27 March 2013

Create Where You Are

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This post has been sitting in edit form for days now.  Maybe even an entire week, waiting for me to hit the little publish button.
I almost feel like my creativity has been paused, put on hold until we are in our house, and I am surrounded by my sewing paraphernalia.  I can't just buy a zipper, I have dozens with my sewing stuff, and I know I have the exact color I'll need! 
Which is silly, because we can always be creative, regardless of the environment, sometimes more creative when we don't have everything we thing we think we need at our fingertips.
Our move-in date keeps move-ing.  Haha. Not so funny, but there is a lesson in everything, right?  More patience, choosing to enjoy each day, no matter where we are and what we have. 
I decided that I just needed to quit waiting for the perfect culmination to create, and started sewing again.  Real sewing, not just mending or altering.
I've been promising Divine a new dress for longer than I'm going to admit.  Somehow, I forget that she doesn't have any hand-me-downs like the rest of the girls.  So.  I've started a dress without a pattern, only a vision in my head of what I'd like to see come to fruition.
The azaleas are bare of their fruits now at Magnolia Manor.  But now I know what a stupendous show awaits us next year when our home will be well worn in.
The girls are settling into their new schools.
I think we even went the entire last week without any tears.  Well, tears from school induced drama, at least.
I have built and planted 2 box gardens, as well as other garden-type activities around the house, keeping an eye on what is going on in the house.  
We will miss them, those men that do work and make things nice at the drop of a nail.  I say paint and they say what color.  I say new hinges and they say what finish.
I even borrowed a tile drill bit today, because I was drilling into glass.  People with the right tools are handy.
This whole house renovation has gone on a month longer than originally planned, and I have stopped trying to live neatly from a suitcase.  Oh, I'll just wash this at the house.  That was a couple of weeks ago.  
But good things are hard. 
And this house has been given a new life through much hard work.  There was skepticism from almost everyone.  But I've won them over.  Every one.
And Divine just might be able to wear a new dress to our first evening at home.
all photos from my instagram account @nobigdillkaty, which, ahem Gammy, you can also view online here 

18 comments:

  1. Always love these posts. Take care and hang in there, Dills! That house will be so worth the wait!!

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    1. Thanks, Kristin. We are almost there!

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  2. I feel your patience being tested. :-) And I can see that you already know that it will be worth the wait. Hang in there!

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  3. inspiring :) good luck on your new house!

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  4. This is lovely and, yet, I can feel your strain. It all looks beautiful and I'm a bit jealous that you all are on the edge of something new...I always have wandering feet and we've stayed put for a long time now. I'm sending great positive vibes your way and hoping the rest comes together smoothly.

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    1. Yes, I know the feeling of wandering feet. I'm surprised we stayed in our previous house as long as we did. Go take an exotic vacation to take the edge off ;)

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  5. Moving day... it's elusive, but it comes :) Mine got postponed 2 months...

    Hang in there!

    Ps. As always... what a beautiful family!

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    1. 2 months! Things always take longer than we anticipate. Never are they shorter, right? Thank you :)

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  6. I love all the pictures...especially the last one of drummer IN the books. I hope your moving had comes soon, but it sounds like your house is going to turn out fabulous! The sneak peek of the fireplace is gorgeous! How fun! I'm glad you have stuff growing, that always feels good. And yes, we all have to create at whatever stage we are in. Sometimes I craft something small because all I have is 20 min (and a dirty house), but it is what it is! :)

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    1. Lynette, yes, Drummer really gets lost in literature ;) The fireplace is the only thing I didn't take a photo of before, I'm bummed about that, but it really is amazing the difference that a few months has made on it! I think the busier we are, the more productive we are because we learn to manage our time more wisely. 20 minutes can accomplish much!

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  7. I am packing up my sewing stuff in order to get ready for a big move. And It has made me so sad as a slowly put things in little plastic bags, not to be used for the months ahead. Thank you for reminding me that my creativity has not been packed into those bags and boxes too. ~Major Moma

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  8. Exciting times! When we built our house last summer, we were delayed two months. Our little family of five was cooped up in two bedrooms at my parents' house, so I completely get the feeling you have. Excitement, gratitude, anxiousness, claustrophobia... you TRY and enjoy the moment but really you just want to go grocery shopping and put things in your new cupboards. I get it. :)

    Things are looking beautiful and you and your family will be settling in soon!

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  9. I can't wait to see the finished product, but mostly, I just wrote down, " Good things are hard". And I will probably post it, well, EVERYWHERE. A much needed reminder for the people in this house, namely me. Thank you Katy!
    Tasha

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  10. Oh, and we are doing a renovation in our basement, my studio is out of use, and the new machine I got for Christmas, is still in its box. So the quilts I worked my fingers to the BONE to get done in time for Christmas. Its getting taken out of that box. Thanks for the reminder!

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  11. We have our own Baby Dill on the way (really, that's our name too)so I find myself thinking of you and your lovely family often. I miss seeing your beautiful posts but know that remodeling/moving is trying and exhausting. I'm looking forward to when you have more space and time to create (as I imagine you are too!). Until then I'm sending some positive thoughts for a little extra calm your way.

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  12. We miss you Katy Dill! Hope you and yours are all well and soon to be settled in.

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