Friday, September 24, 2010

The Trip to Ohio That Didn't Happen and MORE organizing

For those of you who are not weavers, the fact that I finally hung this item on the wall today will have no significance...It is a warping board, the second vital step in my weaving process.  (The first being deciding what it is I plan to weave!)  I promise to have a warp on it very SOON.

I find it so hard to create when there is still so much chaos around me.  Though the house itself is looking very good, I have left my creative spaces for last.  The basement is coming together.  I worked down there for several hours this afternoon.  It would have happened sooner but I was waiting for The Trip To Ohio to pick up my new to me Macomber 56" loom.

It didn't happen.

I reserved a Budget Rental truck a MONTH in advance.  I arranged with my friend Cathy to come with me on the trip.  I had a hotel reservation in Akron. We even boarded Cathy's wonderful companion Sophie, since MY dog Layla is so anxiety ridden we needed to take her along.  When we went to pick up the SMALL and MANAGEABLE 10 foot truck the lady calmly told me "we never see the 10 foot trucks here, so I have a 16 foot one instead."  OH MY GOD!....but then I calmly coaxed myself into believing that there could not be THAT big a difference in how they drive...(!?!)...and that I COULD DO THIS!

With sweaty palms I carefully eased out onto the 4 lane road....wondering all along how I had gotten myself into this predicament....BUT  I COULD DO THIS.  Not 15 minutes later there was a horrendous noise. Did I hit the curb???? Were the overhead branches too low????  As my heart slowed back to normal I made my way down our street INTO OUR ALLEY and even INTO A PARKING SPOT.  Cathy met me outside the truck "We have a problem".  It was the curb. And the air was slowly seeping out of newly cut slits in one of  (its a big truck) the right rear tires.  SHIT.  (sorry)

SO.  Called road side assistance, she said you can drive 20 miles on that tire, take the truck back.  AND I DID.  If I weren't so angry about the fact that the woman gave me a 16 foot truck, angry at myself for taking it, angry at the curb for getting in the way, I would be pretty damn proud of myself for the maneuvering out of the alley.

SO this cheap loom is getting more expensive.  $314 more expensive.

I wonder if I can find a number for a freight company that services Wadsworth Ohio????

Sunday, September 19, 2010

More Organizing followed by a little music in the neighborhood

So everything from LibertyTown is now here in my new to be Clay Studio.....see if you can guess which side is mine and which is Greg's!?

The weaving studio in the basement is coming together...wonder where the 56" Macomber loom I'm picking up next week will go???

All that work deserved a little entertainment. So Greg and our friend Emily and I walked down the street to see a band you might recognize:

Crosby Stills and Nash playing within a 10 minute walk from my house! This place is really so amazing. The concert was AWESOME. A lot of gray hair both on the stage and in the audience. But David, Stephen and Graham sure can still perform.

What a blast.

The nest morning Emily had to leave early to make her graduate class at 9 AM (its about an hour and a half back to Fredericksburg from here.) I am not ashamed to say that Greg and I went back to bed! After a leisurely brunch we headed out (because half the day was gone already and it was SO beautiful out) to Stanardsville VA to visit Noon-Whistle Pottery. Greg and I had a great visit with Holly Horan. We had met her husband at the local (fantastic) farmers market a couple of weekends ago.

They have a terrific shop with work from many talented artists included with their own. Holly throws beautiful functional work and her husband John makes earthenware faces that I LOVE. Once I get making again I hope to have some of my work in their shop.

So now its Sunday and we are working. (!?) Laundry, hanging pictures (still) moving furniture. Layla broke another tooth trying to chew herself out of her we go to the new vet tomorrow. Poor thing is still not quite sure about the move.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Hard work and cake

From this... this.

Followed by this!

Thank you so much everyone! For everything.

Kathy Harrigan made the cake. It tasted delicious (of course) and is'nt she clever??

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Summer Vacation...Part 2 (the other end!)

Moving in!

So the last couple of weeks have been spent trying to get organized.

I'll be weaving in the basement....I should have taken a picture of the mess but I could not face it! Instead I'll take some pictures when it is done....

My future pottery studio...half of it anyway. Anyone have any tips or advice??

All that work requires some recreation!

On Friday I met my parents and their pickup truck at LibertyTown in Fredericksburg to pack up my old studio. It was hard work and with both their truck and my RAV 4 packed to the roof there is still more for me to pick up next week. It's still hard to believe that I wont be going there each day to work....and to see all my buddies....I made time for lunch. Thanks Sharon and Linda for all your help with the packing up!
In the next few weeks Greg and I will definitely be taking advantage of our new community. Lots of music, the Fall Fiber Festival, local food...

There is still alot of stuff to accomplish around the house. (When the pictures are finally hung I know we are SETTLED. Thanks especially to the artists of LibertyTown. I have alot to arrange!) My weaving studio in the basement is my next priority. Mixed in between will be gallery visits downtown in search of venues for my work....and the planning of my clay studio in the garage. Gotta buy my first kiln.....Stay tuned!