Thursday, May 13, 2010

House Update

I should be on commission!

Had Amanda over for morning tea the other day. Pulled out all stops, got in the car and drove to Bulimba Bakery to buy our favourite passionfruit cupcakes (totally melt in your mouth, one cake per bite heaven). Got some carrot cake as well for hubby. He got in touch with his feminine side and sipped tea with us until his morning appointment arrived.

Found a rental... mission brown... it's not forever.... character building. I promise I will share every 'brown' bit of it with you. Is it possible to be packing 'only on the inside'? I'm packing... but just stuff that you don't notice... like the insides of cupboards. We have a bit of time before we move and when the time comes, I want it to be swift. Like 'The House' one day and then gone the next. If I pack everything up now and boxes are everywhere... well that's just depressing. I find myself lingering in rooms now and 'swanning'...playing music... sipping wine in solitude .....and don't tell hubby..... but when he takes the boys out somewhere, I cry. I mourn for my lovely house and then quickly get over it. I want to look really strong and stoic for him!... and you guys. Anyway, I am detaching... slowly. I think the key is to look forward... a change in circumstance is a wonderful opportunity for change...it's exciting... the unknown... life has to be exciting, doesn't it. The key is to be 'scheming' all the time.. right?

Never a dull moment here at 'The House'.....roller coaster of emotions this week...... sniff... thank you for all your lovely comments and emails... they make me cry... but hey everything is making me cry at present... snnnifffff.
A-M xx

32 comments:

  1. Just imagine how much better your next house will be with everything that you learned while doing this house. If I had it to do all over again I would do things so different.

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  2. I can definitely sympathise A-M, we are moving from the house my daughter was born. We only have 2 weeks til settlement ....I just can't bring myself to start packing.

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  3. I can understand why you'd want to savour every last minute in your beautiful home. And also why the idea of moving on sometimes moves you to tears. But, as they say, when one door closes another one opens, and in this case it's quite literal! I'm sure that soon you'll be completely immersed in the creative process, designing your next gorgeous home and loving it, and so will we! Kxx

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  4. Oh you poor thing. It must be difficult -I don't think I'd want to leave, but then I shouldn't be saying that to you, should I?
    Seeing what you've achieved here makes me sure that whatever somes nect will be fabulous too!
    I finally bought the magazine - what a great story!

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  5. I am sorry you are feeling so sad about leaving your house but remember it is just a house, with walls, and brick and wood and it is the home that you covet. You can only make it a home with the ones you love and since they will be coming with you, you could make a shack a home!

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  6. Oh A-M, packing is enough to bring the strongest of us unstuck, more so for you I am sure. Keep thinking of it as starting on a fabulous new life adventure. You are the type of person that makes wonderful things happen and I know more fabulous things are in store for you and your lovely family. Hope there was some cake left from yesterday, that always helps whilst packing ;) Wishing you a wonderful Thursday. Big hugs to you ~ Tina xx

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  7. You have put so much of yourself into this gorgeous home- it is only natural that you would feel sad darling. You have a special gift in the design of what I would call the perfect home-Ohhhh the love! But life is full of change, surprise and new adventures. And I for one, am looking forward to your new chapter. Now.... any way you can get those adorable cake stands for your new shop....down the road-no hurry!
    Enjoy each day.

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  8. Atleast you've got that wonderful magazine to remind you of your home always! And I think you're going to have a blast decorating and designing in your new home on a fresh palette!

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  9. you are an inspiration! really has been wonderful watching this journey unfold. can't wait to see what the next chapter brings. the best is yet to come i'm sure! xxx

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  10. I seriously don't know how you are doing it, so cry away my friend! - I'm not sure i'm going to cope with no more of this lovely house anymore - but that is when I remember how exciting the next adventure will be - can't wait x

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  11. I always feel sad each time we sell up and move. We all put so much of ourselves into creating our own little pieces of heaven.
    Ooh what a yummy morning tea.
    Off to buy the magazine tonight when I shop.
    Alison

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  12. This time of heightened emotions is your house's last gift to you - it would be such a shame to be numb! You done good, why not swan a little, enjoy what you have created. In a way, like an old lover, it will always be part of your life.

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  13. I feel the same way but on a less intense note I'm sure. I didn't even know what to comment because I didn't know if I was happy for you but sad that you're selling and it is over or excited that your creation is featured in an awesome magazine, maybe even a little worried about your sweet boys and their feelings? Mixed emotions is the perfect description. This has been a roller coster ride, which can be both scary and make you sick but also exciting and fun. What ever you do I will be there to watch and support. Love, Heidi

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  14. Dear A-M
    I guess you know you've done well when the thought of leaving brings tears.. heck I'd cry to leave your beautiful home.... I'm so glad that you are full of excitement for your next adventure....

