Slow progress on house selling and not much sewing…

Greetings armadillos! As promised, I’ve dropped off the face of the earth, and even though I’m checking in for a little chat, I don’t have much in the way of sewing news to relate. Nevertheless, I thought I’d drop in with an update on the doings around here.

So! Last weekend Mr. Bug and I made the 3 hour flight to Texas to check out the scene and start the house search. Thanks so much to all you who’ve chirped up with your comments, suggestions and other helpful hints! Here are the highlights from our trip…

For any of you who follow my instagram, some of this will be old news! First off, these restroom signs in DFW totally crack me up!

Hmmmm… here’s Mr. Bug and I EXTREMELY overexcited with the giant french fry – everything being bigger in Texas and all that. And on an unrelated note, the iPhone camera view that makes pictures like this easy to take is so ODD! My face is backward!

Saturday night we had dinner with Elissa from Dress With Courage and her helpful husband! They were lovely and gracious and gave us some great tips on our new Texas adventure! Also, I had country friend ribeye with WHITE GRAVY! Freaky!

Sunday gave us a chance to practice some gold old fashioned Minnesota snow-related snootiness. It snowed. Like, there was snow coming out of the sky, but not really staying on the ground. This is a nice shot of the 10 o’clock news. There were reporters all over the place, doing on-location check-ins on the 8 flakes of snow.

Monday we met our realtor and checked out houses. Let me tell you all – there was a swingin’ bachelor pad straight out of the Brady Bunch that was calling my name! Luckily, it wasn’t calling TOO loudly. But if Mr. Bug and I were looking for a quirky retirement house I don’t think they would have been able to pry me out of this place. Obviously, we would have had to buy the furniture along with the house!

So charming!

And check out this CRAZY tree! It’s growing right in the middle of the road! There were reflecters nailed to it and it was very nicely paved in!! The guys I work with – landscape architects – were totally like THAT TREE IS GOING TO DIE!! The thing is, that tree is obviously old, and the houses all looked to be at least 40 years old as well…. Apparently this tree can stand the asphalt!

We DID actually find a house and put in an offer – alas, there was another interested party and they were more willing to pay the asking price than we were. The house was in a charming neighborhood, but it was circa 1993 – VERY Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And pink. With blonde wood WHITEWASHED cabinets in the kitchen and a very overwhelming foyer. So Mr. Bug and I are back to reconsidering other options (aka: I’m pressuring him to go for the house I fell in love with!)

In the meantime, our house is going on the market next Monday and we are busy, busy, busy bees. I snapped some before and after photos of the work we did in the living room. There is some sewing involved!! In ALL of the work that we’re doing to prepare the house, most of the changes won’t show well in pictures because it consists of me crawling around on my SUPER HARD FLOORS, touching up the white paint on our trim. My next house will be 100% wallpapered. I will never paint again. We’ll save those photos for tomorrow.

In the meantime, check out these awesome prints! I actually found them in an antique shop and got them for Mr. Bug as his wedding present – he played the trombone in high school, I played the flute. We never framed them, but realized that they fit in regular old Ikea frames!! We framed ‘em up and swapped them with the oversized pictures of Lucy in our living room. The staging experts SAY to take down family photos after all. Although I’m not sure if giant pictures of basset hounds count as family photos or just crazypants artwork…

And with that, I’m off. As a special president’s day treat to myself I will be… painting trim. Tell me what YOU guys are sewing! I haven’t even SEEN my sewing machine in 3 weeks!



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  • Jessica D. Murphy
    May 2, 2012

    Your blog is very useful for people like me. Keep posting!
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  • Mary John
    March 26, 2012

    Great; when I left college I set up a design and sewing business; I did the lot ; pattern cutting ; sewing design ; book keeping….but I loved every minute!!!Thanks
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  • dawn s
    February 29, 2012

    Drought kills our trees, not a bit of asphalt. And the trees are very precious. Live oaks are tough but slow growing. They live for at least 300 years. I live in the only really wooded part of Texas and that is East Texas and we don’t have the tough, sprawling live oaks. BTW, the shade from that tree is super valuable for our blistering heat. Do you see the clump of mistletoe up in it? And that would be chicken fried steak with milk gravy. There are more than quilt stores but you just have to look for them. You will find anything in the world you desire in the DFW Metroplex.

  • Danyelle Franciosa
    February 26, 2012

    Poor trees. The house is looking good and why didn’t you buy that one? I hope you finally search the right one for you.
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  • Kristin
    February 23, 2012

    OF COURSE a chicken-fried steak has white gravy! You have a lot to learn once you move down here. ha!

    By the way, it’s currently 84 degrees and breezy here in Austin. Aaah!


  • Raymond E.
    February 22, 2012

    The tree in the middle of the road is kind of creepy but interesting. I hope it will really survive for many more years. Were you able to find another house before leaving Texas? Wish you luck in your house search.

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  • jill taulman
    February 21, 2012

    does the house whose facade you’ve shown happen to be in Arlington? because it really, really looks like the one across the street from my in-laws.
    you asked one time for fabric stores. i think that you will find Texas on the tail end of the sewing curve. that up until about a year ago, there were only quilting stores, but things are improving.
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  • Yasmine
    February 21, 2012

    I love the living room of this house, it has a big space. But I don’t feel the location and the facade of this house. And that tree, this is the first time I’ve seen a tree in the center of the street. This might cause some accidents.
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  • angie.a
    February 20, 2012

    Everyone’s concern for the tree is cracking me up. Granted I’m 4+ hours north of Dallas, but we have trees in the middle of the road like that in neighborhoods all over the place. They’re all alive and kickin. Must have been something they did mid-century, rather than take down the tree?
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  • K-Line
    February 20, 2012

    OMG, why didn’t you buy that house?? I freakin’ love it!
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  • Victoria Battle
    February 20, 2012

    I wonder at that tree in the middle of the road. If it is ultimately going to die and looks so, I think the authorities must bring it down instead of waiting for its natural death.
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  • Melizza
    February 20, 2012

    I forgot what part of Texas you’re moving to. I saw this Denton City Guide and figured I’d share just in case you’re moving to the Dalas area:

    Good luck searching and selling. Selling is sooo much work. I sold and packed up our house mostly by myself because my husband had to start work abroad a month earlier. It was crazy! Hopefully you’ll have oodles of support.

  • Hannah Jean
    February 20, 2012

    That tree is so crazy! I would think the biggest problem wouldn’t be tree-death, but its roots tearing up the asphalt. Amazing!
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  • Heather
    February 20, 2012

    Ooo, I love the retro house! I want that ottoman. And that light fixture. :D

    The flute print is very nice, but either the trombone is not what I thought it was, or you’ve doubled up on the flute photo, because I only see two flutes. :) That, or my computer is being dumb again, which is a very real possibility!

    Good luck with the house buying/selling! I wish your knees comfort and rest. :D
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