Thursday, April 22, 2010

Farewell Fern Cottage


(Above is our home back in 1916. I nicknamed it Fern Cottage, after the little girl standing on the front porch with her mom.)

So much as happened since my last post it's hard to know where to begin...

Last fall, Mr. Polka Dot Pixie was assigned to a new duty station over 35 miles away. Because he has a crazy police schedule, he was no longer able to come home for a meal with us regularly (an important ritual in our family). Also, with the insane winter storms, there were times that he wasn't able to make the commute home at night at all. Adding to that, our kids have become teenagers, and the opportunities for safe and supervised activities for youth in our current community are becoming even more scarce thanks to cutbacks to local recreation programs and the like. Our local schools are also taking a hit and programs for my artistically gifted daughter and musically gifted son (no drama club, no band at the local high school) are almost non existent. We made a pro and con list, and decided that, despite how much we love our house, the best decision for our family was to make a move, closer to DH's work and to a community that provides more opportunities for our kids. And so, with mixed emotions, we are saying goodbye to our sweet Victorian cottage....

A lovely couple has agreed to lease our home and hopes to purchase it by summer's end. In the meanwhile, we will be renting a cozy modern condo in our new town, Flagstaff! For those of you not familiar with Flagstaff, it is an active college town, surrounded by forest and mountains. Our townhouse is right in the heart, and we look forward to being able to walk (or use public transportation! something our former community didn't have!) to get just about anywhere! I am excited about being able to attend First Friday ArtWalks, watch Movies on the Square, and enjoy a play at the university every once in awhile. Adding to our "pro" list, our daughter was accepted into a performing and visual arts high school in our new community, and I know it will be the beginning of exciting opportunities for her!

It'll take some adapting (we haven't rented since we were first married... can you paint your walls in a rental?) and I can't help feeling some sadness as I sweep out dusty corners of our sweet old place for the last time. Also, moving stinks :-P

Busy busy....All of this happens during another job change for myself and in between the fabulous Art Opera (pics coming soon!) that I was blessed to teach at a couple of weeks back, and the upcoming Mystic Paper class I am teaching in a few weeks and Glitterfest that I will be vending at in less than a month!


So lots and lots of changes! Thanks again for bearing with me and my infrequent posts as I adapt. I do have some exciting news coming up regarding new products, icluding much asked for kits and online sculpting classes. Look for an announcement in about a month (once the moving dust has settled). In the meanwhile, please enjoy these photos of a few corners of my (now former) home sweet home.... I'll post some shots of the new place once it feels more like home... And if you are in the Southern California area, please come see me at Glitterfest! I could use a hug!

Goodbye cute kitchen!
So long blue bathroom....


Farewell movie theater room, music room and dining room :-(

I'll check back in a few weeks everyone.... ((((hugs)))))

15 comments:

michelle said...

What a difficult decision! It sounds like a good one though, I hope it all goes smoothly. I hate packing and moving but eventually even that is over and everything is nicely settled. Good luck!

Karen said...

Counting the days until Mystic Paper!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

So good to hear from you!! Hope the move goes well.....hugs...m...

Deb's Country Crafts said...

Oh, wow, good luck to you on your move. It's so sad I'm sure leaving that adorable house with so many sweet memories but I'm sure your going to make many more wonderful ones in your new place. When one door closes like they say... It's great that your kids will have better opportunities where your moving. Fun times are ahead for you all! Take care!!! Wish I could go to that Glitterfest!

Heidi said...

You really have hand your hands full! Moving does stink but more time with your honey will make up for the inconvenience.

Anonymous said...

Oh I am sooooo sorry you have to move:( I so hope you will find another wonderful home which I am sure you will. Family is so important as is having a dad home. You are making a a hard decision but one that will be good for your family. I love the pictures of your home and your kitchen oh my I just love all your cute birds:)Take care:)elma elma2179@yahoo.com

Maija said...

It sounds like a wonderful change, despite leaving your lovely home!
I'll see you at Glitterfest!!
oxox

Jemjoop said...

Sorry about the move, Jenny :(
It's not an easy thing to leave a home that you love and have lovingly done up with much care. Goodbye to your beautiful rooms.
We did that once and I still admire the pictures of that home.
Change is inevitable and we just have to keep soldiering on.
Good luck in Flagstaff, sounds like a very fun town :D

Nicole said...

I'm glad I made your moving sale, albeit a bit late. The new (old) things look great in my house, btw. Good luck with the move!

Kim Caldwell said...

Oh Miss Jenny! I am thinking about you and this move. I do know though that you take home with you so once the shock is over, you new abode will be fabulous too! I am looking forward to seeing you at Glitterfest and yes, giving you a huge hug!

Hugs, Kim

Nancy said...

Oh, this has to be so hard to leave a house you are so attached to....but it is only bricks and boards and you take your memories with you. I am excited as I am FINALLY able to take one of your upcoming classes this month at Mystic Paper!! Woo-Hoo! I will be waiting with a big hug for you!
XO NANCY
Gilbert, AZ

JillzWhimzy said...

hugs to you sweet Jenny - I would feel the exact same way (torn) Don't fret you are off for a new adventure & I know you will make the best of it. Your new house will be a true home.

Rita said...

Jenny, you have the cutes art ever! I hope you will come back this way to teach a class. Ciao Rita mammabellarte

pamelahuntington said...

What an adorable house...good luck in your new Condo.. Flagstaff is such
an amazing town...I bet it will be
wonderful to live there..and I am sure
with your magic touch the new home will be delightful!!
xoxo

Anonymous said...

We did basically the same thing - from dream home where children were raised to a downtown condo to rent with teens. It was a bit more forced upon us than your situation, but I swear - We LOVE it! We walk everywhere - drive only about 60 miles a week. Life is sweeter and deeper than ever before. You will love it too, I know. God always has a plan.

And yes, you can paint rented walls.