Just a quick note…

Well, we haven’t had very much activity on the house, but we have had some. Although, with the stock market jerking us all around, I am expecting an even fewer “some” in the weeks to come. This is a pretty tough time to be selling a house, what the heck was I thinking? Check out the listing on GRAR.com. On the bright side, I love living with Stefano and I have started making beads again YAY! I thought co-habitation would really be hard and either make or break us…well I guess we are made cuz its pretty much been a cake walk.

Look for pictures of the new beads in the next few weeks. I made some adjustments to the temp on my kiln in order to account for some new glass I was using, and several of my first few beads went Snap Crackle Pop. I’ll be back at the torch tonight though so I promise some pretty bobbles very soon. Maybe even another goddess in my muse series…now I’m just talkin crazy!

The bathroom is done! The bathroom is done!

Anybody wanna buy a house? Yep, we got it on the market as well. Busy weekend!

I think the bathroom came out pretty nice, but you can be the judge the “after” pictures are attached below. Yea I know I still have to install the vent cover but I still consider it done!

Well, I am getting my carpal tunnel stitches out tomorrow morning at 8 am so I am going to go to bead. I’ll write more later. Wish us luck on selling the house! We are surely going to need it!

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Shiny Sparkly Bobbles

Well we finally did it. We got engaged. After months of talking about it and looking at rings, he finally asked me the BIG question! Who cares that we already had the entire wedding planned out, I needed to hear the words! It wasn’t quite as ceremonious as I had dreamed of as a younger woman, but now that I am older those things don’t matter as much anymore. What matters is, that I have finally found a truly good man who loves me like crazy and is willing to put up with me for the rest of his life! Seriously, what more could I possibly ask for?

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Blame it on the bathroom

Well, again I am seriously behind on my blogging. Today I would like to explain why. It’s all the bathroom’s fault. As you know I have recently moved in with my boyfriend and begun the arduous process of putting my old house up for sale. I made a List of “small” tasks that needed to be done in order for me to feel comfortable listing my house. It’s a pretty tough market out there and I wanted my house to look its best.  The List was a bit long, but I figured I could get most of it done in just a few weeks. Turns out that was a pretty aggressive time line. Everything was going pretty well at first, until I found out about the termites. Yep termites…lots of em. Well the bite of the exterminator bill soon squashed any hopes of new carpet, so I called the carpet cleaners and tried to get back on schedule. The following weeks we painted, cleaned, patched and vacuumed. I took vacation and my Mom even came for a whole week to help. However, I didn’t know the List was a magic. When you cross an item off the List it causes three more to be added to the List, thus pushing everything farther down…and down and down…

A quick observation: You never know how much stuff you really have until you move. I could swear people from the neighborhood were breaking in at night and actually leaving their stuff in my house. Seriously, I had A LOT of stuff. I decided I would have a garage sale. I started gathering stuff together that I didn’t really need but still had some monetary value. I began giving things away to my friends when they came over… “Hey nice to see you, I’d like you to have this bicycle helmet and old scanner!” really, it was just like that. In the end, I decided that I do not have the temperament for garage sales and called Goodwill.

Anyway, the bathroom…after several more weeks I can at least see the end of the List, and the last thing on it is, Upstairs Bathroom (ominous music). I bought the house with the bathroom in less than perfect shape with the good intentions of fixing it up one day. Well, as it turns out, that day is today.bathroom-before-1.jpg

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After realizing that we are not plumbers, and that going to trade school at this late date might be futile, we called a professional. Now the tub has been temporarily relocated so we can fix the gaping hole in the floor. When that is done the plumber will come back and put everything back together and install the new vanity! Once the bathroom is done the house will be ready for public eyes. I hate to say it, but the house looks better now than it did the entire four and half years I lived in it. It’s funny what we can live with and look at everyday, but really don’t want others to know about.

hahaha…I didn’t read my previous post before I wrote this one. I love the line in post that reads “I’ll do what I have to to get it sold, and that’s it!”hahahahaha…turns out “do what I have to” is ALOT more than I thought…hahaha (crazed scary laughter bordering on sobbing)

Haven’t blogged for a while…

Gosh where do I start! So much has been going on around here. I am finally all moved out of my old house, and settling into the new house nicely. It is definitely a big change, but a good one.

