Sunday, April 26, 2009

Setting up my work area

We have made the move - from a beautiful old Victorian (well, it will be beautiful when everything gets fixed) to a soaring contemporary that was based on a Frank Lloyd Wright design. We thought we were going to downsize, but, it didn't work out that way. This is a small town and choices were limited. I finally have a kitchen with MORE cupboards than I need and closets in every room - and , of course, room to spread out my beading. Yeah, right - by the time I had everything where I wanted it, the beading area became but a small corner of the office - just about as much space as before.

It was wonderful to get acquainted with all my pretties again. I am bursting with new ideas and just have to make the time to bring the creations in my head to life.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Our BIG move and leave of absence from Etsy, etc.


As I've written before wife Barb took a pastor position at 2 churches in central Wisconsin. A near brush on the Interstate in a white-out caused by a semi and the realization that we live too far away from the communities to easily be a part of the school functions, etc. the members and their families are involved in (over 100 miles round trip) we've went into "crash" mode and decided to move ASAP up to the community with the church where her office is located, Westfield Wisconsin.

This move will, when done, reduce greatly the stress of winter driving, the long distance and time to get to members in the hospital, just to call, etc. and, long run, become our retirement area (we're both 62 and mindful of retirement moreso than even 10 years ago.

As much as Barb loves some time making jewelry, managing her Etsy listings, etc. this activity just is not happening and, likely, will not happen until after the move and getting her workshop set up. The house we bought has a room that just begs for her workshop and our home office instead of the way we have things now in several rooms.

We expect to close by the end of February, then hopefully get the entire move process done by the end of March. Each trip we make up to the churches once we close will have both of our cars full to the roofs (need to leave space to see out the back windows) with the delicates including her jewelry and supplies, then we'll have to rent the largest U-Haul and perhaps even a trailer and, hopefully, have some big, strong guys from the churches as well as our children and oldest grandson and whoever else we can corral with pizza, beer, etc. to help with the heavier stuff.

So we need to take a break from Etsy (I'd announced a 25% off sale on the eSmarts blog as well as continued free shipping) but with the economy as it is, etc. we have not had too many takers to will be moving the items listed and the shipping supplies first so we can hopefully ship out any orders without delay.

We hope all of you are having a great year so far; in between lots of sorting, packing, etc. I "relax" by watching CNN for the dismal news on our economy, the hopes for that "silver bullet" that will reverse the horrid trends in layoffs and unemployment, etc. It does not help my stress level but it does help in realizing that we are buying a house for less than what it is assessed for (just went into foreclosure so we had to buy at a Sheriff's sale) and, fortunately, we had enough equity in our current home to come up with the down payment for the new place. We hope to rent our current home although my goal, once the local real estate market improves, is to sell it and focus on just one house.

Our best, Ken and Barb Merwin of Magpiedreams