Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"In a Fix"

Hi ya!

Well, I guess I really did shock you last week when I told you David and I were selling our cottage and yes indeed, it did sell. There are many reasons behind it like trying to cut down on his 50 minute commute to work, or the fact that we thought we would live here for nine years until he retires and then move to Florida. However, we discovered how much we LOVE this town and never want to leave! Prices here keep going up and up and up. We decided that if we were going to retire here, we better get to where we want to be before we couldn't afford it.

That being said, we have felt like we were on an episode of Property Brothers. You know where they show the people a really nice house with everything they want and then shock them with the outrageous price tag? Well, that has been us. Most places have increased $30k in the last 18 months. But like everything in my life, the winds of fate bring me right where I should be and then the moon and stars align to make it all work out (even if I have to go through pure HELL first).

You know I have a HUGE love of houses and honestly, just like when I design quilts and wool pieces, I can envision what a house will look like finished. I get down right giddy thinking about what can be done! hee,hee,hee.

So back to the winds of fate. We were lead to a house in my FAVORITE neighborhood here in Wilmington. My bestie, Lydia, can tell you because I always drove through here saying "One day I will live in Wilmington and live in this neighborhood."



If all the banking, inspections, blah, blah, blah go as planned, we will be moving into this cutie cottage in TWO WEEKS!!!! Yep, you heard that right. Yikes! Although it looks large, it's actually smaller than our current house and that is just fine with us. We love little houses with big character.

So, if all goes according to plan, I will be adding a segment to my blog called "In a Fix" because we will literally be living in a fixer upper. I thought it would be really fun to take you on this adventure with us and show you how we transform this little cottage and the yard into our dream home.

I'm still pinching myself that what I said all those years ago is coming true. I'm living in my favorite place and in my favorite neighborhood. You ready? We sure are!

Hugs to you,
Michelle

29 comments:

Quilt Rat said...

WOW! You don't mess around. LOL! Fingers crossed everything goes according to plan.....your new home looks SO lovely already, but I KNOW you will sprinkle your magic wand and make it truly fabulous!

John Baldwin said...

That's wonderful; Mary and I wish you and David all the happiness in the world with your new home. Looking forward to your updates.

Barb said...

What a beautiful home....best of luck to you....don't envy the move...just saying.

Jeanette said...

Looks fabulous. Can't wait to follow your "in a fix" segment. Good luck with it all. Hugs,xx

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I do say you scared me again--thought that the house sold and you had no where to go--but it has to all work out for you--just so long as there is a Bunnyville room in this house I will be happy!! Oh an room for your design studio--cause we got to get you back in that mode!!!!!
Praying for you--
enjoy the moments,di

Michele said...

Good luck to you and David on your new adventure! I cannot wait to see what wonderful ideas you have for your home. I always love your color choices and furniture arrangements.

Pieta Laker-Ratcliff said...

Wow! So much happening for you. Your new house looks lovely and I can't wait to see what you do with it.
P.S. I thought you might have been moving to Oz!!!

Chris said...

Wow, amazing! How do you ever get ready in two weeks to move, you must have some super powers. I am so happy you found your forever home. Good luck!

Createology said...

Congratulations dear! You do work magic and I shall be very interested in your travels through "Fixt It Land". The home looks amazing from the curb view. Hoppy Easter too...

Rabbits' Guy said...

Well let's get to fixin' !!! Good luck with the blah, blah, quack, quack stuff first!

Lois Evensen said...

What a lovely home! I'm sure you'll enjoy making it "your own!" All the very best!

Lesley said...

Congrats on your new home! Looks beautiful and it sounds like you've made some great decisions!

Janet said...

Such a fun adventure....It's always wonderful to make things the way you want them to be ...For you .....Good luck 😊

Shirley said...

Hi Shell. Wow it was a surprise when you said in a fix. I could see that your house sold and left you without a house. I will keep my fingers crossed that everything works out for you. I hope you post pictures of your before and after when you make changes to the new house. Take care. Hugs and Prayers from your Missouri Friend Shirley

Loris said...

Thanks so much for taking us along for the adventure. I'm going to love it 😊 I hope David's commute is shortened.
I'm still following along by email but can only comment when Blogger doesn't throw you off my list 😡 But I'm here 🤓

The Civil War Quilter said...

What a beautiful house. Hard to believe it needs "fixing". You just need to make it yours, right? It will be fun to follow you on your fixing adventure.

Miss Patty said...

I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to see your "fixer upper" progress on your blog!

Sharon Decker said...

I'm so happy that you found something you really love. Hope all goes well.

Beth said...

So happy for you! It will be great fun to follow along as your dream comes true.

Erica said...

Fantastic news for you! You are going to be a renovation sensation! I hope David's commute is drastically shorter now. Xxxx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT????? YOU will be living in a home that you've been admiring for years!!!!!!! THAT IS AWESOME! OK, I need more information. I need to know more! Happy day, Shell!!!

Sheila said...

Beautiful home and I sure hope everything works out as planned , exciting times 😊

almtsbb said...

Good luck on the move. And I can't wait to see your "Fix It" seg, just hope it's not really going to be like the Property Brothers with knocking walls down etc. Living around that kind of renovation looks to be very difficult (Hannah would spend a lot of time "Thumping").

Jindi's Cottage said...

Yay, congratulations on your wishes coming true and finding your "forever" house exactly where you wanted it to be...have fun making the new house "yours", it looks cute from the outside...

Missie of Traditional Primitives said...

I can't wait to see your vision! Comgratulations!

Jenny Bonynge said...

Alrighty then! Now the cat is out of the bag and it's good news. You two will be quite busy in the month but it will be fun for all of us to watch the transition. ;0)

JudyCinNC said...

Life is not about the destination, it is about the adventure that gets you there and life adventures sometimes take detours. An established house in the right neighborhood will have to feel more like putting roots down for sure. Now, you go girl and make it your own. All the world is made of faith and trust, and pixie dust. J.M. Barrie. Love from us and a wonderful Easter to you and David. judy and marty

Susie Q said...

Hi Michelle I hope the move goes well and you can start making it your own. We did this with the home we live in now, it was a right mess when we moved in with our two boys aged one and five and our dog!!! The walls in the main sitting room were bright orange and all the windows needed replacing and the kitchen and the bathroom and all the rooms needed decorating.

We took the opportunity to move walls round and create a laundry and then decorated the whole place and had new carpets. We moved in on October 1st and were finished by December 24th when the new carpets came!!! It was mad especially with running our own business from home as well. So I really appreciate when it will be like.

Happy Easter
Hugs, Susie x

I am said...

wow Michelle i am so excited for you both,it looks a lovely house,glad you got the neighbour hood that you wanted.