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February 10th, 2009

SOLD!  Sold.  Sold.  Sold!  One more time… SOLD!  We’ve had our other house on the market for almost a year and half, and FINALLY yesterday, we officially sold it.  I never thought this day would come!  It seems like it was decades ago that Cindy was peeking in the windows with me at the new house, and that Angelina was standing in my aqua sewing room at the old house the day before we put it on the market.
Home at last
It’s been hard times owning two homes - the “new house” and the “old house” - this horrible economy is touching all of us in one way or another.  I just hope everyone else who’s been negatively impacted sees a light at the end of their financial tunnel soon too.

A while back ago, I made my own St. Joseph to help sell our house. If you google St. Joseph, you’ll find all you need to know about him. I combed google images, and came up with my own version of St. Joseph… St. Joe-Joe-a-Go-Go. My post about him WAY BACK in September 2007 is here. My more “traditional” St. Joe-Joe-a-Go-Go pattern is still available.

Fast forward to now-ish. We got another buyer (the other two buyers bailed, lots of heartache and trouble). When I asked Joe-Joe to find us a NICE family this time to buy our house (after dealing with those not so nice buyers)… Joe-Joe did just as I asked. It took him a while, but he did find a nice family - even though we had to drop our price way, way, way low (ouch!).

One has to be careful what they ask Joe-Joe.  When I first made him, I asked Joe-Joe… “will you please find us a buyer, and fast”.  Well… the NEXT day, our neighbor came over and asked us about our little travel trailer in our driveway, and were we interested in selling it.  Sold.  [edited in: I just read my Sep. 07 post. It was St. Anthony who sold the trailer!]  So next I asked Joe-Joe more specifically… “Joe-Joe, can you please find us a buyer for our house on such-n-such Ave.”.  Enter bad buyers.   After great financial cost to us and us bending over backwards… the buyers walked.  So then I ask Joe-Joe again, but this time I ask him for a NICE family to be our buyers.   Like I said, it took him a while, but he came through.

So really fast forward to now-ish.  We were waiting for our closing date to soon approach.  It was just around the corner - only a few weeks away.  All was going great, inspections great, yada yada.  Just waiting on the buyer’s lender.  I get an email from my friend Sharon inquiring about Joe-Joe, and I think… why, I’ll just send her my Joe - and she can be his new momma!  The day she received him… is the day we got the call that there’s a hick-up on from our buyer’s lender.   So I ask Momma Sharon and Papa Hunka if I could have temporary joint custody with Joe-Joe, and if he could take a trip north to visit his old mum for a few weeks.  Sharon of course said yes and would do so as soon as she got back home.  And then a bee flew in my bonnet.  I told Sharon to hold off… I had an idea…

I made a new Joe-Joe… this one different, a little less traditional and more my style… a little bit HelloKittyBabushka-ishy, but still holding the bluebirds of happiness.  Hello Joe-Joe!
Hello Joe-Joe
I finished Hello Joe-Joe last Wednesday morning, placed him on my shelf-o-joy… and by that very Wednesday afternoon I get the call saying to meet at the title company on the following Friday! Done. Sold. Freedom.  Thank you Hello Joe-Joe!
Hello Joe-Joe

I’ve added Hello Joe-Joe to my freebie arsenal of patterns - you can get Hello Joe-Joe by clicking here. May he bring you joy as a guardian of your home & family… or may he help you sell your house… or both!   Keep him in a place of honor and do not pass him on if you make one for yourself.  If you want to gift one, you’ll have to make a new one specificly for the recipient… but that makes him all the more fun and special!  Plus it’s always fun to play with Crayola crayons!

~Whew that was a long post. And now I must nap.

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66 Responses

  1. The fabulous judi allegedly said:

    I just found your blog and wanted to say hi! And that I love your blog, it is so cute. Congratulations on selling your home. I know how hard that can be. Take care!

