More snow here!
Twinkle loves chasing the red birds who stand out so pretty against the white snow. The other dogs are staying by the wood stove and keeping warm.
This is the view out the back door of my studio, where I have been working away on TAXES- urgh. Everyone asks me how I manage to get so much creative and decorative stuff done. Well, I don't do the things I should, like keeping up with quarterly taxes!!
I waited till the end of the year to do all of them at once. Did I mention that the State of KS has been calling to chat with me about it???
I am also working on the list for packing up and driving to DC to move into the new apartment.
My husband made up the list, and I see it includes a painting I had done on a Florida vacation and the painting I did of our barn (that used to sit behind our house, where this photo is taken. We made a garden in the old foundation)
It also includes a stained glass lamp a good friend made for us, a cribbage board, his guitar, and a bottle of Captain (rum). That is just the start of the list. Plus a lot of his clothes, an extra computer, and tons more.
The thing is, he wants to drive HIS car out there, across country in the winter.
His car is sporty, and doesn't do well in bad weather or hold much. Those stained glass lamps will take up the whole back seat. And we sure aren't pulling a U-Haul with his car!
Hopefully our luck will hold out and the roads will be clear and I can balance a lamp on my head the whole way there.
You know how I am always going on about how lucky I am? This car is 5 years old, and a week before the warranty was up, we took it in for a small problem that they couldn't find, so they replaced the ENTIRE ENGINE!! We drive our cars until they turn to dirt (at least 10 years), then give them to our kids, so this one just doubled its lifespan by getting a new engine!!
We leave on Sunday, and Ry will stay here and take care of the house and the Dorkies. He has been known to build them a nice warm fire to lay by, even though he lives in the other end of the house in an apartment, and gets no heat from the wood stove over there for himself.
That guy has a soft heart.
I am trying to get some goodies listed on Etsy before I go out of town, and mark down some Christmas items already listed.
I made up 18 Cottage Collage Kits filled with ephemera to sell. Somerset Living magazine is featuring one of my kits in the next issue and I HOPE to sell some from my Etsy shop after they are seen in the magazine.
I'd like to get the computer set up in DC and try to write on my blog from there, but I am not sure how it will all go.
It will be a big job to set up an apartment from scratch! And there will be shopping to do for all the things that will NOT FIT into the car on the way out.
As Sugarwings says all the time now, "Oh My!"
We are breaking up the drive by staying in Indianapolis with Sissy. Luckily, that is about 1/2 way there. So we are hanging out there for New Year's Eve, to have a quiet evening with my sister's families.
I think I should be able to announce my December drawing winner from Sissy's house and post there.
Also, I am very close to receiving my 5,000th comment!!!!!!!!!!! Again, to borrow from Sugarwings-- "Oh My!"
Thanks so much for all your comments, I love to hear from you.
By the way, Betty is hosting a nice giveaway right now, you need to go and enter!
Here are a couple more pages from the book that Beth made for me as a Christmas gift (along with a subscription to Victoria!!!)
Notice she took all the pages out of the book before she covered them, then went to the trouble to punch new holes and re-bind it all? That was something we learned in a Silverbella class. I thought it was way,way too much work, but I sure like the way it looks!
Well, I am off to mail taxes and pack up lamps and rum. We have two parties to go to before we leave, so I'd better get my work out of the way and leave some time for fun.