Sunday, January 9, 2011

Dear blogger friends I need your advice ???

















SO here is the big question?? How many of you would move back  to your home town if you left when you where 18 and where now 52?? Cal and I are thinking  of doing just that?!  My Mom has  a beautiful home in a small town called Allegan in Michigan . It was the last house  my father built 30 years ago. This is the reason  she will never sell the place. It has 2 bedrooms  2 baths . The home features tongue and grove  wood ceilings and pegged wood  floors ,pine kitchen cabinets with custom stained glass window inserts that  I designed   . It heats with a wood stove and back up  furnace and has a  well with wonderful water . It sits on a wooded lot high on a bluff  overlooking a  river and a  wooden bridge . The town is small about 4500  and is 30 minutes from lake  michigan . A large river meanders back and forth  through the town with many bridges  . The home has a huge 3 car   garage as well as a large pole  barn featuring  a bath room , all  with a large paved driveway  and parking  . Cal and I would open a pretty  antique store and also sell cool  hand made goods . HINT HINT I would love to feature many of  my  blog land friends work in the shop !!! Such as wearable art,( Deb Hodge this mean You!)  jewelry,( Sharon???) hand made beads( Denise ??) and art work So many of you are so talented I have not the room in this post  to list you !!!But you come to mind. I would  also teach art classes and bring guest  instructors in  for weekend retreats . All could stay in town at   the Fabulous  Delano  Band B !! .We would have a small organic garden and chickens( black  and white ones of course, Cal said no to pigmy goats ) . Cal is going to take upholstery lessons so he can help restore our  finds . I hope he likes working with  Belgium linen , natural duck cloth,   and my beloved black  and ivory check . Oh how I   love Ballard  design  and the new Restoration hardware line!!!I have always wanted to do    hand painted furniture  in the Tracy  Porter and  Mackenzie Child style  !!!  We would open  for spring, summer and fall  on weekends only  and could also  have a  cute tea/ coffee house on the site . Many people come up from Chicago( 2 hours drive or ride amtrak) to Allegan for antiquing as it has one of the best
antiquing markets held  once a month at the county  fair grounds and the town is sweet as can be in a northern small town way , close to many  beautiful lakes as well as lake  Michigan and wonderful Saugatuck Mich.  a super tiny resort town..  The  only thing  is THE COLD SNOWY WINTERS and my  past growing up issues.... I could not wait to leave!!! And would my Mom give her  OK to this idea, she is thinking  on it now .  She has not lived there   in 15 years  but has  had a caretakers / tenants   living in the place for the last few years  they would have to move out  and I feel bad about that as thay are  family friends .  I would love the feedback and yes I know this is   a very  bad time to do this in a recession and in MICHIGAN one of the hardest hit areas economic  wise in the country!!!!!! But on the other hand the building  and home  site set up for this is already in place, perfect and  just ready   to stage  and  it is a very inexpensive place to live  .Please tell me your thoughts,  are we CRAZY??? Nothing  ventured nothing gained ?!











 A baby painted turtle from an Allegan Lake . My mom tells  a story about me as a little girl.  After I had found a turtle ,I was  told  to give it to my friend .I said no to this with the response that " you can always have a friend  but not a  turtle" . How do you spell Brat ??? J-U- L-I-E

62 comments:

oldblackcatboo said...

Well. This is my opinion:
It sounds like you would be living my dream! If it's that close to Chicago AND has a monthly Antique Market, it sounds like the ideal spot. I wish I could do it!
And about the weather, Hey, It's cold everywhere right now! I'm only 2 1/2 hours from Chicago and it sounds like a great weekend getaway spot. A lot of people moved away from my hometown and now a lot of them are back. I think that they missed the "small-town" feel. Good Luck! It sounds exciting! :) - Cindi

Denise S. said...

Julie I say go for it. Keep one of your other houses as a backup plan.
I just might have to come see you to take some classes. Never been to that part of the country.
I'm excited for you and Cal,new beginnings :o)

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Dear Julie,

If you don't do it, you'll always wonder if it would of been the best decision you'd ever made.
You could make a list, pros and cons and see which one is longer!
xx
julie

2smart said...

