This new year found us celebrating our first anniversary (the paper year), Snakes bidding farewell to journalism (December 31st last day) and closing on our house (yeesh). To commemorate, I commissioned my friend Stacey for an illustration.
One of the best things about being a person who makes things is that you get to trade with other people who make things. I love the barter system. (It’s how I’ve acquired most of the artwork in our home.) I get to give my beloved a totally unique and memorable gift and I get to make my friend a gorgeous new bag to house her inspired drawings and illustrations.
I gave her artistic license to come up with a drawing that represented “leaving things a little nicer than you found them”. I love what she did with the guidelines I offered. Our house, which was uninhabited for a couple of decades, Snakes bought off the demo list and turned into the most vibrant and beautiful home on the block. Hard to believe that this place was just a 15 minute bike ride from downtown Detroit. (And yes, we really did have chickens.. lawlessness has its privileges.)
So this is the final bag I’ll make in Detroit. I suppose I’ll have to change my labels to indicate our change in geography. Our pack out date is the 29th. My last day at work, the 23rd. Didn’t think I would be, but I am a smidge misty eyed.
I hope to develop and continue the pursuit of this interest/talent once we are in the FS. Lucky to have found an apartment in DC with a basement/extra bedroom (within budget). I worry that once we are sailing across the oceans we won’t qualify for a space big enough for me to have a little studio, since it’s just the two of us. If anyone out there has any insight into how that works for EFMs and home business spaces, I’d love to hear it.