Enter idea number 2 - a paper pieced block, very similar to the idea above but with no Starbucks. I tried to fussy cut some of the windows to add interest too. But I got distracted while making the blocks and while trimming one of the sections, I inadvertently sliced through one of the houses that had stuck itself to the bottom of another piece. Doh! I also realized that while cute, these PP houses really didn't fit me or my area or really anything. They weren't special. Idea number 2 - scrapped.
I once had a teacher who said that sometimes when you are trying too hard, creativity gets blocked, but when you allow yourself to relax, good ideas will present themselves and shine in your mind. I asked myself what was special to me and like a shining star, the happy memories of my time spent at my grandparents house in Connecticut presented themselves. I grew up in hot, humid, South Florida. Each summer, my mom would put me on a plane (by myself!) to travel north to Connecticut to visit my grandparents. It was like visiting a different world in the eyes of a child.
The air smelled different up there. Fresh. There were trees everywhere and I really believed that they were making extra fresh air just for me while I visited. And with the forests came birdsong of all types. I should tell you now that I am still describing what it was like to step off the plane at the airport (in "town"). My grandparents actually lived in the real woods - really in the middle of nowhere. I likened their house to something out of the Hansel and Gretel story. You needed breadcrumbs to find it. They were surrounded by thick woods. I would spend hours staring out the windows because you never knew what wildlife would just stroll by. It was very exciting as a kid!
I created Fiona a likeness of my Grandma's house from my memories:
It has many of things I remember. The evergreen bush right in front that each year the robin's would nest in. Tons of flowers planted all around the stone foundation and along the flagstone path leading to the front door. And a rather large stump of a tree in the corner of the yard which Gram would place a huge black kettle onto when I would arrive and we planted annuals inside for the summer. The sunporch off to the right is where Gram would sit and read when it was cool enough and I sometimes slept out there in my sleeping bag. That room had windows in every direction and I was sure I might see a bear in the middle of the night if I could only stay awake long enough. Of course all that fresh air made a kid rather sleepy.
This little house is very special to me. Although it is no longer owned by anyone in my family, I will forever keep its memories close at heart. This house is block-worthy.
It took me a while of going through hundreds of old photos, but I finally found one of the house in the fall. I visited one Thanksgiving and it had just snowed.
Except for the chimney, I almost remembered it right! Too bad the stump didn't make the photo.
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