  2. The fabulous Susan allegedly said:

    too good to be true. i love your generousity and creativeness. hello joe joe…

  3. The fabulous Angela Yosten allegedly said:

    Very cute post! We did the St. Joseph prayers when we were selling our first home and our Joe Joe took a year to finally find us a buyer. Congrats on selling your home…. where are you off to now?

  4. The fabulous Carol Lewis allegedly said:

    I love your Joe Joe and boy did he really bring you the good luck you needed. I didn’t know Janome made a Hello Kitty sewing machine, very cute.

  5. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    Oh, HOORAY! I’m so happy for you! We’ve had unsold homes before, but not for as long as you. I love Hello Joe-Joe, too. How could he not bring good fortune!?

  6. The fabulous Kristin allegedly said:

    Congrats! It is nice to hear some positive financial news. Hello Joe-Joe, what a great story and pattern. I LOVE Hello Kitty (the sewing machine is awesome) and if Hello Joe-Joe is fashioned in her style, well then he must be my kind of Joe-Joe too.

  7. The fabulous Carrie allegedly said:

    Wow!!! I am so happy to hear your good news. And I love your new Joe-Joe… Great tips on passing one along.

  8. The fabulous Lisa allegedly said:

    Zombie!!! Such great news for you! I am sooo happy for you…wow…sold…and in this market, too. Great for you. Did I miss where your new house is, though? Is it in Kapaa? Cuz that would be so great. I’ll be right here to help you unpack.

  9. The fabulous Chris@catsonmyquilts allegedly said:

    I work at a Catholic college and I was always told by the nuns here that you’re supposed to take Joe and bury him upside down in your back yard facing the house! I don’t think nuns would lie to me about that. Anyways, congrats. My son and his wife have been trying to sell their house here in NH for a year too. Nothing’s moving here.

  10. The fabulous Anne allegedly said:

    Congrats on the real estate deal! Good things come to good people!

  11. The fabulous Natalie allegedly said:


  12. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    Wooooohoooooo! That is AWESOME news! I’m so happy for you, M. I’m sure it’s a great relief.

    So, does that free you up for a trip to Spring QM?

  13. The fabulous Busy Little Quilter allegedly said:

    Congratulations on selling your house! I’m so happy for you.

    I love the new version of Joe-Joe. Thanks for sharing.

  14. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    HOLY CRAP! That is INCREDIBLY AWESOME news! I’m so happy for the Zombie family. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer clan. Love to all!! :) Oh, and you-know-what-kind of hugs. :)

  15. The fabulous Vickie E allegedly said:

    Hey that is fabulous news…And seriously…I am going to make one of these..we so desperately need to sell our home..it’s been 18 months for us.

  16. The fabulous Julie Isa allegedly said:

    Your so funny! Congratulations!

  17. The fabulous Jennifer from NY allegedly said:

    Congrats Monica! Break out the champagne! Big PHEW!
    I totally believe in the power of saints. I’ve had a story or two like yours, albeit different guys. I really like your Hello Joe-Joe…it’s so YOU! Luv, Jen

  18. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    YAY FOR YOU AND MR ZOMBIE! Oh that’s really really good news Monica. You can finally relax!!

  19. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Way to go Joe-Joe! Congrats on the sold home what a relief! Whew!

  20. The fabulous Margot allegedly said:

    Congratulations on selling the house.
    Thanks for the patterns. Very beautiful.

  21. The fabulous amy (sew~amy) allegedly said:

    congratulations on the house. What a weight lifted off your shoulders I am sure. Love your Joe-Joes.

  22. The fabulous Judi allegedly said:

    I love the “High Fiber” comment. That was great.

  23. The fabulous rachel allegedly said:


    i am SO happy for yall!!!
    this is awesome!!!

    and sharon still got to keep her joe-joe.

    all around a great post.


  24. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    WOOHOO!!! Congratulations! You’re so darn funny — woohoo to Joe-Joe too! I so feel your pain — we had a house-selling nightmare once-upon-a-time. Third time’s the charm. Our second buyers sniveling snakes actually moved in under the pretense of renting until they could close. Had no intention of actually buying — just needed a place to live for 6 weeks. So glad your ordeal is O-VER!

