1.07.2011

where we're headed... ROME!

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.




here we go...

21 comments:

  1. pasta pasta pizza pizza ciao its gonna be so grand!

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  2. Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Have a wonderful time!
    Brenda

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  3. WOW, what an experience! Lucky lucky girl. Please keep us updated as you go along....I'm a new follower because I love your animals - glad I found you to virtually visit Rome! That is ofcourse, if you'll be blogging about it. Please?

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  4. wow wow wow....what a lucky little family! Enjoy every second and i cant wait to see what gorgeous inspiration you come back with!
    Emma

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  5. Rome is lovely! hope you enjoy it

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  6. What an amazing opportunity for you all! Isn't this the kind of stuff that life is really all about? Taking advantage of opportunities? Yes!

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  7. So happy to hear the exciting news! Sure will miss your adorable creations. Embrace this opportunity, children grow so fast. My "baby" just turned 16! You'll have beautiful memories from this experience. Have a wonderful time, you will be missed!

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  8. How absolutely marvelous! What a dream. It's like you are living in the best kind of novel.I hope you all find each moment a perfect memory to savor. Enjoy!

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  9. That truly is very exciting news!

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  10. What an opportunity! Congrats!

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  11. That is wonderful. First...not working and second living in another country. This will change your life!

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  13. how fantastic!!!! you lucky lady!

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  14. I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun in Rome, it's really wonderful.
    And if it happens you come to Milan, we could have a cappuccino together!
    Mariella

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  15. You will have such a great time and Claude is the perfect age. My mother and I took my just-turned-one year old daughter to France for two weeks in 2009. It was so great to get away for a while and she was still small enough to haul around. Take a stroller AND a backpack with you. We did garden tours which were not wheel friendly. I couldn't have made it without the backpack. And get plenty on playtime because riding along doesn't count. The worst thing was we were exhausted after hauling her around and she was just gearing up to play!

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  16. oh wow how exciting and what an amazing adventure to have as a young family. all the best! x

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  17. I'm so excited that this all worked out!! Can't wait to see pics and hear all about the city! Good luck getting ready for the trip!

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  18. What a wonderful opportunity for you all....and to see Rome through Claude's eyes. Awesome:)

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