Monday, January 28, 2013

Quilt Hollow Moving - Part Two

 I've learned that the neighbor who have the deer named him "Jimmy John."  He's sporting a new collar.  I'm going to miss him when we move.  Hopefully the collar doesn't snag in the underbrush of the woods.

For those who follow my blog know that we purchased land to build a home nearly two years ago.  However, our house didn't sell when we thought it would so the land is naked.  The surprise sale of our house forced us into finding a rental home which ended up being no easy task especially this time of year and we weren't about to sign a lease until closing so that made things even more difficult.

It seemed the odds were against us with plenty of ups and downs of emotions.  I spent countless hours scouring the rental sites and calling leasing offices.  Then on a Saturday I was checking Craig's List ALOT (meaning at least every half hour!) when I found this house.  
 There were several photos of the inside and the house felt right.  I can't explain that felt right feeling but it just did.  I quickly notifed the owners telling them our situation and we set a time to see their home the following weekend.  Of course, we still had not closed on our home.

Their home has a bonus room above the garage for my longarm!  That's a bonus because I was seriously considering putting it the living room or selling it.  (I'd hate to sell it!)  I can watch tv in a bedroom right?

It's an older home but with charm and character.  The owners were so kind and after talking with us must have liked us too because they were so sweet to say they would wait one week to see if our home would close before they needed to find other possible renters!  I have double lady bug luck! (see previous post for Part One)

This past weekend we gave them our deposit and will be moving mid-February to our temporary home!  There are no plans as of yet to build.  We don't have a building plan nor a builder...just taking things a day at a time for now.
Let the packing begin!  Here's my husband packing a whole basement worth of stuff and then some into one of those PODS.  I should mention that Craig's List is a great place to look for FREE boxes and paper because I also scored a bunch of boxes from a professional moving company.  This is the first move in nearly 30 years that my husband and I do not have military movers!  OMGosh....we have our work cut out for us!

So many of my blogging friends have been so kind as to leave me messages and I've been neglectful of replying.  Please, please know that your comments mean the world to me and in free moments I try to pop in on your blogs for quick peeks but can't take lots of time to comment at moment.

One more thought....you know what my stress reliever is?  Quilting!  My things have been getting boxed up and I can't quilt so I'm looking forward to finally being settled back into Quilt Hollow's NEW temporary home so I can quilt again.

56 comments:

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Boy I sure don't envy you the moving part, but your hubby does look in good spirits! Good luck!! Congrat's on finding a nice temp home. :-)

QuiltSue said...

I am so thrilled for you. Those ladybirds really worked hard for you. Its brilliant news.

Valerie Z said...

I am so happy for you that things worked out! I gasped when I read you even thought about selling your longarm! Moving is never easy but your temporary home looks awesome! Think of it as an adventure (smile)! Congratulations and good luck!

Lesley said...

Sounds like thingsd are falling into place...and to have a room so you can continue LAQ...thank goodness!Your temporary homne looks so cosy...bet you will love it!

LynCC said...

Yay! So glad things are coming together for you. What a beautiful rental. And yeah - moving is TREMENDOUS work!

Karen said...

Your new home to be reminds me of our home that we had in South Carolina. I think it will suit your decor style just fine. And I am so happy for you that things are working out.

Janet O. said...

I love the look of your temporary home.
Glad things are working out for you--the ladybugs have been busy in your behalf.
Oh, so good that there is room for your longarm!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm so glad things are coming together - what a lovely house you'll be moving into! I love moving so call me crazy I guess. My husband hates it. We've moved several times in our nearly 50 years but we've always moved ourselves so it's something I learned to do years ago. I'll be watching for updates! I don't get to comment much right now either since I went back to work but I do keep reading. :) blessings, marlene

Mary said...

Looks like you found a great temporary house.

Carrie P. said...

So glad to hear you found a place. You need to get those boys of yours home to help you move!

Loris said...

Auch amazing news! Your hubby looks pretty happy there even though we all know how tough moving can be. Hang in there with the process, it will all be worth it :-)

Quilt Rat said...

