Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Welcome, in!

{brother, me, sister}

Welcome, in!

A month ago, we closed this small house to be more specific,; a townhouse. We've looked if not 100, but at least 60 houses in less than eight weeks. We went from ideal and dreamy old character style houses to something simpler and newer. We though we'll get hardwood flooring to prevent the allergy, but we got carpet flooring, almost allover the space. We plan on finding a three bedrooms with a large living room space house to a small house that comes with two bedrooms and one small loft space. We really though we'll get a big kitchen, since we love to cook and spend all our time in the dining space; just like what we've done while we were in ND. But the reality is that I am not as handy as I though in order to maintain an older house. Well, true to be told this is not a dream house, but it is a "dream home".

We've been in this house almost a month ( in a few hours will mark the one month anniversary).  We are feeling settled in our home and feeling great about this move that we made! Indeed, I am not going to worry about the rest of the boxes that still set unopened in my room eventually they will get sort, right?

This home is a quiet collective memory home for us! The ladder that found in the small town we lived for 3 years, so does some of the vintage baskets. We moved them with us from place to place. The television stand/ actually is a dresser that picked up from the spring cleaning day in ND and we were there for 3 years as well.  The dining table was brought two years ago when we went visited our friends, the seller was kindly stored the table for us while we were gone oversea. It was for S' study table, but we use it as dinning table now and it is perfect size. There are still lots marks after the sanding, but I decided to leave the history of this table as is. It turns out the table looks more orange/red than the dark brown that I was hoping for, but it works quiet well with other elements in the dining space.

For a long time, S was playing piano on the electric weighted piano. It is similar to the piano, but it doesn't sound the same! Before we were never able to commit to buy a real piano, since we move every so many years. Finally on this move, we committed to a real piano. Yes, she is very excited about this commitment! We are really lucky to find the piano in a weekend and found out the seller actually lived 3 miles away from us. Part of the great buy was that she was willing to negotiated the price with us! Ever since the piano moved in, this home is getting closer to a real furnished home!

The library took major of wall space in the living room. S loves it! She organized her books by themes and set series books together. It is already out of space and we were thinking to add another storage above that and find a ladder for S to retrieve books, but for now we'll just wait!

S' room is completed for what she needs so far! We furnished her room with simple IKEA furniture. She asked if she could have a study table and a night stand in her room. It probably is part of the growth and wanting to have a little private space of her own.  Oh, yes, she has a full crib of animals that she grew up with! The crib was found in a thrift store when S was probably 4 then she asked a quilt for all her animal at the time.  The little rocking chair set in the corner was the only chair that she would sat on when she was a babe! S rocked herself in nap time and some movie time. The quilt on the rocking chair was the very first quilt I made her and if I remember it right, it was spring time in 2007 and was tulip season! The house rainbow quilt was her 8th birthday quilt that she loves to cuddle up the most.  The mini quilts are our collaborative quilts when we lived in ND. Now they get to shine and cozy up S' space. Yes, that huge and heavy task chair needs a cover so badly!

If you ask for my room. Well, it is still quiet clutter at this moment! The room seems so big to me. There's a twin size bed and covered with layers of quilts so far.  I knew that I would like to find few old buffets and transfer them into dressers and a love seat in the room, so S can come hang out over the weekending, but for now. It is our storage and simple sleep space for me.

We are actually not quiet felt in love with this house, but we will!! There are few things have been add to the Updating House Notebook, such as wall colors, flooring, kitchen cabinet, window covers ( should I make any?)  I decided to walk away from the list simply we plan to settle in for now and think about other updates later on.

The sewing studio is where you can find me everyday now! I've been sewing a few hours a day to gain my motivation back! S' 10th birthday quilt will be ready soon and the other day she walked by the studio and ask what are you making? I replied "trying something new". She said, you really like red and white, aren't you? My heart jump faster with a thought... hope she will love the quilt when it's ready! You know the 11th birthday quilt is next and she has showed me the picture of the quilt that she would like! I would like to make it on time for the 11th birthday this time!  There are still a few things that I would like to arrange around the studio, but I am still overwhelmed and needed to slow down to allow myself work around the space and decide what need to be move or add to the space.

