HALLELUJAH, Y'ALL— I HAVE A NEW HOUSE!
And what a whirlwind the last few weeks have been. After jumping through about a million hoops, we finally got the rental house we wanted. We packed up, I got a head cold, we moved all of our stuff, I gave my head cold to Nick, we cleaned up our old place, Nick got a terrible virus, and now we're settling in.
I tried really hard to get the moving part out of the way so I could get back to making things (and blogging about them!) as soon as possible, but it just seemed to drag out forever! And moving is so terrible that I didn't wanna bombard all of your wonderful lives with boxes and whiny details so I just stayed quiet (and busy! and sick!) for awhile.
I got so overwhelmed that I even took the amazing Sarah up on her offer to help us pack. Seriously though, it takes a different kind of human to volunteer to help somebody move. I could not have done it without her and a handful of others that graciously packed and carried all my books and shoes and mason jars and life up a terrible flight of outdoor stairs.
Throughout the madness, I also managed to apply to my first local handmade market! So now I have a handful of custom orders to wrap up and then *INVENTORY* begins. I am excited and nervous and overwhelmed and thankful and on the verge of ralphing when I think about it. I definitely have my work cut out for me, but I think it might just be the catalyst I needed to jump start my business. The market will sort of be the grand opening/launch of my business, so ya know— NO BIG DEAL.
Just kidding. It's obviously a huge deal. But we can talk about it later. My mind is going a million miles a minute and I still can't wrap my head around the fact that I will be selling my work to people so I'm focusing on other things (aka I'm just a little in denial).
So that's what I've been up to! Today we "officially" don't live in the old place anymore. I'm looking forward to waking up without being sore from carrying boxes of books up and down stairs all day. I'm looking forward to having a bike lane all the way to work. I'm looking forward to a new studio, a safer neighborhood, my best friend coming to visit, making new and exciting books, and getting back to blogging more regularly (whatever that means now that so much has changed for me!).
We only have a bit more to unpack and then I think we'll get into a routine so that things feel more normal. All these pictures are a few of my current favorite details from the new place. Olive is adjusting pretty well— she gets a little freaked out by sudden noises and movements, but I think she likes the extra space here. I have a pink + periwinkle bathroom, lots of pictures to hang, a charming dining room, beautiful natural light, and lots of books to unpack!
Right now, I'm completely worn out but totally optimistic. There's so much change and newness around me and I'm trying to channel it as inspiration instead of letting it overwhelm me. I hope spring is treating you well and that you have lots of things to celebrate— I'd love to hear about them all :)