Step one of this process: empty out my bank account.
I am on top of that. Now I just have to beaver away at plumbing, electrical, aesthetic, and other issues. Just a few days ago, there was a small ceremony in celebration of a toilet that fills from the supply line, flushes on command, and in no way endangers the operator. Next up, a shower that contains water and redirects it into a drain, hopefully after passing over a human briefly. Other efforts are in the directions of windows made of intact glass (or even ... glass), correlation between light switches and illumination, turtle-safing the yard, catching the mama cat and four kittens for TNR (and hopefully rehoming to not-my-crawlspace), and generally organizing the mad heap of creative supplies and equipment that fills the place.
Also, there is a really frightening microwave affixed to the kitchen wall with, as far as I can tell, pure spite. It is up above my head height, which is also unacceptable. If it works, I don't want to know anything about that.
HOWEVER, and it is a big however, I have been working on some art projects as well. This is a good damn thing, because I have two festivals booked in the next month, and it's going to be really awkward if I show up at one or both with no art to sell, but can cheerfully report that, "I corrected my gutter overflow problem by removing 7 sports balls, 3 diapers, several pieces of small clothes, an electric nail buffer and a key. The last sock washed out of the downspout with the next rain!"
I've been carving, and printing, and coloring my prints. I don't have a lot of photographic evidence to support these claims, but here is what I do have...
I also decided to upgrade from my nearly-random assortment of watercolor half-pans (mostly Sennelier) to Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay India Inks. Although I did spill about 1/3 of a bottle of Aqua color on my desk / self, I believe I will be great friends with these inks. The watercolors were awesome, and I loved them, but I also upgraded from water soluble relief inks to oil-based (Speedball in both cases), because the water based just dry out WAY too fast for me. I move slow, and the dry heat does not...
Maybe spending the Celtic Festival weekend dodging raindrops and hail got me on the waterproof kick? Never fear, the paper is definitely NOT waterproof! :)
If you read this far, bravo! Here is your reward: A picture of the mama cat.