I've been sitting on some very exciting news. As I mentioned I have a lot of big plans for this new year... and the biggest and possibly most exciting- ROME! Jay, Claude and I will be leaving in early February for an extended stay in the magical city of magical cities- ROME! Let me say it again ROME ROME ROME!
This trip has been in the works for a while but it's taken some time to nail down all the details and get my head around what it all means for this, my little cottage industry. I'm still unsure about how it will work but as it stands now I will be taking a break from sewing for at least the 3 months we're away. This is hard to imagine right now- but more details to come (Monday?) on how the Valentines Update will look and shortly after, info on my plans post-trip. I know I know, more mystery! but there is so much change going on right now I can only wrap my head around one "plan" at a time.
So now that we've gotten some of the "business" out of the way, let's talk about ROME! As I may have mentioned before, Jay is also an artist. He's represented by a gallery in Rome and two years ago we went to install his last solo show there and fell in love with the city (not to mention the gallery and it's director). Check out the photo below- I was 4 months pregnant with Claude then... ohhhh the ease of traveling without a baby- ok, I don't even what to think about the plane ride right now- - - - So Jay has another solo show planned for this April and instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars on shipping all the finished works, the gallery has asked us to come live there while Jay makes the pieces for the show. They have a lovely house for us to stay in (at the end of the block you can see the walls of the old city - amazing!) and a place for him to work. That's a hard offer to pass up and why would we?! We've found friends to live in our house and keep everything settled here, Claude is still so young and relatively easy to travel with and life is short! We'll arrive in Rome on Valentines Day and Jay will have a little over a month and a half before his show opens. There's lots of work to be done in that time, but knowing him there will be a fair amount of familytime in there too. Friends and Family are making plans to visit us and after his show is installed and open we plan to do more traveling around. This will be the first time in my adult life that I haven't worked (add a good half my teens to that too!). I'm looking forward to spending all my time with Claude and Jay- exploring a new place and learning and seeing and experiencing my life with new perspective...
This should be quite a journey.