Now that my elephant is in a box, it’s official: I’m moving! (Papers are still not signed yet, though, so I really hope I don’t have to reschedule the moving van again. Mortgage companies can be such a pain…)
I know a lot of you have been wondering where I’m going next. I found a really cute house on Craigslist, a few miles from my daughter, in South Dakota. I haven’t actually seen it yet, but I signed a lease for 9 months. That will give me time to decide where to buy my next house, and, in the meantime, I get a chance to play in the snow with my grandson.
Now, about that elephant — people often ask me why I don’t sell my sculptures online, and here’s the reason: I hate packing them up to ship, and then worrying about whether they’ll actually get to their destination intact. That’s especially true with a sculpture this big, because the only box I could find that would fit poor Elsie was a used appliance box that had definitely seen better days. And packing peanuts were out of the question, since the only ones for sale here in town come in very small bags. It would have cost over $50 just for peanuts at that rate, and it cost way less than that to make the beast in the first place. (To see how I did it, click here).
So I cut up the appliance box so I could set the elephant down into the box instead of scooting her in through the end. Then I reinforced the box with some pieces from a set of wooden shelves. She weighs almost 50 pounds, and she’s not an easy shape to lift, but I did manage somehow. Next I padded the box all around with cushions from my loveseat and a chaise lounge, and some foam left over from a project I did a long time ago. I taped the whole thing back together with strapping tape, but it didn’t really look like something that would survive a trip half-way across the country. To reinforce itÂ I found some tie-down straps at Walmart. Now I just hope for the best.
By the way, if you start a pool to bet on whether or not the elephant actually arrives with ears and tail intact, please don’t tell me about it. 😉[Edit: the elephant arrived at her new home in perfect shape!]