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New Beginnings

Hello Friends!

I am so sorry for the long absence, but we’ve had a lot on our plate. Last Friday, we sold our house, barns and the bulk of our farmland to a super nice couple with a sweet  2 year old who sat through the closing quietly- except for occasional chants of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (apparently his favorite book!)

And now we are temporarily living with close friends (5 minutes away) in an apartment in their house, while we build a new, smaller house. What a marathon of packing and moving and planning and constructing!

We have retained the 20 acres with my husband’s woodworking shop and will build a new house in the woods behind it. So far we have a rough driveway and an in-progress storage shed and carport. Here are some pictures of Rob and Gabe siting the house, our excavator preparing the site and our good and capable friends helping us raise the new shed/ carport:

Siting the house


Shed raising 3

Staining the sidingThe shed 2The shed

And the driveway to our future house in the woodsDriveway to new house

We are very excited about this project! We had a great time designing and building our previous house, and we are approaching this with the same level of joy and enthusiasm. We love the new site with its woods and rock outcroppings and the dappled sunlight through the trees. Best part: No lawn! I have visions of woodland plantings, ground covers of ferns and myrtle and ajuga, columbine tucked into rocky nooks, forget-me-nots spreading at the edge of trees…

I will keep the pictures coming as we make progress. But now, back to the drawing board-literally- as a deadline looms!

Happy summer, everyone!

About the author

Iza Trapani I am a children's book author and illustrator, fan of Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss, lover of big dogs, aspiring yodeler. When not in my studio, I spend time outdoors and have climbed over many a mountain to see what I could see.

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24 Responses to New Beginnings

  1. Linda Baie says:

    This all sounds wonderful, Iza, exciting and tough work all at the same time. What a lovely new site. Best wishes, and hope you keep sharing the progress!

  2. jama says:

    So nice to hear about your new home building project! It looks like a gorgeous site and I’m sure with you and your husband’s savvy, experience and aesthetic talents it will be a lovely home. Thanks for the update. Looking forward to hearing more about the progress. 🙂

  3. Judy Schachner says:

    It’s going to be fun to watch the progress – Best of luck Iza! xo

  4. Elizabeth Aucone says:

    Best wishes building your new home. I look forward to before and after pics over the next few months.

  5. Alice K. Boatwright says:

    Wow! Very exciting. Congrats and love to you, Rob and Gabe.

  6. Joanna says:

    Fabulous new project and I love your enthusiasm.

  7. Maggie Flaherty says:

    Glad to hear you sold the house and are on to the next project. It all sounds good. Hope to see both of you some day soon…maybe next fall. Stay Well!

  8. Pam Tate says:

    Best of luck,Iza ❤️💖

  9. How exciting! All the best to you!

  10. Ruth Molloy says:

    Dear Iza: thank you so much for the update and the “peak” at your new site! Of course, you are excited! You approach everything with such a fresh perspective. You are, without a doubt, the most positive person I know! Much love to you…….

  11. Dearest Iza! I was wondering whether and when the big move had taken place. I am so excited for you — and also to see what new wonders Rob creates! Please do post production photos as you go along (we amateur DIY folks find them inspirational!). 🙂

    And I hope this means you can relax just a bit. I miss seeing you around! xoxo

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Thanks! I will definitely post pictures. As for relaxing- we will go to Maine for 2 weeks in August (instead of the usual month). Other than that, we are both busy working on both our day jobs and the new construction. But it’s all good! We are happy 🙂

  12. I’m a bit behind on the news of your move! I look forward to hearing about the progress. (By now there should be quite a bit since I actually more than a bit behind!
    Hope you had fun in Maine.

    • Iza Trapani says:

      And I’m more than a bit behind on blogging and social media in general! Thanks so much for checking in, Penny!I will be finished with book illustrations next week and hope to have more time to catch up with friends, and their blogs too!

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