We moved into our new house on April 1st with sunny skies, green grass, and blooming trees to welcome us. After leaving 5 feet of snow on the ground and nights still getting below zero that was a warm welcome indeed. Our first house offer fell through at the last minute so I ended up flying back down by myself in February to go house hunting again. That meant that the love of my life moved into a house he had never been in. I did take video for him so he sorta knew what he was getting into but still…that is a pretty huge amount of trust he had in me. But he continually reminded me that home is wherever we are together not a specific house or geographic location, so that helped me not feel quite so pressured. I didn’t have to worry after all, though, because as soon as I walked into this house I could just picture us living there. It was US. It is a bit “builder’s beigey” but we have a lot of ideas for making it our own and customizing it so that has me excited about future projects. For instance, we want to make built-ins on each side of the fireplace and also build an island for the kitchen.
So, without further ado, meet our new house. (Some pics are from MLS listing so have previous owners decor etc. Some are post us moving in and have paint test swatches all over the walls.)
We had a big moving sale two weekends ago and rid ourselves of all kinds of things. Lightening the load in preparation for moving and an opportunity to shed all that accumulation (of what?) that happens over time. The idea of starting fresh and uncluttered in a new house appeals to me. But in my zest to divest myself of material goods I kind of went overboard and got rid of something we use every day. No, I didn’t sell our toothbrushes or the kitchen sink. I sold the coasters. Gasp! Not a big deal item in the big picture. But when your husband has to precariously balance his cup of coffee on his knee, the arm of the couch, a stack of magazines, or whatever else he can find in lieu of direct contact on the vintage end table and he starts constructing imaginative stacks of items as makeshift-coasters-please-get-the-hint-honey…then you know you’ve gone too far.
“Where are the coasters?” he asked patiently one day.
“I sold them in the moving sale.” I replied sheepishly. “I may have gotten a little too excited about selling stuff.”
“Really?” he replied. It was more of a statement than a question. As in, I’m not surprised. In the least.
So during my next trip to town I stopped at V.V.’s to see if they had any coasters that could fill our need. I didn’t find any but there was a bundle of tiles that were just the right size for coasters. Eight tiles for four dollars seemed a good deal and although they were a little bland looking I knew I could jazz them up so I got them.
To do this project all you need: Tiles, StazOn brand stamping ink, rubber stamps of your choice, stick on felt pads or felt and glue. Then it is simply a matter of stamping whatever design you want on the tiles. Seriously. If you can operate a rubber stamp then you can make these. Your kids could make these.
Make sure the tile is clean and free of any tile dust. Ink you rubber stamp and press firmly but not too hard or the stamp might slip on the surface of the tile. You want a nice clear impression.
Continue to stamp your design. It can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. You could personalize them for your own home or a nice hostess gift.
I noticed some open spots on this one that I wanted to fill so I grabbed my 7 gypsies express stamp that has 12 different words and phrases to choose from and filled in with words here and there until I liked it.
Once it is finished, turn it over and put felt pads at each corner or glue a piece of felt on the back. The felt pads I used were larger than necessary but they were what I had on hand.
Place on tables to use and enjoy!
Don’t you love fast and simple projects like this?! I know I do! I think my husband will be happy with them as well. And that’s always a good thing.
Have you ever heard that saying, “we make plans and God laughs” ? Well…it seems to be a theme for me this year. Just when I think I am really rollin’ on something. ERCH! (that’s the sound of screeching brakes just in case you were wondering.) So I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by this particular change of plans because it is something Butch and I have been talking about for quite a while now. Moving. You see, our last “vacation” was actually a scouting mission looking for potential places to move. But I think in the back of our minds we were projecting at least a year out. And the way we talked before we left for our vacation was like we certainly didn’t think we were going to come home with a definitive answer already fixed in our minds. You know, we were going to sit down and make a pro/con list for each place and do that whole scene. But that is most certainly not what happened. Once we were back home and we just knew where we wanted to be and everything seemed more black and white we started wondering why wait a year? So, in a couple weeks our house will officially be listed for sale. Wow. Now we do understand that with the housing market we may end up waiting a year anyway, but it just made sense to us to start the process right now and see what happens.
That being said, all the projects that I’ve been working on. Trying to work on. Saving up to work on in the future. Those are all full stop. Typically I am not a person who shifts gears quickly and easily. I like time to process things. But I also know that change is good and this change really excites me so I’m totally on board and puttin’ her into high gear. All I can say is some artsy-craftsy people are going to hit the jackpot at our moving sale because, while I am not a hoarder in my personal/home decorating life, I am a project hoarder of epic proportions. Yesterday I was wandering through my stocked shelves remembering all the things I was going to do with this…and this…and this, and I was super-mega embarrassed by my pile of unused ARTifacts. Then I had an epiphany. I am instituting a ruthless “use it or lose it” clause at our next home or else! That’s it. End. of. story. After that I actually felt happier and more at peace. I learned something ugly about myself but I am willing to face it, change it, and use it to grow. Now I’m going through the whole house and culling out what we don’t need, use, want and adding it to the mountain that is our future yard sale. This is going to be a busy summer!
Oh I should also mention that we have 2 months worth of company already lined up to come see us this summer (planned before we decided to move.) So that should really make things fun if they weren’t already! And I am also teaching a class on making polymer clay tiles in July! (almost forgot about that one! oops.)
Considering all this, I have given myself permission to not be on my computer much and have released myself from my blogging goals during this season. And I am not going to finish any of my current projects. There will be time for that this winter (wherever we happen to be.) I know it is probably going to be crazy busy and I just don’t want to add more on my plate than I can reasonably enjoy. And I have purposed that I am going to enjoy every day and be in the moment so that I can savor the end our our time here in Alaska. We love it here. It has been home for us for a good long time and we have friends here who are more family than friend. We don’t feel like we are leaving something so much as going TO something. I might pop on for an occasional post if I feel inspired but then again…maybe I wont.
How do you handle change? Do you hoard projects like me? Do you have a use it or lose it clause? How does it work for you? I want to know!!!