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In with the New (and Out with the Old)

β€œIn with the new,” as the saying goes. Those of you subscribing to my newsletter know that we’ve just moved from our home (waay out in the country) of 17 years, to the Sacramento area. It was time to downsize and move closer to our son and daughter-in-law (more on that in a later post). It’s been a long time since we moved houses; it was just as stressful a process as we’d remembered. Selling one house while buying another, the juggling of two escrows and two sets of inspections and … and … and …. Well, you get the idea.

The packing alone took forever and was rather emotional at times. Downsizing meant purging of “stuff” – some more difficult to part with than others – and we had some hard decisions to make. But we got through it and have been in the new place about a week. So far we have been completely immersed in unpacking – with much more to do. There’s no real rush, of course, other than having to constantly say “Where did I see ….”

On the bright side, I successfully “negotiated” (read “begged” and “pleaded”) for the office space at the front of the house to use as my studio – mostly because it has better light than the guest bedrooms. It’s been more than a year since I packed away my art supplies in preparation for the sale of the house. Needless to say, I’m more than ready to get my studio up and running. I took a few minutes to do a short video for you on my first studio project – setting my new art supply storage unit. I apologize in advance for the lighting and the uneven sound quality – be prepared to adjust your volume control. I don’t have proper recording lighting set up (yet) and the video of the storage unit was shot on my iPhone.

I’ll be back soon with more video … assuming of course, I don’t get lost in this sea of boxes!

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  1. Jana Holden

    Wow! Looks amazing! I know you’re anxious to start creating in your new space!

    1. Vicki Robinson

      Thanks, girlfriend! I’m excited to get started once I’m all squared away!

    2. Vicki Robinson

      Thanks, Jana! I’m excited to get started once I’m all squared away!

  2. Su Hall

    Vicki, the cabinet is awesome! You’ll be ‘in business’ before long! If we don’t hear from you for a few days, we’ll send in a carpenter! LOL
    Thanks for sharing your highlights with us! I like what I see!
    Su

    1. Vicki Robinson

      Hey my friend! Make sure that carpenter has a shovel …. I’m probably buried! LOL!

  3. KimR.

    Looking good, girlfriend! I’m glad you’re moving from the ‘unpacking hell’ to something more fun. Well, more fun than unpacking boxes! Can’t wait to see your finished studio. πŸ™‚

    1. Vicki Robinson

      More stuff from storage delivered on Monday – but the end is in sight!

  4. radha iyengar

    Hi Vicky, I can see all the changes u have done recently. Bravo to you! I don’t have a big house . So I struggle to accommodate with my different hobbies things. My living room is always a mess. I don’t know how u did it with your new place.
    I have one question about how you transfer you mix media art elements to digital elements?
    Good luck with new place.
    sincerely
    Radha

    1. Vicki Robinson

      Hi Radha! So happy you stopped by again! I know what you mean about small spaces. I have a hard enough time with supplies for mixed media! I don’t think could handle another hobby!

      As for my mixed media work, I scan or take a photo of everything as it is in process. For example, when I’ve got the first layers of a background done, I will scan or take a picture and continue to do that at each stage. I use the scans and photos in Photoshop and manipulate them until I get them to the stag that they become either digital background papers or textures that I can use on digital backgrounds or elements. My Time to Renew collection is a perfect example. I scanned a water abstract floral painting and played with in it Photoshop until I could use it in all sorts of ways. I’ve done a video for Oscraps that I’ll post on my blog – I show a little of how I did that. Does that help?

  5. Sandy

    Very cool!!! You deserve an awesome work space and I am so happy for you! I’m glad you are on the other side of the move and in no time, you will be settled in. I also don’t know if I could move again but we do what we have to do. Good luck in your new home girlfriend!

    1. Vicki Robinson

      Thanks, my friend! I think the unpacking stage is almost at an end!

  6. Kay

    Wow! Very impressive. You will enjoy that so much! I cannot imagine all that you have been doing recently. When we built our house we vowed to stay here until we die!! Just the thought of packing all our stuff blows my mind. I’m glad you are happy and I think you have the worst over! The fun has begun getting all your “playroom” set up!!

    1. Vicki Robinson

      Hi Kay! That’s exactly what we said when we built our other house … best laid plans, huh?? LOL!

  7. Bev Cavera

    Oh wow, I need that cabinet too! It looks wonderful! I could HIDE all my stuff, if I needed to.

    1. Vicki Robinson

      I KNOW, right? At least the studio has doors I can close if I get too, too messy!

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