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The Big Move

6 Jan

As most of you know, we picked up and moved 4 hours south to the big ol’ city of San Antonio in July of last year:) Yep, San Antonio, Texas… except we didn’t quite move to the city.  That’s right, country living is the life for us in this new chapter we’ve started!  The move was brought on by many factors, some family related, but mostly for personal growth opportunities not only for myself, but also for Olive and Billy – my newly “betrothed lover”(we decided we liked the sound of that better than fiance). 

So here we are, finding our bearings after moving just 6 months ago with the goal of setting up a homestead/sustainable living space in mind.  The land we are on belongs to my most awesome grandpa – that’s about the best part of the entire move for me, being able to be close to him.  The property is just around 2.5 – 3 acres (after several times whittling it down over the years) with roughly 1.5 – 2 of those acres at our disposal to work with.   I have endearingly nicknamed our new digs “the paper house,” but plastic is probably a more accurate term than paper.  Whatever the materials for fabricating this lovely home of ours, there’s without a doubt that it is just that – fabricated.  I’ve always grown up calling these babies “trailers,” but not long after shopping for one, we found that the new industry term is “mobile home.” So here you have it, a glimpse at our new mobile home and the property it sits on…

These are the photos that we took at the mobile home dealer in our initial walk-through of the model home:

IMG_2742The living room:

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mobile home, trailer, house, home, homestead, apples for olive, San Antonio

The kitchen:

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The master bedroom and bathroom (located on the other side of the kitchen through the white door pictured three photos up):

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mobile home, trailer, house, home, homestead, apples for olive, San Antonio

The fancy “glamor bath” :

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There’s also a stand-in shower on the other side of the sink that I didn’t get a picture of.

His and her’s walk-in closets (this was a HUGE selling point for us) :

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The hallway on the opposite end of the house where the spare bedroom, Olive’s bedroom and second bathroom are located:

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I’ll get an update on Olive’s bedroom posted soon.  That’s pretty much the only room we’ve done anything to since there’s not much to work with as far as the interior of the home goes, but that’s not why we moved out here anyways.  We want to tackle the great outdoors!

Here’s a pic of the house that my aunt sent me when she drove by before we moved down:

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And here’s what things are looking like after the Texas summer-sun scorched that pretty green turf (the purple house in back is Grandpa’s house) :

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This is the area opposite of the driveway where my great-grandparents built their home in the early 1900’s out of an old school-house, hence the location of the well.  I’ll definitely post some old photos if I can get my hands on them.  My family history surrounding this place is something else that helped influence my decision to move out here:

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mobile home, trailer, house, home, homestead, apples for olive, San Antonio

mobile home, trailer, house, home, homestead, apples for olive, San Antonio

Just past those trees pictured above is an open area of land where my grandparents would garden from time to time.  Just past that, beyond the barb-wire fence, is my great-aunt and uncle’s place (my grandmother’s brother and his wife) where they keep a handful of cows that keep things lively around here:

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mobile home, trailer, house, home, homestead, apples for olive, San Antonio

The driveway from the other end:

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This picture was taken from my grandfather’s front patio:

mobile home, trailer, house, home, homestead, apples for olive, San AntonioJust about the only project we’ve started outside other than working on getting this bad-boy skirted out, is making the front steps out of pallets.  As you can see we have a pretty sizable collection of pallets sitting in our back yard, most of which will be getting used to build a storage shed (more on that to follow) :

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So there you have it, the start of our newest adventure together 🙂  We had a few hurdles to jump through when we first moved, mostly dealing with permits which pushed back actually living in our house to September, the very end of September, even though we moved in July (living electricity-free in a trailer in the dead heat of summer was not an option for us) so we stayed with grandpa for a couple of months, which turned out to be a good thing in the end 🙂

On September 29, 2014 when we finally got electricity.  Glorious, glorious electricity! :

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And one last shot of the house for good measure 🙂

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THANKS FOR LOOKING!

Entryway Progress Part 1

21 Mar

Thanks to the freezing weather we received back in February, I was given not only the gift of  time, but also the gift of being trapped indoors – we were snow/iced in for a full week!  So while Olive was outside doing this:

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… and while most everyone I know was becoming crazed with cabin-fever, I was in the house plugging away at giving the entryway some much-needed attention with a little bit of painting and sewing.  It had been several months since I painted the interior of the main door to the house, but I never got around to painting the trim around it (that’s always one of those annoying finishing touches that I NEVER want to do, but is always so worth doing in the end).  I think my hesitation was a combination of laziness along with uncertainty of whether or not I should go with the safe option of painting the trim white, or do what I have never done before and paint the trim another color (craziness!).  All I knew for certain was that it desperately needed some paint, as you can see below:

Just hideous.  The trim here is the color that came with the house when I bought it.  The walls, I painted Valspar’s Smoke, a very pale and cool shade of gray, and the door is a much more saturated gray-brown that I found in the oops paint at Home Depot.  Since the floors and baseboards were already painted white (you can read more on how I did that here) it was questionable whether the room really needed more white, or if  it should have the more bold option of color added to it.  After searching around online and reading some helpful articles on the subject, I decided to take the plunge and go bold!

Here’s a “before” shot showing unpainted trim on three of the doorways:

And here’s how it turned out after adding two coats of the same paint I used to paint the door:

Much better, indeed!  The room took on a much cleaner, finished look almost instantaneously, amazing how a little paint can make such a big impact.

Finished?  Not quite.  I figured since I wasn’t leaving the house anytime soon, I might as well continue to work on some other things in this room, like finally finishing out the curtains that had been thumb-tacked in place for an entire year looking like this:

Appalling, I know.  But, here’s how they look now:

Fabulous!  Custom-made curtains – it just doesn’t get better than that! (Ok, that’s a bit of an overstatement, but you know what I mean).

Finished now?  Nope, not yet.  I figured since I was kind of on a roll, why not tackle just one more thing in here.  The gray curtain that was hanging in the closet doorway just wasn’t working for me anymore after pizzazing up the trim and adjacent window.  So it went from this:

To this:

How’s that for a little change with big impact! 

Take a look-see for all the details on how I whipped up these curtains right here.

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