Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Yard Sold! . . . and the house too!

Goodbye Glendale. . . Hello North Hollywood!

Here it is. It's about half the size and 5 times the price of the house we owned in West Virginia, but it's ours, all ours!

So that was the big news. Also, as if things aren't changing enough for us, I got a job. I'm going to be an assistant 6th grade teacher at a small progressive school in Van Nuys. I was starting to miss being a teacher. The great thing is that it's part time, so I'll still have time for kokoleo. Commissions may take a little longer and I might scale back on some craft fairs and boutiques for now, but I think it will all work out. For some reason when things start to get easy I get restless and look for ways to shake things up. I think I thrive on chaos.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Yard Sale!

Okay, when I originally posted the title for my last blog entry it said, "Changes is good, right?" Der. I wuz a Engilsh major!

So those big life changes that were supposed to be finalized Friday? They've been postponed to Monday. Argh. In the meantime. . .

Yard Sale! My friends and I had one in my front yard today. I made $75. Do you live in the L.A. area? Stop by 451 Riverdale Dr. in Glendale tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon. Tell me that you read my blog I will let you browse the kokoleo studio and give you 50% off any item! (This is a test to see if any locals are lurking.) I'll also let you have anything you want in the yard sale for free!!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Change is good, right? Right?

Big major life-altering changes are afoot in the VanHorn house and kokoleo studio. I cannot speak of them until Friday when these changes become official. Suffice it to say I haven't been updating my website or blog very much because my life is a wee bit hectic right now.

But not so hectic that I can't fit in Project Runway, Season 3! Man, I love this show.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

One person's crap is another person's CRAFT!

I've been on needlepoint, cross-stitch and embroidery kick lately. I'm not actually doing the work, but rescuing pieces that have been forgotten, cast aside and given to thrift stores, garage sales, etc. Someone somewhere at some point in time spent hours making these and it breaks my heart to see a sticker on top that reads, "25 cents."

Okay, actually I get really excited when I see that, but also a little sad for the one who made it. I look at the indivual stitches and see the hands behind it. I imagine the person in front of the T.V. (M.A.S.H.? Matlock? Murder She Wrote?) or on a porch in a rocking chair on a Saturday afternoon or in the carheading for a vacation. They are having conversations or enjoying the solitude while their fingers repetitively stick the needle in and out and over and under and through as they meticulously follow a pattern or don't. They stop every once in a while to rest their fingers and examine their progress. At some point they finish it, frame it, hang it on the wall and go on with their lives. And then somewhere along the way it gets discarded. This is where I come in. Here are a few things I've picked up in the last few weeks. . .

First, a pillow ($1.99):

I think it's going to become a purse someday.

A snow skier (89 cents):

Damn, that's ugly. Something weird is going on with one of the boots too. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it but I think 89 cents is a bargain for a thousand tiny stitches.

A house ($2.19):

It reminds me of the little wooden collectible "Cat's Meow" houses my mom has scattered around her house. See the black cat at the front door? I might give it to her for a surprise. Oh wait, she reads my blog. There goes that idea.

A needlepoint printed tin (89 cents):

And lastly, my new favorite, unicorns! ($10.80)

When I was buying the house and tin (above) at the thrift store the clerk pointed out the unicorns to me. I had overlooked it before because I thought it was just a cheesy painting. Somehow the embroidery makes it beautiful to me. I guess that beauty is in the eye of the beholder because when I brought it home the first thing Erik said when he saw it was, "You're seriously not going to hang that up are you?"

Yes! At least until I get the urge/nerve to turn it into a purse. Is that wrong? Nahh, it's recycling!


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