I met with a realtor last Saturday and the news was not what I was hoping for. Prices in my neighborhood are just not that great and I will be VERY lucky to even get back what I paid for the house. I do have a bit of equity so I shouldn’t lose money…but still…THAT SUCKS! I have spent a lot of time lately painting and cleaning, just getting the house ready to go on the market. I was going to put some money into updating the upstairs bathroom, but now I am thinking that would just be a waste of money. I’ll do what I have to to get it sold, and thats it.

The glass studio at the new house is still under construction, although progress is being made. Stefano is a bit nervous about cutting a 6″ hole in the side of the house for my ventilation exhaust…but he says he is going to do it. Once the mega hole is in place I can install the 877 cfm Squirrel Cage fan (woof woof woof) and rig my ventilation system! I can’t wait to have pictures to post. I am really starting to miss the torch.

You may have noticed (or not, I don’t think anyone really reads this thing) that I have taken down my Quality Assurance Statement. Not because I am no longer commited to providing quality beads but rather because of all if the SPAM I was getting in the comments. It was nuts! I was deleting 10 comments per day. So I will be posting it on my main site as soon as I get a chance.

Quality Time

What a weekend! Heck…what a week!!! It all started last Sunday when my Grandfather had a stroke. He had been in a nursing home for the past few months after a heart attack in November. Well, on Tuesday afternoon he passed away. The family was with him and it was an easy passing. He was 93 years old. Rest in peace Grandpa, you will be missed. My father and stepmother came up from Virginia for the viewing and funeral. Since my dad moved to Virgina I don’t get to see him very often. So even an event as sad as this, is reason to celebrate seeing my Papa. The viewing was on Thursday with the funeral and service on Friday. After the service my Dad headed up to my house for what he thought would be a restful weekend. Little did he know what I had in store for him…

As you may know, I am in the process of moving in with my boyfriend. Since we are older and have been living on our own for quite some time we have quite a few possessions (aka tons and tons of CRAP!) My boyfriend had not used the the second stall of his garage for an actual car in years and years, so there was quite an accumulation of “other” things (crap). While my stepmom and I began the daunting task of sorting through all that stuff, My BF began the task of putting up a fence around his heavily wooded and uneven property for my dog…I’m a package deal: Me, 1 dog, 3 cats. We set my dad to work on building a temporary platform for our beloved grill. A task I think he secretly enjoyed since he likes to build things and Loves power tools. So, for two days we swept, hammered, cursed, organized, sawed, dug, vacuumed and cursed some more.

By the end of the weekend we had completely cleaned up the garage, built a fence for the dog and now have a really nice platform for the grill. What a super productive weekend! I am very sorry that my Grandpa is gone, but I am also very happy that I got to see my Dad and spend some quality time with him. I mean, whats more quality than helping your kids right?

I hate moving…

I have set the second week in June as the drop dead date for being out of my house. I have scheduled my vacation and my Mom is on standby to come and help me get the house ready to go on the market. What that means is, over the next 7 weeks I am going to be SUPER busy packing and moving. Yes, the glass studio is moving too. The new studio will be bigger and better. However, my studio time will be very limited over the next several weeks 🙁 I hope you can all bare with me while I go through this transition. If I can manage to get through it with my sanity intact there will beads-o-plenty on the other side!

Home sweet …Achoo!

Its good to be home. I had a great time in Italy and really enjoyed my glass classes but theres just no place like home. I especially missed my cats, my shower, and my own bed! I missed my feather pillows to be exact. Its hard to travel with your own pillows, I need to get one of those space age vacuum bags they sell on TV infomercials.

Anywho, since getting home I have developed a wicked cold. I have been sneezing and blowing my nose for days now, and frankly I’ve about had it. I must have picked something up in the airport or on the plane. I am super happy I got it on the way home and not on the way there, but this still sucks. After two weeks on vacation I feel bad taking sick days so I have been coming in to work…and then leaving early to go home and lie down. Plus I have not felt like lighting up my torch, which is way more distressing than leaving work early.

I will be heading to Chicago this weekend to pick up the Maxie dog who has been staying with my parents while we were in Italy. I think my parents will be more than happy to see him go. Max is a really good boy but he has a little “gas” problem. Yes, my dog stinks.