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Dream Home For Sale

October 14, 2011 05:09 by ehouston

I am dying a thousand deaths today!  I received one of those Zillow.com emails telling me that my property value increased by 1.2%- yeah!  Only thing is, the property referenced was my old Nashville, TN home.  When you open those messages from Zillow they are kind enough to include photos of other houses in the area that are also for sale.  This is how I unfortunately stumbled upon the information that my Nashville, TN dream home is currently on the market.  I could die, I mean really just lay down and die right here, right now!

(All photos courtesy of Zillow.com and Remax Elite, Nashville, TN.)

3120 Hunters Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37214

Hunter’s Hill Road, Nashville, TN

I remember driving by this place probably about a year after moving to TN in 2001-ish.  We were renting in the Donelson area, which is just east of downtown Nashville, and home to a plethora of stately brick ranchers that had once housed many of country music’s elite.  Way back when, this area of town was a “best kept secret”, but over time the money had moved south of Nashville and the neighborhoods were much more affordable to the likes of us.  ;o)  I came across this property while out snooping in my extended neighborhood for a little pocket or street that I wanted to call home.  The housing market was down and we were ready to pounce!  Every neighborhood cruising trip would end with a drive by this house.  At one point I even considered writing a letter to the owners and taking it by, just to let them know that IF they decided to sell, to call me first.  I just wanted them to know that it would be loved in the same way that they had loved it.  I pined after this home for years.  Even after we found our cozy little place just a couple of streets over, I still would cruise that street, hoping for a glimpse through an open curtain or better yet…a “For Sale” sign in the yard.  Don’t ask me how I planned to pay for it, or talk The Mister into moving again, I just knew this house had to be ours. 

I know to many of you it’s just an oddly shaped red and white box, but I think it is so terribly cool that it hurts.  All of our formal furniture would be fabulous in that wide open space and I think I could even live with the funky all-aqua kitchen. 

3120 Hunters Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37214

Ah, I am swooning!  Plus, with a little fix-up, who wouldn’t love entertaining around that pool? 

3120 Hunters Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37214

The best part about this property is that it sits on the edge of a large hillside and all of the houses at this point of the road and on up, have an incredible view of the countryside below.  Imagine taking a dip in your very private backyard pool, while overlooking the rolling hillsides speckled with black and white cows and the occasional red barn? 

3120 Hunters Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37214

(Not the best shot of the fantastic view, but at least a taste of what you get.)

Amazing!  (I know, it seems weird that just a few miles outside of downtown Nashville, TN you can find farmland.  But, you can!)

I am going to go curl up in a ball now and weep.

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Traveling Now Equals Moving

June 16, 2009 09:19 by ehouston

I know I have mentioned several times that my travel schedule has been very hectic over the last few months and clearly the lack of regular blog posts backs that up as well.  Just to get everyone up to speed on mi vida loca, we are now getting ready to move to a whole new state!  The Mister was offered a nice opportunity and we have decided to take the leap, so to speak, and just see where life takes us next.  What that has meant is a sudden surge in activity.  First, the Mister is pretty much gone to the new city Monday through Friday and I see him only on the weekends- yuck!  That has meant lots of time in airports, layovers, canceled flights (he has the worst flying luck of anyone I know) and tons of hotel food.  Second, we had to finish the million DIY projects we had going as soon as humanly possible so we could get our current home on the market- not exactly the best timing, right?  And, third, we had to find a home in the new location primarily using the Internet and the Mister's "so-so" camera skills as he viewed homes in between meetings while in the new state.  He then brought the images back to me to try to determine if the home was fit or not.

It has been a crazy ride so far, but we have managed to sell our home in Nashville, TN.  We priced it right (meaning a little low) and had an offer within a week.  The hard part was wading through the relocation process (meaning loads of paperwork!) and the inspection contingencies-ugh!  But, I am happy to report we are done on this end of the move and are just waiting until the date the movers come in to clear this place out.  Also, we were excited to finally find a nice home with the little bit of extra room we were craving now that we are going to be a family of three.  Our offer was accepted and we are now just working through the inspection contingencies there.  Please pray that everything moves quickly and we are down to final signatures by Friday!  If we get to that point by that day I (and the Mister) will have such a weight lifted.  I have learned through this process that it's really hard to make a move out of state in a short time frame, and also hold on to your sanity.

So, now that I have spilled all my boring personal news I would like to thank all of you that have hung in there hoping for new crafty posts, only to get more of "my life" posts instead.  Please, please do not give up on this blog yet!  Since I cannot really start any fun projects because half my stuff is packed up and being stored in the garage right now, I planned to work on my DIY project posts for the Nashville, TN home.  It's funny how right when you get your home to that perfect state of being you have to turn around, sell it to someone else and leave all your hard work behind.  I just hope that the new owners love what has been our humble home for about 7 years now, as much as we have.

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                                                                                                                                   Nashville, TN....Good-Bye old tri-level friend...

                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                  Hello, new cozy colonial!  Can't wait to decorate you....

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Local Nashville, TN Etsy Crafter - Penny Bennett

February 25, 2009 09:17 by ehouston

Back in the fall I met Penny Bennett at a craft fair, surrounded by some of the cutest handmade bags I have ever seen.  She told me that she was getting ready to open an online shop, so I added my name to her email list and just a couple of weeks ago she let me know that it's official!  Penny Bennett Totes has arrived!

Spring Inspired Tote with Olive Accents.

It looks like Penny is concentrating on basic totes now, which by the way are the perfect size!  At the craft fair she had many different sizes and styles of bags, made from both new and vintage fabrics.  I cannot wait to see all the great things she comes up with. 

Stop by her shop and pick up something nice for spring!

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Coming Soon to an Etsy Shop Near You!

August 26, 2008 06:54 by ehouston

I have been working on adding new items to the shop, but also trying to limit the number of items listed so as not to overwhelm shoppers.  I thought the best approach would be to go about this seasonally, like any brick and mortar.  I have several stroller quilts that I will be adding as soon as I can get some decent pictures.  I love my camera, but not the lighting in my house.  It's an older home, with crummy yellowy lighting, and even with all the spare lamps I can find gathered around the object d' art, I cannot seem to get a good shot.  That's not going to stop me, though, because there are children out there with chilly toes and they need a way to stay toasty while out and about!

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On another note, we have finally received some much needed rain here in Nashville, TN and although the sky has been very gray everything else is becoming bright green again.  (The gray light coming through my windows has not helped my picture taking one bit, but that was the last topic, right?)  Yesterday morning, I went to step out on the kitchen patio to move a plant out so it could get a drink and staring directly at me on the slider was a Walking Stick bug!  After taking my breath away (nothing like meeting a bug face to face) I realized this is the biggest Walking Stick I have ever seen.  Growing up, I remember seeing these once in a while, but they were never more than 2-3 inches long.  This one is over 5 inches, has a curly-Q mouth (?-not really sure which end has this) and both brown and green coloring.  It really looks like an itty-bitty pine branch with some needles still attached.  It clung to the door all day and was still there this morning.  Don't know what it's up to, but it has been fun to watch.  I even tried to take a picture, but had a really hard time obtaining a decent view because the camera kept auto-focusing on things through the window.  One of these days, maybe I should read that inch thick manual....  Enjoy the pics!

(note: I did include the sliders in the springtime window cleaning, but you wouldn't know it looking at these shots.  ewwww...)

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