Monday, October 19, 2009

Is It Just a Dream?

We found it…and purely by accident.

Saturday, was a beautiful autumn day.  The skies were blue, the sun was shining and there was a little nip in the air.  Mr. Painted Quilt and I decided to partake in one of our favorite pastimes…travelling the back roads with no particular destination in mind.

With Mr. PQ behind the wheel, we headed out with nothing  in mind other than to just enjoy the day, each other’s company and the scenery.  About two hours and 100 miles later, we found ourselves in an area of Ontario that is renowned for it’s 150-200 year old stone houses. 

I cannot resist looking at and admiring every stone house that I see.  You can well imagine the heaven I was in being in this part of the country where there are quite a few of them.  Bliss!

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After a while,  our stomachs started to remind us that we hadn’t had any lunch and it was nearing two o’clock.  We decided to head into the nearest town to find a place to eat.

As we made our way down the road, there was a sign indicating that there was a curve ahead which caused Mr. PQ to slow down.  As we came out of the curve, we saw it.

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My dream home…with a for sale sign!

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It must be a dream!  I pleaded with Sam to turn around so that we could drive by it again.  He did and we pulled over to the side of the road and tried to take in as much as we could without leaving the vehicle.  I wrote down the details from the sign and called the listing agent.  Note: The above photo I copied from the listing.  Did you notice the difference in the sky from the one I took?

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To make a long story short, we went to see the house yesterday.  It is indeed my dream home.  It sits on five acres in a rural area but is only a short 15 minute drive to town. Located on the St. Lawrence River, Brockville is noted for it’s history and architecture.  Most of the buildings in the downtown core are made from stone as well. 

After spending quite a bit of time going through the house, we came up with a list of questions about the property which our realtor is researching for us and the answers will determine  at to whether this home could become ours.  I am trying so hard to not allow my emotions to take over because I don’t want to be disappointed if things don’t work out.  Hopefully by Wednesday we’ll have an idea as to whether we’ll proceed with an offer to purchase.

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To change the subject and to try to get my mind to think of other things, I did manage to complete the October block of Bunny Hill’s Tisket-A-Tasket BOM.

DSCN1068I chose to do mine in wool and exercised a bit of artistic licence and changed a few things from the original design.  Only two more to go!

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So now I’m off to try to keep my hands and mind occupied.  Wish me luck and as always…

Happy stitching!

Kaaren ♥

56 comments:

Cathy said...

Oh Wow, what a beautiful house!! I can see why you would want to live there, and great walls to hang quilts on too I would imagine!!! But to take your mind off that....your bom looks lovely!!! xo

Stephanie said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Kaaren. Wishing you success. She looks like she was sitting there waiting for you to find her. I have absolutely everything crossed for you!!! Darling little October block too.

Erin said...

Wow, congratulations on finding your dream home! It's such an exciting process. We recently bought something *close* to my dreamhome, and I was so excited then I thought I was going to pop. Sending good thoughts your way!!!

Terry said...

Good luck with the house! It looks lovely and sounds like a great place to live! :0)

Cindy said...

The "setting" of the house is as beautiful as the house! Here's keeping my fingers crossed in hopes of the right answers to proceed with the house.

Cathy B said...

I hope it all works out for you Kaaren; it's a quaint looking house!

Gladys said...

Hola, Kareen!
Ojalá se cumpla su deseo!
Es realmente hermosa y ese cielo magnífico! Así lo veo yo todos los días a mi cielo y no hay nada más magnífico que disfrutar el azul! Confíe en Dios en que será lo que deba ser! Pero eso no quita que cruzaré mis dedos por Ud.!
Ocupe sus manos para liberar su mente hasta el próximo día!
Mucha suerte y muchos BESOTES!!!

Quilt or Dye said...

I believe in serendipity--one good thing that "accidentially" leads to another good thing. Like a pleasant drive that leads you to the house of your dreams and you're getting it!

Quilt Hollow said...

I'd have said turn the car around myself! This house is wonderful and 5 acres a bonus!! I wish you all the luck so that things work out in your favor! What a fantastic find of all finds!!

Rumi said...

I hope you hear what you want to hear from the realtor. Good luck!

Yes, the little block is adorable!

Lori said...

Wow! The house is gorgeous!!! If it is meant to be yours I hope it all works out.

DianeH said...

Bet you can't take your mind off of it can you? Just think of the garden's you can grow with five acres.... It's beautiful Kaaren, here's hoping.
BTW just in case you haven't heard
you won a giveaway over at
http://pumpkinpatchprimitivequiltshoppe.blogspot.com/
maybe that will help with the mind thing.

annie2006 said...

wow that is a beautiful house - and i love your tisket tasket basket. its very cute!

tooznie said...

Lots of Luck with the house!!

peggy said...

OMG, that is just wonderful for you. I'll keep my fingers crossed for good luck!
Your blog header is just wonderful and so creative....
Peggy in NJ
USA

Juliann said...

This is a beautiful house and what a great story. I love your header too!

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, I hope you can get it. Did you take any pix inside?

Susannah said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous dream home, Kaaren!!!!!!!

Good luck..
Susannah

Karen said...

Is the move to a new area something you have had planned for a while or is this a spur of the moment thing. I want a log cabin home and know it is not in the cards for us. I hope your dream home comes true.

Gerry said...

Am definitely sending very positive vibs your way. Hoping all things will point in your directions.
[yes, fingers crossed also!]

Suze said...

I will be praying for the right answer for you.

Francien said...

