Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Holding Room

Since my last post, I've been working like a mad woman - the first thing I did was to totally clean out and pack the studio.  Once it was empty, I started bringing in all the boxes that I packed, and before long, this is what it looks like!

I still have quite a few boxes to fill - and then the packers come to pack all my breakables on Monday, and on Tuesday the movers come!!  We'll be out of here sometime Tuesday afternoon - then the kitties and I will be on a plane on Wednesday (with my good friend, Donna) headed for Kansas City!

Soon, I will have the great pleasure of UNPACKING all these boxes and try to find places for everything to go!  Fun times!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Oh, do I hate packing!

Yes, I knew these days would come -- but that doesn't make it any easier!  The photos for today show what has been packed (so far) from the studio!  And, that was after purging before listing the house!  I have way too much STUFF!  But, I can't seem to let go of much of it!

And, I'm not finished in the studio yet!  There are still a bunch of odds and ends - plus everything that is in the closet - that's mainly sewing stuff and things that have no other place to be.

So, my goal is to have that room emptied, scrubbed and cleaned, and ready to be moved by Friday!  Then, I have to start on the rest of the house! Trust me, it's not as bad (except for the garage)! 15 days till Closing - 21 days to move!  Will she make it?!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Getting Closer!

Of course, during this time, I haven't been able to make any new art, so here is an older watercolor piece - "Country House".  It reminds me that we are getting closer to the move.  There are still a few things up in the air that must be resolved, but I feel that it will all work out.

In the middle of trying to get our home loan from Bank of America, we threw in the towel - and started over with a new lender. (With only 3 weeks till closing!)  Crazy, yes?  Maybe, but BofA was really making us crazy!  The new lender says that the loan will be in place well before closing.

Yes, my nerves are shot, and my house is a wreck - but if all goes well, we'll be in our new home and close to my family in about 4 weeks!  Then, once I get things unpacked and organized, I'll be back at my art table, ready to get creative again!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Moving Soon!

We sold our home last week!  I feel so lucky, since it was only on the market for a little over a month!  I've truly loved living in this house - and having all the outdoor space, but it's time for us to go back home.

Then, as soon as we got the contract finalized, we bought this house in Blue Springs, MO!  It's a much older home, but has been updated some.  So much smaller on the main floor, but it has a full finished basement - so it will work!  I can't wait to be living closer to my son, daughter and grandkids again!

Now, we just have to get through the next few weeks of inspections, appraisals and whatever else gets thrown at us, then we'll be good to go!

Friday, May 23, 2014


I painted this acrylic abstract painting several months ago.  It was supposed to be horizontal, to go over my kitchen sink.  I could never figure out if I was finished, so I just put it aside - and basicly forgot about it.

Then, as I was moving things around, getting ready to list the house, I pulled it out and hung it vertically in my fireplace room.  The more I look at it, the more I like it - so I guess it's finished now!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Color Blocking the Butterflies

I received my new stencils from the Stencil Girl Stencil Club today -- and decided to play with the Butterflies.  The other stencils are of Birds and Flowers.  I might try something with them tomorrow!  There really is a border of washi tape all around the outside of the journal page, but I just can't seem to get my photo right.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

I know, it's been awhile!

Yes, time has certainly flown by since my last post!!  But, I've been so busy getting the house ready to list.  Finally, it's now for sale!  I'll be going to KC later in the week, and next week I'll be house hunting up there.  Won't be able to buy anything until we get a contract on this house, but I want to see what's available now.

This art journal page is using last month's Stencil Girl Club stencils -- it's taken me a long time to get back into playing with paint!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Almost Done!

I finally finshed cleaning and purging the studio (almost).  All the glass cupboards are now just waiting for the movers, as well as the closet and the rest of the room.  Now, I have to go through all the bottom shelves and cupboards and sort out all the stuff that's been in there for 12 years - stuff that had nowhere else to hide!

Actually, moving can be a great motivator to get rid of things that we no longer want or need.  Of course, there are so many emotional ties to objects - and some of those are valid.  I just want to feel lighter.  I remember when we moved into this house, I had so many empty rooms and shelves!  It didn't take long to fill it to the brim!

This is only one room!  I have so much more to do before I can put it on the market in May!

The "Welcome Home" banner is something I'm making for the church - it will be gone soon.

To the right is my art table and everything that I can't live without during this process!

And, to the left is my sewing station - cause I still have to make things for Mount Dora! (And, notice that I've cleverly hid the litter boxes?)

Monday, March 24, 2014

I'm Still Here!

Thought I would post an older collage piece, since I haven't been making art lately!  I can't believe that it's been a month since my last post!  What have I been doing???

Really, not much!  Making prayer quilts, cards and bowls and stuff for Mount Dora - and just doing nothing!  But, now, we've decided to put our house on the market in May, and plan on moving back to Kansas City!  Lee's Summit, MO to be exact.  Even though we love the weather here in Florida, we miss the kids and the grandkids - AND Spring and Fall (Winter, not so much).

So now my focus will be on cleaning out closets, drawers and cupboards and getting this place ready to sell!  I hope there will be some time in there for making some art -- we'll see!  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hope and Love

Man, I need to order some more Stencil Girl Stencils!  I'm part of the SG Stencil Club, and if I want to post my journal pages on their FB page, I can only use SG stencils.  So, all of my posts are starting to look alike - nothing but birds in the garden!!  Oh well, I just got paid for my last class, so I see an order in my future.