I cannot believe its been nearly a month since I posted that we were looking to move out West! Since that post, we've located a house we want to buy, and are in the final negotiations and contract write up! I cannot tell you how EXCITED I am! The house we chose is a bit insane, actually! It needs a lot of rehab, BUT the land is PERFECT. It sits on the edge of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland, and the Badlands National Park! I could practically walk to find rock bases! I'd be very close to rivers full of Agates. And best of all, near lots of tourist & gift shops for my work!
The lot contains two houses, one of which we will be fixing up into a studio. Previous owners have already started work on adding a screen door and windows, that face the Grasslands! I will have the most perfect views everyday- first a gorgeous sunrise, followed by rocks and hills during the day, and for evening star gazing. This would be an artist's dream come true! I really hope we can pull together the money to get the necessary renovations done. The studio house is what I refer to as my "English Cottage". It just has that look! The land also has two apple trees, which is very cool.
This will be a major adjustment for us. We've never lived in a small town before, or moved so far away from home. We want to chase the dream of freedom away from corporations and credit companies. We want to be self sufficient and surrounded by nature. This is a totally crazy thing, I cannot say it enough, but life is short, you have to do what makes you happy. Its not worth getting by each day, unhappy and stuck in your life.
We have an option to stay an additional six months here, and raise cash for renovations. I'm really torn between wanting the extra cash, and wanting to just DO IT! I hope I can get a lot more gem trees made, and get more sales going! Things have been quiet lately, I really do apologize! I will have a lot more time to get work done and listed now.
And speaking of new gem trees, I do have a Red Agate on Petrified Wood, that will be listed here shortly! I will post the link and photo when they are done. I still have to edit the photos and create the listing at this time.
I got in a fresh new shipment of gorgeous gems last week! I have very dark Amethyst, Aquamarine (for the ever-popular Tree of Life Pendant), Howlite, Red Jasper, Rainbow Obsidian, Tourminilated Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, Moonstone (both peach/grey and rainbow white), Peridot, Garnet & Fluorite.
I want to redo the suncatchers too. I want to make another round of them to photograph, and also hopefully simplify the listings. I am so happy that they sell so well! They are such a cool piece of art, and a great alternative to having a gem tree, if you have more wall and window space than shelf space.
I also have some new gemstones for bracelets! I've been selling many bracelets lately. I also hope to redo the listings with better options and photos.
Its going to be a crazy work week, I see! I better get to it! Happy Monday, everyone!