Who would not want to live there Kaaren??...and i dont believe in "happy co-incidents"You just had to go there..you hat to see it...it was ment to be.. you could easely have droven in the opposite direction...but no..MQ drove over there right in to the arms of your dreamhouse..so..it has to be yours!!..allright...all "wise words"...but if you saw my blogheader on my quiltblog you would know how some people see me...and i am hoping i am right this time too...wishing you all the luck in the world..keep us posted please..just two more nights pacing up and down and lots of coffee and little sleep..
and by the way...
your October block is so lovely.....greetings ♥ Francien.

Annette said...

It is such a beautiful home and setting. What a wonderful place to live. I am hoping that it will be a dream come true for you.

call me crazy said...

What a great house in a gorgeous setting! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you too. :-)

Cathi said...

What a wonderful house in such a gorgeous area of Ontario!! I have fingers and toes crossed for you!!

Robin said...

What a beautiful house! I'll cross my fingers for you. :) And, as always, your basket is just lovely. (I love the witch's little pumpkin!)

Allie said...

Oh my. Oh my. That is indeed a dream house - keeping my fingers crossed for you! Love your little block too.

Patty said...

Kaaren, what a beautiful house! hope all works out for you.

Handmade by Mai said...

Great house. Hope everything goes well.

Sherri said...

Fingers crossed for you!!! And I love your Bunnyhill block...have to get mine going this week!

Marls said...

What a dream home. Hopefully your dream will come true. I just think it looks like the most divine place to live.Fingers crossed for you.
Cute BOM.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Kaaren, I am so excited for you!! What a wonderful house and on 5 acres of land. Oh good luck and keep us posted!!

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Sorry I took so long to respond - I was so excited for you I started to jump up, and I fell off my chair, hit my head and passed out ! Oh Kaaren - I am soooooo hoping you get the RIGHT answers about the property and everything falls into place. I just love it when nice people get dreams that come true. Please keep us posted!!

Linda said...

Ah Kaaren how wonderful. I have friends in that area. Hope everything comes together for you. Now to sell? Or will this be a second home.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Oh sweetie, it's JUST BEAUTIFUL!!! I love stone houses...I am praying for all the be perfect and that home to be yours. Wow!!!

AnnieO said...

That is a lovely and charming looking home--substantial stone work too, plus land, wow! I can see why you are so excited. Good luck with the "research".

Your BOM block is very cute--I'm looking forward to seeing the last two block designs from Anne.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I hope whatever you wish for comes to be. It looks like a lovely home! That October block is just perfect!

WoolenSails said...

What a nice home and one with character, those are the best. Good luck and hope things work out for you.

Debbie

Robyn said...

Fingers Crossed...Good luck!!!

Sylvie BG said...

Hi Kaaren !
What a lovely house ! It's for you, Im' sure ! I keep my fingers crossed...
Your basket is very cute. Mine is not yet done... but the month is not over !
Good luck !
Hugs from France,
Sylvie

Gloria J W said...

Ooooh Kaaren....what a lovely house! I do hope it can become yours. Loved your stitching as well. I'll come by and check how things are going again soon.
Best of luck Gloria from Australia

Carrie P. said...

OH, Kaaren, I hope it all works out and that is the house for you. I love the story behind it.
Your block turned out very cute too.

Kim said...

Oh man how exciting is that!
Good luck with it.

Love your little Bunny Hill block....reminds me to get to mine!

Happy Sewing

Heidi said...

How exciting Kaaren! I wish we could find our dream house but, if we did, we could not afford it. Houses here cost even more than a fortune.

I love your latest ATAT block! Just adorable.

Hugs ~
Heidi

Chookyblue...... said...

wow this looks great lots of character.............hope it all works out.........

Wendy B said...

There is no reality without dreams behind it!!! Love the house....sounds like fate has stepped in....good luck for Wednesday! Everything's crossed for ya!
'o) Wendy B

Janet said...

Best of luck, what a charming house. Funny how it all came to be.
I bet your on pins and needles, unable to think of anything else. Of course, your block is adorable but wow on the house, lol.

The Rabbit Factory said...

OOOOOOOOh ! What a dream home...I sure hope you get it...no longer a dream but a reality! Brockville is a gorgeous area! Keep us posted!

Mel said...

My goodness, that IS a charming home!!

Sounds like the perfect place for the Painted Quilt!

Kim D. said...

If it were me I'd be like a kid in a candy store so anxious. The house looks wonderful, love the old stone and the setting is great. Good luck. Your Bunny Hill block is adorable in wool.

Betweens said...

Kaaren.. you are so fortunate to find your dream home and have it for sale as well. there is always a time for everything.. good luck and I hope you are able to to sell to buy..looks like I can see some quilting retreats there. brockville is really not that far away for me.. LOL

Beth Karese said...

Oh my, that IS a fabulous house! How great that it found you, I mean, that you found it. When I drive through the countryside I feel like I'm home. Someday I'll move to the country (suburb gal for now). Best wishes!

ranette said...

Just a wonderful house Kaaren...really so picturesque.
Cute October block!

Amanda said...

How exciting!! The house is beautiful.

Your BOM is adorable. I download the patterns, but I haven't made any, yet. I've got a lot of catching up to do!

Sharon said...

Very awesome Kaaren...I will say a pray that this works out for you..What a blessing that things went the way they did that day and you just stumbled on it...I truly believe things happen for a reason...good luck

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Oh my goodness...that home is absolutely gorgeous!!! I LOVE it!!! I truly hope you get it! What a dream!!! :o)