Monday, January 13, 2014

Moving Time

Well, it's been an age since I have spent some time on my blog... it has been a difficult couple of years.... but here is the good news.  New year, new house, new life (and on a shallow note, also new computer, new camera). 

We have decided to sell up and make a move.  The house is on the market, and we are moving to our new life in a couple of weeks.  Hubby is already there, working, and I am still here with the kiddies, packing up. 

Actually, to be honest, the actual packing won't be too bad!  The worst things was decluttering.  OMG - the stuff you can collect when you are a bit of a magpie, have LOTS of cupboards, and are into a huge variety of arts and homecrafts.  By the time I sorted through my dollshouse stuff, my soapmaking stuff, my cheesemaking stuff, my homebrew stuff, and my breadmaking stuff, it was a bit embarrassing to realise how much clutter I had accumulated!

But really, I have not just one, but THREE houses to pack up.  My real house, and two very full but very much loved dollshouses!  Now I know that a lot of you dollshouse people out there have WAY more than two dollshouses,  and you may therefore quite justifiably think that packing up two dollshouses isn't too bad. 

Actually, it wasn't too bad, but as I wrapped teeny-tiny little groups of things in tissue paper, I did wonder whether the people who glue everything down permanently haven't got the right idea after all.  Everything in my dollshouses is loose, apart from the odd piece of bluetak stopping too much carnage occurring. 

That's because I really like moving things around.  You can't change anything if it's all glued down.

This afternoon, I re-set the table with some very sweet little cutlery from Jennifer from Windy Point Miniatures.  It is so gorgeous....I will have to save up for another place setting!  Teeny and perfect!  It's the only addition I have made to my shabby cottage for ages, and it was a pleasure putting it in place, even if I had to pack it straight after taking the photos!

So this afternoon I packed up both my dollshouses.  While I was doing it I took some photos of some of my favourite little corners and have used them in this blogpost. 

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, I beg your patience, because I know that you will have seen some of these little items and corners before, but YOU JUST WAIT until I get resettled.  At least to start with, there will be no job taking up all my time, so in addition to being a good mother, I am hoping to get stuck back into projects.....I have a great idea of what to do with my half-started-and-tragically-stalled roombox's going to be a 1950s kitchen!  I can't wait to get started! 

We are moving to a rented house in the staff village of an outdoor pursuits centre by the mountains.  It is where my husband and I met and were married. 

We left there after having our first child, but now that the children are 12 and 10 (where did that time go??) they are the right age to have an absolute ball living at a place with rockclimbing, kayaking, caving and mountaineering all there for the taking! 

And no more mortgage for us for a while.  We hope.  When we sell the house, that is!  Keep your fingers crossed for a quick sale!

So we are on the move...we think our moving date will be sometime in the next couple of weeks (we're waiting for someone to vacate our house-to-be in a staff house-shuffle). 

In the meantime, thanks so much to everyone who has been patiently waiting for me to show my face again.  I have missed my contact with miniatures blog people and am looking forward to getting involved again. 

Thanks so much to those of you who sent me messages encouraging me to get blogging again!  I know I didn't do a very good job of answering you at the time, but it really meant something to me that you were still thinking of me - thanks so much!

So here is the Shabby Cottage, all packed up and ready to go to it's new home.   It's a good opportunity for a Spring Clean!

I apologise for how dis-jointed this blogpost may have sounded.  I did write this all in a couple of paragraphs, but I wanted to fit all my photos in to the blogpost, so I have split all the text up and now it sounds a bit staccato, but never mind.  It's better a peckity blog post than no blog post!
(Yes, that is a made-up word.)

Even dear little Anne of Green Gables has packed her little carpet bag and is ready to head away with us on our new Adventure! 
We'll see you again when we get there!


Eliana said...

Such lovely pics! I loved erery detail.

Susan said...

Dear Carolyn, how lovely to see your post, I'm glad you're back! With all those 'news' in the first paragraph it sounds like this year will be New and Positive for you. Best wishes for 2014 for you and your family.

Norma said...

How exciting Carolyn, a great adventure in front of you (but I don't envy you the packing!). I do hope that you will indeed have more time for blogging, you have been greatly missed.

Lara said...

