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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. 

Comments

Robbie said…
Love the idea of your workbench in the closet! Perfect...and your house looks charming...the octopi looks adorable!!!! Clever lady
Gene Black said…
Ah, that is a nice change from the "busy loud" area to a quiet serene space to create.
Great job on choosing the fabric.
I love quiet. What a great room Royce.

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