The mysterious world of MONICA CROESE


Rain, strangers and a new home

Hi there all. Already back at work for 2 weeks but not on the internet much. Holidays are almost over, my kids have one week left, and then everything will be back to normal. We had a lazy vacation, the first week camping we had nice weather, but the second week we went home because of the rain. I do love rain, but this was lots and lots of rain and that's not so nice while camping.  The kids didn't mind luckily. Next year we're off to France or Portugal again LOL.  The first day i had to work again, guess what?  A very hot day with lots of sunshine. Life sucks haha. :-S But i can enjoy the sun when i have my day off.

I wrote about some news i have to tell you when i am back. So here it goes:
first of all i am building a webshop for Splash splash kisses and almost ready for your visit. With lots of nice poppy stuff i think.
But most exciting: we are going to move again! The house we live in now is nice, but we are a bit strange for the neighborhood. We don't have a bourgeois taste so it seems, whatever that means. We drive an old car that takes us to places, thats all that counts right? We don't like to spend lots of money on a shiny new car, if the car drives than the car is sufficient for us. I wear black clothes most of the time, we listen to strange music, we don't like cultivated gardens and environments, the same garden as the neighbors with lots of concrete etc. It seems that some neighbors of us are upset because of our free, a bit wild front and backgarden. But they don't come to us to talks about this, we are very nice people really, they complain to the housing society, so this feels not good.
But in the beginning of next year we are moving to a nice project: Saksen Weimar. This was an old terrain with barracks for the military. When it wasn't in use any longer for the military, it became the place for artists and musicians with concerts and expositions.  And now the housing society is renovating all the beautiful old buildings, and inside the buildings there will be appartments with ateliers. And we are the lucky ones to rent one of these appartments. I have to admit it's a bit of a presomptuous project, there also will be new houses, expensive houses, so the terrain will be much more structured, no large metal statues etc. anymore. This scares some artists off. But i have faith in it, i can see through it. Artists will be artists, you cannot control them. Especially when they are living together, inspiring each other. Another project here in Arnhem, for artists, also a bit presomptuous, also scaring off artists in the beginning, prove i am right. ;-)
It's so nice to live in a home with artists around you yeay! I can't wait haha, but i have to be patient......

An old photograph of the barracks.

This is the gateway to the terrain.

One of the buildings in which our appartment will be build. Our living room has 3 windows, and the atelier next to it has also 3 windows! The width of our garden will be about 14 meters.  Are we lucky bastards or what?

That's it for now. I also have done some new drawings in my holidays, i will upload these in a new post. I will be visiting you all pretty soon. Stay happy!


Willy. said...

Lucky bastards!!

Elisabeth said...

This sounds very exciting, Monica. A new home.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Monica,
Your news is wonderful and I could not be any happier for you and your family.
Enjoy, be creative and at peace.

renilde said...

well Monica, those big windows and all that garden space will fit you fine so will living among other artists do, good idea to look for a place where you really feel at home, xx

Monica Croese said...

Haha, i know Willy, i know......

Monica Croese said...

it is Elisabeth! I hardly can't wait. This also will be the last time we are moving i think. Because this will become the perfect place for us.
Sweet greetz for you!

Monica Croese said...

Hi Gary,
it is always a pleasure to see you here, enjoying your kind words.
Wishing you all the best dear friend......

Monica Croese said...

Hi Renilde,

first of all what a wonderful photograph in your profile. Pretty lady. :-)
When we moved to the home where we live now, we had the ensurance from the housing society and the society for artists who .... ff in het nederlands hoor: toen we vorig jaar verplicht moesten verhuizen, wilden we wel zwart op wit van de woningbouwvereninging en het SLAK (arnhems atelierbeheer waar we ons vorige huis van huurden) dat we in aanmerking zouden komen voor de atelierwoningen op Saksen Weimar. Omdat we verhuisden naar arnhem zuid naar een slaapwijk en ik bang was dat we hier niet zouden kunnen aarden.Ons huis hier is wel fijn, maar idd we vallen wat uit de toon hier, te keurig en te benauwend. Dus heerlijk dat we nu kunnen verhuizen. :-) Inderdaad naar een thuis waar we ons echt thuis zullen voelen.

Elizabeth Anderson said...

I've been away from blogging so I'm a little late getting your wonderful news. To have an atelier designed for the purpose of being an atelier and with large windows. I'm so happy for your luck!

Take care Monica