A pipe in the barn where my studio was located burst after this last hard freeze, even though it was insulated. Thousands of gallons of water filled the ceiling which then collapsed, dumping water, sheetrock, insulation, and 20-some-odd years of mud dobber nests and rodent droppings on top of...everything.
I am a chef, seamstress, and artist. Everything that doesn't happen in the kitchen, happened in here.This studio is both my livelihood and my refuge. It is always a work in progress, and I have built a collection of tools, books, and supplies over years that allow me to create almost anything at any time. I paint, sculpt, bead, design, assemble, build, sew, dream, and tinker.
And now, I have lost the ability to perform two thirds of what I do in life. There is insurance, but because this happened in the the old tack room and not the house, contents coverage does not apply--if we are lucky, it will cover gutting and rebuilding the room, but that is still unknown.
I'm taking both my home and industrial sewing machines to service centers tomorrow, and I do not know yet if they are repairable or will have to be replaced (I'm hoping repair. replacing both costs half of what I'm asking to raise). I lost all of my sewing notions, from thread to zippers to pins. Rolls of silk, linen, and cotton were standing in water. I lost art supplies from canvases, paint, and paper goods to clay and doll-making supplies. I have to replace the vacuum, the iron, and ironing board....and a hundred other odd things.
I am currently unemployed, and have lost the tools I did have that help eek me through necessities and bills, so I literally have no way to replace what is lost.
Whatever you are willing to share is more than appreciated. 5 dollars or 50, my deepest gratitude radiates at your kind, generous, and helpful heart. Thank you.
Seriously, there is not enough 'thank you' in the world I can utter, but I offer all I possess.
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