June 12, 2014

maybe it's time to call virginia home.

the other day when we were strolling along the pretty streets of old town alexandria, we came across a quaint little shop called the christmas attic/the urban attic. inside we found these cute tea towels of all the states in the u.s. i have been looking for a tea towel for a while now {this one and this one have caught my eye}, but my search sort of ended here. i wanted to take one of the states home with me. but which one? we thought maybe hawaii because it's a place we would love to settle one day. or maybe new york since we called it home for such a long time {and sometimes still kinda do}. or perhaps virginia? 

we have lived in virginia for two years now but haven't been able to give ours hearts to it {well i guess yangkyu has but not me so much}. does that sound weird? it just seems like a bridge - a place where we're staying momentarily that will lead us eventually to somewhere else. somewhere more permanent. it's a silly thought because really we're not planning on moving far away anytime soon, especially to hawaii or back to new york. and frankly every time we go and visit friends and family in new york, our attachment to the place fades away bit by bit {i blame the horrendous traffic we always seem to hit after crossing the verrazano bridge and on the bqe - brooklyn/queens expressway}. 

anyhow. so it was settled. we chose to take the virginia tea cup towel home with us and finally decided to open our hearts a bit more to this state. hopefully soon we'll feel comfortable in it and know it like the back of our hands. 

you can take a look at other tea towels at the geography collection by catstudio

36 comments

  1. The tea towel is lovely c; I've been to Virginia
    once and we only went to a part (don't remember
    which) but I loved it the city c: the streets were
    more tidy than the one from NY haha Xx

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    1. lol - virginia sure has its charming aspects! i need to be more openminded about it!

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  2. I have never been to Virginia but hear how beautiful the state is. I can understand your feelings. It does take a long time to call a place home. In my case I haven't moved much my whole life, just once but it was a huge change. It took me years to adjust and felt more comfortable to where I am now almost a decade.

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    1. i called new jersey home for a looong time because i grew up there and then new york. but after that it was hard to call anywhere home! it all felt so temporary. but hopefully yangkyu and i can start making this place home. :)

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  3. Agree with the comment above. It takes awhile to call a place home. When our family came to Canada when I was a young one, I think it took me a decade to finally call Toronto home:)

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    1. :) it's so funny how we need to warm up to the place eh?

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  4. i think sometimes we need to take time to call some place a home, yet another time we can quickly just feel home in other place. thinking about home, i think it's like getting to know someone. sometimes we need more time to fall in love or to like someone, and some other time some people are just lovable easily enough. and that tea towel is so pretty!

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  5. The tea towel is really pretty! I've never been to Virginia, but I've had a taste from some of your lovely photos. Seems very quaint & historic. & I know what you mean about NYC -- it was fun to visit but I don't think it would be a good fit for me to live there. Although, the traffic in Los Angeles is pretty horrendous too!

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    1. thank you! oh yes! i remember the traffic in los angeles too! well, i never drove on the highways but i've seen! oy!

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  6. I can completely relate with the search for permanence in such a transient life. Hope Virginia does give you more great memories that will make you feel more closer to that feeling of home.

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  7. I'm from Virginia so it'll always have a little place in my heart no matter where life takes me. I am happy to know you are slowly opening up your heart to it. It is a great place truly! I love that tea towel. I may have to get one myself!

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    1. thanks dani! i will definitely take your word for it! :)

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  8. That is the prettiest tea towel I have ever seen! I would so love one and I would actually frame it! And I hear you on feeling settled....you have a fantastic outlook on where you are right now in your life! It will be neat to see where the journey takes you both but I like that you are embracing Virginia in the present! Happy day to you! Nicole xoxo

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    1. thanks nicole! framing it would be lovely!

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  9. Cute tea towel! I'd get one for PA and MD since both are my homes. PA is my home and MD becoming a second. Glad you can open your heart up more to VA. Just think, even if its a bridge, you can collect more towels in the future :).

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  10. I have lived in London for over 10 years and still can't call it home. Yet when I am away from London....then I refer to it as home. Funny no?

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  11. The idea of home is always so interesting. As someone who moves around a lot, I definitely have issues figuring out where to call home. I think that I'm figuring out that sometimes the length of time has nothing to do with how "homey" a place feels!

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    1. i have moved around so much too. i hope this is the place where we can settle for a while!

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  12. hi jane/fellow nova blogger! i moved to nova over four years ago... love the variety, hate the traffic, grateful for the experience.

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    1. hi janie! so nice to meet you here in the blogging world! love your view on virginia! :D

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  13. it can take a bit of time to make a place feel like a home or feel like yes we could stay here for a bit. that towel is cute

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    1. it certainly can. i definitely need to be more open minded, too.

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  14. The towel looks lovely. I remember buying these kinds of things back in America, you see them here as well. For the longest time, I kept referring to America as 'home' but since I've lived in the UK now since 2000, I have gradually come to refer to it as home and America as America. I love living here, though there are places in the states that I miss, like NY!! Hawaii would be wonderful to live in, my husband and I want to visit there one day!! xx

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    1. :) i love hearing how everyone eventually found their "home"! it's lovely!

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  15. That tea towel is super pretty, did you add the little crosses? I like that you're opening your heart to your state and keeping it even more open to those adventures to come :)

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  16. The tea towel is a beautiful reminder to open your heart! I'm sure looking back in a few years you will remind all those amazing adventures and places you show us in your blog! :)

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  17. Awww! Your love for it may grow! I visited Williamsburg, VA and loved it. So family oriented and colonial.

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    1. i remember visiting williamsburg, va, in 8th grade as part of a class trip! i think yangkyu and i may go in august! :)

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  18. It makes total sense! We've been living in Idaho for almost two years now, too, and it does feel like a bridge...
    Pretty illustration, by the way, I'm going to check out the website, thanks for sharing!

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    1. idaho! wow! that's pretty awesome!

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