Now we are home! It seems like a long journey to come! After few turns of life corners we made it! My cheerleader will have a permeant home/place to grow up and to meet friends and have friends over! There are spaces for them to get wild and I probably will just plug my ears with headphone if I need to. We are looking forward our very first weekending here so soon! Cooking, sewing, reading, and relaxing at home!  Until then,  happy weekending!!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Postcard # 3


The space that we've spent most of our day time lately: the sewing loft aka {quarter inch mark studio}! It is rather cozy here! Small space, but we love how everything spreads out! Not all the fabrics are in the shelves, since it ran out of the space already! I've been sewing for last few days; a few hours a day to get my motivation back and get used to the new space! The sewing table sits the opposite from the window, but will be move to the window side to get more light source.  Oh, yes.. a little tour of this space in the future is a must! It is perfect in many ways for me. I love how I am able see most of the fabric at once and not need to open every boxes to find the "one"! In the sunny hot days, the window blind covers the room well. I don't need to worry about the fabric much! Still lots to work on and yes! I love to show you the table that we've been using for the dining space! It is gorgeous and perfect for us! We love to find a few more chairs in case we have any company swing by!   Until then, we'll stay busy and shall return this space soon!

west des moines, Iowa


Friday, August 1, 2014

Postcard #2


This is our dinning space to be! We have been eating off from the small kitchen bar since moved in.  This morning, I just added the last coat of our dinning table that I thrifted two years ago. It was sanded by hands for two days then S and I went to the hardware store. We stood in front of the shelves for a good 30 mintues; making important decision, which paint color?  Well, it is really out of my color zone, but so far so good!  The walls need to get new colors! But, you know this is going to be another important decision for us.  Until then we'll just keep talking and taking action in summer 2015.

Oh, yes! Last night, it only took us three trips to stores to get the right parts for the wifi connection and 5 hours on the phone with the tech guy. But the wifi is on! We'll be on a long phone call to my family tonight and you know what we really love our new home!

West Des Monies, Iowa


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Postcard # 1


Nothing like being in own space and making this space into a "home" of ours. You know how special this past week has had been for us? We are still tired from the upload the truck, drive the truck, unload the truck, return the truck. The washer has been wash 3-4 loads of quilts in last few days, but they are all clean and placed in rooms. Yes, we have a "home" now! I can't say this enough!

West Des Monies, Iowa July 2014 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014


July has been an amazing month,but busy! We have been celebrating almost everyday here! We celebrated Fifi's birthday via Skype and watched Lucky tossed himself with his new patchwork mats. Watched Fifi open her birthday package. She loves and adores her quilt! She kept telling me, the quilt has so many spring colors in it! I told her that I had wished spring come sooner since we have had a rough winter. The spring colors just made my day and smile along while making the quilt top. Since we are thousand miles away from each other, S and I hope this quilt will serve the warmth to her anytime when she needs big hugs from us. We hope she would share the little corner of the quilt with Lucky, since Lucky seemed love the quilt more than his patchwork mats.

Over the long weekending, we celebrated America's birthday. We really miss the the small town parade. S was in the parade in honored of her button winning contest. She waved to her friends and they were shouting her name aloud and cheering for her when she went by. She made a new friend, the gentleman who gave her the ride in the parade and yes, yes, yes, she had the most wonderful time! We over stuffed ourselves with ice cream, cookies, hotdogs, S'more, peach shortcake, and homemade coffee.  We walked in the park and visited fair booths. I was hoping to find a fine carpenter to make some alphabet initials, but didn't encounter one.

You know, the after dinner time here at the farmhouse has been amazing! We have homemade dessert almost every night, even fresh made coffee go with the treat, I said that's party time! We are going to miss the fun after we move away! Indeed, our farm life is close to the end and we are in the process of moving out the farmhouse! It sounds crazy, but we are making our next move again and will be the final move for us!! cheers! 

