Coming Together

Look! A roof and siding!

Look! A roof and siding!

Picking out the fun stuff is proving to be harder than I thought. Roofing, Siding, lights, sinks, cabinets.... too many decisions.

The kids and dog are having fun in the muddy yard, but we are ready for a fence that actually keeps the dog in and a house that is not full of mud chunks everywhere.

We are planning on a "Soft Opening" at the annual KAA Art Tour on Memorial Day weekend. After that, we will be open for business on a regular schedule. Monday - Friday 10:30-4:30 and call ahead any other times including weekends.

As for the apartment, it will be available for rent hopefully starting in July.

We are making new work tables out of the Poplar and Sycamore trees we had to cut down.  Sandy is in the process of getting the details worked out.

We are making new work tables out of the Poplar and Sycamore trees we had to cut down.  Sandy is in the process of getting the details worked out.

It's been a long haul, dealing with the driveway and retaining wall.  But alas, things are coming into clear view.  We have noticed that the more action happening around the building, the more upbeat we are. It's looking like the finish line will be end of April - early May!

The kids love the mud, piles of gravel and huge machinery.

The kids love the mud, piles of gravel and huge machinery.

The new sewer line tore up what was left of our backyard. The yard needed a fresh start anyway.

The new sewer line tore up what was left of our backyard. The yard needed a fresh start anyway.

Framed, plumbing, electricity and HVAC is done and ready for insulation.

Framed, plumbing, electricity and HVAC is done and ready for insulation.


Thanks for keeping up!

~Ann and Sandy

and the Framing must go on...

The framing of our studio started a few weeks ago and it is going as fast as everyone told me it would. It is very exciting to see how it all comes together and also how the space feels.  As you may not know, our driveway is practically two stories up from the bottom of the hill below. In order to work with that incline and have the studio easier to access, we decided to put an apartment on the lower level.  This did add to the overall time and cost, but yes, we are going to rent it out.  We will be fully furnishing the apartment to accommodate short term rental as well as family. We also considered many things such as privacy, HVAC, natural light and tall, insulated ceilings that will help with sound.  The apartment will include a full kitchen, two bedrooms, 1 bath and a washer/dryer unit. To comply with Accessory Dwelling Unit codes and to maximize our studio space, the stairs down to the apartment will be on the outside of the building and therefore it will be like a private wooded escape. 

We hope to have the apartment available to rent by the late Spring or early Summer of 2017.  So, if you have an interest in a little vacation to Asheville or know someone who does, please contact us and we will make sure we are ready for you!

Thanks again for reading.

Construction by: Adams and Adams

Progress

We are definitely moving along with the construction! It is so exciting to watch, especially for the kids. A lot of digging, concrete and watching a building form is quite an experience.  It makes me wonder what memories the kids will have from this and how it will shape their futures.
 

As the back yard takes on an incredible transformation, we can't help but focus on the end result.       

Thanks for keeping up!

Respecting the trees

The glorious Oak.

The glorious Oak.

Surveying the logs.

Surveying the logs.

We broke ground in September.

Please keep up, if you would like to see the progress and more photos.

Thanks for reading!

Moving our business out of the basement had always been on our minds. We explored all potential options and a home studio made the best sense.  After the holiday dust settled in 2014, we finally made the jump into building our dream studio.  Since then, it's been planning and thinking and more thinking and planning. A design was drawn up, a contractor picked and the trees came down by June of this year, 2016.

The crew from Smart Feller Tree Works. We highly recommend these guys!

The crew from Smart Feller Tree Works. We highly recommend these guys!

Watching the process of cutting the tress down was exciting, but also very alarming as they plummeted to the ground.  It triggered our senses into making sure we honored the qualities of their resources.  The Poplar and Sycamore will be used for work tables and trim, the limbs and skinnier trunks are being split for firewood and the leftover branches were made into mulch.  What we like to call the prize of this project is that beautiful, 150' Oak is being made into flooring!

Before....

Before....

