It looks like my time in Minnesota is coming to an end! We are finalizing the contract on our new home in South Dakota, and are looking to close at the end of October. There is so much going on right now surrounding the move! We've had some legal issues with our current landlords. I'm not going to reveal the name of said property management company until the move is complete, but I will say this- DO NOT rent. Its really sad our last days in Minnesota have to end like this. We've seen the very worst in people, and so many illegal things happen, that we are not able to fight against. You think the law is on your side, but then someone comes in with more money, they are able to say whatever they want.
I don't want to dwell on this here. I'm supposed to be very excited about our new home! The home is situated in between the Buffalo National Grasslands and The Badlands National Park. I can only imagine how much my work will improve! There aren't a huge amount of trees, but there will be such fabulous landscape! Our view from the house will stretch miles onto nothing. I'll finally be able to see a proper night sky and stars without the city lights! I'll have crisp, clean air around me. And, as for trees, we have two apple trees! Apparently they're not doing well right now, so I'll be taking care of them! I grew up with apple trees. My grandparents had several on their property. I loved their delicate branches and odd shapes. I loved picking apples too! There's nothing quite like a fresh apple off a tree. I only can hope there won't be bees around the fallen apples, like my grandparents house. I'm terrified of bees!
We have actually two homes on the property, and the smaller one will be made into a work studio. We will be putting in either sliding glass doors or large windows, on the side that faces the Badlands. I'm really excited at the thought of sitting at my desk working, and gazing out on to the landscape! It'll sure beat my view here- my neighbor's door! I think it'll be really nice too, to have a studio and be able to walk away from it when the work day is done. Right now, my studio is in the middle of my house, so I rarely get time to just enjoy life. My cats are always dragging me away!
My time right now is spent trying to get sales up to afford the move. Things have slowed down again, and I'm getting nervous! I have been going crazy making new gem trees with what few rock bases I have. I'm experimenting using special tree slices, aka wood coasters, and also a new take on the plant saucer. I've made some new gemstone bracelets, and will be adding a few new sparkly sun catchers in the next few days. I really want to add a new product, but I'm not sure what at the moment. I want to keep with the tree theme. I think I should make a huge gem tree! Like, over an inch thick on the trunk, and maybe around 100 branches? I have no idea how to plan a tree as such, but I can visualize it in my mind. :-)
Here are photos of my latest gem trees! If you click on the photo, it should take you to the listing on Etsy, where you can learn more about them and purchase them. (and please do, every sale helps me get closer to my dream!)
That's all I have for now! I really need to focus my time on creating new pieces and packing for the big move!