Saturday, October 28, 2017

Downsizing

We've been in our house for a few weeks now.  The donation pile keeps getting bigger.

 There is no big studio space here - no room for the flat files or canvas carts, but there is room for a drafting table & shelving in an extra bedroom.  As soon as the second shelving unit arrives, I can finish unpacking art supply boxes. 

This will become the new workroom.  I've always wanted a pink studio ☺.


Tim removed a big fireplace in the living room.  Now we have space for a couch.  We will lighten up the walls with fresh paint next week.


A contractor has been doing some minor projects to make us more comfortable, but he has a small crew and is not here every day.  It's a mess.

Hope to get back to some art by the end of next week. 


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  1. the place looks beautiful! the mess will clear up soon! congrats :)

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    1. Thanks, Ankita. Soon enough, for sure.

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  2. Best of luck in the new home - I'm sure you'll make it your own soon and the mess will just be a memory :). I've put off getting new kitchen remodel for years because I hate having strangers in my house and the mess they make, etc. Guess it may stay this way (1970's style may come back in style some day? ha ha)

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda.
      Yes, this is a 70's house, too. And bellbottoms came back, so why not house styles? That would take care of the rest of this house.

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  3. I feel your pain!!!Construction in your home is so stressful! Can't wait to see the finished house-I know it will be beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Debra. Even though we're having just a few little things done right now, I will be glad when the workers are gone.

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  4. If I were closer I would bring you a big loaf of bread and salt... that's a very old tradition here in Germany when someone moves into their new home. Oh I know what your going through! We had lot's of remodeling done this summer. I hope that everything goes well and you don't have to much of a mess nor stress.
    xo Michelle

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    1. Oh, thank you, Michelle! What a lovely tradition!
      There's just constant dust around here even though there are just a few little projects. I can't seem to wash it out of my hair. Not much stress - just impatience.

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  5. Liebe Chris,
    ich wünsche dir viel Glück im neuen Haus.
    Ein rosa Studio würde mir auch sehr gut geallen.
    Alles Gute
    Sadie

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    1. Vielen Dank für die guten Wünsche, Sadie.
      Ich denke, das Rosa ist auch süß.

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  6. Dear Chris - I so understand the stress of remodeling...once it is done though it will be lovely. Hope you will soon be in your new studio creating beautiful art. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie.
      We're not doing much more before Christmas, but a few changes in the house will make a difference.
      Hugs back at you!

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  7. Hang in there, Chris! It looks like Tim is really handy and ambitious. Taking out a fireplace doesn't look like an easy job. It'll be the perfect place when you get your projects done. Not everything has to be done at once. It looks pretty already!

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    1. Thanks, Candy. Yes, Tim is pretty handy. The fireplace surround was really heavy & he didn't complain once.

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  8. so much better without the fireplace, add life and updates the room :) good job! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. I like it better, too!
      We're just gonna keep it simple & add lots of plants (like I did in my youth).

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    2. plants make people happy and add life literally to a room :)

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  9. many work your husband and you but soon it will be better to the room
    looks beautiful!
    good work!

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  10. Oh my! This reminds me of when we were being refurbished. We moved out for four weeks of it but it is worth all the weeks of dust in the end. I pray it goes well.
    Sharon x

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. It is going well and will be over soon.

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  11. Oh my! This reminds me of when we were being refurbished. We moved out for four weeks of it but it is worth all the weeks of dust in the end. I pray it goes well.
    Sharon x

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  12. So glad that you are in and all the waiting is over for you. I know how the first few months go with all the fitting things in and DIY stuff... it can be stressful but then it is good to have a project ;o) Exciting times for you both! Best wishes in your new home.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Appreciate your lovely comment.

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  13. All the best! You will soon be doing great things. What a lovely house and studio!

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  14. All the dust and noise that come with a renovation are no fun. Hopefully all the projects will make progress, so that you can settle in soon and play in your studio. Wishing you all the best in your new home, Chris.

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    1. Thank you, Julia. Appreciate your lovely comment!

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  15. The light and the pink walls are great! It is always a stressful period when you move. I hope you get your space in order so you can have some time to paint very soon!

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  16. Wishing you all the best with your move, it is going to be great I am sure, but you need SO much patience , I know, because I moved one year ago.

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    1. Thank you, Jane. Ah, the move is still fresh in your mind. Yes, patience is a good thing :)

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  17. It will be so nice at your home and soon the chaos is over!
    I'm happy with you! Ulrike

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    1. Thank you, Ulrike.
      Yes, it is almost over...

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  18. Exciting times Chris! It won't be long before you are painting again.I remember when I was doing this! I will be doing it again when we finish our caravan travelling and buy another small house.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. Hopefully you will feel refreshed after your travels. Hope you're taking lots of photos!

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  19. Exciting times Chris! It won't be long before you are painting again.I remember when I was doing this! I will be doing it again when we finish our caravan travelling and buy another small house.

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  20. Congratulation to your new house! I like this pink wall in your new studio :)! I think this color is much inspiring for new art, when you will have more time for creating after all that "house working", although this work is also creative :)

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    1. Thank you, Rike.
      You're right - the house working is also creative. Good to remember!

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  21. Exciting time and SO tiring.... Once everything finds their place in your home, you'll feel so much better. Take your time so you don't get exhausted!!! Don't forget to send us your "after" photos...lol good luck, my friend!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Hilda.
      I'll take a few photos:)

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  22. Hello Chris,
    That's looking very well. It has be hard work but the result will be nice.
    Good luck in your new own place.

    Big kiss, Marco

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  23. Always a mess before it becomes your own sweet home! I’m sure you’ll be very happy both of you as soon as you install all of your stuff. Have a good week Chris!😘A big hug.

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    1. Thanks, Helen! Have a great week, too! And I'll take that hug.

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  24. OK, if you can do art, so can I - my stuff is packed away in the moving trailer though, have to wait for the studio to be more enclosed. I will use you and your painting as my motivator for getting things nearer completion.

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