Beads said...

That's what I need.....a place to go away from the hustle and bustle of work....It's great that Steve is so supportive :O)

Alice said...

I don't think I would be able to do shows if it weren't for my husband. I have a small frame and am unable to lug a lot of the stuff to and from the truck. Hubby even helps me during the shows, and takes over when I need a break.

I love that you take off on a trip in between shows. What a gorgeous place to unwind.

Mellisa said...

What a gorgeous getaway! The boys are beautiful and it looks like they have the most fun time in the water :)

Patty said...

He's a keeper, Kelli! What a wonderful way for you both to relax. Thanks for sharing this with us.

stregata said...

Your husband definitely sounds like a keeper. Hope you both come home really relaxed!

Createology said...

Yay is so right for a supportive husband!
I love the new banner with all of it's blues and representative photos.
Happy Halloweekend...

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