life events

Life event #1:  I’m 25 years old now.

Life event #2:  I’m officially moving to another city!  It’s where my boyfriend works, and since I don’t have a real job at this point I figured I can just follow him and look for one there.  It’s going to be my first rented house (I’m in an apartment now)!  I’m excited, so I wanted to share some pictures with you!

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I believe it’s about 100 years old.  The back yard is completely fenced in, and I believe the man renting the house to us will allow me to do some gardening in the front so that the beds don’t look so sad.  Now about the inside pictures: the girl who has just vacated this property left a lot of trash and junk, but the landlord is going to clean it all up before we move in.

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This is the living room; the door on the right is the front door.  The place where I stood to take this is the dining room:

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The door to the left leads to some stairs to some attic storage, which is nice.  Then through the right of the dining room is the kitchen:

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It’s very small but at least the paint is nice and light!  There’s no dishwasher, but I don’t mind washing dishes by hand.  The refrigerator is oddly not in the kitchen — it is around a corner:

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The washer and dryer will be wonderful since my washer and dryer both broke in the span of a week, and I’ve been going to the laundromat ever since.  Then to the right of these appliances is the back door:

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The yard comes with a storage shed.  It obviously needs to be mowed and stuff but that’ll be taken care of and it’ll be a lovely space for the dog, who has been cooped up in an apartment for 2 years.

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This is the spare room, which is off the kitchen (but there’s a little hall area that leads to this room from the living room, as well, so it makes a circle).  In the little hall is the bathroom:

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It’s absolutely tiny, and it’s the only one in the house.  I’ve got major Pinterest plans for it, though, so I think it’s going to be just fine.  I’ve got some good storage solutions already.  Then off the little hall is also the master bedroom:

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I don’t know why the girl left a recliner or all of her curtains… Well, they’ll have to go.  By the way, all of these rooms are bigger than they look — it was impossible to get far back enough to get a full picture with the camera on my phone.  There’s actually plenty of room in here as well as in the living room.  Lastly, one of my favorite parts is these:

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Most of the doors in the house have these lovely doorknobs, and I think they’re perfect!

I really do like the house.  I know it is kind of small but it is my first house and I feel like it’s a very lucky thing to have found (especially since rent is lower than expected and the owner has no problem with letting a pit bull live there — I’m telling you, it’s a nightmare because nobody will give my baby girl a chance).  I think once all the trash and junk is gone and it’s cleaned up a bit it will be a very sweet house with nice character, and I can’t wait to move in and start decorating!  The landlord said stuff can be brought in in about a week, but our lease doesn’t officially start until mid-October so I won’t be living there for another couple of weeks.

My parents came up for my birthday and brought me not only a Boston creme pie and some good Arkansas barbecue but also a lovely old fashioned wooden bread box, which will be a lovely display and handy storage.  They took me shopping as well and got me some much needed shoes and pants, as well as a few things for the house.  I’m very lucky!

Life event #3:  Last night I went with my boyfriend and some of our friends to a birthday celebration dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant, and we had a snuggly outdoor movie afterwards.  All in all, a very very satisfactory and happy birthday weekend!

Oh and I almost forgot to mention this really cool blog that has tips for finding your decorating style — I followed the instructions and did indeed end up learning about how I truly want my home to be!  Click here for that.  Also if you want to see my moving/decorating Pinterest board, which is full of ideas for small bathrooms and small kitchens, click here.  Can you tell I’ve spent a ton of time on this already?  Hehe.  Well, it was once my plan to be an interior designer!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’ll be back to yarny pursuits soon, I’m sure, but bear with me if it’s not as frequent as usual.  The move is going to take a lot of time!  See you soon!


Thanks everyone for the kind birthday wishes!  It was indeed fantastic!  Here’s a blurry picture of me taken by my dad at Buca di Beppo, a yummy Italian restaurant, with my free birthday dessert and candelabra, haha.


We had a great time, and my parents bought me some awesome yarny birthday gifts from the lovely yarn shop!  Unfortunately for this post, almost all of it is stuff for knitting — there’s just one neon ball of yarn that I got that could go either way (see post here for full birthday gift details).

While we were at the shop, I asked the lovely ladies there about spinning, thinking that I might like to start spinning my own yarn.  I asked if it is generally cheaper to spin your own yarn than to buy it, and basically they said it depends on what kind of yarn you’re making/buying and how much pre-spinning stuff you might need to do.  Of course the wheels are very expensive — upwards of $400 for the good brands.  The yarn shop does have spinning time where you can have a lesson and rent a wheel for $25/4 hours (which you spread out over the month), which sounds great.  I just need to get up there and try it out.

Again, I’m afraid I have no crochet to show you today.  I thought about starting a dog sweater for my baby girl but just couldn’t get motivated to start, even though I have enough of that frogged cotton yarn to do it.  Is it possible that I’m getting bored with crochet?  Goodness I hope not — I’ve been doing it for years and it’s meant so much to me!  I’ve just been knitting so much more lately… I don’t know if it’s the fact that knitting poses a new challenge for me (whereas I haven’t been too challenged by crochet in a while) or the fact that knitting takes up less yarn and therefore I have to spend less money on it.  Or perhaps I’ve run out of fun patterns that I’d like to try, or just don’t have the money to buy the yarn for it (which I know is the case for some projects, like blankets).

On another note, I’ve decided to go through my old crocheted hats and scarves and give some to Goodwill.  I’ve got TONS of items from over the 7 or 8 years I’ve been doing this, and since I live in South Carolina there’s no way I could possibly wear all my hats and scarves in one winter.  It just doesn’t get that cold!  But for someone less fortunate than me, these warm handmade items might be very welcome.

Sorry this has been such a wordy post.  I’ve just been feeling some post-birthday down-ness and this blog is sort of like a journal — I feel like I can say whatever I feel and nobody that I know personally will ever know (except my mom, who does pop in sometimes, and I tell her everything anyway so that’s fine).  Even if I don’t go into detail, the writing process itself is soothing to me.  Thanks for bearing with me today.  Hope to see you again soon!  Maybe then I’ll have some great crochet things. 🙂

my special day

Today is my birthday!  I’m turning 24.  The coolest thing ever is that J.K.Rowling’s new book came out today, and I am going to get it.  I preordered it so it’s waiting at the Barnes & Noble for me to come by.  What an awesome birthday present!

My parents are going to come visit on Saturday to celebrate, so I’m really excited to see them, too.  Mom’s bringing my favorite dessert: made from scratch Boston cream pie.  We’re gonna go out to dinner, too, and just have a good time!  Can’t wait!

I got to sleep in, so I just woke up.  I’ve gotta run and shower and get ready so I can go get that book!  Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back with a yarny post next time!

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