Sunday, November 11, 2012

SO Busy

Time is just flying by....My mother always said that the older you get the faster Christmas comes.  She was (IS) right!

I have been so busy.  Making pots, weaving on my looms, thinking/worrying/obsessing about the house and balancing all the other stuff in between.  No matter what I do the time seems to slip by, I manage to get most of what I need to do completed and the house is slowly coming along!
I am doing a show at the Montpelier Center in Hanover county VA on December 1 (9-3).  I don't know what to expect.  I was invited, which is nice.  But it is a small show, the booth fees more then reasonable and all the fees are going to a family who has recently lost their mother/wife.  So even if the sales are low I feel ok.  BUT that means working to have enough stock for the POSSIBLITY of a great day (it's all about the possibilities in life right?) and for all the holiday shoppers.

These face yarn bowls sell surprisingly well.  Who knew a weird sense of humor was so prevalent in the fiber world!

But I would not feel complete without my black sheep.

Lots to get glazed............

More work to process.  Feeling the time crunch!

Any guesses?

Finally weaving with my handspun yarn.  The yellow is commercially spun, but I decided I may run short of the handspun and had to supplement....

Yarn for sale!

Layla at the bank.  Before the drool ran down the side of my truck.  The ladies at the bank really spoil her with cookies.  She even expects them to come out of the ATM.

Foundation poured!  You can see the shingles for the new roof.  They started the roof yesterday (Saturday!) and will start framing on Monday.
We've had a few unwelcome financial surprises on the home improvement front.  The city required a storm water diversion plan.  Which has cost us over $5,000.  Money we were hoping to put aside for the other surprise.  It seems the current furnace may not be efficient enough for the added space.  Despite what the inspector believed.  (Note to self.  Call in a HVAC specialist on every older home purchase.....) 
But we are pushing through and hoping to keep all other unwelcome surprises at bay.  I don't have a picture but the studio is getting its new green siding. 
That makes me happy.


MarthaVA said...

I love your pottery, especially the funny faces! Is the addition going to be your studio? Sorry to hear about the added expenses.
Hope the show goes well for you.

Anna M. Branner said...

Hey Martha! The actual addition is a bedroom, bath and family room. The current house is small, and we have alot of hobbies. :) My studio will be in the old one car garage in the back. I'll post more pictures once the siding is done this week. :)

cookingwithgas said...

it is always about money-- but you will love the extra room.
Christmas! I thought it was just June- geez!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Wow! You caught up on all your posts at once. So newsy! Well I am witness to how much you are working--lots o pots going through the mill at Ltown!

Anna M. Branner said...

I know Elizabeth! And I didn't even think to mention the election, or the almost storm!

Amber said...

Such a great post!!! Still so bummed for you about the extra money, but I'm holding out hope that it will all be amazingly worth it once it's all done!

Heiferman said...

The house looks great. Sure will be neat to see it finished.