Sewing has been slow and really minimum for last 5 weeks. Until last week, we were confirmed that we could make our next move; planning the move into the new home, booking the moving truck ( the least favorite part of the entire moving process) then shopping for supplies!  Then, you know what? Between times, I started sewing again! I cut into scraps fabric and made simple patchwork dish mats. Yeah, they are not placemats, I called them dish mats. They will be for the serving dish plates in our new home.  Then the small ones would serve as coasters or for the french press { hello!! I've missed you!}. The memory about free motion quilting is vague, since I have been spoiled with the access to a long-arm quilting machine. It really started to feel like dreams slowly coming true to have our own place again! I tried to list out with what to make on the sewing book, but I am procrastinating! Should I start from the kitchen items or bedroom items?!

The list of what to make gets add on daily then crossed out as well! From quilts to pillow cases, from pillow cases to living room cushions, from living room cushions to curtains, from curtains back to quilts again the move to what to make for S' new summer outfits. Even Christmas stockings are in the list and also a Christmas tree skirt? Then the mind start forming more questions, are all the pajama pants too small for S?  S has grown another 4 inches in last year! One yard of fabric probably will not be able to make a new pair of pajama pants now. I keep telling myself can't get too excited about it now, since we'll need to move in first! All the horrible moving dramas that we have had in the past really made me nervous about our move that's coming up next week.

But we are so look forward to our new home....

S will have her very own room, for the first time! We talked about getting new bookcases for her room.  She is thinking a wall full of books, so she could get on the ladder to retrieve books. Oh, I am not sure about that, I replied! How about a ladder for your quilts to start??

Then I'll have a room to myself with a real closet for the first time! Even I don't own lots outfits, but it would be nice to have a space for clothes and shoes. The home will be probably pretty empty, since we sold most of our furniture last year. I truly believed we'll slowly build up again because we've always walk through challenges and believed all will come together for us again!

Oh.. Did you know, I'll have a sewing loft? Yeah, you hear that right, a loft space of sewing and a space to share with S again. I have been researching on the storage units and how to arrange the space! Can you picture me sitting and surrounding by fabric again? I can't tell you, how quick my heart jump as I just typed the last sentence. .. ::excited::

The kitchen has a dine-in space! We will not buy anything right away, since we are not sure what we really have in mind, but there's a small bar alike table that extended from the kitchen counter around the corner. We'll start from there. We'll need a few high stools for sitting! I'll be cooking everyday and drink coffee off French Press again! S has requested a few dishes from me and we'll have a little celebration with lots homemade food!

The grocery list is getting longer everyday, but we seem not be able to cut it down now, since we really don't have anything to fill the kitchen cabinet! All the basic supplies are included in; butter, salt, pepper, flour, sugar, rice...etc. We might need a few trips to get them all, since I sure I'll miss some items.

This morning, I have stopped the store and check out the list of cleaning supplies! We'll be in a new city and probably won't know our way around well. I though we'll get all what we need before the move! Then, I was waited on the phone for a good part of this afternoon and set up new accounts for utility companies today, so we'll be able to see and cook when we are in our new home!

In between times, we made lots jams; peach and strawberry to be exact! The peaches have been perfect for making jams. S, the peach lover is thrilled about the peach jam! It really warms my heart up  that we'll have something homemade and fresh to take with us! It feels like my mom sends us care package from oversea, special and priceless!

I've never though we'll wanted to settle in a place for permanent, but we are SO ready! After all the moves we made this past year, we are tried! We are exhausted! We are looking forward a "HOME" and ready to root in.

So, my friends, I will be gone from here for a little while! I will need some time to settle in our new home in the new city and hope to connect with local people. Of course maybe a modern sewing quilt guild for me to particpate. Help S adopt into new school system and look forward musical opportunity for her.  I will fill you in with good news when I return to this space.  Meanwhile, I will send you postcards from time to time to let you know how we are doing!

I will take photos, so you can walk with us on this long journey to come. I will show you the sewing loft that I am most exciting about! I can't wait to cut into the fabric stashes and lay S' new quilt in her bed for her. Did you know she already requested her 11th birthday quilt from me? This mama has started searching fabric for the quilt.

I wish you sew much and drink lots sun tea because I will making and drinking jars of homemade sun tea. I'll be sewing and catching up all the late night "movie and me" time!

my friends,  so long for now!  I'll send postcards!