Catching Up With the Times

Finally, I have made the move to plastic.  Yes……….I decided which method,  what company and yes, even figured out how to do this all on my phone.

Easy, you say?   Not quite as simple as I had thought, when I first waded into the new-to-me technology.  My difficulty was the phone.  I had no reception at the old house & studio…….zip, none, ever!  I had to drive at least a mile, then the cell phone would work.

So, I waited and offered excuses as to why I didn’t have a charge/debit option for my Stitchknit clients.

Knowing I was going to move in January, I had a wish list for the new house/studio.  Cell phone reception was at the top of the list!

The move happened, the phone works and now….thanks to some very patient clients, I have learned how to process the orders through my brand new Square reader!  …………..feeling very accomplished!

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New Studio Space: Progress!

I hate to quit sewing these days!  The new space is so light, I lose track of the passage of time!

Easy to keep clean, plenty of room to store supplies ……….I have trouble coming up with my favorite part of the new studio.

I’m far enough along in the renovation process to start scheduling and teaching classes.  Love spending my time helping people get excited about knitting, sewing, crocheting and the newest class on the schedule here…….cross-stitching.

There are still a few items on the TO DO list:

  •  Get the furnace vented into the new space before fall/winter
  •  Post signs outside, so clients can find the parking area and the entrance to the studio
  •  Change out the 70’s carpet on the stairs inside
  •  Hang a large mirror and curtains for a changing area
  •  Art work on the walls

I am so grateful…………..

Settling in

Survived the move & have been enjoying a new pace here at the new home/studio.  Loving the idea of being able to “work” all day, with almost zero interruptions. Unheard of with my previous schedule.

Slow starts to the day are my new normal.  Coffee & breakfast………in the morning and time to drink the coffee while it is hot!  It’s the tiny things that have the biggest impact these days.

My moms dog has settled in too.  He was such a horrid mess all fall…………and truly hasn’t been himself til the last month or two.  He was so sad after mom died, he started off by laying in the driveway, waiting for her.  Then he began to chew on his front legs…….and finished off the months of frenzied behavior by pulling out mouthfuls of hair from his formerly gorgeous tail.   Besides the fairly odd looking tail………he is looking & feeling pretty good these days.

The remodel on the studio space hasn’t even started.  But, I’m working anyway.  Now that the weather is warming up, it isn’t bad at all.  (winter was a bit chilly)  There is a storage shed started in the back yard, so all the non sewing things that are in the garage (otherwise known as the sewing studio) will be moving to the shed soon.   I do believe I’m one of the few who have a chain saw in the sewing room!  :)

Signs of life finding a new normal?              Our dining room has been converted to the baby chick nursery!  I couldn’t have chickens at my moms place…….but the new house is in an area where I can keep a small flock.  The babies are so fun to watch!

I can almost remember the new address & phone!

And, I’ve made my first BIG yarn purchase since moving!

Life continues……………..

New year, New house, New studio

 

I’m on day 6 at my new home/studio/classroom.  Still wading through boxes, bringing home take out for dinner and trying to find some missing items from the move.

Considering I only moved 8 miles from the other house, you’d think the chances for misplacing things would be slim.  Nope.  So far, I’ve had to purchase copy paper for the printer, twill tape for a couple recent sales in the etsy shop……..and we’re still looking for the loaves of bread we thought sure were tossed into the van at the last minute for sandwiches.

I apologize for just now getting to some messages here, life has been totally out of my control since August.  I had been caring for my mom in her house for the last 10 years.  She passed away in August, after a fall and a brief stay at a rehab center.

I’ve been busy, selling moms real estate and trying to manage closing her estate.  Whew!  What a round of meetings that translates to.  Bottom line, her house that we were both living in, sold and it closes this coming week.  I quickly started house hunting and found one just 8 miles away.  Put an offer in, it was accepted the next morning and closed 10 days later.

Whoosh…………   Everything is new & different.   I’m slowly getting used to life without the joys & responsibilities of living with my mom.

2016 is going to be a year of change for me!  I’m hoping to continue growing my Etsy shop as well as work in my local shop full time.

Thanks to those who reached out, knowing what this past fall/winter has been for me.

 

Treasury Tuesday: spring green

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Treasury Tuesday: Orange!

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Bender, the teddy bear

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Treasury Tuesday: #10

’22 March 2015 #10′ by DewiDiIndo


Beautiful Native American In…

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Pin Cushion: (Large 5 in.) P…

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