I agree with Julie's suggestion of a list, but my instinct is to say "what are you waiting for" the growing up issues are just that, youre grown up now! And as someone in her late 70s I know how necessary it is to be bold and live the dream, I do every day!!!If I get to visit the US again, I will bring all my friends, now theres a thought to scare you, Sheila

C Pohl said...

OMG....i would so jump at the chance, i am in my sixties and would do it in a heart beat! What a wonderful opportunity!

You go girl!!!!

c

Joji said...

I say the enthusiasm you exude when you talk about this speaks volumes to your desire to do this. It is surely something I would love to do. Now go get your dream.

Jan said...

DO IT! Michigan is lovely, full of arty folks, and it seems that the house is calling your name (s).
Yes, it's cold there in the winter, but then you can stay inside and do your art!
I say YES! And if I'm ever in Michigan again, I will come over for a cuppa!

Hugs,
Jan

Ellen aka Ella said...

Julie,
Go for it! I think this is a wonderful opportunity. I miss my home town and the comfort of the people I made memories with. I would jump at the chance to go home if the conditions were right. Yours sound right~

What an exciting venture...I wish you both the best! I thought of the weather,I'm from Maine and her in NC it is really cold this winter. My husband keeps saying, "feels like we are in Maine"!
I'm so excited for YOU!!! xXx

dls said...

First, thank you for following my blog. I feel honored as your art inspires me.

Second, I have been to Allegan, Michigan and it is a LOVELY little town.... the ice cream shop on the lake is a fond memory. And all those lovely old houses!

We have dear friends in Paw Paw. In fact we love Michigan for all the fresh fruits and veggies, the big lake, the small lakes, the antiques, the festivals, on and on...

We recently moved back to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area (home for both of us). I had not lived here since I was 18 and that was over 40 + years ago. Quite a change for me.... the hubby moved to Indiana when we married a few years back. Anyhow, this is an adventure for me. So it could be a grand adventure for you too. And as "oldblackcatboo" said you are close to Chicago and other venues.

So what ever your decision winds up to be.... think positive and enjoy yourself and continue creating.

dls said...

PS: I think this opportunity is "meant to be." :)

nacherluver said...

Sounds like you have put a lot of thought into it. Sounds like dreamy plans! Only you can know if you will be settled and fine over your past issues. If so, I say "Go for it!!!!".

Createology said...

I do not know you however follow your blog for some time now. As I read your post it seems to me you and Cal have already made the choice in your head and hearts. What a wonderful opportunity to grow and do something so creative. I wish you much happiness in your quest. Please keep us posted on your progress...

Breathing Beside Us said...

I do not want you to move to a far away land :-(
I do however want you to find happiness.
Go with your heart, listen to your inner voice, do what makes you smile.
I love you dear friend.
Xoxo Deb

Soggy Dog Studios said...

If you don't move there I will!!! How fun! I say go for it!!! xo -Kim

Jan said...

Oh Julie Dear-- I see in Capital letters "Cold Snowy Winters"
Yes, they will be.
Also, I'm guessing here, you probably have good friends where you are, nice restaurants, shopping, a lot of conveniences - will you have that there?
Moving, setting up shop, buying & restoring pieces- is a lot of hard work.
Think long & hard, pray for wisdom in your decision.
What ever you decide, I wish you Fantastic Success!
Jan

Terri Kahrs said...

It sounds as though your "inner voice" is speaking and that you're listening! Julie, if (for some reason or another) it doesn't work out, you can always formulate plan "B"!!! God opens closes a door and opens a window. This just may be your window of opportunity!!!! Blessings on your decisions!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

sharon said...

I say follow your dream...it really sounds just so beautiful Julie! I would die to have a house like that, I am a sucker for small towns, and houses filled with character and history!
My jaw dropped to the floor when you mentioned my jewelry, and I would be honored to have my items in your store if that should happen...I would do that in a heartbeat!

Jackie said...

Ok Julie....I fell off my chair, I am 40 minutes from Chicago....sounly 2/3hrs from Michigan!!! SO of course, I would say go for it!! Your ideas are glorious and you would do just great!!! Sending my hugs from Illinois xoxo jackie

Maija said...

