Friday, March 11, 2016

I am finally home........

Thank you! Thank you!  Thank you!

I truly feel the support and encouragement you all have provided during the past few months, not to mention, this past week.  I am slowly responding to all of the comments you all left about me being back AT LAST!

Never in a million years did I think finding "THE" home of my dreams would have taken so much time and effort.  I suppose you could say I was naive to the whole real estate game as I had my first home built, and I didn't deal with anyone but the builder.

The sale of my home went faster than I ever anticipated, which was a good thing.  However, finding a new place to live that provided everything I wanted turned out to be, well, next to impossible.  There was a lot of "drama" with my realtor, that in my opinion was completely unnecessary, and almost made me break contract with him.  TWO, count them TWO homes I had contracts on fell through due to the seller's end.  Why would someone put the time and energy into placing their home for sale, only to not follow through with things that need to be done in order to sell the home?  GEESH!  I was NOT going to settle for just anything.  Did I concede on a few things?  Yes.....however, I have no regrets on those concessions.

Finding a home took almost 4 months to the day.  Had it not been for some amazingly gracious and generous friends allowing me to stay in one of their beautiful homes, I don't know what I would have done?  You live and you learn, and I certainly did my fair share throughout this home buying process.
All of this, to say, I AM FINALLY HOME!  I feel it!  I know it!

What?

You all want to see it?

Really?????

Well,..................





ALRIGHTY THEN!!!!!!

TA-DA!
Here is my new home, and I love it.
It is nicely secluded on about 4 acres of land.

It has a small front porch that I can put a swing on eventually.

The back of my home has an upper and lower deck which will be perfect for entertaining.
The lower deck leads into my sewing studio.  I have a feeling some sewing may get done
out on that lower deck during some nice weather.

Beautiful mature trees thrive in the front and back yard.  Most of the acreage is wooded.
Eventually, some wood will be cleared for pasture, but, that will be down the road.

I am not sure how well you can see the birds and bird feeders in this photo, but, one day I counted about 20 Cardinals out there!
And there are more squirrels than I can even count sometimes!

I also have this wonderful detached garage with bays on either side.  The back side of the garage
also has a large bay.  This will eventually be turned into a pole barn of sorts.
Don't you think some quilt blocks need to go on the front there somewhere???

There you have it!  A looksy at..........oh.......huh?
You want to see the inside too????
Well, OK!

The living room from the front door.
Paint colors and lighting fixtures are definitely going to be changed.

A view from the fireplace into the kitchen and dining space.
Again, colors and light fixtures will be changed.
I do love the granite counter tops, but, the cabinets and appliances will 
eventually be changed.  These cabinets are destined for my sewing studio!

A descent sized master, with even better walk-in closet and bathroom.
Baby poo brown is NOT my color......paint is an easy thing to change.

Downstairs family room.

There is a nice little bar with fridge and microwave hook up.
Perfect for entertaining!

And...........finally.............

MY SEWING STUDIO!!!!!!
You can see the door in the far corner that leads to the deck.
I haven't gotten everything figured out 100% yet, but, when I do, you all will
be the first to get the grand tour of my new creative space.

See what I mean?
This is still a work in progress.....but, I am happy to say, I have been sewing here in this space!

These little girls have made themselves right at home in my studio!
Precious lil' stinkers!


I plan on doing all of these things.....especially QUILT here!
Thanks Cousin Phyllis!  Your work of art finally has a home in my new studio!

Again, I want to thank ALL of you who have remained so supportive during this
time of transition in my life.  I appreciate your concern and constant encouragement!

To bring you up to speed on a few other things that have transpired as of late.......

Momma and Lil Bubs celebrated their birthdays!
Lil Bubs is getting so big!
And my little Momma is just as pretty as ever!

My Sugardoll turned 18!!!!!
How did that happen?????
Graduating high school in a few short months!

And word certainly does travel around quickly!
I have been hosting a Scrap Mystery Quilt Class at
O'Sewpersonal in O'Fallon, Missouri.
This has been such a joy for me as it is my first foray into the teaching side of things.