Motivation

So my neighbor texted me tonight and asked to come over.  In my "get the kids to bed mode" I just quickly wrote back to come on over.  Then I looked at the kitchen and immediately felt embarrassed. So Sandy started on the kids and I quickly sprung into action and made those immediate decisions like in a triage emergency room: clear off table, take out recycling, sweep, put dishes away, check vitals.  I kept going and going with a new burst of energy and purpose. Now the kitchen looks great, but she never showed. So I looked back at the text and it actually read "tomorrow afternoon" not tonight. Well, it just so happens I have a piece of leftover cake to eat in my clean kitchen. Lucky me.

Decisions

     "Rain or shine" is always the policy of craft shows. Sometimes rain is not at all as bad as predicted.  We've been through enough bad weather shows to know the difference. However, every once in a long while, you are faced with potentially dangerous conditions for vendors and patrons. So, we are still waiting to hear about Art On Main in Hendersonville, NC this weekend. They are going to let everyone know in the morning. It's a lot for them to consider.

     Truth be told, we are not looking forward to being out on the street for two days in 100% rain. Sitting there might be fine if there is something hot to drink and anyone around to talk to, huddled under tents. But let's take a moment to think about the logistics:

     Unloading a van full of tables, shelves, wrapping paper, paper bags, business cards, electronics, personal affects and of course your heart and soul in the rain, is not for the faint of heart. Then it's decision making time and you need to move fast. What can get wet, and what can't. Don't forget that water is not just coming down on your head and sideways splashing, it's also at your feet running under your boxes. Are you on a curb that is designed to slope and funnel water into the sewer? Are you in the grass that will get muddy in no time flat?  Is it windy?  After you get things situated and toweled off (not all artwork is so user friendly) it is important to display it to accommodate for the nasty weather and make it look inviting. Inviting? Well, yeah.  You might as well leave it all packed up if you don't want to make it look good.  After the first day of talking about the weather, you have to secure your tent and leave it overnight.   A restless sleep is next, spent hoping the tent near you doesn't come crashing into yours from a nasty gust of wind, or collapse from the weight of relentless water.  Hurry back in the morning, assess any damage control and start toweling it all off again. Now it's time to be glad for the last day, and wait. Wait for that person who decides to come out with their umbrella, full belly, and ask how you are. You have to lie. You don't want to lie, because that's not nice, and they most likely just don't know what else to say.  But if you really tell them everything you've willingly put up with the past 24 hours, it's going to sound a lot worse and guilt ridden that a simple "Oh, fine. Rain never hurt anyone."  And then you pack it all up again...wet.  

I kinda hope they cancel. 

 

 

The office

Our office has consisted of a desk in the dining room for six years now.  We've gone through many sizes and shapes of desks, not so good filing systems and many, many "to-do" piles.  You may wonder how we've managed running a business, a household and two young kids who love to draw and save EVERYTHING? Honestly, it hasn't gone well at all. We have missed a lot of deadlines, blamed anyone in the room for losing or forgetting something and I can probably count on one hand, the times this corner of the house has been clear and organized. 

The desk

The desk

Thankfully, we have a room on the side of the house that has until now, been affectionally called "The Play Porch".   The screens were tattered, the toys were often scattered and it was home to a plethora of broken chairs. But no longer! We have finally put windows and a heater in it!  In fact, my fingers are sore from all of the painting prep. Caulking is really no fun.  I will say, however that the kids are not so happy with the transformation of this room.  The poor carpenter was not on their favorite list. When I told them that we were actually the very people who told him to come, they didn't know quite what to make of it. The big question on their mind was "But where will we put all of our toys?" Simply put, I said "Everywhere ELSE." 

The play Porch's last hurrah. 

The play Porch's last hurrah. 

Let the office begin!  

 

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A sight for sore eyes. 

A sight for sore eyes. 

The fun part, picking out colors. 

Let the painting begin! 

Let the painting begin! 

Here we go?

I've set us up with a new website. This time it's with Squarespace, so I can access it from almost anywhere. There are still a lot of kinks to work out, and I'm learning as I go...which is pretty much how we operate anyway. So, nothing really new on that front.  At least we are live now, thanks to some help from my brother.  Wish us luck on the new site. I need to figure out how to post more pictures on this blog page? Guess I'll figure that one out later.  I hope you will stay tuned, we have a lot of projects planned for this year.