The upstairs bedrooms are ready to prime and paint. (Molly and Meemo primed her room last week!) There are lights in each bedroom, though none in the hall or stairway yet. (Again, thanks goes to Bry's mom for her patience and skill in wiring lights and decoding those jumbles of wire in junction boxes.)
I set up my brand new computer desk yesterday (it took nearly all stinking day).
The shower and Potty have been operable for some time now - no door on the bathroom, just a sliding board for privacy. That causes Molly a great deal of anxiety but she can cope for a little while until we figure out the door solution.
Things are still very rustic. It will feel like camping - in my own bed! - for a while. Which is fine. Even nice. I spent a good part of my childhood living in the basement of my parent's home while the log house was being built. My grandfather ran a saw mill. I really don't mind the sound of power tools and I actually like the smells associated with construction. Dust, though. There will be lots of that. Have to remember to cover the computer and furniture all the time.
Maxx is having a blast. And not watching TV when we are there. Another bonus - he plays with his little cousin, Truman, daily. They are becoming good friends, which is something Maxx needs. Truman loves to run and play with him - they have squirt gun fights with lots of hilarious laughter, play Star Wars using big bubble wands as light sabers and just generally run amok. Truman is no longer afraid to tell Max where to get off, he holds his own and is very straightforward about what he does and doesn't like.
Goblin's Market and Luna's Baublebilities are very much on hold right now. I fulfilled two wholesale orders this week. One was for a bunch of dragonflies to New Zeland and one for a handful of gorgeous earrings to a customer who makes her own jewelry but also does several trunk shows a summer and fills out her inventory with work from other artists, like me. Other wise things have been quiet, allowing me to focus on construction. The break is nice but I've really been itching to be playing at something creative - especially since my old studio is clean for walk throughs. That empty table makes my fingers itch.
Hopefully, this will help with that itch. I just got a copy of India Flint's Ecocolor in the mail. Velma brought some gorgeous fabric into the Arts Council a couple of weeks ago and I was just smitten with what she was doing. I've played with rust dyeing before and have seen several of Velma's earlier experiments with composted cloth but never felt compelled to try anything this slow before. The work she brought in on silk was just incredible - whole leaves and plant parts bundled in cloth and steeped for weeks left rich impressions reminiscent of solarized photography or x rays of flowers. I hope to bundle up a few things myself later this week. I have a nice sunny spot on my studio floor for batching bundles of slow cloth. The timing is good for such an experiment, too. I can't really do any other dyeing the way things are right now and this will drive me outdoors with the beast and the children to collect some goodies and walk away from the construction for a few minutes now and then.
It's time to get ready for work. I'm exhausted from insomnia and I'm hoping that I make it through the day happily. I'll try to put up some new photos this weekend.