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Happy Blogiversary!

One year ago today I started a blog so that I could share pictures and creative endeavors with my daughters. Little did I know where this would take me and the wonderful friendships that I would make in the blogosphere. Thank you to Diane for starting the Artful Quilter’s Web Ring. It has been a wonderful experience to be part of this group. As of a few minutes ago I have had 47,000 + visits to my blog!!

We have just finished two grueling days of looking at houses – 22! We have looked in vintage neighborhoods, hillside neighborhoods, new houses, old houses, really cool houses, not so cool houses, houses on the lake, small houses, big houses – you get the idea!

To make this quilt related, look what I have been up to when I am in my hotel room:



Did we find a house, you ask? Well, yes. We made an offer on the very first house we looked at yesterday. It was the only one that really met our criteria. The irony of it is that Steve did not want to look at this house. It has a lot of square footage and he just thought it would be overwhelming. It is about 5600 sq ft, but half of it is the basement. It is a mid-century modern daylight ranch, meaning that three sides of the basement are not underground and have windows and a sliding glass door to a patio. The main floor actually has a very usable, livable 2700 sq ft.

The house has had one live in owner who built it in the 50’s. It was purchased a year ago and lovingly restored and the kitchen was  remodeled and upgraded. It is in the neighborhood of Eastmoreland and is adjacent to Reed College, across the street from a golf course and very near the Rhododendron gardens. There are great places to walk Maggie and ride our bikes. It is near great shopping and restaurants and Mia’s best friend, Madelyn!! It is about a 10 -15 minute drive to Stephanie’s.

Here is the exterior and the front doors (we may add windows):



Here are some views of the kitchen:






Here is the living room with the awesome 50’s fireplace. The walls are curved – that is not a weird photo thing – they are paneled in a wonderful wood.



The kitchen is to the left of the living room and there is a room off that with a fireplace and big windows and doors to the deck which we will have as a dining room – it was meant to be a family room. Here is the fireplace:


The actual dining room is across from the living room and not very open so it will become Steve’s office. Look at these pristine vintage bathrooms. The tile work is in immaculate condition.



There is a large master bedroom with 4 closets and two other bedrooms.

Downstairs in the daylight basement will be my ultimate studio!!!

There is a large tiled room with windows, and a sliding glass door to a patio. There is a fireplace and a sort of kitchenette with a sink and a place where I will put a fridge for holding dyes.

Here are a couple of shots of the room:



Here is the fireplace:


The downstairs also has a carpeted room with another fireplace that was probably a family room. We don’t know what we will do with that. It has dark wainscoting and not much window light. There is a full bathroom and a room that has a concrete floor which will be perfect for drying dyed fabrics and a workshop for Steve, roller skating for the grand kids – a real multi purpose room!!

So there you have it. We are waiting for the sellers to counter or accept our offer. Cynthia, our Realtor just called to say that the other agent seemed happy with our offer. I am babysitting with Mia & Milo. Steph and Jack have gone to a concert and Steve has gone to pick up Lisa at the airport. She was supposed to arrive at 7:30 and her flight didn’t leave until then.

15 Responses to “Happy Blogiversary!”

  1. Sonia says:

    Happy Blog Birthday!
    That house is so beautiful!

  2. ginger says:

    I was thinking of you all day yesterday as we ran around the east-side and lake oswego getting my daughter out of a car drama (all fixed and ready to haul harps again) I kept driving by these wonderful homes and wondering if this is one of the homes you had looked at…..but I think you found the best one…I love that area and if I lived up there that is definately a place I could call home…I hope you are successful and the rest of the transaction moves along smoothly…when you are settled I would love to meet you for coffee…or arting….Ginger

  3. Deborah says:

    Oh, I am weepy looking at these pictures, I am so thrilled for you! What an exciting chapter in your lives. I am feeling great things for you and Steve… plus Stephanie and her family! (And hoping wonderful things for our home and our move, too.)

  4. Karoda says:

    Wooooohooooo! I love the red front door, the kitchen, the bathrooms, all those fireplaces and then hot dog! the space for your studio is icing on the cake…the Universe is a friend of yours and it just has to come through for you!

  5. kimberly says:

    Happy blogiversary! Congratulations on finding a house so soon. I hope it goes well. I’d love a huge basement like that!

  6. Mary Manahan says:

    Hi Gerrie,

    That house is soooooooo neat. I love the retro look (could see a Pam Rupert quilt in there)…as well as MANY Gerrie Congdon quilts. I hope you get it, too. Sounds like a great location…Happy Blogiversary!

  7. DebR says:

    That house is really wonderful Gerrie!! Fingers crossed that everything works out perfectly for you to get it!

    And Happy Blogiversary! A bunch of us on the AQ Web Ring must have started blogs within weeks of each other, as I’ve seen several other blogiversaries lately and mine is coming up in just over a week.

  8. Jen Anderson says:

    Gerrie, what a beautiful house! Such a lovely setting, nice rooms, beautiful upgrades. Gives me kitchen update ideas for my old ranch.
    And that studio space! Woo hoo!
    Hope you get it. Jen

  9. Terry Grant says:

    Looks great! I will keep fingers crossed that the offer is accepted. Such a beautiful neighborhood to live in. I have been known to park my car near Reed and just wander around that neighborhood in the spring to get landscape ideas and enjoy the flowers.

  10. Diane says:

    I am hyperventilating at the sight of that enormous basement! And with checked tile on the floor for squaring up quilts already! And a sink!
    Oh yeah, the rest of the house looks fine too. (haha, just kidding, it looks great!) WHICH IS THE GUEST ROOM FOR YOUR CALIFORNIA FRIENDS??? I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that it’ll come through!

  11. mimi k says:

    Happy Blog Birthday! And good luck with the house!

  12. tootoo wonderful!! I love the place. Happy Blogiversary too. Yippee! I hope this buy goes through for you.

  13. Kathie says:

    Great house. Good luck with it all: hope the transaction goes smoothly. Buying and selling houses–UGH.

  14. Sophie says:

    What a wonderful house!! I love the kitchen and the basement would make a fabulous studio. I do hope you get it.

  15. Awesome bathrooms! I love pink tile. The kitchen is very pretty too. I hope you get the house! And, if you do, I’m definitely inviting myself over to play in your studio!!