Back at it.

by Handjobs For The Home on August 8, 2012

I know, I know. It’s been too long. But I can explain, seriously.

So first, let me say that I’m so sorry for disappearing for 4 months. Life has been beyond crazy and the blog unfortunately got lost in the shuffle. Thank you for all of your encouraging emails and comments that I got while I was MIA. It was truly inspiring and awesome to hear how many people missed me. I feel so loved! Awwww…

So let me catch you up on what’s been going on in my life.

In January, I started a new job working for Design Within Reach. Finally, a life outside the corporate hell I was stuck in! I finally got my break and started working in interior design—an industry I actually care about. The only tradeoff is the four-hour commute I have to do each day to Stamford, CT. But that didn’t scare me too much. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to write blog posts and read books. Wrong. I sleep most of the time. FYI: Commuting is exhausting. Additionally, in order to write blog posts, you need to actually have time to make things to write about. Well, with starting a new job I really didn’t have time to can or cook. All I wanted to do when I got home from work was eat dinner, watch mindless television, and sleep.

As if life wasn’t already crazy enough with the new job, Alex and I decided it was time to move to another part of the city. I’m not talking a couple blocks down the street, like we did the last time we moved. I’m talking a whole new borough, new neighborhood, new apartment. We had been living in Astoria for four years and felt that was long enough. We needed a change.

We originally decided Manhattan was the place for us, but we quickly changed our tune after seeing what our money could get us. Microscopic. Seriously, these places were teeny. So we decided that Brooklyn was REALLY the hood for us. Alex and I both lived in Brooklyn before moving in with each other almost 5 years ago now, and we really did miss it. The food scene is incredible, the shopping is fab, and the people are inspiring. It was decided: We were moving back to Brooklyn.

We found the perfect place nestled on a quite tree lined street, a block away from the water, in Brooklyn Heights. There is a dog run at the end of the block, a community garden two buildings down, our own farmers market within walking distance, an adorable cafe downstairs as well as a local grocery that carries farm fresh dairy and eggs right outside our front door. It was like a dream come true. Except for a few things. The previous tenant was a hoarder so the apartment was a disaster. It’s also about half the size of the place we were living in at the time, significantly more expensive, and has a kitchen that is basically non-existent. But we had a vision for it, and I was up for the challenge of having a small kitchen. If practically every other New Yorker can do it, I can do it even better. I made sure my canning pot fit on the stove and said, “We’ll take it.”

A month’s worth of packing and tons of giveaways to friends, and we were ready for the big move. Surprisingly, the move itself went very well, except when we moved into the apartment the fridge had not yet been delivered and in order to get cooking gas we had to make an appointment with the gas company—only to find our gas line needed to be replaced. (Don’t you just love moving?) Road block after road block, we are finally up and running a somewhat normal household. We’re down to 2 boxes left to unpacking and the place is coming along quite nicely.

With a new home, also comes new accessories and redecorating. I’ve been buying up a storm and piecing each room together little by little. So in the next couple weeks I will be doing a lot more design posts for the home including my accomplishments and failures, color mood boards, favorite new Etsy stores, and DIY home fixins for those of you who like to get crafty in the house.

I always wanted Handjobs for the Home to be a great mix of design as well as food, and the food has sort of taken over a little bit in the past. So I’m getting back to my roots and starting fresh. Get ready, it’s a whole new game here, folks.

I’m back. Hi!

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@jd_vickers August 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Welcome back!

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Betsy August 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm

We’ve missed you! Welcome back. Can’t wait to see the new place!

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Yasmin August 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Yay! Welcome back. You’ve been missed. Great timing, too – I just moved this past weekend into a new (rental) home and need design ideas!

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Meredith August 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Yay! I haven’t really posted anything worthwhile on my blog in about 2 months. This is inspiring me to get back to it!

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Ashley at The Feisty Redhead August 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Welcome back. And holy crap — we’re neighbors! I live in Carroll Gardens. Can we finally meet n craft?

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Handjobs For The Home August 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Yes please! Teach me to sew things this fall?

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Elizabeth August 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

If that is a view of your new street, wow…nice!

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Handjobs For The Home August 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

It is! Isn’t it darling?

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Diane August 8, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Yay! I’ve so missed your blog.

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Adelaide August 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm

YAY! it was always a great blog & I’m excited to hear about your new design plans .. i myself am moving at the end of the month — desperately need some inspiration :) Look forward to it!

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Kate @ Snowflake Kitchen August 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm

As much as we all long for change, change kind of sucks, doesnt it? Sounds like we’re going through a lot of the same things (new jobs & potential new moves – for us). Glad you’re back. If I’m ever down Stamford way, we’ll have to meet up.

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Handjobs For The Home August 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Yes, let me know. I’m always up for a lunch date!

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Ben August 16, 2012 at 1:35 am

Welcome back. Looking forward to see the new place.

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Mrs. Limestone August 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Welcome back to Brooklyn!

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MamaCarole August 28, 2012 at 4:53 am

I’m ready to hear about canning. =)

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Beckie@Cubicle57 September 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

You MOVED? Wow where have I been, Hi its September. Congrats on all the changes and yay being back in the blog-o-sphere! Astoria says HI!

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Handjobs For The Home September 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Thanks, Beckie! Hi back to Astoria!

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