Crazy WONDERFUL!!!!

karen said...

So many women have this dream! And men too! An organic garden, chickens, a small antique/gift store... OMG! Can I come and stay for a day or month??? Wow! What do you have to lose? Try it for 2 or 3 years, if it's not right then head for your next location. PLEASE, PLEASE, keep us all up to date!!!
Love karen
xoxoxo
http://weirdbirdstudio.blogspot.com

Sharon Margiotta said...

Waahhh!! We'll miss you in AZ, but my gosh you make it sound like a fantasy. It does kind of sound like you have your heart made up already, you just need the validation ... which it sure sounds like you're getting ... of course all these people from michigan want you close to them!! God speaks to us in funny ways sometimes ... wishing you all the best ... and we will miss you being close to us!!

Peggy said...

I would do it! I live withing driving distance of Allegan -- they have a wonderful fiber festival at the fairgrounds in August that I go to because I'm a handweaver. I also go to the antique show whenever I get the chance. And don't forget Crane's Pies. You don't know me at all -- but it would be fun for me to have you close to me -- someone creative who has lots of ideas going through their head that sound totally cool! Yes, they have snow -- lots of snow -- plus the lake effect snow which yesterday that area got around 36 inches of -- a record in one day. But the summers are wonderful and you will be within driving distance to the wonderful towns of Glen Arbor, Petoskey, Charlevoix and Harbor Springs -- my favorites. Keep us posted on what you decide to do.

John said...

Looks and sounds idylic and the house is a true family home. Sounds as if the decision is made! How very exciting, good luck.

Are you curious about me? said...

GO FOR IT

Just read your post back to yourself Julie and imagine if it were someone else writing it an you had to make a comment... I rest my case.x

Anonymous said...

It would be wonderful for you to live in the house your father built. You are your father's daughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hugs!!!!

Julie Shoemaker said...

I live in a rural town in Northern Michigan, all of my children have left and gone to the city. Most of them long to return to their home. Hopefully, they will have the opportunity to do so one day. Now, from a selfish point of view, I would love to have you in Michigan and have the opportunity for a retreat/classes with you. I say, go with your gut, it will work out.

Heartinmyhand said...

You will bloom where ever you are. We moved back to CO and I have never been happier. Go for girl!!

Jingle said...

Well, that's a tricky one. It sounds like you could really do many things you have dreamed of doing. That would be great. But...you need to be happy where you are. Do you like small town living? I moved back to my hometown, despite growing up issues that got me out of there right after high school, only to find that the charm of small town living wasn't so charming anymore for me! LOL! We have since moved to the city where we are much happier! You just need to know what you will both love. It sounds absolutely lovely!

Theresa said...

I think it sounds wonderful Julie....go for it...after all we all want to go home. :0)

Molly Alexander said...

What an AMAZING oppportunity - I say go for it! Besides the super-cool house/barn/shop, you also have a chance to go back to your hometown as an adult to use the wisdom and confidence you have under your belt to work through those childhood issues. I had that opportunity last summer in my own life, and the freedom it offers is immeasurable.

I can't wait to hear what you decide to do!

:-) Molly

Renee Troy said...

Julie, I got goose bumps when I read this post. YOU GO GIRL! DO IT! That's all I have to say for the moment. I'm so excited for you and Cal.
Keep us all posted. I'll follow you anywhere.

Kathy said...

Oh, Julie. You have to go. South Haven, Saugatuck, Holland...It's all beautiful. You've got to love snow though, because you'll get it! I can be there in about 3 hours. You are in antique HEAVEN!! GO. Just DO IT!! hee-hee-hee....

Kathy (who's wanted to take a class from you for forever)

caryn said...

if you don't take it-can i have it!?

Nancy said...

Well, Santa Fe is certainly sending negative vibs in more ways then one..so hey, what have you got to loose?? Just take it slow and don't kill yourselves trying to change up the place in a couple months. Enjoy the ride and make the memories along the way! AND invest in some good snow boots and snow coats, gloves and hats!!
XO Nancy

Lorie said...

