I can’t believe two months have gone by since my last blog post! I don’t think I’ve taken a break this long since I started my blog three years ago. Things here have been a little hectic lately and our plans for the future have changed quite a bit, so let me update you and tell you what’s been going on.
Firstly, the sad news- After two years of trying to build a house in King county WA, we’ve come up against many obstacles with the permitting office. While our building permits are almost complete, we were being asked to do some nearly impossible tasks in order to get the permits finalized, such as widening and paving over a mile of road which we and many others use and drive on daily as it is with no issues.
Eventually we were able to talk them down to adding some pullouts/turnouts in a few spots along the road, but even that will be a costly and difficult job. We didn’t even know going into this process that we could be asked to make improvements to the road that runs through the whole neighborhood and not just our own property, but apparently in King County they can ask that of us. Even the fire chief came out and told us that the road was good and accessible, but it seems like the person in charge of our permits is looking for anything they can to make this process more difficult and costly. Even though we have a perfectly buildable piece of land, they’ve had to look offsite for additional improvements they can ask of us.
While we could’ve keep working with them on this and probably still get the permits, after a while we started to ask ourselves why we are doing this. Since Anthony’s job is remote and we both work from home, we no longer need to live in King county, the county which Seattle is in and a place known for its difficulty to build a house. We can find land in a different county or even a different state with even more acreage at a lower cost and not have to jump through as many hoops to get permission to build.
After this experience, we have decided that since we’ve already spent two years trying to build a house, we don’t want to let anymore time go by living in a small apartment while we figure out were we want to go next and begin the building and permitting process all over again. So, we decided to move right into a house that’s already built, put our land up for sale, and maybe consider building the house we designed later in life when we have a better idea of where we want to live long-term.
The house we found is on the edge of the forest near Olympia, WA and we’re so much happier and more comfortable here. We’re now much closer to all of the beautiful Washington mountains and only an hour away from the coast. Our bunny, Violet, is running and leaping for joy, fully enjoying all of the space she finally has. Anthony has his own private office and I have a big beautiful kitchen to work in and my own embroidery studio.
I’m so excited to get back to posting recipes and making more embroidered artwork from this new space.
Here are the latest art projects I’ve been working on over the past couple of months:
If you’d like to commission a portrait of your pet (or baby!) send me an email at email@example.com or you can purchase a commission option directly from my shop and then I’ll email you and we can go from there.
My plan is to keep working on the baby animal series so that I have some new pieces to add to my shop, as well as to photograph and film videos of some of my favorite new recipes, so keep your eyes peeled for some new posts here on my blog in the upcoming weeks! ❁