Tuesday, October 06, 2015


Good Tuesday Morning!
And I have been awake for some sunrises--LOL!
We've had some sunny days the past week...

...and some rainy days.

So much has been happening lately.  I think when I left off McFamily had been here and Leah had been working on shelves and punch racks.
She got up the two small IKEA (picture shelves) at the bottom and five of the metal racks when she ran out of screw anchors.
But she had gotten these two IKEA shelves up over the ink pad shelf wall unit behind the studio door.

I had been baby stepping away in the meantime...putting up a shelf here and a shelf there in the bookcases as I went along.
Doing things like hanging the oriental brushes on the little carousel holder...
...and getting all my other brushes into the various mason jars they are divided into (watercolor reg, watercolor teeny tiny, acrylic/oil, junk brushes, etc).
I got some things in the closet cubes...
...and more things stacked along the wall in the closet.
Karma doesn't care for all the activity...
...but things will be back to normal pretty soon.
Dagan was coming over last Thursday night to help.
We had these last boxes to empty.
I got the rest of this paper put away.
Even got the kitchen table cleared off again!
By the time Dagan left we had gotten a LOT done!!  We emptied the boxes, Dagan put up shelves wherever I wanted them in the bookcases, we got all but the last box for the low cherry cabinet put away.  That's what is on the craft table there.
I didn't care where things went as long as we tried to keep the art stuff in the two bookcases on the one side and the craft stuff in the other two bookcases on the other side.
And we shoved a lot of stuff...
...in the cubes in the closet, too.
McFamily came over in the evening after Dagan got off work and we all went over to Slumberland.  Yes!  The chair was finally in last week...in two sizes, too.  And I ordered my new chair (the smaller version, in chocolate) and the skinny end table with the outlets for all my chargers!!  They are being delivered on Friday!!!  I am so excited!!  :):)
We picked up dinner at Pita Pit.  Dagan took Ian home at bedtime.  Leah stayed and was here till after 11:30pm!  All this got sorted and Leah put it all away into...
...the low cherry cabinet.
She finished installing the racks and filled those.

Even installed my new book/magazine basket on the wall in the bathroom.  How fancy am I?  LOL!

