We moved to Redlands, California last May, and I didn’t expect to find myself falling in love with this charming little city. We’re far enough away from LA/Orange County that the traffic is bearable, but close enough that we can still take day trips to the beach, to downtown LA for visits to the LACMA, or to our favorite pho place in El Monte. We live within biking distance to downtown Redlands, where you’ll find the post office, the most wonderful library, and an outdoor amphitheater where they hold musical concerts in the summertime. Dean’s commute to work is under fifteen minutes. There’s a fantastic night market/farmer’s market every Thursday. I’m volunteering at a wonderful local ministry where I work with underprivileged children in the area, and I love that it is just five minutes away from my home.
Sadly, we’ll be packing up again soon and moving on to another year of transitions. We’ll be living out of suitcases and relying on the kindness of friends and family for the next several months as we make our way over to New Jersey/New York/Washington D.C for Dean’s next set of rotations on this crazy journey of becoming a doctor. But we’re adventurers at heart, and so the prospect of exploring a new city for the next several months is something that we’re quite looking forward to!
Before we packed up our place, I wanted to capture some photos and memories of our apartment here. It’s been a good home to us, and I hope someday we can share these photos with our kids and tell them about this time in our lives when we lived in a little city called Redlands.
A lot of the furniture in our home was bought second-hand, from thrift stores or Craigslist. We painstakingly refinished a lot of them, including this beautiful solid-wood mid-century table that I scored on Craigslist for $25. It even came with two inserts that can extend the table to seat ten! It was in pretty poor condition when we bought it, but after spending a couple days sanding, staining, and finishing, it was as good as new. We joke that it’s our first family heirloom we’ll be saving for our kids.
Some of the other refinished items in our home include: the teal lounge chair that I took apart and reupholstered in a bright linen, the coffee table, the blue velvet stool, and the side table. The side dresser is another project that I’d like to tackle someday. It has some great lines, but it’s covered in this strange off-white paint right now. We’ll see if that dresser makes the cut for our next apartment. :)
It’s 2 in the morning, and we’ve just about finished packing our final things for Grenada. It’s finally starting to sink in that in less than 48 hours, we’ll be living on a tropical island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.
We decided not to ship anything, so here is everything that we’re able to take with us – 2 large suitcases, 2 boxes, 2 carry-on suitcases, 2 backpacks, and 1 extra bag (that we’re hoping we can sneak by….) filled with enough Shin Ramyun and rice paper/noodles to last us 4 months.
We’re both excited and a bit apprehensive for this new stage of our lives. We know that it’ll be a quite a big adjustment for the both of us, but we are grateful to be embarking on this crazy new adventure together.
See you on the other side!
…to the Caribbean!
Yep, it’s true. Dean and I will be packing up our bags and moving in January to the tiny island of Grenada in the West Indies. Dean will be beginning medical school there at St. George’s University, and I will be accompanying him. I won’t be able to work while I’m there, but I’m hoping to spend that time developing this blog more and creating more printables and custom invitation designs to add to my shop.
It’s quite a big change moving from Orange County to a tropical island, to say the least. We’re just getting started with all the preparations, so I will be sure to keep you posted on the developments! We don’t plan on shipping anything to the island, so we’ll have to bring everything that we need with us in our suitcases. I’ve already started thinking about which of my craft and design tools I’m going to have to live without for 2 years….and it’s really gotten me thinking about what items I really need (craft and otherwise).
So for all you readers out there, stay tuned for some upcoming posts where I’ll be sharing my top 10 must-have crafting tools. I’m not quite sure if I’ll be able to stick to 10 though…it may turn into 20.
I stopped by Goodwill a few days ago and came back with a few functional baskets for the house and this cute little wooden tray. I thought it’d be perfect for rounding up all the loose items I have scattered on my desk all the time (my must-have-on-hand items: calculator, little black notebooks, pencil, black pen, ruler, X-acto knife…and the cork from the champagne from our 1st anniversary – just ’cause!). I also spiffed up my recycled tin can with some fun Amy Butler fabric I had in my fabric stash.
I love that it gives me a space to put all the things I need, yet keeps everything looking nice and neat. Just the way I like.
Every time I look at my desk now, it makes me want to be productive. Best $.50 I ever spent!
Dean and I are flying out tonight for a whirlwind mini-vacation to the East Coast! During our time there, we’ll be attending the wedding of our friends, Bryan and Karina, visiting some friends in New York City, and then off to D.C. to hang out with my sister and Billy!
I’m so excited to finally get to visit this store in person:
(all images from purlbee.com)
459 Broome Street
New York, NY 10012
More updates when I come back. :)
As most of you know, Dean and I moved last week to a new apartment in Brea, OC. It’s a tiny, little studio with all of 500 sq. ft, but we love it! I’ll post some pictures of our new place soon – I even get a special space for crafting. :)
Anyway, as we’ve moved on to a new place (really only 20 min. away from the old place, but that also means 20 min. closer to work for Dean!), I’ve decided that it’s time to move on to a new place with this blog as well. It’s been a joy blogging at beccandean.com for the duration of our whole wedding planning process, but let’s face it – Dean doesn’t blog.
So this will be my very last post at beccandean.com, and future posts will only be at lavender’s blue, where I’ll continue to write about our day-to-day lives in addition to my crafty endeavors and creative inspirations. Thanks for reading and hope to see you at lavender’s blue!
Lots of love,
Last week, Dean and I visited the oldest and largest antique mall in Southern California – King Richard’s Antique Center. This place was huge! We found out later that it actually used to be a citrus packing warehouse. Inside, we found lots of vintage/antique items, but what really caught my eye was all the vintage Pyrex!
I love the colors and patterns that Pyrex dishes used to have. It’s a pity they don’t make them like that anymore.
I had my eye on this one, but Dean pried me away from it, so I didn’t end up getting it.
HOWEVER, I stopped in at Goodwill the next day, and guess what I found? The exact same set of Pyrex at less than half the price they were selling it for at King Richard’s!
I love how they nest inside each other perfectly and the alternating colors.
Lucky me. :)