Our House Listing is COMPLETE!

So, I’ve been telling of our adventures in fixing up our house before we put it on the market.  We have been work, work, working on updating, painting and a list of other tasks.  We certainly do not live in Hollywood, but it is a cozy little house that we have enjoyed for more than a year now.  As you may or may not already know, Anthony and I are moving to Pennsylvania, so we are selling.  The listing for the house was completed this past weekend and fortunately for us (I hope!) we’ve had two calls and some people stop out front to write information down!  Turns out, they also called our agent, and they will be at our open house this coming Sunday.  🙂  Hopefully they won’t be the only ones!  🙂  With all of the hub bub, I thought I’d share the listing with you, let you see where I live, and see what you think.  Any suggestions for no-cost improvements are welcome if you think it will help us sell!  Click here to see the house pics. Note:  In the upper left hand corner, click on the camera with a number 25 next to it to see all pics.

On another note, Anthony and I were in Pa. this past weekend for Father’s Day.  Of course it can never just be a simple visit.  We went to job interviews, visited with family and looked at houses.  We’ve decided to also consider buying, before we finalize plans to build.  That way, we will be able to make a very confident, fully informed decision.  We found some very nice homes and now it’s a matter of waiting to get some more answers and monetary figures back from builders.  Once we have that information, we will be able to make some REAL concrete decisions regarding what direction we prefer to go.  

Building and Buying both have their pros and cons…anyone want to chime in with their two cents?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  If we build, our options are a “stick-built” home, or to build a “modular” home.  We are liking the modular homes because they have not only come a long way in quality since their inception, but they can be built much more quickly than an “on-site” built house.  When I say “more quickly” I mean about 4 months from start of the paperwork to finished/turn-key house!  That is definitely appealing!  Buying a house would likely take less time than that.  So many things to think about!  And now that we are considering buying, as an option too, there’s even more.  Yoi!

To add to all that is going on, I mentioned we are looking for jobs.  I have decided to go back to work.  I can still do my artwork and Etsy store, but I definitely like working and bringing home some bacon.  I’ve been selective and have applied for some great positions in Pa., but of all of them, I had my interview for the one I really want YESTERDAY, so I have my fingers crossed.  I don’t want to count any “chickens before they hatch,” but the lady who interviewed me instilled great confidence and optimism about a future with their company.  I’d tell you what the job is and the company name, but I don’t want to jinx myself.  🙂  So, I’ll just give you a little picture hint…see if you can formulate any guesses:

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Aches, Pains, and Droopy Eyelids

  Well, after much toil, teamwork and (at times) strife, our house is finally FOR SALE! Nancy (our Realtor) came by last night to finalize the paperwork and discuss the plan. Today I am taking pictures of the house and sending them to her, and hopefully by tonight, we will have a full, complete listing in the multi-listing directory! Yippee!!! Now with it all said and just about done, in reflection, the thoughts that come to mind… “Anthony and I are a Great Team!” “OH, does my body ache and my eyelids are BEGGING to close!”

Alas, I cannot indulge in my desires for a rest just yet because we are going to Pa. this weekend and will be leaving when Anthony gets home from work and we get the car packed. So, in addition to the photographs I have to take of the house, I have packing to do. And this trip is going to be a first…we are taking ALL THREE DOGS with us!  And not only that, this will be the first LONG road trip for Bam and Bella.  Normally, we take Bam and Bella to Anthony’s mom’s house, and we take little Sadie Magoo with us, but being that Anthony and I have plans to move in with my parents for a while, while our new house gets built (after the sale of the one we are in), my mom suggested we bring everyone to test the waters.  Soooo, we are all excited, and very curious to see how Bam and Bella get along with my mom and dad’s dog, Chelsea, and can’t wait to relax!  Did I mention I’m pooped?

