Friday, December 16

Today is a good day to stay in and work on projects and cook a big pot of veggie beef soup. The older I get the more I dislike cold weather. I have been busy with getting the etsy shop back up and loading items. The last 2 shows put a big dent in my inventory (yea!) so I need to be at the bench as much as I can. 

I did spend the morning yesterday wrapping packages.
I listened to Christmas music and it really got me in a happy mood.

Here is the new smaller tree. 

 It would seem that somehow in the move I lost
or left all my wrapping paper. 
So I got a new roll and a few bags. 
I don't normally have it all matching. 
My sister was teasing me that I'd had some of my wrapping
paper for 10 years...maybe I had, hum.

My current quilting project is a table topper for a friend. 
She is very fond of Red Birds. 


Finished the big quilt that was on the "long arm" and how sad is this - I'm using it for a staging table for the items I'm listing on Etsy. I take photos, weigh jewelry and process into inventory all from the sewing machine. Of course the computer sits between 2 sewing machines in this room, so all the flat surfaces have many uses. 


Tomorrow is Christmas Cookie day with Angel and Ian
Can't wait.

Sunday, December 11

Christmas will be here in no time - yea I'm ready. Well I'm blaming it on moving, ok that's good yea it was moving. OK excuse out of the way. So this year things aren't as decorated. There are still decoration boxes in the garage that didn't get opened. I'm finding I don't want to do quite as much now. But I did do something new this year I've never done before and that is I have a tiny bit of decorations outside! Oh my goodness, my house has always looked like scrooge's cousin from the outside. I have lights on the porch! Mercy me call the decorating police. It is still very sedate, but I love it. I had metal reindeer out their but it's so very windy here they just kept being blown over. So Jack volunteered to put up the lights and little did he know he had a helper. 


Ian started off very excited to help put up the lights. He was out in the driveway waiting for Jack to get here then he realized it wasn't all that much fun. He stuck with it thou. 

I had to let go of my old Christmas tree, there was no way it would fit in living room. I posted a curb alert and in less than an hour it was off to it's new home. I now have a pencil tree and decorated it in monotone grey, silver and clear glass. Also a big change from my normal very colorful cartoon tree. So things continue to have slight changes in my life, I've even cut my hair short! I didn't see that coming. 


With all my shows behind me now I've been working on my Etsy shop and will be creating new jewelry feverishly to be ready for spring shows. All of my really "Royce" pieces have sold, so I need to get to work. Here are a few of the pieces I've made in the last few days. 




It's turned cold and being all warm and in my little house is very comforting. The house is feeling like home now. 

Tuesday, November 22

Holidays - Oh how I love them

I've just put the last show of the year behind me and now it's time to really get going for the holidays. I have a quilt on the machine ready to be quilted. Fabric stacked on the other machine ready to be cut. Canvases ready for backgrounds - well in other words - fun stuff a-plenty. 

The weather has turned cool - cold and it will soon be Thanksgiving. Since this is my first Thanksgiving in my new home we will have our dinner here. The turkey is waiting in the frig and the menu settled and the shopping done - I think I'm ready. 

For some reason the days before the holidays I always feel the need to do something new to the house. Why... don't you have enough on your plate? I guess not. Yesterday I painted an accent wall in the kitchen and hung a shelf and photos. The kitchen is yellow, it's a nice color of yellow, but I'm just not crazy about yellow. I went grey on this wall and I really like it.


This is only part of the wall, there are more photos etc, but this shows the flavor. At the bottom - my new Phil Ponder print of downtown Murfreesboro. Other tiny treasures are on the shelf. It was hard to decide if I wanted to add the white wash on the larger frame. It's an old frame that's been hanging in my home for many years - it's never had a thing in it. I think the light wash is a good update for it.

I've shown my fairy house collection here before and this past Saturday I made a new addition. Craftsman Jim Cohran can really bring the hidden treasures from a piece of wood. This one has an opening in the back for a light source. I will have to get that lit very soon. 


Another thing I need to get busy with is loading photos and info to my Etsy Shop. I'm very behind on that. Not one of my favorite things to do but hey it has to be done. Well, I must be off, much to do. 

