Those two words have a million more surrounding them, but I will try to summarize.
We received an offer on our house the week before Christmas. Yes, apparently houses DO sell in the winter. The buyers were getting an FHA loan, which required a bunch of picky fixes to the property for the loan to be approved. We spent several weeks working on the fixes with (surprisingly) the help of the buyers. We closed the first part of February and had a week to move out. The week was snowy, freezing and windy. Finding a new place to live so quickly was very stressful.
We wanted to buy a house, but the one we had our eye on didn’t work out. Finding a suitable rental was very difficult. We finally found one, but had to sign a one year lease. We have gone from over 1800 square feet to 1200 and a two car garage down to a one car. We had two barns and a shed, but this property has nothing. Lots and lots of stuff is in two storage units across town. We were out of the house and garage in the first week, but the barns still needed to be emptied. The weather and other things slowed us down, but the new owners have been very gracious and understanding.
We’ve had a few hiccups along the way. My mother-in-law passed away on Feb. 13 and we had to take a trip to Denver for the funeral. The weather that week was wonderful (figures), but it was only playing with us as we have endured more sleet, ice, snow and cold since then.
My writing, designing, blogging and crafting were put on hold. I wasn’t happy about it, but I had no choice. I’m still suffering from “can’t find it-that’s in storage-no room-have to purge-no time” syndrome. sigh
The good news is…I can see a tiny light at the end of the tunnel that seems to brighten every day. We have a tiny bit still to move, then it will be time to sort and purge for a yard sale.
I have been working on some things during my “free time” and am anxious to post more about them. I’m also testing my organizational and storage skills in small spaces. I would love to hear ideas if you have them.
New listing in my Etsy shop. This listing is a crochet pattern.
I’m finally reopening my Etsy shop. It has had to go on the back burner for the last couple of months. Boo Hoo! I hated that it was empty.
Fixing up and selling a house is exhausting!
My time has been limited on making several of one item for Etsy, packaging and getting them to the post office, but I have had some down time in the evening when I could experiment with new crochet designs. I decided to write the patterns up and list them in my shop.
I’ve sold patterns through Etsy before, but Etsy has this cool new way of doing it. Customers used to purchase the pattern, an email was sent to the shop owner informing them of the sale, then the shop owner would email the pattern to the customer. Now Etsy has instant digital downloads. As soon as the customer purchases the pattern, they can download the pattern. The shop owner is still informed, but the customer doesn’t have to wait for the shop owner to notice a sale was made. Way cool for someone who has too many things going at one time!
I also relisted my Granny Infinity Scarf Pattern, and more patterns will be showing up in the next day or two. I can’t wait to show off my Country-Western Bowl Fillers, and the cold weather has inspired a few warm accessories.