     Once the online listing is available, I’ll share it on my blog.  Hopefully we will be fortunate ad it will have a quick sale.  🙂  In the meantime, I am going to catch up on some reading while everything is packed away and my plan is to take it easy…at least as easy as I can.  There are still things to be done, but I SOOOO need a rest.  In fact, I may just go back to bed because I’m about to fall onto my laptop…and I would much rather fall onto my pillow.  🙂

Oh!  Before I go…I was so excited to find that I was featured in Etsy’s Storque again!  Vadjutka did an article on photographing jewelry and included mention of my adorable Cherry Drop Earrings!  Yay!

Click Here to See them in My Etsy Store!

If you’re interested in learning more about photographing jewelry, CLICK HERE to read the one in the Storque.  It’s in their How-To section and is titled, “How-to Photograph Jewelry: Get the Basics with Vadjutka.” It’s a good article – easy to read and understand for the average every-day photographer. 

Well, I’m off to bed – to take a delayed snooze… As usual, I got up to make Anthony’s lunch and generally I stay awake, but today… I’m going back to bed.  🙂 

I am Woman.  I am strong.  I am so tired.

🙂 Wish us luck and say a prayer that our house sells quickly!  Have a wonderful day! 🙂

 

My New Pincushion/Coral Bead Plant

So, as you know, I love flowers and plants.  I find that putting flowers and plants around me that I enjoy really makes me happy.  Anthony and I were at the Home Depot yesterday and I found the cutest little plant…A “Pincushion Plant.”  It’s simply adorable!  It is tiny (no bigger than a fist) and the mounded little plant is covered in teensie little orange berries that resemble tiny ripening tomatoes.  The plant makes me think of a fun tree out of a story book.  See…   🙂

The berries are not poisonous, but are not edible, and according to the label, it is supposed to be kept in a shallow dish with water provided at all times.  I did some research on the web though, and it sounds as though many people have trouble growing these little plants.  I’m hoping I don’t have the same fate, because it’s just rediculously adorable and totally makes me smile every time I look at it!  Does anyone know anything or have experiences with the pincushion?  I’d love to hear more!

Also, I recently added my first anklet to my Etsy store.  Summer is just upon us, so I want to start adding some summery items and anklets are one that I love for the summer.  This one is made with soothing, yet fun colored beads in a variety of materials.  There are pearls, czech fire-polished faceted glass, clear glass rondelles with foiled centers and others, with sterling silver findings and a spring lock closure to compliment.  Check out my first anklet!  You can click here to buy it!  Happy Summer!

Ahhhh…Summer Approaches!

I just love summer!  On the east coast, we have all of our seasons, but for me…Summer is best!  I love the warmth, the sunshine, playing in the water, picnics, outdoor activities like hiking and canoeing and camping, and I LOVE THE FLOWERS!!!  Back home (which is where Anthony and I will be moving to), there are many beautiful wildflowers.  I love taking liesurely walks and picking a fresh bunch for the table.  It brings me a lot of joy to see and smell their sweetness!  Here, I have what we plant, and for now, I’m loving the brightness of all that is blooming and I thought I’d share…

Introducing… Sew Flirty!

So Fun!  So Fresh!

I met another new and wonderful artist in the Etsy forums recently, and she’s a FRESH DISCOVERY, having only opened her shop this past April 16th!  So, lets’s give her a warm welcome, take some time to appreciate her artwork, and take some time to get to know her as an artist, and hopefully a friend!  Oh yeah … and MAYBE WE COULD BUY SOME OF HER WORK while we are in her store poking around!  🙂

Her name is Stacey and she is an Idaho native, who recently moved to a mid sized city in Kansas, so her husband could attend school there.  (Bonus for her – there are lots of fabric stores and places to get inspiration from!)  She is a stay-at-home/sew-at-home mom with a one year old boy, “Hudson.”  Like most moms, Stacey spends most of her days chasing Hudson around, with a few free moments to spare, trying to do something creative that provides some mom “freedom” time!  Henceforth came her Etsy store, Sew Flirty…Filled with her stylin’ crafts – modern but usable and may also have a touch of vintage to it.


