It’s been a long journey, but we finally made it to the new house! Consider this the pre-tour, since right now all of our stuff is currently in a ‘thrown on the floor’ state. We got very lucky finding this place since our first contract fell through, leading us to take a peek at this house instead, which was incorrectly listed, making it quite a lucky find!
We learned a little bit more about the place, which has had some custom renovations which made us fall in love with it. In particular, the garage has been converted into a fully heated and insulated workshop where the previous owner used to make bullets. Now, it’s the perfect studio space for me!
It’s SO much space, enough to have a corner for my computer desk, a nook for traditional painting, another corner for model photography, and a dedicated shipping/fulfillment station to help with future crowdfunding endeavors. We have literally combined about 2 and a half rooms worth of art junk into this one giant room!
The view from the studio! I love these shady trees in our front yard at the end of a quiet cul de sac. All the sunlight and windows were the major reason I fell in love with this home in the first place!
The reading room, which will also double as the guest room! I’ve been collecting art books for years and I’m ecstatic to finally have a space to fully enjoy them. On the left, my mannequin is putting in work scaring people for Halloween. She’s already made one set of delivery folks immediately walk out of the house and ask questions because she scared them hah! Sorry, guys. Not an axe murderer with a wrapped-up torso. Just an artist with display things!
My other favorite place in the house is the sun room overlooking the pool, which almost became the studio, if not for the easier to clean tile floor of the workshop. A part of the reason why we got such a good deal on this home was the fact the pool was a horrible mess we were going to have to have to fill in because it cost too much to repair and it absolutely tanked the home’s appraisal. As you can see, however, by some fluke of fate and red tape at the real estate firm, it was actually repaired before we moved in, much to our shock and surprise!
Honestly, after the hell that’s been our past few years (from cancer to COVID to shoulder surgery and the unrelenting burnout of it all), we’re happy to see a little kindness from the universe! We’re going to enjoy the rest of 2022 settling into this new place for the holidays as I work towards tentatively relaunching this Patreon in early 2023.
In the meanwhile, I’ll still be sharing smaller endeavors here in the blog, like the sketchbook posts and the fruits of my NaNoWriMo story in November. I’ll have some compilation posts soon!
PHEW! Thanks to everyone who has chosen to stick around my Patreon to support me, even if I don’t have a lot of new material to share lately. It’s done me good to take an extended break and I look forward to returning fully to my ongoing projects next year with renewed vigor!