The turn out has been great, and these quilters are a hoot to be around!
Yes, I did design this mystery quilt myself, and wait until you see it!
The name of the mystery quilt is "Going Home."
I will be able to share more about it's conception after the class is over with.
But, it looks like there is enough interest to have more scrap quilting classes sometime in the near future!  Thanks to Kelly, the owner of the shop for allowing me this wonderful experience!

Thank you all for being my friend!
I appreciate you all sooooooooo much!
It's good to be home!
Until next time,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter




38 comments:

  1. Cute house, Kevin. Am so glad to hear that you are now "home & happy" It should happen to all of us

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  2. I'm so happy for you Kevin ! This house is beautiful and needs some transformations but I'm sure you've found the "home sweet home" !!
    Love your sewing room....wow ! :)
    Happy birthday to your Mom and Lil Bubs !!
    Hugs !

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  3. Omg Kevin your new home is gorgeous, i can see some amazing quilts being created in that new studio. Looks like the wait was worth it, congratulations ☺

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  4. Thanks for showing us around. Like it all esp. the sewing space. When we moved six years ago hubby got mad at me because I set up the sewing room FIRST. The only room I was truly interested in. Enjoy the birds too. Squirrels can be a pain. I hope you will be very happy in your new home.

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  5. Sweet! Definitely worth waiting for. Glad you are finally home and able to sew.

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  6. Great post and so happy for you! Viewing your outside looks as though you could get side tracked with beauty all around when sewing or working inside....

    Love your new "DIGS"!!!!
    Carolyn

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  7. What a fun tour Kevin! You were so funny too. I would have been so excited walking up to that house for the first time. The whole property looks wonderful! You are going to make a lot of happy memories there.
    Wow you really got a great turnout for your class! Can't wait to see what you did for it!
    Enjoy the settling in and making everything your own.

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  8. Great house! Looks like you can make it a home. I recommend putting LED ceiling lights in instead of the fluorescent- saves energy and has more even light- Lowe's has them about $40 each.
    Congratulations on the class, can't wait to see the quilt. Love scraps.
    Great time of the year to move- the outdoors beckons!

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  9. Congratulations Kevin. There's really no place like home!
    I's excited to watch as you make it your own. A bit jealous of all that sewing studio space and the walk out to your deck...

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  10. What a great house! It's so worth it to keep looking until you find the right one for you. Can't wait to get the studio tour after you get it organized.

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  11. What a beautiful home Kevin, congrats!

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  12. Congratulation Kevin, what a beautiful house and your new quilting space......awesome! Enjoy your new home and studio!

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  13. The best part of that new house is the walk out basement......you will never feel like you are underground. Happy painting and decorating.

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  14. Enjoy settling into your new home and relax in the piece and quiet.

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  15. What a gorgeous rural setting, perfect home for a quilter! Cant wait to see the colours you choose for your new home. Love the sewing studio. Enjoy your new home!!

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  16. Oh my gosh - it looks SO great!!! And the garage - um.... wrangler man is totally jealous over that one!! Yay you - I am so happy for you!

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  17. Well what great news. Your new house looks fantastic! Where is it? I can't believe you can find something as gorgeous as that WITH land, too!! Congrats and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness there, Kevin!!!

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  18. Awwww, congratulations on your new home! It looks wonderful, especially the surroundings. Can't wait to see how you make it YOURS. ;)

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  19. Sometimes things have to happen to find what we are really looking for, nothing is ever by chance :) glad you found what you wanted, enjoy the painting and your new sewing space, you have come home :)

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  20. Adorable home! So happy for you and your baby girls.

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  21. Blessings on you and your forever home with all its potential. Times of transition are exhausting however your smiling face makes it all worthwhile. Sew On Kevin and realize your dreams. Embracing Creative Bliss...

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  22. Congratulations on your new home, Kevin! It is gorgeous and spacious and all around lovely! I'm sure you will make it your own with a little paint, etc. in no time. Your sewing studio space is to die for!

