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One week to go for the move.  I can't believe how much 'stuff' I've accumulated in the 15 months I've been in this two room apartment and I'm still packing 'stuff'.
It makes my mind wander to such places as this and a simpler more thoughtful life....
If only I were thirty years younger and still held the belief I could do anything.  I miss youth.

Making some changes, I couldn't handle the yellow fish.
I won't be able to get much more done on this until the weekend.  I'll be adding more Yellow Tail Snapper, more Clown fish, more coral, some fish off in the distance, maybe a Parrot fish or two and some interest on the sea floor.....stones, shells etc.

Well.......great news!  My apartment has been rented!!  I'm not sure if I'll still have to forfeit my security deposit for early termination but I do know I don't owe the landlord anymore money so I was able to hire movers for the move.  April 28th is moving day :-)

I also got my canvas and have started (don't judge, its still early stage) one of the three porthole paintings.  I want to add a lot more detail (fish, coral) to this, but its funny today I realized I just can't seem to escape my distinctive style of painting.  I wonder if that would change if I took some classes?

Yeh!  I finally got the go ahead for the three porthole paintings for the new Florida restaurant, they will be 30" diameter but for safety sake I will oversize them a few inches.  The paintings will be similar to this
that a did a few years ago for a Florida mansion's elevator, it lined the inside wall of the elevator shaft and had a window on the cab so you could view the mural as you went up or down.
The white area is where there was a window in the wall of the elevator shaft.
I ordered the canvas for this new project from one of my favorite ebay stores, $33 and change for a 22' long roll 55" wide, not a bad deal....plus free shipping!  It should arrive before the end of the week.  I'm anxious to get them done before the move.......just 3 more weeks, can't wait!


No new paintings to show, I've got moving on my mind and its hard to focus.
Yesterday there were two appointments to show my current apartment, I don't know the results.  This apartment is a hard sell, its very small, two rooms and a tiny bathroom, but fingers crossed someone will be swept away by the beautiful architecture of the place.
Anyway......when there is a showing here I leave the property and head around the corner to the local thrift shop and yesterday was my lucky day!  I loved my old red curtains that I had in the apartment I'll be returning to...
and thought I'd never find panels wide enough or long enough to get that look again (that I could afford).....But.....I did, well sort of.  I found three ikea curtain panels for a total of $8.95.  They're brown not red but they are wide and long (57"x 118" each) and will look great with my current furniture.
I'm still waiting for measurements from Florida so I can begin the paintings for the restaurant there.  I'm guessing the renovations are presenting more pressing concerns for the new owners. 
Perhaps I'll work on some ebay paintings today, I confess its getting harder to get motivated to do them.  Even though they sell consistently I'm not seeing their value increase significantly and with the ebay fees, supply costs, postage, etc, well its frustrating spending hours on a painting and seeing a return of just a couple of dollars......the joy of painting starts to fade.

A couple of more paintings for ebay
I'm still waiting for measurements to begin the paintings for the Florida restaurant and there are no takers on my current apartment yet......waiting, waiting, waiting........sigh.

Today I sign the lease on my old apartment, it got moved up a day......AND :-).......my current landlord is showing my apartment tomorrow afternoon, fingers are crossed!  I stayed home yesterday to avoid the snowy morning commute and spent the day staging my apartment....shampooed the carpet, shined up the wood floor, removed and put away as much 'stuff' as I could to make the place less cluttered, etc.  One thing I like about Philly, if you don't want something anymore you can just put it out on the street and it'll be gone in seconds!
Since I'll be scrambling for extra money the next few weeks I got back in touch with the decorator in Florida, the one who had me doing the silly animal portraits, and the one who was trying to open a new restaurant.
I learned she finally got a place (third try) and its under renovation.  The theme will be sort of old rustic fishing shack kind of stuff and we're talking about me doing some paintings, and I don't think it will involve animals in hats :-) I'm waiting for pictures of the place and any ideas she may have for the paintings.
I've got a couple of new paintings up on ebay, one being another peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

A long day today, yesterdays job and todays and a lease signing........off I go.
Love this room, it reminds me most of when I was in the apartment I'm moving back into.  Of course I have different furniture now.....wish I still had those gorgeous red curtains.....and I think I have enough pieces to closely replicate the design below.  I've been looking at studio apartment decorating ideas online. I'll sign my lease next Wednesday and then panic for the following six weeks trying to get all of the move-in costs together. I'll be losing my deposit on my current apartment because I'm leaving early, something I didn't anticipate so the pressures on......but I'll get it done :-)

Here's some others that caught my eye.........










Yeah!....today I put a deposit on my old studio apartment, I'm sooooo looking forward to the move, move in will be the end of April.
I spent most of the afternoon looking online for new ideas decorating small spaces although I pretty much have it planned out already having lived there before.
I did find something new that I'm excited about using because if I remember correctly there's a bit of  linoleum flooring in the kitchen that is pretty boring and could use some help.  I happened on a Youtube video about putting down a temporary linoleum floor with double sided tape.  The company is Modularity Tiles .

