Hello friends! I’m sorry for posting quite late today, I’ve had a very busy week thus far. Yesterday, the int’l relocation company arrived bright and early to help us pack and then moved everything out of our house. What a hectic day! Today it’s all being loaded onto a ship down in Boston, yay! Then we were invited over to the neighbor’s house for dinner, they own our home and have been the best landlords to us over the years since we moved here from Boston. Being that they are both deaf, we wondered how the evening would go and it was absolutely lovely! They taught us some more sign language and prepared a beautiful meal for us. We were at their house “talking” the entire evening. They are both 70-years-old and so energetic and I appreciated how they had a story for every item in their home. A plate from this friend in Alaska, a clock from their great-great-grandfather in Scotland, a table handmade by a parent, I felt very cozy in their cute little 1870s home with all of these special things surrounding me. When the night was over they photographed us so that they could always remember my husband and I (cute, huh?) and they gave us a few pretty things for our new home to take with us so we wouldn’t forget them or New Hampshire. I was completely touched by this gesture. What a terrific ending to a very busy day.
Today was crazy, I cannot believe how much we got accomplished but I’m thrilled that we sold our beautiful car this afternoon back to the dealership where I purchased it 18 months ago (sort of my baby, I got a bit attached to it) and I got the exact number I was hoping for so that made me very happy. Now we’re in a rental car until the weekend and then we’ll be in Boston for 5 days at a beautiful hotel on the waterfront just lounging and enjoying our room and hanging out in the city. Each day we have friends and/or family coming in to say goodbye so lunch and dinner will be hectic, but at least we have the hours in between to do absolutely nothing. Oh how much I love the sound of that. Let me say it again. Absolutely Nothing. We’ll then be in London and finally, our new home in Hannover, Germany! To say I’m ready is an understatement, I just want to get down to Boston and start vacationing because I need one badly.
I’ve prepared posts for decor8 in advance (my first time ever doing this in 3.5 years of blogging so I’m excited about it) and I have lots of guests coming on board next week and the week after to show you special things in their home and talk about what inspires them – the guest series is called “A Few Of My Favorite Things” and will kick off on Monday, August 3 and guests will show up daily on decor8, along with me, for two full weeks of fun! I also have Marichelle from Heart Handmade covering Etsy Take Five Tuesdays for me next week so stay tuned for her picks on August 4th.
I’ll be back later on this evening with Etsy Take Five Tuesdays for this week along with another post or two, but I wanted to give you an update! See you in a moment…
(image: holly becker for decor8)
Bags to love: Pat & Cake.
Hello and happy Friday to you! Today could not come soon enough for me because I had such a hectic week — I’m really looking forward to taking Saturday completely off to be with our friends and relax. And shop. I have a pile of store gift cards to spend before we leave, cards I’ve postponed using so I figure it’s now or never. I’m going to use them on goodbye presents gifts for friends and of course my l’occitane card will be devoted solely to this and this as a little housewarming present for me – they are the best fragrances ever! ;)
On Monday, bright and early, our moving company will arrive to pack up what’s left of our belongings and to pack our electronics and fragile stuff — collectibles and artwork — so I’m taking Monday off as blog free though I’ve prepared a post to go live over at Real Simple so I’ll be there Monday morning. We officially move out of our house on August 1st (a week from tomorrow!) and then we’re going on vacation until the 7th, we’ll be in Boston, London and finally Hannover.
I never thought leaving the country would be so much fun – I’m not scared or anxious at all and my mother has finally stopped crying and is now planning to get her passport and come stay with us next year. Yay mom, you go GIRL.
Not to show off, but we’re being invited everywhere these days and let me tell you, I’m loving all the attention, it feels like getting married all over again. I’m eating it up, few times in life do you get ALL the attention, right?!
I’ll meet you back here on Tuesday, July 28th! Until then, have a nice weekend and make sure you see my image credits below to learn about these lovely photos. :)
(image: from the amazing Sunday Suppers blog, photography: Karen Mordechai)
I’ve talked about Brooklyn artist Dan-ah Kim a few times before but when she wrote in about some of her new work and I clicked on this, I knew I had to share with you a few of her most recent creations.
I love animals so The Lights Guided Us Here really touched my heart. I’m a girl who frequents pet stores, zoos, animal parks and rescue shelters just for comfort visits – I love petting and even talking to all the sweet animals. I have to say though, zoos where I live are pretty depressing, but the one in my new city is amazing! I can’t wait to go back to purchase a family card for the year so I can drop in whenever I want to. They take such lovely care of the animals and though I don’t like to see anything in captivity, there is a difference between poorly kept animals and happy, thriving ones that have good relationships with their trainers, handlers and other animals. There is also a lovely petting “forest” (tiergarten) with deer to feed, my husband went there all the time as a child. I surely will be visiting it in August (for the first time) as soon as I land on the other side of the pond. Here’s a map of what it looks like.
I could not live in a world without animals, in fact when people annoy me I often head to a pet store for stress relief. Sometimes others can disappoint us or flake out, which deeply annoys me when someone doesn’t hold up their end of an agreement. Animals are very loyal and what you see is what you get, there is no pretending or games. I felt annoyed recently and so to the pet shop I went and instantly I forgot my feelings and haven’t been bothered by the situation since. Visiting animals is my therapy I guess. That’s why I love seeing them in art and design; this print shown above with the pretty fox and the girl laying next to it reminds me of how comforting having a pet can be.
One thing about moving and no longer living between two countries as we’ve been doing for years now is that I can finally adopt a dog from a shelter. I need to learn more about this and how it works in Germany, but I’m excited about the idea of pet ownership again. I haven’t had one since 1994 so I’m ready to take on a new friendship with a furry critter. :)
(images: dan-ah kim)