Dude, we’re building a house.

Eventually, there will be a house there.

Eventually, there will be a house there.


Well, hello there. Long time no see. We’re now proud Massachusetts residents and holders of full time jobs. Love stimulating that economy, baby. Since moving last summer, we’ve inhabited a small apartment and harbored BIG dreams. We want to build a house. Yeah. I can’t believe it either. But, it’s just SO. COOL.

I started to get the itch to start blogging again mostly for diary purposes. I had absolutely no idea how truly clueless I am when it came to figuring out how to make a house happen and figured I should document the process so I can look back and laugh (just kidding, kinda). Also, I want to share with my family (especially gramps [Hi, gramps!]) down in Florida what goes on with regards to this huge life project. They are invaluable resources in terms of opinions, but sometimes it’s hard to explain every situation in sufficient detail to 4 different people. Enter the interweb, gotta love it!

So a little background. Mike’s parents own a large piece of land (11.37 acres) here in Massachusetts, and about a year and a half ago they started to look into selling it. That’s when Mike and I had a serious convo about where we saw ourselves in the future and decided this land was it. It’s got a stream running through it and a bubbling spring. AND, it’s on the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, which means almost no people. Seclusion is a priority for us (I mean, we’re not hermits, but we don’t want to hear cars on the street or see people out our window, well, ever, but only occasionally will do.) We decided that we want to make it our homestead for now and always (barring any unforeseen circumstances, obviously. We’re not that oblivious). This was when we were still living in Pennsylvania and the plan has been growing since then.

First we had to figure out if we could move our lives 5 states away, and once we realized this was a possibility, we had to talk to the in-laws to see if they were willing to work with us. Like I said, this was a year and a half ago and neither of us had any firm evidence we could actually make this happen. Being the amazing people they are, they agreed to wait until we were ready. Fast forward a year, and we were inching closer. The blog will pick up at that point, when we figured out what to ask at the bank, how the sequence of events should NOT go, and much more, including our ongoing doubts of whether this is actually even feasible. But, I want to document it for old time’s sake (Diary style. This will in no way be a guide, but rather an account of our story.) And for the family’s input. And, for fun! So, here we go. Dude, we’re building a house.

Giving thanks today.

Hope your day is full of parades, dog shows, and most of all, smiles.

Safe and Sound

Hey guys, I just have to take a moment and say how thankful I am that we fared so well during Hurricane Sandy. A little loss of power and a few branches is nothing compared to what some are going through. Lost houses, lost cars, lost memories. Even coworkers here in Pennsylvania are still suffering without a place to take a hot shower or plug in their phone. Unbelievable. It’s a good time to look around and be thankful for what we have.

Switching gears now, and speaking of being thankful for what we have, Mike and I have decided to seriously start saving for a house. As in, hopefully this will happen in a year or so. Consequently, that means there has been a moratorium on any excess spending. We are in total save save save mode. As excited and all warm it makes me inside to imagine we may be homeowners in the foreseeable future, it also means I’ve less moolah for projects etc.  So, as a result, DIY stuff has taken a backseat to other things and I’ve been doing only no cost crafts around here. Yep, I’m still doing stuff, but it’s a little janky and a lot less frequent. I hope you stick with me even though stuff will be less regular (but I do have something for Wednesday :) ). Here’s to saving for the big things in life. Cheers!

Not the Good Kind of Shelving

Ok, so I had grand plans of doing awesome Florida posts while on Spring break. Well, while those Florida posts have not been trashed they have  been shelved, because this week I had to stop lying to myself and realize that my grad school comprehensive exams are in less than two weeks. LESS THAN TWO WEEKS.

Sooooo….as I started studying, I started freaking out and realized that to feel confident going into the exam, I had to get my study on. BIG TIME. Which, unfortunately, means shelving the blog for a week. Boooo.

I’ll be done on March 24th, but in the mean time I’ll probably poke my head in once or twice, I just can’t promise that I’ll spend quality time writing posts.

Is it March 24th yet?

Welcome, Hackers!

Ooof!!! As a new blogger it is downright invigorating getting all these click-throughs from Ikea Hackers. I just wanted to give you a warm welcome, and personally invite you to snoop around my blog. We’ve got a bedroom re-do, a diy scarf rack and other fun projects. Enjoy, and I’m so glad you’re here :).