Friday, 1 January 2010

About my Unscheduled Blogging Break...

Just popping in to say that my life has taken an unexpected but very exciting turn which means that I don't have any time for blogging. We are moving back to Perth early in 2010 so we are using every spare moment to de-clutter and prepare our house of the last ten years for sale. Joseph has a job transfer and Zach is starting uni in February so it is suddenly up to me to find a job in Perth too! I am really hopeful that I will be able to arrange something (quickly!) with my current employer but I am of course looking at all the options. What we are discovering is that you suddenly "see" your home differently when you know it is going to be seen by a potential buyer's eyes - we have a lovely home but suddenly the backlog of maintenance seems so obvious!

So you can guess how I have spent the last couple of weeks - firstly packing up my art/craft rooms so that I can get in there to re-paint and then of course the actual painting. I had forgotten how much it hurts my neck to paint above my head height and guess what else - I had forgotten just how much "stuff" I have accumulated and how it very quickly translates to an enormous number of cartons!! If I had more time I would try and thin it out but unfortunately I am going to have to try and do most of that at the other end. The whole exercise of packing it all up has made me really want to streamline and to establish some focus in my art - it is crazy to want to try everything and to buy supplies for every style and technique that appeals to me! I need to face facts - I would need another five lifetimes, at least, to do justice to my acquisitions to date and I certainly would need to give up my day job and that is not going to happen in the short term!

So exciting times ahead - I am so looking forward to living in Perth after our 16 years plus in Kalgoorlie - to be close to friends and family (and the coast!!) again but of course there are also moments when I think of what we will miss here - this place has been good to us and for us!

I'll pop in occasionally to provide updates but there won't be any art to share for a little while (but can you imagine just how hungry I will be to get my new space set-up and functioning!!) The only blog I am reading at the moment is this one!!

Happy 2010 to you all!!

29 comments:

Doreen G said...

What exciting news Debbi-but scary as well.
All the best for 2010 and I hope things settle down once you get to Perth.

Susan D said...

You've certainly got an exciting start to the New Year. You don't realise how much stuff you acquire over the years until you come to move do you. Hope everything goes well with the move and best wishes for 2010.

lisa_crofts said...

Wow debbie I know that feeling I am moving into a smaller space later on this year so thanks for the hot tip on the storage blog. Best of luck for the move and look forward to seeing you around in Perth.

Purple Missus said...

Very exciting for you Debbi and what a great start to the new year. I remember about 5 years ago having to pack my workroom away because of a move - it all went in to storage - and I didn't have nowhere near the amount I have now. Your comment about focusing on one aspect rather than trying everything certainly hit home with me. I feel I must do the same - someday. :)
Hope the move itself isn't too stressful for you.
Take care
Lynda

Celeste Santin said...

Good luck with your busy time ahead and exciting change moving back to Perth. I look forward to admiring your art once you have settled in to your new life.

Jenxo said...

Hi debbi, exciting times ahead and im sure youll find employment in no time.

i had forgotten how hard it is to paint when your knees dont work, had to get my dd to do all the lower cutting in!

i have way to much art junk too , but i tend to be flitter so ill be hanging onto mine!

Have a Happy New Year and all the best with househunting..jenxo

Christine Slater said...

Hi Debbi. I am sad to hear that Kal will be losing your lovely presence and I will be losing our inspirational get-togethers, but isn't it wonderful to have a new beginning? I wish you all the best of times moving and settling in. I hope to see you before you leave, but if I dont, then thank you...

Brenda said...

What an exciting way to start the new year. I don't envy you moving though - it is a nightmare. I'm hoping I never have to move again. It was bad enough moving all my stuff out of the house and into my studio!!! I can so relate to your comment about supplies and never in a lifetime being able to use them or learn all the different ways to utilise them. Wishing you well with your move and look forward to your posts once you get everything back and organised in your new home.

Sally Westcott said...

Wow Deb.
Enjoy your new adventure!

See you when the dust has settled!

Hugz

Sally in Hobart

Pauline said...

Hi Deb
All the best. We moved this time last year and I thought I got rid of a lot, craft wise. Have given myself the next 5-6 years to use up what I have here , when we sell the motel only the basics will come with us. Pauline.

Pat said...

Exciting times! Good luck with the move(the thought of having to move would petrify my) and good luck in the job search. Hope it isn't too lung till you come back to us.

Val said...

How exciting Deb. I'm sure you'll find a job in Perth that has been waiting just for you! You DO need all your acquired stuff you know, otherwise you'll only want what you 'thinned' out once you get to where you are going! All the very Best Deb - have a wonderful creative 2010 once the dust settles! Val

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

Happy new year and good luck with the move.
You DO need all you have required at some point. Never having to compromise on an idea justifies it. If you have always enjoyed trying lots of things you always will - don't restrict yourself says the world's biggest 'jack of all trades' and hopefully master of some!!!
Cheers

kelsey said...

Looking forward to seeing you in Perth Debbi! Culling your crap is such a cleansing experience (excuse the pun! lol). Sending you "find a job that you love" quick mojo.

Jo Wholohan said...

How exciting Deb!!!! Wishing you all the best with the sale of the house and your move, its stressful but its worth it in the end :)) Will we be sharing a wine or two at CSR this year?? xx

lindacreates said...

How exciting for you Debbi! Best of luck selling your home and finding a new job.

Carol said...

How exciting, good luck with the move and settling into your new life :)

ANNETTE HUSBAND said...

Wow Jen
how exciting and daunting all in once....hhhmmm down size the arts and crafts...so hard to do but I'll keep a watch for your sales LOL
hugs
Annette

Julie H said...

Wow - what a huge change for you Debbi, I hope it all goes well and look forward to seeing you back here when you are settled.

Queen Of Toys said...

Oh Debbi,

What an mammouth job you have, I am so glad it is you and not me. Moving back to the coast and getting the chance to meet with friends again that are just around the corner in comparrison. But there is no way i would want to pack up my house especially my art supplies, I trully do feel for you. Good luck and don't forget to update every now and again.

Julia said...

Hi Debbi,
It sounds like a positive move for you in all ways..."life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans" as John Lennon said, but sounds like you make plans and changes well anyway...Best wishes for your move,....xxx...Julia

berylptaylor said...

Hi Debbi
Good luck with the move ! Get back to the art as soon as poss,it helps with the insanity.
Love
Beryl

Kerrie said...

good luck with the move Debbi - I can't imagine doing that as I'm such a stay in one place person and a dreadful hoarder. packing up a house - oh dear!!!

sharon young said...

Oh wow, Debbi, how life catches us by surprise, it sounds wonderful though.
I so know what u mean about the stuff. We will have to downsize drastically very soon and the amount of stuff we've accumulated is horrendous.
Good luck and I'll look forward to the occasional progress reports.

Night Owl Designs said...

Happy New Year Debbi and good luck with the move. Looking forward to you updating your blog!

Gaye Todd said...

OOhhh exciting times ahead! Good luck with the move, working in real estate I know you have a massive job ahead of you. Look forward to seeing more of your wonderful art on the flipside!! :O)

xx

Sue McGettigan said...

Wow Debbi, good luck with the packing and the move!! Maybe you've done it already? Hope you have fun unpacking all your treasures in your new home back in Dear Old Perth :)

Ev said...

have you made the move yet? hope the job hunt/transfer went well. It would be wonderful to catch up - which area are you staying in? - so many questions I know

Sue McGettigan said...

Cooee Debbi, where are you? Time to come back to your readers, we're dying to hear how the move went and how happy you are in your new home. Oh yes, and what you're making too!
Cheers,
Sue