23 April 2013

We Are In!

Well hello blog world!  I have gotten some very kind emails lately from dear readers telling me they miss my posts.  If that doesn't warm a girl's heart, then she probably doesn't have one.  We have finally moved into Magnolia Manor!  
We've done the majority of unpacking, but we still have a wall of boxes surrounding our bed. The boring stuff that, obviously, I haven't really missed.  But, I need to finish painting our room, plus I don't want to start smelling like a cardboard box, so it needs some attention.

Like my sister, Ann, said when they had lived without their own furnishings and "stuff", I feel like I have my personality back.  My orange.  My fabric.  Still haven't found my shoes, but I've been wearing my garden boots almost daily, both for gardening and for spray painting.  I've lost track of the amount of spray cans I've used.  I even got one without a marble!  Lucky?  I'm saying yes.

I have appreciated the gentle nudging from those who have missed my presence here, concerned that I was abandoning my blog.  We all like to be missed.  Goodness, no. Jumping this ship is not happening today. Especially as I've been unpacking my sewing studio supplies, my mind is spinning and my heart yearning to get sewing again.

This will probably be my last instagram review for a while because I'm committing to blogging again. And since it's written in big black lettering for all to read, it's real.  I feel like my words are rusty.  It's so easy to snap a shot and slap on a little caption that those composition muscles have grown weak.  Articulation atrophy has set in.  

I plan on sharing the changes we've made to our new home, but probably in installments.  Because.  I'm a perfectionist.  Maddening to me.  And Ryan.  And especially my dear workmen.  But, there will always be something I want to do before I snap shots, so I will try to reign in the perfectionist so that photos will actually happen.
 Meanwhile, there have been some snags with moving in.
 Like the bathroom sink was leaking through the outside wall.
 The brand new air conditioner stopped working.
 The brand new washer overflowed.
 Although, as it turns out, that one was my fault. Whoops. Who knew little, fluffy bubbles could be so menacing?
 The roof, we thought, was leaking, dripping down our newly painted ceiling and walls. But then it happened on a bright, sunshiny day.
 Turns out, it was air conditioner related.  

We were without the internet for 2 weeks with claims we didn't have a working phone line.  Phooey, I said to that.  Look at me blogging, eh?!
 The bumps have to eventually stop, don't they?
 Or at least come with less frequency and preferably with minimal intensity.
 All that to say I am so supremely content.  The space, the garden, the everything makes my soul smile and fills my body with gratitude that it all worked out.  I got bees, for heaven's sake!  There will be some financial belt tightening, but I tell Ryan we can do this.  We hold on to each other and figure it out, because we're a mighty spectacular team, the 8 of us.
Plus, I can always sew me something new to wear.

66 comments:

  1. So happy to see you back blogging! Can't wait to see what Magnolia Manor is looking like...and some of your gorgeous sewing!

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  2. I check everyday to see if there is any word from you. It is like missing a dear friend!

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    1. Hehe! Oh, you are too kind. I've missed YOU!

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  3. yeay!! and congrats!! and yes...the major house issues SHOULD subside...I think.

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    1. Shall we cross fingers together?

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  4. Woohoo! You are IN!!! Always a bumpy ride...but as you say, less & less frequency with those bumps. Everything looks so gorgeous. Now you have all the fun of re-discovering fabric and notions...enjoy!

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  5. She's back, hooray! Looks like this new home (once a few snags are fixed) is one amazing canvas for your creative family. Congrats, Heidi.

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    1. Thanks, Heidi. Most everything is ironed out. Let the creating begin!

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  6. Welcome back - from the other side of the world. I have missed your wonderful posts and beautiful images. It's early morning here in Sydney and I just sat back with a cup of coffee and took my time reading and enjoying.

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    1. Thank you, Mate! You're too funny, but feel honored to be included in your morning routine :)

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  7. Can't wait to see the before and after. AND can't wait to see you in person in house!

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    1. Yes, I have a few jobs you can help me with ;)

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  8. "Like my sister, Ann, said when they had lived without their own furnishings and "stuff", I feel like I have my personality back."

    This part of what you wrote really hit home. Our stuff has been in storage for over a year now and I'm sooooo ready for this life transition to be over. I am so looking forward to the day when I can have our own furnishings and "stuff" back.

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  9. I usually read and admire your blog silently, I mean, without commenting. But this time I can't stop myself from saying: I'm so happy you are back in here. :)

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  10. You have bees?! I love it! I'm excited to see Magnolia Manor in her full glory! We're finally moving into our house next week, and I can't wait to unpack my stuff that's been boxed up for a year- the joys of living in other people's houses :)

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  11. Love seeing you back here. :) And articulation atrophy--that is totally what I have! I just didn't know the words for it before (probably part of the disease... :))

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    1. hahaha! yes, it's one of the symptoms. ;)

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  12. So nice to have you back. I look forward to your future posts!!!!

