For the birds.

I’ll be honest, financial challenges are for the birds. There is all sorts of stuff I need for the studio, we have a huge show coming up, and the extra money to prepare for it just isn’t there.

But here’s the thing.

It’s ok.


The situation is forcing me to work outside the box because I’ve had to work without the comfortable safety zone of certain supplies. In terms of creative growth, that’s not really such a bad thing at all. And sure, maybe a few weeks before a show isn’t when you want to be all “growth!” and “experiment!” because your brain is focused on “production!” and time can feel a little bit short, but… it is what is.

So I am finding that it’s quite simple, really. Do the best you can with what you’ve got.
If you haven’t got what you wanted, try to find something you can use to replace it. Make it yourself, or work around it.


Use your tools.

Use what you have.


Make do.

Make it work.

Make it up.

My grandfather was all about making stuff up with what he had. It isn’t like he wasn’t able to easily go out and buy the easy fix, but the store wasn’t where he mentally started.  He had a lot of fun figuring stuff out. If something was broken, he’d go down to the shop, putter for a bit, and come back with a little something he’d whipped up to do the job. Sometimes it was pretty – like when he carved Grandma a little wooden fish out of scrap wood, and put a hook on the end so she wouldn’t burn her hands on the toaster oven rack in the mornings. Sure, he could’ve gotten her something at the store. Or handed her a potholder. But the little wooden fish was way better. The wood was there, and he had two hands and the time so that’s what he did. My dad is the same way. He fixes stuff. He engineers clever solutions to life. Captain Sexypants is very much cast from the same mold.

Lucky me!


And then there’s me. If someone carves me a clever wooden fish, I’m thrilled to use it, but my first thought was probably to buy one. My most notable life hacks have been Spanx and refried beans. Imagine my chagrin when I remembered that both of those inventions were already available at Target. I keep trying, though.


I’ve been thinking to myself that this isn’t such a bad attitude to take towards life. Better late than never. Living in the mountains is making this whole transition to a new mindset a lot easier.  It can be a bit more challenging to develop those “make it work” chops when there is Thai takeaway just a phone call away. Living up here, I have to plan ahead and make my own damn curry.

So. In the studio. Making it work with what I’ve got.




So for the next few weeks, I’ll be in my studio. Making it work. Making do. Making it fantastic. If you need me, you can find me rooting through all the forgotten corners of my stash for things to play with while the cats shake their little pom poms and act encouragingly.




It’s a form of encouragement, anyway.

About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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7 Responses to For the birds.

  1. Marilyn says:

    And you are making beautiful things, every one of them.
    I am still dreaming of the earrings of hammered metal and
    trying to figure out where I would find some money for them.
    One of these days you will hear from me.

  2. Aunt Marge says:

    Rain-you’re every bit as creative as Grandpa was! Sometimes it just takes the right circumstance to bring it out–and your “Into the Woods” collection is lovely!

  3. Crystal says:

    This is EXACTLY what I’m dealing with right now…. how do I prepare for this huge awesome scary important show with exactly zero dollars? Stash-diving just became an Olympic sport here, and you I’m having a blast…. all of those “I’ll do something with this eventually” pieces are getting dusted off and used, because “eventually” is NOW.

    • Rainy says:

      I think finding the fun in that dynamic is kind of crucial! And the next time someone gives me shit for stashing all the things, I’ll just point to this post and say, “no really, I’m investing in my future.”

  4. cat says:

    I loved this story, especially the bit about the little wooden fish. It’s exactly what I needed to hear right now…now when I’ve just opened a little Etsy store alongside all the other Etsy stores and so far, no orders! Thank you. And for the record….I love these beautiful pieces that you’ve made. I’m sure they’ll do very well indeed!

  5. The Lab Rat says:

    Wonderful story, Rain, and I think you have your fish in that studio. These pretties are really attention-grabbing (I LOVE the robin’s-egg necklace) and flexible!

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