Oh yes....lots of work ....focus on the new exciting adventure....your new "temporary" home looks wonderful!!!! it seems to be all falling into place

Quick...grab some supplies before they are all packed...some hand quilting...or maybe some small wool projects can get you through. :-)

Bari Jo said...

Mary this is sooo exciting! And I love the rental!! It looks great! I would move there! ;O) I am so happy you will have a studio again! And don't sell your long arm - what would we do without you!!!!! :O) So thankful to hear all is well and things are progressing for you! What a fun adventure this will be in getting to build your house! Hugs!!!!! Wish I could help you pack and move!

Sheila said...

Good luck with the move , it is a lot of work but the home you are moving into look wonderful and with room for your machine how great is that.

Kaaren said...

Love your temporary digs! You had some very special lady bugs bringing you luck,

Strlady said...

So happy for you! The house looks wonderful from the outside. So quaint and homey. It gives off good vibes just looking at it.

Vivian said...

Great news that your house sold. Having one less stressor in your life hopefully will ease you through the days till you can get back to quilting. I don't envy your packing and preparing for the move, but your temporary home looks like a lovely destination.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This is so exciting Mary. Everything seems to be falling into place.

Katie said...

The Tramp keeps talking about building a house but I don't know if I can face moving again! It certainly is hard work but it looks like you've found a lovely place to live in for now. And thank goodness your long arm is safe!!! :-)

Carol said...

That truly is double lady bug luck...I always say "Things work out just the way they are supposed to"...I'm really, really happy for you all.

JoAnne said...

I'm so glad that you found a great house! I know exactly how it feels to just "know" if a house is right or not. If I was closer I would come and help you move! (And I'm not just saying that because I'm not close enough, you know that Army wives will do whatever it takes to help each other.) Keep quilting--I love that it keeps the stress away.

Polly said...

Mary, we are in a similar boat! We put our house up for sale the week before Christmas, but due to company staying here, we didn't show it until a few weeks later. We got a contract and have just been through the home inspection and are fixing a few things, and hope to close on February 28th. We have rented an apt nearby for 6 months , as our new house is being built. And this is our first move in 15 years and all on our own!! Yikes! So tiring and stressful, isn't it? Well, good luck with your packing! Your temporary house sure looks lovely!! God Bless!

AnnieO said...

Extra lady bug luck sure helped you two, Mary! And a large home like that means of course your boys will have room to visit you too. So glad your quilting business will continue (it will, won't it?) with the longarm set up in a new place. Good luck with the moving, wishing you strong legs, backs, patience, and helpful friends!

Carol said...

That's awesome Mary. It was meant to be you getting that rental house. Looks so nice on the outside, can't wait till your settled in and can show us some inside pictures.

Darlene said...

After having spent many years moving from house to house you know that if you and your family are together then it's 'home'. You've got a ton of work ahead of you but try to relax and enjoy this chapter in your life. Stay in the rental for as long as you need and/or want.

I'm glad you found a rental that will work for now. :-)

Sue said...

Moving !! How in the world did I miss that blog post :-( Congratulations on selling your home and how exciting to buld your dream home ! Your rental house looks so homely & cute ! Moving ! I thought so ;-)

Michelle May said...

I'm so excited for you! This is wonderful. All working out perfectly. I am worried about Jimmy John and that collar though. They need to keep him as a pet now in their garage. He's too tame now.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Awesome!! Congratulations!

Mary C said...

The new house looks like a great home for you, your family, and your quilts. Maybe the deer will find his way to you.

Anna said...

what a sweet rental house!!! I know there are many things I will miss about my home but I am so ready to be done building and get moving to the next stage! lol we are peas in a pod!

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

WooHoo!!!!!! Deep sigh.

Little Lady Patchwork said...

Yeah! Double Ladybug Luck!
XOXO,
Stefanie

Sharon said...