We hung things on the wall.  The Tibetan tapestry above the TV...
...Serena's pretty, cheerful daisy painting above the far wall in the studio (we hung it high so I can still stack a few things on top of the bookcase)...
...my leaf painting behind the Chinese brushes...
...my sisters angel she stitched for me watches over me while I sleep again...
...the three colorful angels, the "believe in angels" heart, and my male door angel are all up.  (Notice a lot of angels in my bedroom--LOL!)
Leah also set up the rotating picture frame for me on top of the desk.
Oh, I saved out three of the dried roses.  The rest I took apart and saved all the petals to use in paper making.
Baby Phil really likes it here and is three times the size already, I swear!
So...not much left!  We have two more pictures to hang...but I was doing so quite precariously and Leah has some of the actual picture brackets at home she will bring over on Friday.  We'll hang them before the family comes on Saturday.  
Leah's coming over to help set up the new chair and end table on Friday after it is delivered.  They are going to call me on a time window for delivery--so, depending on when that is, that will determine if it is just her and Ian or the whole family.
In the meantime, all I have left to do is fill the turntable again with all our crafting tools (that's what all is in the box)...
...sort through the "tall" box (containing every odd tall skinny thing I couldn't pack anywhere else)...
...and the big black bag of sewing stuff.
After which, I can take what's left of the empty containers in my bedroom...
...and store the leftovers in my bedroom (still have some empty small drawers) or out in the garage.  And then...I WILL BE DONE!!!!  OMG!!!!  WHOOHOO!!!
I am actually going to be done by Friday--and have my new chair to boot!  Kind of find it hard to believe, you know?  Been five months.  Three to pack and two to unpack.  Whew!!!  Perfect timing.  My family will be up to visit this weekend.  :):) 
The past two nights I have been dreaming about playing in my art journals--LOL!  I will be too sore to actually do that for a while, but my soul is ready to go!
This afternoon I am hoping to make it over to Leah's to have her cut my hair.  Tomorrow Caroline is coming to clean, and Thursday Caroline's supervisor comes for her annual visit.  (Angie's bringing a newly graduated young lady on her very first home visit--she thought I'd be a perfect person for her to have for a first client...although then she might think everybody is as nice, Angie said--how sweet!).  Friday will be the furniture delivery and Saturday the Johnson Clan will arrive for a visit.  After that...I think I will collapse for a month--or two--ROFL!
Oh, and my Amazon deliveries and a very special craft item should be coming this week, too.  (I know--you think I don't need any more craft stuff--but you will see how much use Leah and I will get out of this particular gadget we've been drooling over ever since it came out.)
In the morning when I don't want to open the blinds right away (still in my nightgown) this is what Miss Karma does.  She is not going to miss out on a sunny morning due to her snail-roommate and pushes herself between the blinds and the glass door--LOL!
You may notice my silver water thermos above on the end table...and my red thermal cup was right next to my laptop here before I got started on the blog this morning.  No surprises here for the ladies over at Elizabeth's T-Stands For Tuesday--LOL!  
Tried to take a last pic of the living room before this changes already (but most happily) with the new chair...
...but it was so sunny this morning that it is hard to see.  I'll have to take a better one once the sun moves this afternoon.  You can't see her but Karma is lying in a pool of sunlight behind the chair down by the window there--listening to the beeping construction machinery working on the third building of our complex. 
Anyways, I am soooooo thrilled to be this close to the very end of the move that it can actually make my eyes well up--no lie.  I don't think you'll miss all the tons of pictures of both my places over this long, long move--LOL!  (But it will be fun for me to look back on one day.)  This entire moving adventure was probably more engrossing to me than to all of you.  But I will do a video tour like I promised when it is all finished--and I am not hobbling as noticeably--LOL!  Hopefully within the next couple weeks. 
If I wasn't so sore...and stiff...and tired...and unable to master them even when I was young...I'd be doing cartwheels next week.  ;) ;)
Not sure if I totally agree with this quote right at this very moment, but it truly has been quite a journey.  :):)  Have a marvelous, marvelous week!!  
 "Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it."
Greg Anderson


  1. Wow, your have done an ENORMOUS amount of work over the past week or so, well done! It is all looking really good, and I am quite envious of all your nice shelves and containers, it makes everything look so tidy and organised (both foreign words for me)
    Karma is very clever and knows exactly where she wants to be! Hope you will soon really be able to take a good break! Have a nice week and a happy T day, hugs, Valerie

  2. I think you have the best storage I've ever seen! Happy T Tuesday :)

  3. Woo! Woo! I am so happy for you Rita! Is it really 5 months? You have done so well with the moving process ( confession - we still have boxes to sort!) Love that sunlight flooding in and to think, by the weekend you will be sitting there in your new chair! Happy T Day, Chrisx

  4. What a lovely home you have! It looks both organized, snug, cosy, and elegant at the same time. I understand it is emotional to be settled now after having been in transition for so long a time. Hope you will continue to be very happy there! Happy T-Day!

  5. I can't believe how organized everything is. You have accomplished so much. I need to take notes on some of your clever arrangements - those oriental brushes for instance.


  6. Everything looks so organized!

  7. I was planning to ask if you now have a strong desire to craft and paint just with your stash and then read you have yet another tool coming – LOL! I hope you get to play soon. And have a sweet visit with family this weekend.

  8. Yes, you have made amazing progress! Wow! Looks great and Karma is one smart cat and the shadow in your living room creates a wonderful ambiance.
    Congrats to you ~ You have done amazing job and love how all your art supplies are so organized ~ wish mine were so ~

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  9. this is about the best most organized craft/art room I have seen-kudos to all of you for such a superb job!!! What a joy it will be to finally enjoy it all. Very intrigued by the new item you ordered from Amazon-can't wait for the reveal:) Happy T day!

