Where have I been?

Hi everyone!!

My goodness, it feels like it’s been just about forever since I’ve been able to do anything related to my blog. Or reading any blogs, for that matter. Or knitting. Or sewing. Or anything. I feel like I’ve dropped off the planet…because I pretty much have!

So what have I been up to? Mel and I are selling our condo and buying a house!

I know, no reason for keeping that a secret, right?? Partially I didn’t want to say anything until I knew how things would go, and partially, well, I’ve been too busy to even think about blogging, I’m sorry to say! Things have been pretty crazy around here for the last couple of months as we prepared to get our condo ready to go on the market, which meant lots of decluttering as well as having the entire place professionally painted.

(Outfit details: messy hair & ratty nail polish because I’ve been too busy to do anything about my appearance, Freddie’s of Pinewoods jeans, white lace collar vintage blouse from Etsy, cardigan knit by me a couple of years ago.)

What we didn’t expect is that our condo would sell within a week of being listed and we’d be house hunting way sooner than we expected! Here I was all prepared to hurry up and wait, and instead it’s just been more hurry up. And last week, we found a house we really liked. After some negotiation our offer was accepted! The inspection is this afternoon, in fact!

Pardon my excessive use of exclamation points in this post, I’m just a little bit excited as you can imagine. It’s been a dream of mine to own a house for years. But I’m staying grounded. Of course you never know how everything will go, and I probably won’t realized this isn’t actually all a dream until after we’ve closed on the condo, closed on the house and moved into the house. But we’ve both been staying very positive throughout everything and we’ve feeling very hopeful.

I don’t want to share too many details about the house yet (chalk it up to the 12-year-old in me who doesn’t want to “jinx” anything). It will be a big neighborhood change in the city to a further-flung quieter and more single family home area than our current high-density neighborhood that’s packed with people, restaurants, shops and bars. Some of the pros of that change are being able to actually afford a house, breathing room which we’re really ready for, a shorter commute to a different part of the city that we do like to spend time in but almost never do because it’s far from where we currently live, and being close to the highway which makes it much easier for weekend getaways. As for the house itself, it’s a very petite and modest 1950s ranch in nice condition (though we’ll see what the inspector says). Everything about it suits us quite nicely. A great little vintage house for us!

There you have it. If you’ve at all been wondering why I have dropped off the face of the earth, it’s because I’ve been involved in decluttering and stress and staging and packing and planning and painting and fretting and worrying and house hunting and more fretting and worrying and stress. I’m hoping the next 2 months until closing will calm down a bit, except of course for all the packing we’ll need to do.

I don’t expect to have too much time to blog until after we close at the end of March (or frankly much to blog about). But on the bright side, just think of all the new exciting things I’ll have to blog about once we do move!

So I’ll leave you with a few more photos… a close up of the colorwork of my sweater for you knitters out there (yes, the plaid was 3 colors knit flat and that was just as annoying to knit as it sounds like it would be), my favorite outfit photo spot in our condo with the new paint job, and a gratuitous photo of Pia.

I can’t wait until I have the time to actually knit and sew and think about fun vintage things in a new (vintage!) house. And I’m very much looking forward to sharing that with all of you. I’ve missed you guys! :)

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Golly, 45 Comments!

  • Yay for you both! OMG! I’m still waiting for the time and motivation to get back to blogging more. I’m still trying to get boxes unpacked. It will happen eventually! hahaha

    MaryD

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  • Congratulations!! That’s a fantastic reason to neglect a blog if you ask me! And my does your condo look cute… I had no idea you lived vintage. I wish we could afford to pull that off, too.

    Can’t wait to hear more about the vintage house and your successes there! I’m so excited for you!

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  • how exciting!! i suppose that’s a pretty good excuse to take a little blog break ;) your condo is super cute, i’m not surprised it sold so fast!

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  • Congrats on selling your condo so quick! That’s not an easy thing in this market. Good luck with the new house. BTW, I don’t consider any pictures of Pia to be gratuitous. She’s beautiful and very photogenic.

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  • WOW! I don’t want to jinx it either by saying “Congrats” or anything of that sort. :) How exciting to buy a home and I hope the stress of such a move is also partnered with lots of happiness, excitement, and fun.

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  • How exciting for you both (and Pia)! I hope it all goes smoothly and look forward to hearing all about it when the dust settles.

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  • YAY! CONGRATS! That is such exciting news!!!

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  • Congratulations! That is fantastic news! Wishing you the easiest closing and moving process ever!

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  • Well congratulations!! How exciting; good luck with moving! I can’t wait to see how you decorate your new place, I always love seeing into your amazing mid-cen. home.

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  • How exciting! I can relate totally as that is exactly what I am doing at the moment! We are a little behind you though, so just in the de-cluttering stage and getting the house ready to put on the market. This bit is really NOT fun, but I’m trying to focus on the bigger picture of more space when we do finally get to move…good luck with everything :)

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  • congrats on selling your condo so quickly. looks like the next exciting chapter of your life is just on the horizon! how exciting!!!

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  • How exciting! I can’t wait to see photos of the new place, hooray for you & Mel.