Of course these can be applied permanently but whats neat is they sell a double sided tape ($65) to use for a temporary application and this tape leaves no residue when removed, the tiles are $3.25 a piece........LOVE IT!
Anyone remember my first studio apartment in Narberth? 
Where I painted my window screens.....
Ok it was a few years ago, I really liked that apartment but at the time it was getting too expensive for my budget so I gave it up.  Well, I just learned its become available again and just at the time I'm apartment hunting.  My one hesitation.....its now even more pricey at $960 a month.  I have a feeling though that I won't have to struggle deciding whether to take it or not.......I don't have the money to secure it and it'll probably get snapped up before I do (have the money).  Better news........I'm looking at another apartment in Narberth today that's two hundred dollars less and has a bedroom and washer and dryer.  True I still don't have 'holding' money but maybe I can strike a deal?.......... probably not, Narberth has no problem finding new residents.  We'll see.  I need to learn to be more positive.

So exciting all my ebay ACEO paintings have bids on them.  I did these peaches over the weekend to add to the apple and the two landscapes.

I can not believe this!  They are predicting another 6-12 inches of snow starting tomorrow and guess what that means........possibly another two days of missed work.  I've been struggling to figure out how to move into a larger apartment since I can't afford to move back to Florida and now its beginning to look like I can't even afford to move to just another part of town!  This is just frigging ridiculous.

On a brighter note the landscape painting in the previous post sold for $20.49, I finally broke through the $8.50 starting bid :-) that everythings been selling at.
I have been painting all day and will probably spend the next few days doing the same.  I did another small (ACEO) mini landscape.  I hope those look like cows to everyone, painting cows that small was tricky.

I look up old landscape paintings online and borrow bits and pieces from them and compose my own scene.  The bits of money I make from these is becoming more and more important.....right now I've got about $40 in the bank and with missing more work this coming week its going to be rough.  But the rents paid and there's plenty of brown rice and dried beans in the cupboard :-).  And I should say out loud how happy I am that I started collecting social security early because if I hadn't I'd be in deep(er) trouble having missed so much work these past several weeks.......I am grateful.

Well, after some careful thought and number crunching I've come to accept the fact that I can't afford to move back to Florida, not unless I could earn as much painting as I do cleaning and it doesn't look like that'll ever happen. I couldn't afford to take my things with me and to get there with no job prospects would be pretty foolish.  So the new plan is to try and move back to Narberth, the little town I was living (and happy) in before I moved to the Germantown area.  I've talked about Narberth before, the perfect little town with everything you could possibly need within a four block area......grocery, pharmacy, bank, hardware, train station, movie theater, restaurants, bars, laundry, coffee shop, specialty shops, etc etc.  And now that I'm collecting social security I'll be better able to afford the pricey rents (the reason I left there)......ha :-) at least that's the current plan but if you follow this blog you know that could change on a dime ......damn ADHD.

Meanwhile there are two new paintings on ebay.

No painting today.  I spent the morning making another free website on Weebly just for my ACEO paintings http://aceopaintings.net .  You can get to my eBay auctions from it and also buy prints. I started to add a 'store' page on the site but after I had posted 5 products I was informed I had to upgrade and pay if I wanted to add more so I removed it for now and just ask people to contact me if they want to purchase a print.  I'll upgrade the site to add the store once I get some work under my belt, the bank account is pretty low right now with all the missed work from the snow.

I've been wanting to turn some of my ACEO images into small note cards to sell but hadn't been able to find a small size that I thought would be small enough ..... imperfections start to show if the image is enlarged too much.  I think I finally found some that might work and also not break the bank at
this site.  Just some simple matte finish white cards that measure 3 1/2 x 4 7/8 and they're $9.37 for a box of 50!
And a box of 50 envelopes is $10.93.....perfect.  I think $20 for 50 cards/envelopes beats $1+ a piece printers charge, and I'm sure I won't be using $30 worth of ink.
Now all I would need is the confidence to print them myself.  This will be my project for this week.

Ut-O..........looks like I'd better keep looking!   I just found 50 cards for $4.50 HERE
And a box of 250 HERE for $17.97
Ok......I think I've reached my limit.....more snow tomorrow, that's three separate snow events in one week!  I'm starting to check out apartments back in Florida.  Here's three places I've found so far with really reasonable rents:
http://www.lexingtonclubatverobeach.com/
http://www.indianrunstuart.com/
http://www.sandsatstlucie.com/
The Sands has two bedroom/two baths starting at $599
The Lexington has two bedroom/one baths starting at $660 which is what I'm paying here for a two room efficiency!
And The Crossings at Indian Run Apartments has one bedrooms starting at $581, two bedrooms at $681. 

I'm leaning towards the Lexington so far I think.

No work again today because of road conditions......did you hear about the multi, multi car
accident /pile up on the PA turnpike?  Thank goodness no one was seriously hurt.
So.......I did a lot of snow shoveling in the parking area this morning,
(we're running out of places to put the snow) and then settled in to some painting.