Yeah, I know. It’s been months. I owe everyone who loves me or reads me a lengthy explanation—or even a brief one. That would be better than none at all, right?
When I got a number of emails in one week, asking if my absence was due to illness, personal injury, or some sort of family crisis, I knew it was a message from the Blog-Gods. An update was called for.
Let’s put it this way. It was a long and crazy summer and, and fall has brought more of the same. We’ve been without internet more than we’ve had it. I’ve taken a trip to the US. My sister has been here twice in less than two months. I’ve taught two workshops, one a week-long. We have moved. And, yes, I was sick.
But it’s the moving that’s kicked my butt. And if you know Sara and me, you know we don’t accomplish that in just one week. No, for us, it’s taken an entire summer and then some, a long time to find our way to the other side of town, which, in this case, is all the further we’ve gone—no great big move to Ecuador, no moves to Vietnam or Haiti. We’re still in Ecuador. Heck, we’re still in Cuenca, for that matter, only a couple of kilometers further west and up a few floors.
We still have boxes to unpack and art to hang—as well as a huge terrace to decorate. Heck, we even have more painting to do. We’re far from finished.
Still, the Blog-Gods have spoken. An update, even one based mostly on images, is in order. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this journey through our surreal summer and, so far, fabulous fall.
Finding a New Home:
I looked online and walked the neighborhoods we liked for two months before we found this 3 level townhouse in the heart of historic Cuenca, one block from Parque Calderon and directly behind the “new” cathedral. It needed a LOT of work but had enormous potential. And the emphasis here is on “enormous,” as the place is huge, with enough room to house my studio and enough space to teach workshops. Here’s what it looked like the day we discovered it.
Renovating our Town House
Below are a few photos of the renovation process. All 3000 square feet needed to be painted; we had to update some plumbing and electric; we replaced two bathroom floors and finished the wood floors throughout.
Packing and Moving
We did most of the packing ourselves but had professionals transport two truck loads and carry the contents up THREE flights of stairs. Poor guys.
Teaching Two Workshops
Since we found the place, I have taught two workshops in the new space–a weeklong one on turning ordinary furniture into art and another on card-making. The latter was called “Gringo Greetings.” And I have a holiday ornament-making class coming up next week.
–First the furniture workshop in August (only a few photos of this, as I will do an entire post on it)–
–A video with highlights from October’s card-making Workshop (Gringo Greetings?)–
Visiting with my Sister Lynn
My sister visited twice in less than two months, once before the move and another SURPRISE visit immediately after. We wish we had captured on video her arrival the second time, as I was excited, to say the least, jumping up and down (in my pajamas), hand over my mouth, exclaiming, “What the f***, what the f***, what the f***.” How Sara or a number of friends, who were in on the surprise, managed to keep this from me probably says more about my stupidity than any overt, secret-keeping skills on any of their parts. (Dare I name names?)
Below is a photo of us together and a few others Lynn took while she was here. My sister is an amazing photographer.
Looking back on it NOW
Our new home still begs for more paint and picture hanging, but below are a few photos of parts that are finished and, finally, two of the terrace, which needs the most work but has the MOST potential.
No more updated photos of the house for now. I’m saving those for a separate post.
Looking Forward to More Art Workshops
We have an ornament-making workshop ($25) scheduled for Thursday, November 20th (9 am- 1 pm). It filled up quickly, but we have opened up two more spots, if you’re interested in learning how to make this. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.)
And if you want to wrap your gifts this Christmas in what some consider trash, then this workshop (December 4th, 9 am-1 pm, $20) is for you. (No joke). Here’s what you will learn how to do. (Again, email email@example.com for more details.)
So there you have it folks. Sorry to have been so absent of late. Hope you enjoyed the photographic stroll through our summer (and now fall)–our months of moving madness!
Have you ever undertaken a move that proved crazier than you expected? How have the past few months of your life been?