Thursday, October 30, 2014

Decisions, Life and Business

I know I've been kind of quiet.  A lot has been going on, but it's mostly in my head.....and really, you don't want to know what all of it is.
Now, though, we have some answers, and it makes the other decisions, seem clearer in a way.
It's Autumn, and I love this time of year.  I love just about the entire year, except when it's 99 degrees with 100% humidity.  Summer, deep, hot, humid summer, is not my fav, ever.

We have been considering selling the farm, and moving a bit closer to the grand kids/daughter/son-in-law.  We found out today, there is NO way in hell we'll be able to afford to move - unless there is a huge uplift in the real estate market, or we win the lottery, or we spend many more years here.  Therefore, it has made the decisions about what I want to do WITH the farm, clearer.

Part of it involves making living here, easier and nicer.  Like, not freezing [in the house] when the temps are below 70 degrees.  Like, having a few trees in the front of the house cut down, so we can stop feeling like we live in a deep, dark forest and the house will never let light in again.  It's AMAZING how open the front yard looks now!!!! It was a GREAT decision!!!!!!!!

I also want to have a nice, large shed put on the property.  It will serve as my shop to sell my fiber out of, and to give spinning lessons in, and to have friends over for spin days.  It will have electric, but not water.  I'm not sure what we'll do about a bathroom yet.  It won't be far from the house, so people could come in here.  But I'm going to work something out, eventually, so that doesn't have to happen.  I don't know if it'll be an outhouse, or a composting toilet.  We'll see.  The shed will also have ac and heat, as I can't live without either, most days of the year!

We will be making inside improvements also.  I want to paint the bedroom, repaint the bathroom, and possibly, at some point, we'll work on the kitchen which has been my least favorite place in this house since we moved in............

I've also decided that I want to start weaving again.  I gave it up for awhile.  I sold the looms I had.  I now own a 15" Cricket loom, and I've only used it once.  I have tons of ideas, but haven't put any of them into effect yet.............

We did, however, take a road trip to PA, to The Mannings.  It was a beautiful day, and a beautiful ride.  Sunny.  Beautiful colors.  Mountains.  Horses.  Sheep.  Cows.  Churches.  Flags.  Bridges.   Oh, and fiber and fiber tools, of course - once we arrived AT The Mannings!  :-D





It's hard to believe, but all of these photos except the black horse one, were taken from a moving vehicle....sometimes going 65 or 70 mph!

I bought some beautiful Tencel while at The Mannings.  I went to look for black wool on cones.  None available.  :(  I know now, though, what I would want, what I don't want, if I find it online.

I have also ordered the stand and a variable dent reed for my 15" Cricket loom.  There will be NO excuses for not using it, or my hand spun yarn, once it gets here. Smiling.......that makes me happy!

Well, that's about it for now.  I will be back soon.

Oh, and there's a sale going on in the Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/spinningmywheelfiber  - 20% off when using the code 20OFFOCTOBER  It's only good through Oct 31, which is tomorrow.  So hurry off and take a look!

As always,
Take care.
Martha





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It's a Sale!!!!

If you're a spinner, you might be interested in this. I'm holding a sale in my ETSY shop - 10% off your purchase over $10.
Just enter the code 10OFFOCTOBER and you can receive your 10% off !

Etsy shop is located HERE

Items in the shop include Teeswater long locks
 

Dyed and undyed.

Spindles













And lots of fiber:

Thanks for looking and go find something fun to buy!

Martha