Dear Carolyn, I hope you will sell your house soon and move to your new life. It was good to hear from you again ;-). Nice pictures!
Hugs, Lara

Lara said...

Dear Carolyn, I hope you will sell your house soon and that you can move to your new life. It was good to hear from you again ;) and those are really nice pictures you made.
Hugs and good luck with everything, Lara

Lisains said...

Best of luck and enjoyment in your new home!!

Karine L said...

Welcome back Carolyn. Happy to see you again on your nice blog.
Best wishes for your new life.

Nina in Germany said...

I love to be on your blog and i am happy that you are coming around !!

Mi mundo de miniatura said...

Os deseo mucha suerte en vuestra nueva aventura, suena bien, en las montañas, al aire libre. UN abrazo

Fabiola said...

Everything is wonderful.
Greetings, Faby

Catherine said...

Wishing you all the best with your move and new life. It is wonderful to see a new post from you. I had not given up. Once you have been bitten by the miniature bug you never get over it. :-) I look forward in the coming months to see you blogging again. XXX

Lucille said...

Good luck in your new venture! It's so nice to hear from you again!

Frederica said...

Hi, dear Carolyn , I am also so happy to see you back in blog world again , where abouts are you moving too ?
I would love to come and visit you if its not tooooo far .
I am sorry to hear you have such difficult years behind you and wish you all the best with moving and settling in again I would love to see you again in person , have missed you at the dolls house shows !
anyway , welcome back and a big hug from Frederica

Frederica said...

Hi , dear Carolyn , I surely have missed you on the blog , glad to see youre picking it up again .
Have also missed you on the shows!! are you gonna do those in future again . Anyway I am sad to hear youve had such a difficult time and happy to hear there's better times ahead.
whereabouts are you moving to ? is it further away? anyway , i would love to come and visit you one day and catch up after such a long time .would be awesome , lots of love and a big hug from frederica

Isabel Ruiz Alonso said...

Creo que cambiar de casa es una buena oportunidad para reorganizar muchas cosas y empezar cosas nuevas. Espero que tengas mucha suerte con la mudanza y la venta de tu vieja casa Deseo que tus minis lleguen intactas. Seguro que será un placer volver a colocarlas.

malu2 said...

Feliz traslado y Feliz nueva vida, te deseo lo mejor en esta nueva andadura.
Besos de las Malu´s.

Margaret said...

Your new destination sounds idyllic, what a fun place. I look forward to seeing your gorgeous cottage settled in again. Hope the move goes well. I know what you mean about accumulating clutter, though I have lived in 21+ different houses in my life, you would think I'd have learned not to hoard stuff by now!

minwks said...

Dear Caroline.
Congratulations on your move. It is wonderful to live a different style of life and very good for your children to learn it is possible.
All the best for 2014.
Regards Janine

Caroline Fisermanis said...

Love the photos of your dollhouse. Good luck with your move. I just moved house six months ago and I know how stressful yet exciting it can be. Enjoy the adventure :)

Daydreamer said...

Congratulations on your move! It is always so difficult to pack and then unpack... abut a new start can be very invigorating! Your scenes all look so lovely, I look forward to seeing your little house again when you are all settled into your new home! Happy New Year!

miniacollection said...

I'm glad to see you back, I had missed your great miniatures. What a treat to see all these beautiful pictures. Good luck with the move and the new life!

Isabelle said...

Best of luck with everything. A new adventure begins.....

Katie said...

I hope you come back to your Blog. It is a Joy to see! Good Luck in your New Adventures!

miniaturista said...

Os felicito, seguro que este cambio como muchos de nuestras vidas, aportan novedades, que nos agradan.
La vida es cambios, la inmobilidad, no es crecer.
Que vuestras minis tengas un buen traslado.
UN abrazo

Flora said...

My dear, like everyone else, I am very happy to have you back in blogland: move here does not require removal of material, but only the right mood :-)
My best wishes to the many changes in the real life: know that I envy you, because decided to change your life is a challenge and a victory!
I, sometimes, I feel suffocated in the status quo ...
It's exciting to review your dolls house and think that it is preparing for the trip so carefully :-)
Ok, for now good work and see you soon, from the mountains :-)
Lovely hugs,