Friday, September 21, 2012

Getting Settled

Moving, seems to be the hardest word.

I was settled here. 1370 sq ft, tons of closets, large 15'x15' workshed, LARGE fenced in backyard. But the landlord was raising the rent and I just couldn't make it anymore. I wasn't finding a job and just couldn't keep it up.  I prayed for something to happen. THEN...

I got a job!!!!!


A dear friend had a friend with a "storage building" he would let me rent. Yep, a storage building.

It's a 1,000 sq ft little square building he built to store his stuff. Then his MIL was ill and he added kitchen needs, a bathroom and beautiful french doors to the bedroom. She passed on so he started using it for storage again. It was a mess, small and not too cute but had lots of potential and it was AFFORDABLE for me!! WOOHOO!!!!

How though, was I going to make it pretty?
How was I going to get all my STUFF in it?
Where was everything going to go?
How would it all work out?

I tossed those questions around about twice then jumped the gun and went for it. It was the answer to my prayer and I couldn't miss out on the blessing.

Then the hard part was to sort through all my STUFF and keep only what I had room for. That was so overwhelming! I would make piles. Keep, maybe keep, want to keep, don't have to have, sell, giveaway. The piles changed daily. It was so hard for me to decide.  So I started moving over what I LOVED LOVED LOVED, and set in place.

I didn't want my quaint little room to change.

And I had so much room in my big workshed.

So I bought one!!! They moved it in.

I made it look like it was mine.

And the moving was going.... oh gee it was so overwhelming!! I mean look at this mess!

Finally, finally it was all falling together.

Using every single thing for a purpose. My tall bookshelf from my grandmother, and my huge fabric cabinet now became a partition in the living room. The other side is where my desk is. All of my books and fabric are in those cabinets. I was very inspired by Rebecca at A Re-Purposed Life

And my kitchen, I love it more here than I did in the other house. I love the floor.I love the nice new cabinets.
I still have my kitchen island I was inspired by Nicki at Vintage Farmhouse
And I want to fill my china hutch with ironstone as I saw in Rebecca

I love how it's laid out, and how my things fit in place.

I'll share more pictures maybe again next week. I have a few finishing touches on a few pieces.

It's comfy to me. I can't wait to have a few friends over. Soon, soon I shall.

And Gracie is happy again too!! Oh, yes it was hard on her too! Her poor little nerves are so fragile. But I have a little fence up and she can watch all the neighbors through it.
She comes in and out now finally. At first she was very afraid.
And she LOVES the front porch.

We made it Gracie!!! We can breathe now. 

I had a lot of help at the end from some good friends.

Thank you friends!

So, in all, we are very happy. Have a very happy day my friends.


  1. It's looking great !You are doing a good job of making this small place into a home !

  2. That's awesome Jen! I'm so happy that you are getting settled in! It looks wonderful!

  3. Dear Jen, you have turned a pig's ear into a silk purse! Who would have thought that a modest storage shed could become such a gracious, charming and romantic home? I absolutely love it all! What a wonderful place for you and sweet Gracie! I'm glad that she's adjusted and now loves her new home as much as you do! I wish you both many happy years filled with love, laughter and joy in your new abode! Thank you so much for sharing the pictures! I really was looking forward to seeing them! Hugs, Leena


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