Category Archives: Life in General

Yucca Farm

We got a house!  We’re in escrow now for new house and for selling this one.  Life is crazy with packing, inspections, filling out forms, and dreaming of all the wonderful things we get to do to make this new house our home.

Here’s a peak at our yucca farm:

HouseThat bit in the bottom photo on the right… that’s yucca.  And it wraps all the way around to the side yard.  We’re going to fill the green waste bin more than once with this yard.

We’re also going to be able to fill a dumpster with cheap wood paneling and wood shingles in the kitchen.  The kind of wood shingles that go on the outside of a cabin in the woods.

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You don’t get to see the shingles in the above shot, but you do get to see the green plaid wall paper that goes with it.  You also see the previous owner had our love of colors, but didn’t do it quite as well.  Note the highlighter yellow hallway.

I do, however, love the huge studio space in the picture below.  It has nice sliding doors out to the back yard.

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Moving day is scheduled for August 31st.  I promise to take more pictures.  The video I took is neat, but darn if I can upload it.

I hope your life is going fabulously!  See you soon.

 

 

 

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Good House Ju Ju

Nope, still no new house for us.

However, I’m working some good house ju ju.  I’ve got an altar on my mantel to house, home, and family.

 

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The yellow vases were my Grandma Fran’s.  The pitcher holds the “good faith” checks we write for offers, as well as cash and change.  Money is good.  The large vase has a necklace on it from my mom with a key.

I’ve drawn a picture of a house.  Something with veggies growing in the yard, sunshine, happiness, color.  There are photos of our families, us, and homey things.

 

 

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The blue foo dogs  were my Great Grandma Irene’s.  The wall altar was a fantastic holiday gift from my in-laws.  We found it at the Petaluma Antique Fair.  Kind of perfect it was bought in the city we want to move to.

 

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There are all kinds of tokens of us, in elephants and octopi, images of our cats, there is paint and brush, a cooking spoon, fruit and flowers.  I’ve added some rum since the pictures.  We’re kicking it up a notch.

The altar is a place of focused thoughts and energy.  A physical form for the intangible desire.  A place to release my hopes, dreams, and even frustrations.

It’s also a great reminder of what I have.

 

Houses I Can’t Have

 

 

 

Here’s the first house we put an offer on, a few weeks ago.  Pretty cute.  Lots of sun for gardening.  Small detached studio.  It has been flipped, so things were in pretty good shape.  MckenzieNo response until we got a crazy counter offer.  This is a house I can’t have.

This is the second house we put an offer on.  Short sale.  Smelled like three packs of cigarettes a day for twenty years.  18 x 18 studio fabulousness in the backyard.  No actual front lawn, this photo is a lie (which I don’t mind, since I’d rip it out for my victory garden, anyways).

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No response, ever.  Saw the status change to “pending”, which means they’re taking someone else’s offer.

Saw a really god awful wrecked house today.  So in love.  I could work on that house for years.  But, the listing agent should have listed it as “cash only”.  It’s doubtful that a bank is going to want to loan someone money for a house in that condition.  Mold in the converted garage, broken window, no drywall in the master/downstairs public bathroom.  Nothing I couldn’t deal with.  But rules are rules.  It’s been on the market a long time.

Our amazing, gorgeous, persistent realtor Brook is going to talk to the listing agent and see if they are accepting non-cash offers.  I know it’s not likely (snowball in hell not likely) that we’ll get considered for this house, but I haven’t managed to give up hope and move on.  I’m a little bit in love with this house.

The front yard is a weird little skinny nothing, since it’s in a cul de sac (which wikipedia tells me literally translates to “arse of the bag” meaning a dead end… I suddenly like cul de sacs a lot more).  The further back you go, however, the wider and wider the lot gets.  It’s HUGE in the back yard.  My mind’s eye sees patios, raised garden beds, a dog, a fountain, laundry hanging out, kids, a little bistro table by the kitchen for al fresco mornings with my tea.  There is a little courtyard snug behind a fence in the front, flanked by the garage that has been converted into a room.   There’s a great french door from the courtyard into the garage. (I love french doors).  The front door has a little window in it.  A big fountain in that courtyard and we’re perfect.  The window over the kitchen sink would have a perfect view of it.

