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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hayden's Doll

Yesterday was a special day because I was visited by a special girl!

I have two granddaughters, and both enjoy painting dolls with me. 

Hayden is 8 years old and she loves the arts! She can knit and is learning to play the piano. The lady next door to her has a kiln and has taught Hayden to slump glass. This summer she took a pottery class. She also loves to cook. 

Yesterday, Hayden visited for the day and she painted this beautiful doll! 
She asked me if she could sell it
and I thought, "Why not!?"

The doll is really as good as most dolls on Etsy, 
and so we will list it for $39. 
When it sells, Hayden will get $30 
and I'll keep $9 for materials and listing fees. 

The face was completely painted by Hayden.
The hair was braided by her.
She made the sweater - Grandma cut it out.
The pants and boots are regular Bratz pants/boots.
I embroidered the flower on the front of the sweater 
and tidied up her stitches a bit, 
but Hayden did most of the work herself.

The doll is really a beauty with gorgeous green eyes
and a soft, sweet expression.

Hayden has named the doll Makayla.

I strongly believe in teaching children to work and earn their own money.
Teaching a child to be self-sufficient, 
to me, 
is one of the greatest gifts a parent or grandparent can give.

I think Hayden is well on her way to a career in the Arts;
perhaps she will paint portraits,
or be the curator at a museum.
And that makes me very happy!

If you are interested in Hayden's doll, Makayla,
you can find it in my FreckleFarm Dolls shop:

Here are a few more photos of Hayden
so you can see her cute personality.
She's a kick!

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Back to the Desert!

Well, life just has a way of throwing curve balls, doesn't it?

Just about the time I was settling in, my son got notice that the house next door they wanted to rent was $2750 per month!


How in the world do people pay that? That's 3 times my monthly income!

Anyway, I decided to move down to the desert for one year and let my son and his partner have my room. This way they can save $2000 each month and by the end of the year have a chunk of change for a down payment.

I had been toying with spending a full year in the desert, so I guess this should satisfy that whim!


my new art studio will become his office for a year 
and I'll be packing up and heading south the first of November.

I do love the desert. 
I love getting up at 4 am and watching the sun rise over the mountains. 
I love spending time with my new friend and evil twin, Vicki. 
And I love doing water aerobics each day.
I actually love being alone.
And I love having so many nice places to walk. 
And the weather. . . well, I can't complain.

The deal is in exchange for me moving, 
my son will pay my way back to Portland 
a few times during the year to visit. 
He'll also pay my storage fees up here, 
and my moving expenses.  
All that done, it will STILL be a hell of a lot cheaper 
than $2750 per month.

Good Lord!  
No wonder so many people are homeless!