When it's right, it's right. I bought my house over a year after I first looked at it. Owners took it off the market, moved back into it and did all the renovations, then relisted it at the same price as before. It went on the market Monday and I signed the paperwork Saturday. When I made the offer, I told the realtor to tell the seller they could live in the house for as long as they needed, that was the clincher for them, as they had no expectation the house would sell within a few months, let alone a few days. It's the most perfect house for me and for my longarm and sewing room. So yeah for your ladybugs!

Karen said...

I missed part 1 - but just went back and read it. So happy for you. Good luck with the move :) - the house looks great.

Anne said...

Wow, once things fell into place...they REALLY fell into place. It's that old adage...."it was meant to be". Congrats and remember me if you need any help or advice when building.

jackiero said...

Dear Mary :) During this busy time for you & yours I truly appreciate the link you forwarded to me via email to read #2. May all parts of this move be as you hoped/pray.

saskia smit said...

Your new house looks like a castle to me!
Wish you all the best and hope you can pet your fabric soon again.
Gr, Saskia
(a blog-follower from Holland)

Kim said...

Hurray! A heartwarming story. Looks like we both had one of those "meant to be" home sales. Makes leaving a little bit easier. I'm glad you found a perfectly lovely rental that suits your needs until your dream home is completed. Tom and I are in CA now. We barely remember that we have a rental home waiting for us in WI! Life is pretty crazy sometimes! But all good. We'll talk about this secret kept later on....sheesh.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Wow great Part 2. Hope you settle into your new temporary home...it looks lovely and I'm sure will be perfect until your house is built.

andsewon said...

Glad the rental worked out for you all! Packing is stressful indeed! Now you will have time to look for just the right plans for your forever home! Need to go find me some more of those lady bugs!

Nancy E said...

So glad that things are working out and what a nice house, plus a room for your longarm! We always had company moves and the last one was on us. DH packed a few things, but I packed most of it. Have fun building your new house!

Barb said...

what a lovely looking home - and I'm glad you can take your long arm.
good luck packing!

Gene Black said...

Thanks for the tip about boxes. If I move again I will certainly try it

Lori said...

The news just keeps getting better!! Hooray!!

Wendy said...

Boy that's a lot of excitement for the start of the year. Sounds like things are falling in to place well. The new rental looks great and you can keep the machine humming along.
Well done.

Dawn Heese said...

The house looks beautiful! Good luck with the move.

Cindy said...

You know me, you had me at the picture of the sweet deer. I "do" animals. He's such a handsome guy.

That is a lovely home you and Jim will be moving into!

Don't forget to take time to rest.

Rita said...

Mary, I am so excited for you. Congratulations! I know you have a lot of hard work a head of you but it will all be worth it.

Kathie said...

good luck building your dream home now is going to be fun and not so stressful...
congrats on selling your house
Kathie

suz said...

wow, just caught up with your blog and all your news! Apparently the sale of your house "was meant to be"! I don't envy you packing. I moved 3 years ago, after 23 years - oh my heavens. By the last days of packing I was ready to throw everything out! Fortunately I had the sense to pack the last stuff in boxes marked "go through" and put them in the storage room. Over the last 3 years I've slowly taken those boxes out and gone through them. Glad I did it that way. Good luck with the moving...and glad you'll have room for your longarm!

Jo said...

Oh Mary...what a whirlwind!!
Congrats to you...and yes, it does sound like it was meant to be for all of you.

Candace said...

A HUGE Congratulations, Mary, for finally selling! Now you can plan and scheme how to build the perfect house on your land! Love your rental - I would be tempted to buy it! Good luck on the move!
Cheers!

Connie said...

Lots of work moving but it will be so worth it in the end! How wonderful that there will be room for your longarm too!

Wonky Girl said...

My goodness, things sure did fall into place for you- I am glad.
Our last move was by us, all others were military moves. Gads, lots of work to move one's self. But we had kept things pared down over the years, now I can gather and keep cuz not moving again.
Your rental looks lovely.
No need to reply ;-)

paulette said...

OMGosh!! YOU have been busy!! Good luck with everything!! I will be thinking of you!
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Laura Davies said...

Oh, it is beautiful! Good luck!