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Yesterday I had a remodeling company come out to talk to me about adding on to our house.  We have been living in limbo for so long- should we add on, should be move. where can I have a studio, should I just get a storefront?  This is the 2nd company we have had over to talk about an addition.  I don’t want a big house, I prefer character over size.  But the reality is we are a family of 5 and my goal is to make this house function better for us.  There are things I don’t want to give up, like my screened in porch.  I have found that this is my favorite room of the house when the weather is warm.  I don’t know how I ever lived without one.  Now that the weather has warmed up my friends and I have been hanging out there a lot watching the kiddos play in the backyard.  I am looking more at tweeking what we have, and adding a small family room in the back but of course the ideal space for the family room is where my screened porch now sits.  So that means a new family room plus a new screend porch…ugh.

Then there is the studio question.  We have been tossing around the idea of opening a store in Old Worthington.  It would be nice to walk to work.  My kids school is within walking distance too.  It’s tempting, it would solve some problems and I would have space for people to come in and sew and cut.  The best thing is that I could walk away from it at the end of the day instead of having it always there.

But on the flip side, I enjoy working from home.  I like to step outside and breathe fresh air every now and then.  I like to watch MTV while I sew.  I like the freedom.

And then there is this


what better way to spend your breaks than doing this?


And watching the puppies play?

Barley and Shiloh

Barley and Shiloh

Barley and Shiloh

Barley and Shiloh

Alison - personally speaking i think the space in old worthington would be best. if its w/in walking distance to school and home what is to say you couldn’t walk home on lunch break for a ‘play’ break w/kids and dogs? also, if your space is big enough you could have the dogs w/you as well. i’ve seen lots of retail spaces where the pets are part of the atmosphere. i think the best part of having a separate area is that you can walk away from it, you have really defined hours of work. not to say that you don’t schedule your time well at home, but interruptions happen more often there. plus it sounds like old worthington is a great place and this would give you room to grow.

Traci - that is a hard decision. i wish you the best in your decision making process. good luck!

islandjen - oh gosh! i am not jealous of your predicament. they both sound wonderful!!! i’m sure you guys will make the right decision!!

Carrie Sommer - I wrestle with that same decision everyday! Let me know when you figure it out! Might save me some anxiety!

(Rents are atrocious in Southern California…)

Kathy - The good thing is that if you want to try renting a space, and it doesn’t feel right, you just have to finish up the lease and move back home. It’s not forever. Might have lots of hidden plusses (and minuses) you can’t even imagine now.

Go for it!

kim in Camas - ScrapToMyLu - That’s a tough one. I say add on a new porch, family room and don’t open a shop until your little one is in school. There, now don’t you feel better? 🙂

annie - Aw — you have a Golden! What a gorgeous dog. I have one too, Piper (rhymes with hyper) who is just hitting her teen years – which goes right along with my little guy who happens to be 6′ 3″ in all of his teenage grandeur.
Your bags and products are very tempting – and I love your website. I’ll be talking about it on my very next podcast, “Quilting Stash”. Please visit my site, http://www.simplearts.com and listen in. Let me know what you think!