Update from House Crazy Sarah

Hi friends!

I have been getting a good deal of email inquiries since ending my blog back in February with people asking how I’m doing, and, is it possible for me to ever post again on my house blog.

The answer to the first question is that I’m doing great! I decided that I should no longer share any details of my life or where I’m living on my website simply for safety and security reasons. But rest assured, I am alive and well and feelin’ good. And still snapping pictures of the odd house that tickles my fancy…. like this one…


photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

The answer to the second question is…. I don’t know!

I have been considering doing occasional posts whenever I have time and feel the muse. I just can’t seem to keep away from adorable old houses. Like this one…


photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

The truth is, I really miss house-peeping, even though maintaining this website is shit-loads of work!

Here’s what I’m thinking….

I’ve had numerous people send me pictures of their own houses, or photos of houses that they themselves have taken and requested that I publish on my blog. Since I have run into copyright issues in the past, I would only feel comfortable posting photos that I have permission to post.

So perhaps, PERHAPS, I could do an occasional post here and there with house pictures that YOU send me (ones which you have taken yourselves and therefore own the copyright).

What do you think?

Please leave your comments below, or drop me a private message at housecrazysarah@yahoo.com

Oh, okay, one more…


photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns








Goodbye – and what’s next for House Crazy Sarah

This will be my last post here on House Crazy.

I outlined some of the reasons why when I announced the retirement of my blog last month.

I sure will miss all the cool, wonderful people I have met and come to know through this website. You house-lovers are my people!!

But don’t be sad my friends. I look at this ending as an opportunity – a new beginning. I once again get to reinvent myself and I am really excited about the future, however challenging it may be.

I have been lucky enough to cram several reincarnations of myself into one lifetime – most people don’t get to do that, so I am actually grateful for the twists and turns that I have faced.

My first priority is to spend more time with my kiddos and less time on the darn computer. My young children really need me to be emotionally present right now and, “Leave mommy alone – I’m working!” isn’t really cutting it for them.

Then I need to focus my energy on finding the right person/caretaker to buy this darn old house.

My house

I love her, but it is time to move on!

As I mentioned before, I will eventually need to start looking for full-time work – a “real job”. This endeavor will be a challenge in itself because I have been out of the traditional workforce since 2005. (Employers don’t get too excited about “writer/blogger & stay-at-home-mom” on a resume.)

Nonetheless, I will throw all my energy into getting a job, even if that is in the household goods department at Walmart. (Not to belittle those who work at Walmart – I love hanging out in the decorating aisles!)

And hey, if you know someone who needs a hard-working/writer/former social-worker to employ, let me know!


Is it possible that House Crazy Sarah will start another blog in the future?

(One which isn’t riddled with copyright/legal problems ?)

It is entirely possible. Heck, I may even re-start House Crazy down the road if I can figure out a way to do so without infringing on copyright laws!

So my friends – don’t despair!

In the words of my favorite house-loving writer, Frances Mayes:

“Life offers you a thousand chances… all you have to do is take one.”
―  Under the Tuscan Sun    



[ps...... if you still need to get your "house fix", there are a bunch of other awesome house blogs you can check out! Just scroll down my website's right side column and see my list of house blog favorites!]




Historic red cottage in Trinity, Newfoundland

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p344249vb

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p344249vb

My final house post will be this adorable historic cottage in eastern Canada. Why? Because I love Canada, and because I love historic houses. Plus, this is a quick and easy post after doing some rather research-heavy posts this past month.

So here is little red Morris Manor in the tiny village of Trinity, Newfoundland, population 191. (Number of dwellings: 146)

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Trinity is so named because the Portuguese explorer Gaspar Corte-Real discovered the spot after arriving there on Trinity Sunday in the year 1501. Yes, it is that old. Trinity’s other claim to fame is that it was one of the main filming locations for the 2001 movie The Shipping News, based on the famous Annie Proulx novel by the same name.

Morris Manor is not nearly as old as the settlement of Trinity, but it’s still fairly old - built circa 1877.

image from: http://www.vintagenewfoundland.ca/morris.html

image from: http://www.vintagenewfoundland.ca/morris.html

The original owner was Nathaniel Morris, or ‘Gentleman Nat’ as the locals referred to him. The 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house is now used as a vacation rental.

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The Secret Annex of The Anne Frank House

image from: www.annefrank.org

image from: www.annefrank.org

The world learned about a German Jewish girl named Anne Frank through her own candid words preserved in a personal diary that miraculously survived the Holocaust.

image from: prashantb.wordpress.com

image from: prashantb.wordpress.com

Sadly, Anne did not survive.

But her words have lived on for generations, as has the very house where she and her Jewish family hid for 2 years before being found by the Nazis.

image from: www.tripadvisor.com

image from: www.tripadvisor.com

The house is located on the Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The front part of the building is now a memorial museum for Anne and the victims; and the back secret annex - where they hid - has been preserved as it was during World War II.

image from: http://thereandbackagaintravel.com Photographer Cris Toala Olivares. 2010

image from: http://thereandbackagaintravel.com Photographer Cris Toala Olivares. 2010

Opened as a public museum on May 3, 1960, the building and annex have been restored with period artifacts. Millions of people have now toured the site to pay tribute to Anne, her family and four other Jewish people who eventually perished in Nazi concentration camps after their hiding spot was betrayed.

Anne Frank

Anne Frank

The house and the twin house next door, were built by Dirk van Delft in the year 1635. The building was originally a private residence, then a warehouse, then a manufacturing company for household appliances, and in the 1930′s it was used as a production place for piano rolls. In December of 1940, Anne’s father Otto Frank moved the offices of the spice company he worked for into the building known as Prinsengracht 263.

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The very, very old John Whipple House

image from: www.antiquesandfineart.com

image from: www.antiquesandfineart.com

Remember a while back when I profiled the oldest wood frame house in North America? Well this one is almost as old (within a year or two, or ten). It is also notable because it was the subject of some of the earliest attempts at historic preservation of colonial era homes. In fact, The John Whipple House has been open to the public as an old house museum since the year 1899!!

image from: www.gardenvisit.com

image from: www.gardenvisit.com

Located in Ipswich, Massachusetts, the John Whipple House has been dated back to the year 1650, and possibly as early as 1638, though that has not been scientifically verified. John Whipple “the Edler” was not the original owner but once he purchased the Ipswich house a few years after it was built, the home stayed in his family for generations.

The house also grew with the Whipple family. Originally built as a “village townhouse”, a large addition was made in 1670 which more than doubled the size of the house. The next generation of Whipples saw another sizeable addition to the back of the house, purportedly for use as slave quarters (this was circa 1725 when, yes, there was slavery in Massachusetts).

image from: flickr.com (photo by Elizabeth Thomsen)

image from: flickr.com (photo by Elizabeth Thomsen)

As mentioned above, the house was first opened for public tours way back in 1899 and has been operated as an old house museum ever since. It was also one of the earliest properties to receive National Historic Landmark status.

The site you see the house on today, was NOT the home’s original location. The entire house was picked up and moved in the year 1927 because it was in the path of a new railroad being built.

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~ House Crazy Sarah ~

Sarah Felix Burns

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