Well, we are no longer apartment dwellers . . . thank goodness! After a crazy week of yes, maybe, maybe not and back to yes, we closed on our house soon after my last post - May 14th. We moved in the next day and it's been non-stop ever since. There's been all the predictable unpacking and getting settled in and a couple of not so pleasant surprises, biggest one from our insurance company that our policy was on hold and not in effect until we cleared some tree branches and shrubbery from around the house and, the big one, fixed the fairly significant cracked section of the driveway. After two weekends of intense labor, borrowed tools and countless trips to the home store, all is well.
Here's a few of my favorite images of our new home . . .
Then there's all the glorious fabrics I've been finding for my home projects. I found a slew of great linen shops on Etsy. So far I've ordered the hemp for bath mats and towels from a shop in south Florida, sliding glass and kitchen door curtain fabric from Lithuania and shower curtain fabric from Latvia.
Then I spent the last week and a half working on some new jewels for one of my galleries. I got that shipped off yesterday and promptly put my online shop on sabbatical . . . I have big plans swirling around in my head! Well, maybe not specific plans, but I'm feeling a huge surge of something building up in my creative zone and I plan to give it my full attention.
I've got my worktable cleared and ready to go . . .
During my shop's little sabbatical, I've got so many things I want to explore. Here's the pile of reading material I've checked out from the library . . . notice there's nothing jewelry related - well, there is one fashion book in there!
There's house stuff and food growing and fermenting, fabric dyeing and a bunch of pottery books . . . I'm looking into joining a local pottery studio where I can rent space and have access to kilns and glazes . . . we'll see. And then there's a couple of Maira Kalman books. I've always been intrigued by her but have never actually sat down with any of her books. My approach at the library has been to just cruise the stacks and see what jumps out . . . her books almost leaped.
Then there's a few Florida guide books. I know, I know - we live in Florida, why would we need guide books. Well, it's been over 30 years since we really lived here and a lot has changed. And mainly, our 35th anniversary is coming up and with all this house buying and new home expenses - a significant chunk of change - our idea of a European vacation for our anniversary went right down the drain. And then we're very hesitant to do anything drastic to upset little Zoe. Stressed Zoe vet bills are never cheap. So now we're looking at going somewhere within a fairly narrow radius, maybe like a 3 hour drive. And some place we can take Zoe kitty as well.
So, I guess that's it for now . . . but that's a lot! While I'm figuring out what to do with my shop, my intention is to keep this journal and my I & I section updated. You can also follow along on my Facebook designer page and my Pinterest boards.
Stay tuned as I have no idea where I'm heading. All I know is the future feels wide open!
with deep gratitude . . . kvk