  10. looking really great. enjoy the family visit!

  11. Wow i'am tired just reading about it! Woman you must be wore out! How lovely your crafting space is! I have a question... its one i've been asking myself.... what do you DO with all your creations? Or do you only create in your art journal? Just curious... Because i see alot of creating in my future but i'm not sure what to do with all i create...:) Happy happy Tday! Hugs! deb

  12. You better rest before your Mom comes to visit! A new chair and a fancy smancy end table!!! You have a good rest of the week:)

  13. Hi, dear Rita! Hi, Kitty Kat Karma! Little by little you're getting there. I like how you go vertical wherever possible. That's a great way to organize and conserve space. Karma is miss photogenic. I have never seen a bad picture of her. It's funny that she seeks the sunlight to such an extent that she is willing to hide behind the blinds to get into it.

    I am very happy for you. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Rita!

  14. Everything looks great - so neat and organized. Hope you enjoy the rest of the week and accomplish all you want to. Regards to Karma!

  15. You have outdone yourself, Rita. No lie, I am incredibly impressed that you have accomplished so much in such a short time. No wonder you are tired! I got tired just reading about it!! :-)

  16. "I am actually going to be done by Friday" has to be one of the most beautiful phrases in the English language!!

  17. What a great final push, and none too soon with family (and that new chair) coming. Sounds wonderful and all looks so good, too. Loved watching the move take place and the unpacking occur. Wish I had Dagan and Leah to help me with Sally's spaces. I have put off tackling her basement, but I know it will be next, which will NOT be fun.

    Your host is very, very late visiting today, and for that I apologize. Thanks for sharing your week AND your latest organization of your studio with us for T this Tuesday. Still not sure what is craft and what is art in your supplies, though.

  18. Well I'm exhausted just reading about it. You got a lot done in such a short time and it's looking good. Enjoy your visitors. :)

  19. Oh my goodness! I'm so happy and so grateful that you're in the new place. It's beautiful. God bless Leah for all the work she does (please tell her I say thank you). The place looks so darn nice.


  20. How great that you are finally (well almost) settled in this lovely new home. And Leah and Dagan are stars, aren't they? what a wonderful family you have.

  21. Anonymous6:15 AM

    You should start your own art seminars! Make money!

  22. Damn you are organised and I like that you are so into crafts I would love to do more crafty stuff but let's be honest I suck at it, and I don't have a lot of time during the day to do stuff

  23. Hello and Happy T Day late, sorry. WOW, you got so much done, everything looks organized and great!! So nice you have others that can help you too!! Enjoy the new space, always good to see Karma too. Feel better soon so you can start playing in your journal. Thanks for sharing with us!

  24. Anonymous9:20 AM

    Wow - you have been busy! And I love your sunrises!

  25. You amaze me at what all you get done! The place is looking great and so well organized...something that never happens here :( Can't wait to see the new chair and hear how well you like it. ♥ Take care and get some rest before the family comes :)

  26. It is really starting to look like home!! And sort of like the old place - well, that's to be expected, it's the same furniture for the most part!

    I hope you can luxuriate in your new HOME and unwind soon!

  27. Rita I'm so thrilled for you... you sound so happy and excited with your new home. I knew it would be a good move for you but never dreamed it would be this good. You've actually done more in the time with your sorting and unpacking than I've done since we moved here two years ago!
    You have such a caring family too... it's lovely that they are so kind to help you get everything as you would wish.
    I also loved your oriental paintbrush carousel. I've got oriental brushes but no wheel. I need to get one of those asap!
    It'll be wonderful to have the family all together and you can show off your new super doper pad. Have fun and enjoy :D

  28. You have such a wonderful array of artistic and creative tools from which to choose. I'd have a hard time deciding what to do with so many choices! Karma looks so content in her new home.


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