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Happiest of birthdays TTMT!

I’d hoped to make a video but looks like it’s not going to happen by the end of April (aka today).  But anyhoo…I wanted to stop in and say happy 10th to a wonderful group!  That’s no mean feat anywhere, but it’s especially impressive on the Internet where things can disappear overnight. I can’t remember what year I joined on Live Journal, but TTMT is the one good thing that came out of my experience on that site.  I was so glad to find such a great group of people and glad it’s been able to continue!  Our Fearless Leader Jennifer keeps us positive and encourages creativity in everyone and I’m sure I join with everyone else here by saying THANK YOU Jennifer for your hard work and dedication!  May there be many more years to come.

I realized today I haven’t made a video in two years.  TWO YEARS, y’all!  It’s been partially due to me, and my family,  having multiple health issues and putting out one “dumpster fire” after another.  Ergo there has been zero creativity in that time….so nothing to show in videos.  As the song goes, “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel/Lord I hope it ain’t no train”, so if things settle down a bit here in the next little bit maybe more videos will be in my future.

Meanwhile, Happy Birthday, and thank you for many years of sharing your creativity and friendship! Love to you all……

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NC friends…..

….and anybody else in the path of Florence, stay safe!!

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Yes, the photo below is progress.  Really.  New carpet put in today! Woot! I knew you’d be excited to see a photo of taupe carpet. Next up, tomorrow the reno company finishes up and loads all my junk valuable stuff back in that’s still in the storage container (that has been there for nearly two months, can’t wait to see how it smells), and they’re done.  Then, I get to have our fix-it guy manage some damage to the wall around the sink that was done before all this happened so the reno people wouldn’t touch it.  Then, I get to unpack all that fabric and the trash bags!  I should be able to get something worked on and do a video on it by about, oh, summer.  🙂 Dare to dream.


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Ah ha…

Behold, the signs.  Google owns my life and also my photos, so I figured out how to post them here.  I think.  These are probably only impressive or meaningful to someone who follows the show and has read Chip’s book, but they’re what I was talking about yesterday.

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Brief update…

Are the repairs done? Nope.  I’m still waiting for them to get started, or rather finish what they started.  I’ve told the reno company that I’m opting for “wood floor” look vinyl to replace the carpet – less expensive, easier to clean, my sinuses will be happier. It’ll be a little colder in the winter but I can get some cheapo throw rugs to put down during that time. Or maybe try to weave a few rag rugs this summer if I feel up to it, who knows.

Nice story – I love “Fixer Upper”, and when their Magnolia Market had a sale this month I had ordered some decorative signs from them.  And almost immediately had “buyer’s remorse” because what was I thinking, I had insurance co-pays, etc.  I contacted their customer service and asked if I could cancel the order since it hadn’t shipped, and within minutes a rep named Leslie emailed back and said sure, no problem, and got it done immediately.  I was impressed, so told her thank you, I’d had an emergency come up but would be a customer later. In maybe a couple of hours she emailed back and said, “We understand emergencies, and we would like to give you your order as a gift, to bless you”.  What?? I’ve never heard of anything like that, and I explained what the emergency was and of course thanked her profusely.  They were delivered here on a Sunday – didn’t know they even delivered mail on Sunday except to maybe some businesses.  Along with the signs there was a cute little muslin drawstring bag with a magnolia leaf attached, and a pencil inside that was printed with “Tell Your Story”.  I’d posts photos but don’t have Photobucket anymore and have no idea how to otherwise post photos here.  But anyway, it was a wonderful surprise.

Stay crafty, my friends!

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A little good news

The insurance company is giving me just enough of a settlement to replace the carpet (it’s only the commercial/industrial kind in there, nothing fancy) and do some repairs.  Sooo…sooner or later it’ll all be fixed up and ready for me to start sorting through the huge amounts of junk, er, I mean valuable resources, woo! Interestingly, I found a sign on Ebay yesterday that said, “Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way” which seemed appropriate – it’s going in there on the wall as soon as I move the mountain of everything back in.  🙂 I promise once the repairs are done I’ll make a video.  Stay crafty, my friends!




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Water, water everywhere….

Just stopping in to let you all know….during our severe cold spell we had (something like 7 days straight below freezing, nights in the single digits) the water line out to my studio burst. Long story short, all the carpet will have to be replaced, probably some of the underflooring and insulation, trim and baseboards, and I’m going to have the sink in there removed.  Thankfully most of my material was up off the floor, some was in contact with it but will be salvageable.  I’ve lost some material, some things of sentimental value, probably a few hundred dollars worth of weaving yarn on large cones, and may have to replace my cutting table and sewing machine table.  Everything, and I mean everything, is going to either have to be put in the garbage where warranted or carted out to a storage bin that the repair company will bring tomorrow, and after everything’s fixed comes the huge task of getting what’s left back in.  Think of the show “Hoarders” and you’ll know what we’re all in for.  🙂 I”m physically unable to help, so hopefully the men with the company will do the hauling.  Meanwhile, I have a lot of thinking to do in the next few days.  It’s become clear to me that I have a lot of stuff in there that needs to go, it just has to.  What do I keep, what do I let go of, do I sell it or toss it out.   What’s important to me and where do I want to go from here.  That kind of deep thought thing.

Before any of you kind-hearted folks here say anything, and I know you would, I don’t need a thing and am not asking.  We have a fairly large deductible on our home insurance but we can handle it, and this is clearly going to be a job that will go far beyond that.  I just hope the insurance company doesn’t argue with me over a settlement, which has happened before with our roof after hail damage from a nearby tornado.  Anyway, I’m fine.  I could’ve been so much worse than it is. And in the long run, it may turn out to be a good thing, something that’s made me re-evaluate where I am in life and think about what direction I’ll go in after the dust settles.

So yeah, it may be awhile before another video is forthcoming, and it’s been about 10 months since the last one!  But I’ll do one eventually if just to say hi.  Love you guys – stay crafty!