Oh my, Julie. What an opportunity. It sounds awesome to me. If it REALLY doesn't work out, you could move, right? Good luck with your decision-making. xox Lorie

[I think that's where my mom goes every year (from South Bend IN, just over the MI line) and buys a WHOLE. SHEEP. FLEECE. Every year. And she knows its name. So she spins and knits Skippy, or Maisy, or Baa-Baa all year.]

Scrappy Jessi said...

hey sweets,
girl i would love it, because you would be closer to me. tee hee.
it all sounds fabulous!!!
hope you are having a fabulous new year! wish i was taking your class. Kim and cheryl will be there. Have fun
oxoxox,
Jessi

connie said...

Hi Julie, sorry to read about your flood, but I believe in fate and think this is the opportunity you were meant to have. I moved back into the home I grew up in and absolutely love it. I think you won't regret it. Good luck with your decision.

Whimsey Creations said...

Like you said, nothing ventured, nothing gained. And you could take all your plans in small steps. It looks like a beautiful place.

artistamyjo said...

OMG..what a wonderful opportunity!!
I wouldn't hesitate for a second.
Lived in Mi. most of my life and still love it (except for feb. & March)pretty cold.so we take a trip mow and then to break it all up.
Then to think I could come take some classes...dream,be inspired and charge ahead.
Hugs

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi Julie, I've never visited your blog before but if this were me I would SO MOVE!!! Sounds like an absolute dream to me and after what's happened to your old home you deserve something wonderful like this!!!! Please blog about all that you do ~ I would love to read about your journey ~ hugs and love, Dawn

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

We are back in my home town after leaving at sixteen, too. I love it! We are also in the house my Mom grew up in and are fixing it up. It is great! you may find it amazing to see it through new eyes! Hope you find joy no matter where you are friend. Blessings.

TUTU Monkey said...

I think you should go for it....it seems to be calling you. I also think of all the fresh new faces that will now be able to take you classes........

Valerie said...

Julie, this sounds like such the right thing to do for you and Cal right now. And, if it doesn't work out, you can always move back to the southwest again, but this time try for San Diego instead, kay? We'd just love to have you two creative types here!

Thank you so much for that fabulous class last night at Paper Tales. I feel so energized right now, in a whole new direction! I figured out my finishing touch on my piece, and want you to see it. I will post it on my blog soon. Good luck this weekend, and I so wish I was joining you for another fantastic class.
x, Val

noodle and lou said...

oh julie!!!!!
i am just now seeing your post about the flood...ooooh my heart goes out to you SOOO much. i am so sorry:(

then i read this post and i am thinking YES, YES, YES! i think it sounds like a dream. and i wish i was still in chicago so i could scoot over and see ya'll in the shop:) it seems like you have an awesome plan and an awesome place to live. i don't think you are crazy one bit. i know you guys have lots to think about...but i'm totally in your corner!! xox...jenn

Jan said...

Hey Julie,
I think you should move to Michigan, (is it) and stay in your mother's house. I think it would be a real opportunity for you and Cal. You could teach workshops in your own home and I can come and take more classes from you! I feel that the flood in Santa Fe was an omen for you to make a change in your life. And you could once again enjoy the seasons.

Olivia said...

I hope your mum agrees to it, because who doesn't love a new adventure!

Olivia said...

Just read previous post... I would look at it as a sign.

kelly craft-abram said...

Remember Julie,
Falling apart is falling together.
Pam and I had the best 3 days with you and we learned so much.
Hugs,
Kelly

Thistle Cove Farm said...

You mean you haven't packed up and moved yet???? It sounds delightful and a lifestyle that would be so wonderful and full of hard work you loved doing. That's different from hard work you have to do and don't love.
Put it in black and white...sheet of paper, pen and cons on one side, pros on the other and see what shakes out.
When it's all over with, follow your heart. If, over the years, you've been true to your heart, your heart will be true to you.
Visiting from Whimsey, checking out your classes...would you be interested in teaching a class at Thistle Cove Farm?

Susan said...

Go...Go...Go just do it. Susan

Ariane Cagle said...

While I've not been to Allegan, I have been to Saugatuck a few times and loved it. I would definitely come up to Allegan if you move there.

Darlene said...