So here’s to the hope that won’t die for a house that needs a lot of work.

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Something New & Just for Me

Most of my creative endeavors lately are something I might sell.  Even if I don’t plan on selling that particular one, it’s a tester for something I’m considering selling.  I did make a new necklace for myself, but that’s in a way to help me sell.  It’s embarrassing to go to a networking event, say I make jewelry, and not be wearing a fabulous statement piece that I made.

This new project, however, is just for me (and my cats, really)!   I had a funky thrift store rug the cats loved to sleep on.  It was thick and comfy in the afternoon sun.  But the last time I washed it, it really shed a lot, had more obvious gaps, and still smelled weird.  Time to toss it.

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I don’t know what I saw, but I suddenly thought I should make a hooked rag rug.  Not a braided one, but one with lots of little tufts.  I’ve raided my fabric stash and come across fabulous, bright colors.  Cutting them into strips 1/2″ by 3″ is the hardest part,  I started with my pinking shears so there would be less shedding, but it was taking even longer and hurting my middle finger knuckle.  Regular scissors it is!

Rag1As my husband says, this is going to take forever, but I’m not worried.  I’m two rows into  a bazillion of them.  I have a little latch hook that helps me tie the strips into lovely little knots. Right now working on my rug is the closest I can come to relaxing.  (I really do suck at relaxing).

The little bit that I have done already feels nice when I step on it.  The cats are already laying on the rug, even though it’s bare canvas webbing.  Milo really liked being underneath it and popping again.  Sorry, I didn’t get a picture, I was too busy laughing at him.

Sure, I needed a new project like I needed a hole in my head.  But it’s a present for me and I deserve it.  And my cats deserve it, too, I guess.

 

Screen Printing!

I had a great time the other day learning to screen print with Chelsea of Chelsea McKenna Design.  Of course, I am out of the habit of blogging and didn’t think to take more pictures.  Here’s a super cute one of Chelsea, however.

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We in the shop loved how darling she happened to look with her chevron dress, red apron, and the red logo on the crate.

I now need about 20 more crates for the Made Local Marketplace to put logos on.  Not just for my enjoyment, but for the cool displays they make.  It’s style and branding people!

 

Hmm… I betcha MY logo would be an awesome silk screen.  What could I print it on?  Tank top?  My car (It would have to be a really flat spot)?  A banner for future booth events?  Those would all be different size needs.

I’d wear my sexy logo on a tank top.  Red tank with black logo or a black tank with a red logo.

 

Have you played around with screen printing?  Any tips for a newbie?

Store Manager!

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Suzi and me in front of the moved counter!

I have totally neglected to tell my blog that I’m the store manager at the Made Local Marketplace!  Woot!  I was promoted just after the beginning of October, actually.  It’s been wonderful.  My talents and skills are hugely appreciated there.  Now that I’m manager and not just some woman that spends too much time there, I have the “authority” to make big changes.  I’ve moved the whole front counter, which has been great for store flow and not having a bottleneck, as well as having usable counter space behind the front desk.  I get to work with artists that need to do something a little different  to make their work more sell-able.  I’ve been working through the waiting list for new vendors.  I have a desk of my own with a computer!  It’s hard to get everything done that I need to do while working the register.  Being able to go upstairs to write emails, make phone calls, whatever is great.

It is a lot of work.  A lot of brain juggling, a lot of different directions all at once.  Balancing the everyday shop functioning details with VISION.  (Some people say moving the counter was Vision, I just think it’s good.)

Making time for my own business too is hard, but important.  I haven’t been adding new items to Etsy as often, but I did just have a few sales I mailed out.  To sell at the shop I’ve been making Quick Bread Mix, Minty Cocoa Mix, and I am working on a Spicy Cocoa Mix.  Laundry soap is still chugging away, though not as popular for an xmas gift..  Lynn, Ashley, and I are trying to get out “The Creative Collection” jewelry brochure we had made by the awesome graphic designer Chelsea McKenna.

Needless to say, there is a lot going on in my world professionally.  What’s going on with you?  Are you enjoying your work?