Sunday, September 4, 2011

Diva Challenge 37 Kiss My Grids!

The challenge this week - use only grid based patterns.

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Where did August go - or maybe the correct question is where did I go in August.  It's been a wild month.  The highlight was teaching a wonderful  ZIA (zentangled inspired art) Workshop.  Lots more to post about that in a separate entry later.  The not as bright event - I had to relocate my studio.  When I moved in six months ago I did so knowing that I might have to move out now.  It's been a great 6 months being associated with the Shepherdess bead store in Old Town - we both wanted the arrangement to continue but the situation was out of our hands and control.  The scary part is that I was not having any luck finding a suitable new space.  As it got closer to the end of the month and no place to go I decided the best option was to rent a storage unit and just pack it all away until I found a suitable space.

Funny how life works - or maybe it's just another example of the Magic of Zentangle - but the Saturday morning I decided to go in search of the best deal of a storage unit I decided to check craigslist one more time.  There was one new posting that looked intriguing.  I called - the first good sign - they were not put off by the idea of an art studio since the current and the previous tenants were using it as studio space.  Made arrangements to see it that same afternoon. The landlord had made arrangements for the current tenant to have me come by and see it and then let him know if I was interested.  Enlisted a friend to come along in order to have another set of eyes so I didn't miss something in my desperation at wanting to find a place. Thanks Kristy!  We walked in and both knew I'd found a space that would work out very well.   Had a great time talking with the current tenant - she's only moving because she needs a bigger space for her growing business.  Here is part of the magic - she had only given her notice the day before (Friday), the landlord posted it early Saturday morning and I saw the ad within about 30 minutes of it being posted.  I signed the lease on Sunday!  Had a little over a week to to get things packed and arrange for the move.

Everything is in the new place still a bit chaotic getting it all unpacked and set up.  I wasn't sure that I could find a space at a rent I could afford where I could also teach classes. The good news -  it's large enough that I will be able to accommodate small classes of 6 or 7 students.   The other exciting part is that I can use the small second room to work on my wood projects.  Will be fun to finally get the saws and carvers unpacked.  Haven't been able to do that work since I closed the gourd studio over 2 years ago.

For those that have inquired about classes - I will be in touch and will be posting a new schedule soon.


Stacey said...

I love that tangle up at the top that looks like a paint splatter. Fun tile

Sue Clark said...

Love your tile! So glad to hear that you found a new space and I hope all works out well for you there.

Ethyl Formate, AKA said...

Excited to see the new space and christen it with a new Zentangle class! Best of luck. May only good things come your way. See you soon....

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