Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The way we were.

Five years ago, I bought the house that is now Crazy as a Loom Weaving Studio.
I closed the deal on May 28th. I was in a daze that day, not sure I believed that it was really going to happen.
When I left the lawyer's office, I drove straight to Kingsbury, to say hello to my new house. It was quite a mess, inside and out. It was an adventure, for sure, waiting to happen.

There was so much work to be done. It was kind of hard to know where to start.

It seems impossible now, that it ever looked this way.
It had been somewhat neglected, and needed a lot of TLC, which I felt it deserved.

We dove into it, really. Room by room, the floors, the ceilings, the windows, the walls, the wiring, plumbing, painting........then on to the outside, brush, weeds, out of control lawns, a barn ready to fall down.
It was an incredible amount of work.
Here is where I wove those first few months, when I had a few minutes to spare, which wasn't often.
That first year, I had to almost abandon the part that I loved, weaving, to devote my time to getting the place ready to open.
DH was invaluable. You knew that, right?

Today was a rainy day in northeast NY. I can't say that I was all that motivated. I did get some stuff done. What I really wanted to do was take a nap.
Sometimes, when it is quiet, I put the shuttle down, and lie down on the bed in the pink room......the one where my Macomber loom is set up.
The cats love this.......they jump up and lay down, too.
Nap time. They do it so well. I am taking notes on how slow down. Who does it better?


Anonymous said...

We had just a bit of rain last night and today looks completely foggy, misty and like a good day to grab a long nap. I nap well too by the way... *ggigles*

The house looks as though it needed much love when you purchased it and received it after your purchase. And I thought just re-doing one floor of a house was a lot of work. Gosh, you really had a lot to do but the results are definitely your reward. I commend you.

The Blue Ridge Gal

Jennifer said...

Only five years!!! You have come a long way baby. How excellent!

KarenInTheWoods said...

Oh gosh, FIVE years ago already? How time flies--- I remember all that! All the *do you think I am crazy???* emails! LOL LOL... Yup.. you ARE crazy.... Crazy as a Loom! HARRDEEEHEEEHARRRHARRRRRRRR

Delighted Hands said...

Wow, you've come a long way , Baby! It is a beautiful renovation you have brought about-you deserve a rainy day nap with the cats!

Benita said...

The house does look like it deserves to be restored.

So, I never thought about this before, but can't you just wind a warp straight off the spool rack (perhaps using lease sticks for tensioning)? That way you could wind as long a warp as will fit onto the warping beam, then weave until you're done. Hmmm... I see an experiment coming.

bspinner said...

Five years - Wonderful!!!!!
You've done a lot of work on your house and it's looking beautiful.


Hilary said...

So wonderful that you could see the true beauty of that house. That had to be one extensive but rewarding project.

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