You might have noticed that things have been a little on the quiet side here and that it seems like there isn’t much going on besides video game quilts. Part of the reason for the radio silence is that the little bit of sewing that I have managed to complete has been on projects slated for magazine publication and a book compilation … super exciting stuff … and it’s killing me to not be able to share any of it here. The other reason is that we’ve been searching for a new home … and I’m happy to say that we’ve found one and that we’re closing escrow tomorrow!!
When we first started looking at homes, I quickly found myself feeling a little bit discouraged. We saw a number of nice homes, but nothing was feeling quite right. The market was really starting to pick up and it felt like homes were closing right and left, usually above the listing price. Luckily, we weren’t in any hurry, and our best friends kept promising us that as soon as we walked into our future home, we would just know that it was the one.
We almost passed up looking at this particular home, since the online photos weren’t super exciting … but the moment we set foot in the door, we knew this was our family home. I was heartbroken when our agent called us to say that there were several other offers on the house. Since we weren’t interested in raising our offer, he suggested writing a letter to the homeowner to introduce ourselves and to let her know how excited we were at the prospect of raising our family in her home.
I have to admit that I was pretty skeptical about the whole idea. It seemed contrived and I just couldn’t see how “buttering her up” would make any difference. And once I sat down to write the thing, I just couldn’t find the words that seemed genuine enough. After a few false starts, and more than if few tears of frustration if we’re being honest, I armed myself with a couple of cans of Diet Coke, locked myself in my parents’ office while they so kindly got my boys down for a nap … and I called on any “creative geniuses” that might lurking nearby – thank you Elizabeth Gilbert!!! – … and the words finally started flowing.
I told my story of growing up in this town … how my parents moved here because of the awesome schools, meeting my hubby at community college in town, getting married here … and the dream of raising our kids in an such a great community. I did my best to paint a picture of us watching our kids grow up in the same house where she watched her daughters grow, ending the letter with a family photo and the promise to be good stewards to the home she spent more than 20 years lovingly creating.
After sending it off to our agent, I did my best to put it out of my mind … but a few hours later, my hubby called to tell me that we had moved the owner to tears … and despite having higher offers, she had a good feeling about us. The house was ours! One incredibly hectic month later, we’ve finally finished with all the inspections, negotiations, repairs, and thankfully signed our last piece of paperwork yesterday. Now, we’re gearing up to pack up all our stuff and get it transported literally to the very next neighborhood over.
So … another quiet month ahead here on the blog … but stick with us! We have some fun projects that we can unveil soon … and the best news is that I’ll have my very own office, with a big closet and a door that closes. I’m so excited to dig my design board out of the garage and finally get started on all of these projects that have been knocking around in my head! And, with so much more storage space, you can bet that come summer time, the shop is going to be choked full of new bundles and kits, along with a whole bunch of new patterns!
Speaking of new patterns, I have about a half dozen projects, from table runners all the way through large quilts, that are just about ready for pattern testing! If you’re interested, contact me here. Tell me a little bit about yourself, about your sewing style and favorite fabrics, and what your sewing availability is over the next few months. I’ll be sending out the first round of patterns next week.
Thanks so much and hope to be back soon!