I am thoroughly enjoying the feeling of being settled that this new house has brought us. Having been a home owner for most of my adult life, renting for four years was never very comfortable. There was a constant awareness of the cream carpets that the cat was doing her best to shred, the lack of our treasured pictures on the walls, the inconvenience of not being able to put up shelves. There was an up-side of course – we didn’t have to sort out or pay for the mouse gnawed burst pipes, the faulty plug bathroom leak, the cracked window or the new roof slates. That aspect of renting was great!
The house we are now living in is one of two neighbouring houses that were both being sold. Originally, back in February we wanted to buy number 8 and thought our offer had been accepted, only to find out a few weeks later that both properties had been taken off the market. We found another property in the same village, but a survey revealed some expensive long term maintenance which we didn’t have the budget for, so we pulled out of that one. I was pretty upset at the time, but something made me contact the estate agent dealing with the original two houses and my timing was perfect. He told me they had just become available again and there was interest in number 8 already, but number 7 was a possibility. It took another few weeks and ended up going to a nail biting closing date, but we were overjoyed to get number 7.
During the whole process, I generated a fair few journal pages that focused on the themes of homes, shelters, nesting, rootedness, etc. This journal tag is one that I made when I first got myself some Gelatos. I loved the creamy blending and made a few tags just playing with colour. The Fantasy Castle symbolises the yearning I felt at the time to have a place of my own and I journaled some of my thoughts around the edge of the tag.
Initially the tag just had the ‘make a wish’ sentiment (from Words and Birds) on it. The ‘magic happens’ phrase just appeared all by itself one day, as if by magic! Honestly I cannot remember going back and stamping that – weird? But I made the wish, the wish came true, so it just shows, magic really does happen.
Wishing you lots of magic in your day,