Everything you described sounds so wonderful. If the opportunity presented itself, I would move back to my home town of Buffalo, NY. Yes, even with the cold winters. I'm currently living in the South. Sounds like a great move for you.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Julie
Yes! I definitely would move back to the home...such nostalgic memories of warmth feed my soul thinking back to my own childhood home that I lived in for 20 years.
Parents and what they make their children do...bah! Even my own grandmother spoiled the little girl more who lived in a rental house they owned. My grandmother was a brat one time when she had an adorable pair of red mittens and a red knitted store bought hat. I was at her house with Judy, the little girl who was exactly my age, and my grandmother looked at both of us and she was standing there holding the red hat and mittens and she gave Judy the hat with little tassels on it and me the gloves! I was her GRANDDAUGHTER for crying out loud! She should have given them both to ME! So you see, all children 'feel this way' when what they 'think' what 'rightfully belongs to THEM' they should NOT have to give to SOMEONE ELSE! My grandmother did teach me how to knit and crochet and for that I am thankful for, as I did crochet up a storm for years and made money doing it too. So I understand perfectly well how you felt about the turtle. Too much inside turmoil for a child to handle...not fair! not fair!
I'm glad you kept the turtle...hee! hee!
Teresa in California
tscat@sbcglobal.net
P.S. I've been leaving tons of comments on blogs at 'A Fanciful Bohemian' for the OWOH event. There are tons of bloggers participating this fifth, and final year.
Cheers!

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

WHY NOT? Go for it . . . I would so love a change . . change is good for everybody. Sounds so exciting too. This will open new doors of opportunities for you and your hubby. If it is possible and you'll be comfortable financially . . do it! Good luck and God's blessings on your decision . . God's writing your story and he knows just where he wants you guys to be. Sandy:O)

paperbird said...

Julie are you packed yet?
I think it sounds wonderful- an adventure it would be for sure!
And if you don't like the humidity in the summer along with the very large mosquitos you can always move back!!

Trust your heart!

Hanni said...

Hello Julie, I think this would be a wonderful new beginning, it doesn't matter how long you were away from your home town, you are planning to come back. Of course things are changed over the years, but it is still home, so enjoy it and do all these wonderful things, life is too short! Best of wishes and luck! Sincerely, Hanni

Rita said...

I always think: "What if I move back home" (Sicily) My answer is always the same:"only if I can take my workshop with me!"
I just turned to the last page of the new apron-ology and I had to leave you a comment. I love the publication and especially to see your TRUE storytelling apron was very touching. A Well lived apron, LOVE IT! Ciao Rita mammabellarte

Peggy said...

OMG, would I? IN A HEARTBEAT! I'm from Wisconsin, living near Chicago now, and wish I could go back. Who cares about that childhood stuff? Everybody has baggage but we don't have to lug it with us :)

You are so fortunate! Hey, wait--you got MY dream!

Luck and Best Wishes,
Peggy

Lydia said...

Sounds like a no brainer. Move into your family built home. Quality. Life is way too short.:)

The Backporch Artessa said...

Oh I think you would do really REALLY well there! That area of Michigan seems to be very creative and very open to artistic endeavours! It would be within driving distance from me!!!I would be first in line to your shop!!!

Also, you've had so many rough things happen lately, maybe God is trying to tell you it is time to make a VERY big change. A year ago Mom & I were in your class in Vegas, and had to embrace a HUGE change that financially terrified me with my job situation. But once I lept, I began following the open doors to my heart's desire and everything has improved! Health, Happiness and Stress all much improved! But I had to lose everything before I paid attention to what a blessing this freeing opportunity actually was!

Also, my mom is an awesome Interior Designer who has worked in that area of the country alot, and could give you names of great suppliers for upholstry etc. Pretty close for you to come to some of the biggest fairs and antique markets in the country too!

Heidi said...

LOVE Allegan. LOVE the monthly antiques fair. LOVE Crane's Pie Pantry!!! What a marvelous opportunity for you--the family home sounds lovely. I don't know you, but I admire your work and visit your blog from time to time. As others have said, read your own post. You've already decided in your heart. Blessings on your new venture!

Paula said...

I can't wait to hear more about this venture. Michigan is cold but a pretty great place to live. You can always leave and winter elsewhere.
Paula