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  13. Bees?! That is awesome. Glad to see you're posting again. I know moving in is LOTS of work, esp. with little kids involved!

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    1. Thanks. It's also a good time to declutter and simplify, so it's been good :)

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  14. Yeahhjhhh! I didn't want to nag you, but I missed you!

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    1. Hey, sometimes naggers are the ones that get what they want ;)

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  15. Goodness, I think your children have all grown - especially that Drummer! Love having your words and images back again. And yes, I think you absolutely should sew something for yourself!

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    1. Like weeds! I've got my eye on a few select pieces of fabric for me...

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  16. Hooray! So glad you are back here and moved in to your lovely home. Everything and everyone is beautiful. You have been missed. Best wishes with everything!

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  17. I had a feeling something was missing from my blog roll lately! SO glad you're back but glad too, you could take the time away to get things settled for yourself and your family. Can't wait to hear all about it.

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  18. Woohoo! You're in! I've been missing your posts too. Know exactly how you feel about rooms not feeling done and not wanting to blog them yet, that's the majority of my house still! Ha.

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    1. You're kind, dear girl. Yes, perpetual improvement ;)

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  19. Yay! Welcome back! And welcome to your new home! Sounds wonderful, even with all the hiccups!

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    1. They're just about smoothed out, so let the party begin!

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  20. Congratulations on finally getting in...How exciting! Our internet took 3 weeks to get connected, and it was like living in a black hole! I always wanted that giant box of crayons as a kid!

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    1. Do I need to send you your very own SUPER large box of crayons?!?

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  21. I started jumping up and down when I saw that you're back. I've missed reading everything you do. Congrats on finally getting in.

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    1. Oh, you are good to me. Thank you, thank you, Kymberly :)

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  22. Sorry for all the bumps you've had along the way, but I'm so excited to see you've returned! You're creative juices are probably over flowing by now, and I for one can't wait to see how you put them to use. Welcome back!

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    1. Overflowing and getting all over the place! ;) Thank you, Toni.

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  23. yeeeeey! You were missed! I kept coming to your blog and reading old posts :)
    Congratulation on the move... having moved to a new house 1.5 year ago, I can safely say the weird stuff stops soon and then it's just normal maintenance.

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    1. That's fun to do sometimes :) Glad you don't have to "watch reruns" anymore? ;)

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  24. yeah!! Happy you're back, but I have been enjoying the instagram posts as well. Can't wait to see more photos of the Manor. makes me look forward to us buying a house soon. Welcome back.

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    1. Yes, they're coming...
      Thank you :)

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  25. Yay! For a new post :)
    Your bee gloves are so white and clean- won't be that way for long.
    Can't wait to see more pics of your house.

    ~Cindy

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    1. Dirty bee gloves=lots of honey? Then get 'em dirty! ;)

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  26. I ditched instagram a while ago and it's the best thing I've ever done. I got lazy! Welcome back to the land of blogging :)

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    1. Thank you. I'm going to try to find a happy balance of the two, because I would miss what's going on with everyone if I dropped either ;) Thank you. It's good to be back. :)

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  27. I am so excited you are settling in and smoothing out the wrinkles of your move. I miss your posts as well! We are doing some unexpected belt tightening as well with our less adventurous move, but a move nonetheless. It was looking very smooth for a while, but we've hit a few bank busting bumps as well. Ah...and life happens again. :) You are an inspiration! I am beyond excited to see the rest of your new home!

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  28. So glad your bacccccck ;) is that a cheezit in Clovers mouth? We too just bought a house and it will be a stretch, but together the husband and I… and the kids can do it! Is that a farmhouse style kitchen sink, I think our house comes with one that style!? Happy for your contentedness- made up word?, we close escrow 5/10, look forward to that feeling after some initial stuff is done ;) much Love from SD, CA

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  29. Happy dance! Maybe I will be inspired to sew again?! I have the fabric for eyelet capris for my daughter to go with the hand knit sweater I knit. If I don't get moving it will be too hot to enjoy the sweater knit on SZ 2 needles! Love the photo of the stair steps. Sweet little Dills.

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  30. Finally your back!!!! I have missed you all, looking forward to see what all you have been up to.

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  31. Okay, I'll join you. But not til next week. Long live the blog!

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  32. Katy, I do not know you but you make the world a more beautiful place. I always know I can come to your blog and find a bit of peace, imagination, and realism. May you be blessed for the time you put in that blesses all of us visitors!

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  33. Oh Katy! My heart is filled with happiness just reading this! Even though I see these pics on IG , it feels good to be on this blog and scrolling down and reading your words. Like home :)

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  34. Also, I'm not drunk! Although it looks like it with the trail of silly comments I am leaving on everyone's blogs tonight. I haven't been able to sit and read blogs for a while so I'm all giddy.

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