August 21, 2010

Houses, House and Me

I love houses! Especially old houses!!

Here… let me share one of my favourite houses in the Queens Park neighbourhood, a lovely heritage area here in New Westminster (just out of Vancouver, BC)


That front porch… it wraps all the way around. A classic Craftsman and I Love it!!

If I were to compare myself to a house though, I’d currently look like this:


As much as I’d like to think that I’m aging as wonderfully as that old Craftsman house that I love… it just ain’t happening.

houseTruth of the matter is I’m afraid I’m not well.

And over the last month I’ve been at the mercy of the local version of the TV character House; poking, prodding, testing. HOUSE:  House (Hugh Laurie, L) and the team (L-R:  Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer) search for clues to help diagnose a patient in the HOUSE episode Information gathered, only to learn that more is needed. It’s been fun. Not.

Those of you who are regular readers of DesignTies – and of my posts in particular – know that I’m good at putting houses back together again. In fact, with the help of my husband Brian I’m pretty damned good at it!!


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The house that is ME… it’ll be okay, I promise. It has me, Brian, my family and my friends looking after it!

What I need to do though – and the reason I’m writing this post – is to take a break from blogging. Over the next while I’ll be posting once a week, maybe less. My wonderful and supportive blog partner Kelly and I have been discussing what things will look like long term, but we’ll share that fun stuff for another post!

Even though I’m not completely out of the blogsphere I’d like to take this opportunity to THANK each of you for the phenomenal support you’ve shown me over my last 1.5 blogging years – you’ve read my posts, you’ve “hurrayed” my projects and you’ve been my friends!!

I am blessed!



Razmataz said...


We will miss your writings, but understand you need to take care of yourself.

Looking forward to having you back when you are feeling better.


Carol Harris said...

Victoria, just take good care of your self! I will pray that what ever is going on with you will be softened and handled by God's love for you. We will be here when you return.
Love, Carol @ Designs for You

Kat said...

Victoria, I'm so sorry to hear that you are going through this. The most important thing is that you take care of yourself. We'll be here whenever you can pop in. Hugs, Kat

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

Hello Victoria, I just want to say thank you to you and Kelly as well. You guys were among my first followers and have been commenting and supporting ever since. I really appreciate it.

Take care Victoria. I will be thinking about you and hope everything is okay. See you soon!


Kathysue said...

Victoria just take care of your needs right now. WE will be here when you can get back to the blog world. I am very concerned about you. I will have you in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Kathysue

Susan said...

Why do I feel tears welling up in my eyes?

Unknown said...

Get well soon and come chat with us when you can. You know we will be thinking of you and sending tons of white light to speed your healing.

Unknown said...


We know you won't be far. Everytime we stop by we'll think of you too and keep sending air kisses and hugging our computer screens to be sent directly to you.

Thanks for everything you do and prayers for you will begin NOW. I appreciate all your comments and responses on my blog and I'll continue to follow and look forward to your return.

Your mission is to affirm this as many times as you can daily: I Victoria am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.



Vanessa@decor happy said...

Oh my goodness Victoria - I hope it's nothing serious. I want to thank you and Kelly for being supportive of my little old blog too. We will miss your posts and seeing what you have been up to but the most important thing is for you to get well. So, take care and we will look forward to reading your posts when you return.

Marsha Sefcik said...

Victoria, wishing you all the best on this journey. Keep the faith and hope to see you back blogging in the future. Take care of yourself.

Kerri - Driftwood Interiors said...

So sorry to hear you're unwell Victoria, but you make sure you look after yourself, and do all you need to do to get your health back on track. Thanks for your support and encouragement, and I wish you a very speedy recovery. All the best, and I hope to see you back on your feet in no time. K xx

Karena said...

Take good care Victoria! I think blogging once a week or so is just fine!!

Art by Karena

BubBLeS said...

Take care of yourself Victoria, and know that we'll be here for you whenever you feel like blogging. Hopefully it's nothing serious and you'll find a Dr. House of your own to figure out what's going on. Take as much time as you need. Remember, you always come first.

Sally @ Pink.Vanilla.Love said...

I'm only new to reading your blog, but I hope you have a speedy recovery. xx

Unknown said...

Victoria, I am very sorry to hear that you are not well. Sending my best healing thoughts to you and my best wishes for a quick recovery.
All the best,

Unknown said...

I agree, Id look like that house too! I just spent the last two days driving my family through the old streets of Nashville so they could see the old houses.
Very fun.

Lisa said...

Take good care of yourself Victoria! I'm sending you lots of good thoughts, prayers and wishes.
I also want to take the opportunity to thank both you and Kelly for your awesome support of my little blog - it has been so so appreciated!
Take care and get well soon!

Wendy said...

all my best!!

Paul Anater said...

I understand the impulse to retire from bloggerdom, believe me. Please take care and check in from time to time. OK?

Unknown said...

Take care of yourself! Blogging IS a lot of work...and I hope that your break allows for a healing of mind body and spirit.
Get well. :)

Kerrisdale Design Inc said...

I think all of us can agree that Victoria is one of the sweetest, kindest, funniest bloggers out there. And I've been lucky enough to meet her in person and I know that her kind heart is even more apparent in the flesh!

You've given so much to all of us, and I know everyone would agree when I say that this is a season to receive from others, take care of yourself, and get well. We will all still be here excited when you are back!


Donna @ Paisley and Perspective said...

We'll all miss you Victoria and hope you are back soon, but looking after yourself is your priority!

We'll be here when you get back!

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