The holidays are a wonderful time, remember to enjoy each moment. 
If things start feeling too hectic then back off and remember you are just
a human and can only do so much. #nostresshoilidays

Monday, November 7

The Big Rush

I had a show this past weekend at St Stephens Church and it was Saturday and Sunday. I did very well and possible made a new record of selling 27 necklaces, and assorted earrings. So my inventory which was low already is in sad shape now. My next show is Nov. 19th and a bigger show on December 3. So it's full production mode for me now. I'll be adding several new designs that are specific for this area for the December show. 


One of the other artists at the show was Phil Ponder who is a wonderful artist. He well know for his  wonderful detailed drawings of Tennessee land marks such as the Nashville skyline which I've seen in quite a few homes. I've always admired his work and yesterday I came home with 2 of his prints. 

This first one was a gift from Jack. He saw how my eyes glazed over looking and it and bought it for me. Mr Ponder called him Clyde Jr. This moth was caught in a spider web out side of one of his windows and he went out and knocked him loose and he landed on the window sill laying just like this. Poor Clyde's life had been taken by the spider but now he will live forever in these great prints. I really love this drawing. 


Since he has a lot of the local areas in his drawings I asked if he had one of Murfreesboro and he said yes to the square. He couldn't find one in his inventory so he said he would look at home for me. Sure enough he found one and framed it and brought it the next day. 
I love it, and it is special for my new home. 



Well back to the workbench and get more jewelry done. 2 weeks to the next show!

Friday, November 4

And The Dust Settles

Well now it's been 2 months since the move and things are settling down in my life - so glad. Sewing and jewelry making are back as part of my life. Must nicer than unpacking boxes and getting the garage where my car will fit in there. I've never had a garage before so I was a bit intense to get the car in there. Just this morning my sister in law came by and picked up a tv console that I no longer needed. I just need some shelves out there and very soon everything will be off the floor. 

The new house is a good bit smaller that my old 91 year old house, so lots of thinning had to be done. It's not easy deciding on what you keep and things you can let go of. I knew I'd never get all my craft supplies in here. I had 2 rooms dedicated to my supplies at the old house. I was very spoiled. I did bring my old jewelry bench, but it's in the garage now. A suggestion by my friend/realtor was to put my new jewelry bench in the closet of the 2nd largest bedroom. It worked.
My brother in law had put a new top on the bench that runs the full
width of the closet and when I'm not working there I can close the double doors. 
Mess hidden!

One of the big selling points of my new home was the location. I was in an area that was once quaint, then it went into a downward spin and crime entered the area. 
Most recently it was being revived. 
Old houses being torn down and often replaced with 3 story very modern homes. Referred to by the locals as tall skinny boxes. 
With 37206 becoming a hip zip code and people flocking to east Nashville in huge numbers per day - well, it was time to move. Now instead of seeing the alley and neighbors from the deck I have this.  


I no longer hear loud music, traffic, loud parties. 
People blocking my driveway and the street. 
Here you see the sky and sounds are distant and non invasive. 

One of the first creative thing I did after I moved was a painting for
my guest bath. It ended up having a few octopi in there and I figured
hey why not go all the way. So I painted this.


I was out shopping for fabric one day at JoAnn's and saw the fabric below on the right. 
The other 2 swatches are my couch and rug. I thought it would match but had no samples
with me, but was very happy when I got home and saw how well it looked. It was half off too
 Here is the result

This weekend I have my first show since I've moved. I got a good bit behind in making jewelry so I had a rush the past 2 weeks. Car is loaded and I'm ready for the
St Stephan Fine Art Festival Saturday and Sunday
14544 Lebanon Rd, Old Hickory TN 37138
Saturday 11:00 - 8:00 with reception (wine and horsd'lures from 6-8)
Sunday 9:30 - 7:00

For today I will chill a bit. Picking up my favorite 7 year old from school.
Turning into a kid myself playing with him while mom and day shoot a wedding. 
It's wonderful to be just 15 min away from my sister and her family now.