Greetings From North Carolina!

Hi everyone!  We have a lot of news to share!

North Carolina Highway

I am recently married, and am just returning from an extended internet leave.
My new husband Jim and I have made a cross country move! He first transferred myself and my Dad to Phoenix Arizona in September, 2015.  We moved into Jim’s home for a while; but that was only the beginning of changes!

In June of this year, we bought a house and drove all the way here. We had a 26 foot truck, and towed my car. 2 months earlier, we drove the Ram pickup here to visit friends, and found a 1950 bungalow style cottage here to purchase. Ever since we arrived, we have been living in a construction site! Or, more correctly, a renovation.
My next few post will be dedicated to showing our renovations, and hopefully sharing some things we learned in the process.

Jim-my new husband, is a Master tile and stone setter. He and Dave, his friend; have sanded and refinished all the hardwood floors, laid tile in 4 areas, and carpet in another space. I have had the job of completely re-painting the interior.
The home size is 1500 SQ. Feet.  It was originally nearly half that size. There are: 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a galley style kitchen with 4 doorways, a large laundry room, a small front sitting room, a 22x23ft. great-room with fireplace, and a small screen porch.  
Outside we have a detached building which has a carport, a closed shed and an open faced; gated gardening shed.

When we first arrived, the great-room carpet had been soaked by a leak in the roof around the fireplace. The men pulled the carpet out immediately, and we couldn’t replace it for nearly 2 months, because the roof needed to be fixed! Since the town was recovering still from last year’s devastating hurricane and flood, contractors were too busy to be bothered! But, one job at a time, things started to get done!
Now, let me tell you all this- the only reason we were able to afford all the work we did to this house…including ALL NEW Appliances, was that Jim was able to sell his Phoenix home at a very good price. We turned around and bought the same size house for much, much less. ( Less than half what the first house sold for. )
We now are finishing up the last of the interior paint, and Jim still has to tackle the one small bathroom.  Although we have the tile and paint, we are still making decisions about the Not-Level bathtub!
Otherwise, we are almost finished!
When the weather warms up again, I will start painting the exterior trim and sprucing up the gardens.

My plans for 2018 include : Developing this blog with informative sewing and craft tutorials,  getting back to my creative interests; and designing new accessory items for my ETSY shop. 
I hope you will join me as I embark on these new adventures!
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Thanks for reading!   Karen King-Gonzales
Contact me at:  KLKing Designs@gmail.com

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Karen L. King-Gonzales

Hi! I'm a retired Bridal Designer, and am now spending my time getting back to pleasure crafts! My husband and I are still newlyweds, nearing our 3rd anniversary on October 2. I was single 33 years! We moved across the country from Phoenix Arizona, to Lumberton N. Carolina. The slower lifestyle agrees with us! Both empty-nesters, Jim and I are finishing the work on the 1950's bungalow style cottage. Fortunately, this home has a huge addition.... adding about 40% to the original size. Having to quit the sewing trade due to a disability, I spend my time on projects for home, family, and pleasure- as I feel able. Jim, now a Pastor/Judeo Christian Rabbi; is retired from the tile trade, and currently joins his friend in local ministry. This includes a bible study twice a week at a local prison. Join us as I document the journey in our changing lives!

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