I have been doing a little metalsmithing, but I can't post any process pictures since I still might use what I'm working on as Christmas gifts. And I mean a "little" since I'm combating a mountain of paperwork and a complete lack of energy. Not a good combination, but typical "end of semester" feelings that I'm quite familiar with by now.
I did take time out to go to the beach Thanksgiving Day. It was chilly and lovely and collecting was good. I even found some living things: a large clam the size of my hand and a whole, complete, wiggling sand dollar.
I love the cold and desolate beach in winter nearly as much as the warm water, warm sand beach in summer. I love that since moving to North Carolina I've been able to experience the beaches at nearly every time of year. I think about my favorite beach moments, and most of them happened bundled up on a dissipated profile. (The profile of the shore changes from summer to winter and back every year. It's science.)
I hope that you all have an equally lovely Thanksgiving Holiday, and that you're hanging in there, whether you're facing the end of the semester or the ramped up retail season.