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I Am a Homeowner

adam and our new home

Wow. OMG. Yikes. I own a home! I have dreamed for so long about owning my own home and I can’t really believe that day is finally here. On Monday, Adam and I got the keys to our new house. The outside is very faithful to the 1920 craftsman style in which it was built, which is such a typical Pacific Northwest style. The inside has undergone a few major renovations, making it the perfect canvas for our mid-century modern tastes.

I am thrilled about so many aspects of what this means for my creative life! For the first time I get to have my own, dedicated sewing studio! I’m also thrilled about the chance to decorate a home in a way that is welcoming, bright, and comfortable for both me and my husband (we’ve already picked out a pink couch for the basement!). I’m excited (and a little terrified) to learn how to garden as there is a huge decorative garden already in place and I want to add a vegetable garden. There are so many new and exciting opportunities to use my creativity in new and exciting ways!

I know that my tendencies are to rush into ALL THE PROJECTS and to want to do everything all at once until it’s all done. Which is most definitely not going to be possible for the sake of our budget and sanity with this house. We already have a list of projects ranging from tiny (change the closet door handles) to huge (remodel half the kitchen) not to mention all of the decorating to do. I’m going to work very hard to work on one project at a time, one room at a time so that the projects stay fun and inspiring and don’t become overwhelming or burdensome.

Do you own a home? Do you dream of owning a home? Do you find caring for a home creatively fulfilling? Do you have a dedicated sewing space?

Each week this year I’m going to reflect on an aspect of myself and how it affects me as a sewist, crafter, or blogger. It may get deep, it may get emotional, it may get totally silly. It may be something I’m proud of, it may be something I cringe at, it may be something I aspire to. I may say a lot, I may say a little, I may ask questions, I may not answer them. I don’t quite know where the project will take me, but I’m excited about the journey. I’d be honored to have you join me on this journey. Chime in any time this year in my blog comments, on TwitterInstagram, or your own blog. Join me in my theme for the week or make up your own.

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  1. Such great news! Having a place of your own, and a sewing room too. I would be lost without my sewing room, a place to go for quiet, creative time. Looking forward to what you do with your new home.

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  2. Congrats on the house, looking forward to see how you make it your own. Re gardens, this year just learn about your property. Where does the sun shine best for veggies, what surprises will appear each season in the garden, is there a wet spot, where will you want to sit? Take a little stroll around the property each evening just dreaming. We had a small lot and I loved my little strolls.

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      Thanks for the recommendation. 3 days into owning our home and Adam and I have each already discovered the different corners of the garden that we each want to make our own. I do plan on doing very little to it this year while I focus on the inside of the house and then making it more of a priority next year when I’m feeling a little settled and able to tackle new projects

  3. Aaah, yes. I bought a one-bedroom unit in wild disarray, that needed a desperate amount of work immediately. One day I’ll blog it, photo by painfully won photo, but my main piece of advice is don’t renovate the bathroom in winter.

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  4. congratulations on your new home – we moved nearly 2 years ago to ours and its a doer upper and will be done over a good few years yet. i did sort out my work room first which was the best as it allowed me space to concentrate on my own work and ignore some of the to-dos in the house (so they could be done in a phased way, which was just as well as after one year it was clearer what really needed to be done) . we have a small townhouse garden and some fruit and veg planted etc. a great perrenial veg for a large garden is globe artichoke, takes up a lot of space, is architectural, you can control undergrowth (although i underplant with rocket) easily……. best of luck

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      Congrats on your home too! I think your approach was wise and one I will try do for myself – make my focus my work space so I can approach other changes in a phased way. I appreciate the tip on the artichoke – I love artichokes and they grow well here!

  5. Congrats! How exciting!! :-)

    I own my own home, and have done for about 5 and a half years now. And it still fills me with such joy, that I’ve been able to do that and have my own little place in the world that I can play around with (and essentially treat like a toy. Only a very, very expensive toy. Hmmm…)

    One bit of advice I was given when I got my house was to not rush into any changes at all – live with it for a year, and see what the flow is actually like, where the sun is, etc, etc. (Similar to the garden advice you got above!) As your ideas change and become broader and also more refined as you live in a space.

    Yay! A house to play with!! :-D

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      Your advice makes a lot of sense and is what we are trying to do we have plenty enough list of minor changes to make that it will probably be a year before we get to anything major anyway!

  6. Congratulations! This is a major achievement :)
    I’ve owned my own home for 5 years now, and it’s been great! I have learnt that plans/wishes/dreams regarding upgrading/altering any aspect of the property TAKES TIME! But you will enjoy every second (hopefully). And one day, all your dreams have come true (I think). Enjoy your new home, it looks lovely ;)

  7. Whoa! Congrats – that’s a huge, exciting milestone! I can’t wait to see it as it gets set up, especially your studio space. We are moving ourselves in the next few weeks, and I’ll hopefully have my own crafting corner in the new space. It feels like such a treat!

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  8. Congrats and what a beautiful home! Love the windows! The sun that flows in must be amazing.

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      Yes! We have so much sun! It was one of the major reasons we wanted this house (and a reason we turned down many others) as I NEED light and winters here in the PNW don’t have a lot of it so even then we should get plenty of light in this house.

  9. So happy for you! Fixing up your first home is such a special time in a marriage! My husband and I bought a fixer-upper twenty years ago, and have made it our own. My best advice is always plan that things won’t go smoothly, ’cause with home projects they rarely do; it’s perfectly normal, and that everything ends up taking longer than you expect. This sounds kinda pessimistic, but it’s not meant to be. Just be patient with your projects and yourselves.

    One of my fondest memories is washing dishes in the backyard with a hose for six weeks when we were remodeling our kitchen. I pretended I was a pioneer woman washing dishes in a stream:)

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      Ha! What a great memory. Thanks for sharing :)

      Apparently Adam has a secret addiction to HGTV (he watches it in his hotel when he travels for work) which has already taught him that things always will go wrong!

  10. Congratulations! I like all the windows!
    Please tell which room(s) will be your sewing room & how you want to arrange your sewing room!

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      I will definitely be sharing when I get my sewing room set up! It’s in the basement but has glass french doors out to the garden so it gets a surprising amount of light. I haven’t even gotten as far as concrete plans yet since I want to get what I do have into the space and use that to figure out what I need and/or want.

  11. Congratulations! We are at the other end of house owning – we hope to sell next year to downsize. We have accumulated/hoarded so much it’s scary!

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      Good luck on your end! As I’m starting to unpack it’s both amazing to me that we have so much stuff and amazing to me that we have so much space now. Not quite sure how we used to fit all this in a San Francisco apartment!

  12. Your home is gorgeous! I’m having some serious house envy at the moment, LOL. I’ve owned two homes, one I guess I married into…the second, a truly ‘us’ home. We sold that home over ten years ago, and have been renting ever since. It’s not bad renting, but I admit that my heart still yearns for another home of our own. Can’t wait to see more of your PNW paradise!

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      If it was up to my husband we would be renting, but having a home that is truly ours is really important to me. And I think I’ve converted him to the idea of home ownership with the reminder that we never have to move again!

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