    PS... opened the parcel and it was like xmas instead of birthday.. haha.. those knobs are big.. but beautiful!!! [that didn't sound right!]... have a great day and keep enjoying the moment... xxx Julie

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  15. I really, really, really hope that whoever bought your house knows how lucky they are. And I don't just mean the house itself, but the spirit and love that is built into it as well. Cry as much as you need to I reckon!

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  16. I am sending you a super sympathetic hug... I can totally understand your mixed emotions, and the tears must fall as it is all part of the detaching process. I am a schemer too, and it is absolutely the way to be!
    :) Flick

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  17. I can not believe how much I have missed while I have been sick. I cant believe you are selling the house!!! I know I am slow. I have just finished looking through HB and loving your story and the photos. It looks fantastic...and now you are leaving!!! Snifff! I am sad to see you go, but know you will do something fantastic with your new digs and I cant wait to see.
    Ness xx

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  18. My heart bleeds for you A-M but keep a hold of the fact that it's bricks and mortar and you have so much more to protect and hold dear. Life goes on and there will be new beginnings. But keep on scheming as it is the only way to stay sane. Plus we all look forward to the next chapter even if you are filled with trepidation at the moment.

    Jennifer XX

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  19. Sorry if I have missed the obvious but why did you sell? What a beautiful home! Is the plan to go on creating beautiful homes for all of us to enjoy? I will be keeping an eye on your next wonderful project. Best wishes!

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  20. I'm a big fan of the swift move. There's something about a totally empty house - when it doesn't look like your home any more - that helps with that final detaching process. It's all very well for moving day but not before! Enjoy the beautiful home while you can x

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  21. A-M it's normal to be sad after all the heart and soul you've put into this gorgeous home....but just think about what you will do better/differently next time!!! All the excitement of another project...can't wait to see what you do with the rental.All that family love will go with you no matter where you live.
    Just recieved the parcel that I purchased from your sale and absolutely love it ..Thank you so much and take care...more cake to mop up the tears???? Kym X

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  22. I like your thoughts on change and the unknown A-M....the only way to think. Congratulations on the magazine article, the house looks so wonderful. xv

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  23. I like the sound of your mission brown rental. Sounds like my kind of place, particularly if it has saloon doors to the kitchen. But I'd cry too if I had to pack a whole house again. Can't wait to see where you land next after your stint in mission brown land.x

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  24. What a great time you ladies must have had reliving the journey you have been on together. Did you sign each others copy of Home Beautiful!! Bring on the next house!!

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  25. If I have learned nothing else over the past two years, I have learned this. A house is just a building. It's the people inside that are most important. Our emotions get tied up in the home aspect of the house, I admit. But you're right - you're in for an amazing adventure!

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  26. Oh I feel for you dearest, but I am sure you'll create something equally fabulous again, stay strong!

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  27. yes, you'll have to rename this blog "the house that A-M sold", and then start another for the new place - can't wait to hear what your plans are!

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  28. It must be hard..just gotta take time to soak up your last moments there. Thinking about the new adventure is great, because I'm sure a lovely, wonderful adventure is waiting for you! I wish you all the best!!

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  29. Oh my. This post brought back some memories. First, I have never posted here before but I need to tell you that I admire the work you have done very much. The house is beautiful - and it is your eye and attention to detail that makes it so.

    Two years ago July we left the house in the country we though we would never leave. I wept. A lot.We had poured so much of ourselves into that house. Both my babies came home to that house. On the last day I cleaned and scrubbed one last time. Thought about my strong mother a lot. I finished what I could and left the last floor washing to the lovely woman who had helped keep our house clean for 10 years. I handed her the mop and the pail. I opened the door and walked out. I did not look back.

    It has been a two year process. We lived in the "wee house" for 18 months. A family of four in 500 sq feet. (Down from 4000) Just a bit of downsizing. We rebuilt (we are still rebuilding) our arts and crafts city house. But we are now living in it and we love it.

    We left our home for many many good reasons. Complicated reasons. Lots to do with the children and where they were going to finish their growing up.

    I do understand how hard it is.(I did some of the same:) I packed the hidden stuff and then set aside a room in the house that no one went in as the box room. It helped.

    I have no doubt that you will pack all the love you have for each other in the top of the bags where it is easily got at and move on to the next adventure.

    Mary from Canada.

    My not so glorious blog is at www.follyandivy.wordpress.com

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  30. Dear A-M, I can imagine how hard it is! Your house is very nice, and I admire every bit of it, the outside and inside, the way you placed the garage and the stairway to the door. I thought your creativity was amazing, building on a slop and placing a pool on he backyard. Whoever got it, is a lucky person. But your knowledge can create another dream again. We will be here to see it! Take care.

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  31. I often read your blog and always find it very interesting. Thought it was about time i let you know...Keep up the great work

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx