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 project.....it's going to be a 1950s kitchen! I can't wait to get started!
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!