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  • How exciting! I was just worrying about you the other week. I always have a mini-freakout when people seemingly fall off the blogosphere. I’m glad to hear good things have caused the absence! Glad you’re back :)

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  • Congrats on your selling and good luck on the buying-business :D Moving is always huge job which gets on everybody’s nerves. I’ve done it more than I care to remember during my life and it is always pain in the bum.
    I am originally from country side myself and have been dreaming about own house for years. Small apartments make me anxious, not enough room for my stuff, so I can relate to your dream very well. It will be marvelous to see what kind of place you’ve found!

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  • I hoped that was what was going on! Such big congratulations to you both! Having just bought our own house this last year, I completely sympathize with being MIA from the blog world. Sadly, I don’t thin my blog has yet recovered from us becoming homeowners. We’re still too busy doing home projects for me to do any sewing. And my sewing room being the biggest, most time-consuming project at the moment, it really leaves me with no place to sew. I hope you have better luck/diligence than I have had becasue I really have missed your posts. I can’t wait to see the new place and hear all about the new neighborhood. Congratulations you guys!

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  • But welcome back, and happiness for the new house, and the sweater is gorgeous.
    Debora

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  • What exciting news. I have just been through this..it is a lot of work but so much fun and excitement. Best of luck..fingers crossed,

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  • Congratulations!!!! As the owners of a little vintage house, I know you’ll just love nesting in your new abode!! Can’t wait to see pics :)

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  • Wow, sounds really exciting and I hope all goes well. Its a great reason to be not blogging, but I do hope you blog about it all when things are sorted.

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  • So many congrats!!! And I love all the beautiful pictures in this post :)

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  • Oh congrats!!!! Thats so exciting!

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  • Congratulations!! I hope the home inspection goes well and you get to enjoy your new house soon :)

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  • Wow, you are so lucky to have all these things fall in place so quickly! Hubby and I are hoping to sell our house this spring, but our realtor has given us a fairly grim outlook . . . maybe there’s some hope yet.

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  • Congratulations! That is so exciting, and happened so quickly! I’m totally with you on keeping things on the ‘DL’ until they are official. I’m not sure if it is fear of jinxing or what, but that’s how I roll too! My best to you both! And, as a knitter, thank you for the gratuitous hand-knit shots ;)

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  • Congratulations on the house! I have just recently started following your inspiring blog, and I am realy looking forward to seeing more posts, especially ones about your new little abode!
    x Molly

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  • Yay congrats! I was worried about you ‘missing’ but then I haven’t been keeping up with blogging lately so I thought maybe you’re just going through what I am, but no you’re going through something FAR more exciting!!! Good luck with it all, we’ll be there when you come back :o)

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  • Oh wow congratulations, that sounds so exciting! Look forward to hearing all about it! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.com/

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  • Welcome back and WHOOT WHOOT for the sale! Fingers crossed for the buying stage!!

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  • CONGRATULATIONS! Owning a home is a huge dream of mine and it thrills me when someone actually manages to achieve it! I hope you guys are nothing but happy in your new home – can’t wait to see how you transform the place! You have definitely been missed in the blog world!!!

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  • I’ve been wondering where you’ve been! Congratulations! What fabulous news! Can’t wait to see the new place when you (finally!) have the time! You have some fantastic furniture!

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  • Wow, congratulations! I know how that real estate stuff can suck your time away!

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  • i am positively JEALOUS! congrats!!!!! what luck you had selling in a week, jeez! there’s a unit in our building that’s been on the market for nearly a year. thats awesome! good luck with all the great change and getting settled in!

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  • Congrats on the house purchase. Can’t wait to see pictures of the new place.

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  • OOOOH!!! That is BIG news–I’m so excited for you and Mel! :D Congratulations on the condo selling so quickly too–I know the selling (rather than finding/buying a house ;) can be the most nerve-wracking part of the whole process. Keeping my fingers crossed everything goes smoothly for you from here on out, and that you soon find yourself nicely settled in your new home and making it look nice and cozy! :)

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  • SO exciting!! Even though selling, buying and moving have to be some of the most stressful times in one’s life, having your own house is so great that you forget about all the pain involved in getting you there. Can not wait to see pics of the new place, and get some green on the new walls asap! I’m having withdrawals looking at those beige walls in your condo!
    <3 Pia! I post gratuitous photos of Moxie all of the time - he's much more popular than I am anyway ;)

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  • Love you madly! Glad you checked in! :) xxoo
    p.s. Someday when my kids are gone I will have cool furniture and stuff. haha

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  • Glad everything is ok for you.Was wondering where you had been.Congrats on your new home.That sounds exciting.Looking forward to photos when your settled.xx

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  • I’ve just stumbled across your blog, and I can’t WAIT to see what you do with your new house! Congratulations – hope everything goes smoothly.

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  • My goodness! Well, best of luck with your move. Count me as another reader looking forward to a look at your new digs!

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  • Congratulations on the new home!!! How exciting and fun! I cannot wait to see pictures!

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  • Ahh do you sale any of your sweaters you’ve made… They are amazing!!

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  • Missed this post – oops! But that’s such exciting news. I’m so happy for both of you! Yay. :D
    -Andi x

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  • How exciting! I hope everything is going well! :) x

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  • wow you so cool. and your house!

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