Many of you will remember when we all chose the perfect house for my Mom in Santa Fe. That was back in 2010. And it was the perfect house – but it did not have the lifetime friends, memories, and familiarity to be her forever home. So, after five years here and her 90th birthday, Mom moved back to Michigan.
Did it break my heart? Absolutely. But I also get it and she is very happy back there where she “recognizes the street signs”.
You gotta make lemonade, right?
So, my brother and I, who co-owned the house with Mom, decided to make it the most wonderful vacation rental ever, and that is why you haven’t heard much from me lately. I have been CREATING the biggest art project yet, and having so much fun doing it!
It’s a beauty! And the best part of the project is that it brought back my creative connection that had gotten so lost for awhile. A different kind of creative activity and I think that is what did the trick – engaging with something that wasn’t my usual.
I have just listed Casa Artista (House of the Artist) on VRBO.com (Vacation Rental by Owner) and I am excited for you to see what I have been doing . . .
With the cost of hotel rooms in Santa Fe proper over $250/night, getting a three bedroom house for $200/night is a great deal, and you also get the views and country feeling of our village which is 15 minutes out of town. And, the protected night skies are to die for. I would love it if you would share this link with friends. I want to get the word out.
AND . . . I have been thinking about mini-retreats (3-4 students) where you would stay together at Casa Artista and we would have our workshops right there. Is that a good idea? It sure sounds like fun to me. I live 5 minutes away so all the rooms would be for students.
I am thinking about beginning fused glass workshops, and iPad Art Journaling combined with best Studio Tour week-ends in the Fall.
What do you think of those ideas?
And how do you like my little castle?