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  23. I'm so happy for you that you found your new home!!! Thanks for giving us a tour! Can't wait to see your studio all set up! Please post pics of it when you are done.

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  24. I so enjoyed reading your post Kevin and thought that was it - then you fooled me, sharing all those photo's at the end - you know I'm a sucker for photo's and wow, what a great place you have found! I can see you will be happy there, especially in your sewing room. Already looking forward to your next post and photo's you'll be sharing. Belated birthday wishes to your Momma and Lil Bubs :)

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  25. Dorothy said it best, "There's no place like home." Congratulations! And I'm a bit envious of your new sewing studio.

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  26. As you know, I think this was worth the wait to get such a perfect home/land for you to be your "forever" home. I am envious of your sewing area too -- all in one area and not scattered all over the house, like someone I know. You will have so much fun transforming it into your creative castle. Congrats and have fun.

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  27. Just enjoying your pictures, I felt a sense of PEACE and CONTENTMENT! Congrats to having found your HOME and knowing it! Having gone through all of your previous sagas were needed for you to FIND HOME!! LOVE those mature trees and with that acreage you will treasure your personal space. Eager to see future post as to what colors you paint and how it all turns out. CONGRATS NEW HOMEOWNER!!!

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  28. SEW happy for you, a little bit jealous, and WELCOME BACK to Blogland!!! We've missed you!

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  29. That detached garage has two huge quilt blocks on the front, just waiting to be colored! Your house is beautiful! it would be fun to sew outside on your deck, a la Bonnie! Thanks for the tour!

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  30. Everything looks great! I just may have to stop by, on my way home from Texas (if you are there).

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  31. I'm SEW glad to see you are back! Congratulations on your gorgeous new home and thanks for sharing all the picture with us. Give yourself plenty of time to get unpacked. It always takes longer than you anticipate. Baby poo brown isn't my favorite color, either (ha!). Having all that acreage is worth the lawn maintenance to gain the peace and quiet. Looks like there is plenty to see while hiking around.

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  32. House hunting/buying is not for the faint of heart. Looks like you found a gorgeous new place. Can't wait to see it with it's new color schemes. Hope you have plenty of time to stitch in that very cool new sewing space.

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  33. Congratulations on your pretty new home, and all that lovely sewing space!

    So happy that all is well with you.

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  34. Congratulations on your beautiful new home Kevin! May God bless you with many happy, memorable years there.

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  35. So happy you found your home! It sounds like quite the needle in a haystack hunt, but you found it!
    Can you do an online mystery for us?!?!?

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  36. Beautiful home Kevin. Hope you have many happy years of sewing in your new space. Wanted to make a suggestion when it comes to paint color. If you're going with white, buy sample cans and paint a small section on the walls. Some whites are tinted gray, pink, lavender or green. I found mine on the 10th try, Valspar December Starlight. If you're going for color, you can mix your own. Buy a gallon of Walmart brand Country White. And a quart of a good brand of the color you want to tint it with. In a bucket, mix the 2 until you get the shade you want. The hardest room in my home was a west-facing bedroom where the light changed often. I used a quart of Sherwin Williams yellow and came up with lemon frost. Of course that was after I painted the bedroom twice. Best of luck.

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  37. Beautiful home Kevin. Hope you have many happy years of sewing in your new space. Wanted to make a suggestion when it comes to paint color. If you're going with white, buy sample cans and paint a small section on the walls. Some whites are tinted gray, pink, lavender or green. I found mine on the 10th try, Valspar December Starlight. If you're going for color, you can mix your own. Buy a gallon of Walmart brand Country White. And a quart of a good brand of the color you want to tint it with. In a bucket, mix the 2 until you get the shade you want. The hardest room in my home was a west-facing bedroom where the light changed often. I used a quart of Sherwin Williams yellow and came up with lemon frost. Of course that was after I painted the bedroom twice. Best of luck.

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