Saturday, September 08, 2012

We're HERE!

We have finally finished moving all of our  crap - junk stuff, that we have been accumulating for over 30 years.  We moved from 3/4 acre home with apartment, studio, garage, barn and STUDIO to our new place on 2 acres, larger studio, and HUGE 40 x 30 Barn/Airpane hangar  for Jon.  No garage, so guess where all of the stuff that had accumulated in the garage, apartment, barn and all of the built-ins from the house landed?  Poor Jon, the barn is filled to the gills with antiques, candle making stuff, studio stuff, garden stuff,  every peice of wire, wood, motorcyle and airplane part.  Not to mention all the tools and the AIRPLANE that is out there.   Oh, did I mention that the airplane almost did NOT fit in?  That was NOT a funney moment, when the last thing in was the airplane and it wouldn't fit.  Several things came out, and and we finally got it parked at angle.

OK, here is my studio in process.   At the back is the office and store room.   The steel building was in place when we bought the property, but was was uninsulated bare walls.   We had to add bug proofing, insulation electrical and so on...... 

Flash forward to the sheetrock.  

We have primed, painted, added flooring.  Oh, and a powder room!  Enough is done that we could start the move.  Oh boy, everything landed in the middle of the room.  Piles and stacxks and of bolts of fabric.  Of course all of the back orders of fabric have been arriving.    Did I mention that we had a lot of built in shelving and cabinets at the old house?  Slight miscalculation.   We have no place to PUT things.

Got the quilting machine set up today, a corner for my sewing area, and actually quite a bit of progress.  Had a bunch of built in shelving and cabinets that we couldn't take with us.   I would show pictures, but the camera cables are packed somewhere and I have not located them yet.  I am sure it is in some box the packers labled  "living room misc".  Good grief. 

We had to fire the movers.  Took them 8 hours to load and unload one trailer full of boxes.  They conveniently didn't load the BIG heavy stuff  and when we would point and indicate we wanted the 'big desk'  or 'heavy armoire'  they would sign and indicate that it would need to go on last in the trailer.  Well, then the trailer was too full, and would have to be next trip.   Anyway, long story short, we told them not to come back, paid them off and rented a U-Haul  truck.  Jon and I spent the next 4 days loading and unloading the stupid truck.  needless to say, we didn't get all the things done this week we wanted to, but managed to get everything done.  We both agreed we are too old to be doing this, and I kept suggesting we hire someone else (Labor day weekend - no change).  So, we sweated, hauled and heaved and got it done.

Funny how you get used to little things.  I'm used to the kitchen sink being on the right.  I keep going in and placing dirty dishes on the stove!   Tonight, still had not located the can opener, and Jon used his swiss army knife to get the can open.  He is kinda handy to have around.

Well, more later.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

New Home, New Studio, New Look

Well, it has been awhile since I've posted, but it's because I have been super busy with graduation quilts, buying a new house, and getting ready for moving to new location.  Wow-  a lot has been going on.  Tried FB for awhile, but that is is not as gratifying as blogging.  Hope  I can be more consistant in the posting.

Well, the big new is that we are MOVING!  The movers come September 1, 2012.    I sure hope the new studio is complete by then.  Of course, that is optimistic as they haven't started on my building yet.  Bummer.

East end of new studio.
Here is current photo of studio.....   Right now, it is a mostly empty steel building.  A whopping 24' by 40'  building.  Bare walls, a few lights hanging and two garage doors.  This is the new building for T-Shirt Quilts of Texas and Shadywood Quilts.  We are moving September 1st, and we have NOT started on my buildout yet!  Yikes!!!!

The double garage door you see faces East  and will be replaced with  a solid wall and a couple of windows. 

The west end, is a solid wall with a couple of windows and we are adding an office, half bath and kitchen-ette.

West end of studio
 The contractor (and hubby) assure me that it will be ready by September 1, when the movers are coming to move us, lock, stock and barrel to the new location.

We have to finish hubby's new building, so we have a place to put all of our STUFF!  We currently have an attic, garage, barn and LOTS of stuff that we need to transport to his barn while we are moving. 

I am so excited, and can hardly wait for them to start, but the contractor says it will just take a week to do the build-out and they assure me that it will be done by the time we move.  We'll see....

OK, this is the BEFORE pictures.  I will post as we make progress.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Quilty Field Trip With Friends

The Daystrippers Bee (Tri-County Quilt Guild) went on a field trip to the quilt show at The Woodlands last Friday.  We crammed six of us into Shelly's SUV, and went to the show, lunch and then to Quilters Crossing in Tomball.    Pictured are Beverly, Katherine, Betty, Diana, Shelley and Barbara C.

That quilt we were standing in front of did NOT win a ribbon.  It was thousands of little tiny 3/4 inch squares to make that scene.  Should have won something, it was  neat quilt.   Speaking of winning, I did win a rolling chair in the Tin can raffle.   It only takes one ticket!!

Lots of vendors at the show, not really anything new, except for the Ruler Revolution bunch.  They are local, and I think her rulers are in the local shops, but have not hit the distributors yet.  Take a look at them.

Lunch was at Rico's just off of 45.  Ran into some friends from West Houston, who took the picture for us.

Then we stopped at one of our favorite quilt shops.   Quilters Crossing in Tomball where Deb and Mandy have a great selection of batiks and bright colored fabrics.  HUGE classroom, and lots of classes.