We all have our crafting beginnings and this is Stacey’s story – “My mom taught me to sew with an old Bernina sewing machine, which I still use.  It is made out of metal, which you don’t see much anymore! I love it though. It works great and is reliable! Other than that, I just like being creative and sewing helps me have an outlet!”

Stacey is new to Etsy, but with regard to balancing her shop with everything else, she says she “just tries to take it one day/item at a time. Otherwise it gets overwhelming.”  She makes lists and tries to tackle at least something on it everyday. “If I do, then it has been a good day!”  I’m with her – I love making lists and crossing things off!  It’s the crossing things OFF the list that motivates me to keep going strong!  It’s sometimes hard though, to balance work with play – or at least to balance the enjoyable aspects of our crafting with the less enjoyable aspects of managing a home-based crafting business.  As I know many of us Etsy people do, Stacey has found that she is “definitely staying up a lot later now that (she) is on etsy!! It is so addicting!”  Don’t we all know it!  Especially when you’re starting out!  It can be such fun!

 

With regard to her favorite materials, she says they are Fabric, fabric, fabric!  “I love to use bright, fun, retro and unique patterns. I love to mix different fabrics that have a commonality and create something with them.”  She gets her inspiration from… “items I use everyday.  I try to find a way to put some flair into them. I also look at vintage patterns which help me give a new twist for common items. Anything that you are already using that can be changed into something more fun will create a fresh new feeling when using that item. I like to change things up and add a little flair to things.”

So, what is her favorite item from her etsy shop?  “Probably my aprons. I only have one listed right now but have a few more in the works. I have enjoyed creating patterns for them that will be flirty in the kitchen or wherever you choose to wear them! I wanted to make it fun to cook, not just another chore! Plus they are such a hot item right now! I do enjoy creating new things and coming up with new ideas though so really, anything I am working on becomes my new favorite item!”

And, what does she love about handmade?  “I enjoy coming up with an idea, then finding just the right materials/fabric to use. It is also about taking the time to put it together just right and seeing the final result! I feel like a lot of love and care goes into handmade and each item has their own personality. There is something unique to them that no one else has. Its kind of like having your own secret!”

Her ways of promoting…  “I try to go on the forums at least a few times each week. I also have a blog at http://sewflirty.blogspot.com that I update regularly. I plan to hand out business cards and offer incentives to repeat buyers.  I am just getting started with promotions though so I am looking into all avenues!”

FINAL STATEMENT FROM STACEY…  “I just always like to add a splash of flair to things. If I feel like the item will accomplish it, then I add it. I think life should always be so fun, so fresh and sew flirty!!”

INCENTIVES FOR CHATTERBOX BLOG READERS… She is offering 10% off to anyone who mentions nicoleleeartistry in their message when they purchase an item from HER ETSY STORE.

Trying out Something New

While I was visiting Sophie’s blog, she had a mix of music (great selection!) and I thought the way it was shared was super cute.  It is done through a site called, “MixWit.”  How cute is that?!  After investigating a little further, I found that it’s really easy to make your own playlists and along with projectplaylist.com, it will be another favorite of mine.  In fact, Sophie borrowed the idea from a friend of hers and I am going to borrow the idea from Sophie!  Every once in a while, I’ll share a new playlist with you.  I have so many moods, that I’m sure you’ll get a nice selection over time.  🙂  Let me know if you like my choices! 

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Creative Ideas! Earth’s Trash is These Womens’ Treasure:

I got an email from my sister in law today and thought I’d share. I LOVE seeing people recycling to make art! I have been wanting to come up with an orginal idea of my own, but nothing has REALLY struck me yet.  Are you doing any kind of creative recycling? If so, let me know! Maybe you’ll be my next featured artist.

I don’t know where these ladies are, who they are, or anything about their story, but they build horse sculptures out of driftwood and it’s amazing!

ALL I’VE GOT TO SAY IS, “WOW!”