  25. The fabulous Deb allegedly said:

    Way to go Joe-Joe! That’s a great story of Faith and Persistence. I so enjoy your posts and your projects! Congratulations

  26. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    WA-HOO! Way to go Hello-Joe-Joe! What a guy~ Glad theirs a nice family to love your old house, and to be nice to your great old neighbors!

  27. The fabulous kirsty allegedly said:

    Fan-flippin’-tastic! It is sooo stressful waiting for a house to sell. Glad it’s all over for you!

  28. The fabulous Tam allegedly said:

    You Rock Hello Joe Joe!
    Loved your post-congrats on the sale of your home!!!

  29. The fabulous Kathi D allegedly said:


    I thought you had to bury Joseph upside-down in the yard or something? (Obviously NOT!)

  30. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Woohooo! Thanks NewJo!

  31. The fabulous Laura & Mark Sperry allegedly said:

    Congrats on selling your place.

  32. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    I’m new to your blog and wanted to say it’s such a lovely place! :)

    Congratulations on selling your house. And to a NICE family, too. That makes all the difference.

    I covet your sewing room. Seriously.

  33. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    HELLO…hello Joe Joe is darling!!!!!!!! And a HUGE YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH on selling the old house. That is so awesome. I’m doing cartwheels of joy for you…well not really, actually I’m sitting here in my underwear and slippers BUT I’m doing cartwheels in my heart for you:)

  34. The fabulous randi allegedly said:

    I think it is GREAT that you sold your house! Congratulations!

  35. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    Yay! Congrats on the house sale. Whew! And I looove your new Joe-Joe as much as I loved the first one. Cheers!

  36. The fabulous Gail allegedly said:

    I am glad your home sold FINALLY. I have to say I think Hello JoeJoe looks a little like Noah (you know with the arc). He is just adorable!

  37. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    PHEW !!! YAY!!! …and AMEN to brother Hello Joe Joe !!!!

  38. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:


  39. The fabulous donna allegedly said:

    You are just too cute with your crafty Hello Joe-Joe. Congratulations!! I know you much feel lighter than air with this burden off your shoulders. We are expecting much craftiness to spill over the internet now that you have nothing else to worry you!! HaHa (Wouldn’t life be great if all we had to do was craft!!!)

  40. The fabulous elizabeth allegedly said:

    Congrats!!! I think it may have possibly taken him longer since you didn’t bury him in your yard, altho I certainly can’t blame you since that part of it seems downright mean.

  41. The fabulous Jane Weston allegedly said:

    Fantastic news…and I love the new Joe-Joe…I’ve saved a copy of your pattern as one never knows when one might need him ;o)

  42. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    Congratulations on selling the home. One huge hurdle crossed off your life list. The jo jo story is funny/cute/sweet. Everyone needs good “luck”.

  43. The fabulous angelina allegedly said:

    Are you going to ditch me if I say I like the more traditional one best? The newer one looks like a spring-time santa and I think I’m just a fuddy duddy.

    But OH MY GOD! I am so thrilled that the sale has at last officially gone through. What a weight off of your shoulders and Jo Jo certainly seems to be magic. I ought to have paid more attention to that and things might have gone differently here.

    Are you going to have a big celebration?

  44. The fabulous Carolyn allegedly said:

    What a great story! Congratulations. That must be a huge relief. Your Joe-Joe is too cute. Is that ok to say about a saint? :)

    Your studio is so colorful and cute. You should do a studio post. I love that kind of thing. Maybe you already have. I’ll go search! :)

  45. The fabulous tina allegedly said:

    a. Tres amusing story
    b. House sold? WOO HOO!!!
    c. Happy Dance non-optional!

    Now…… You need to sit and light a candle, take some deep breaths and blow out all that bad old house stuff. Get rid of it and MAKE ROOM. Because when you have made room in your life for good stuff, you KNOW that it will come you way.

    It is so nice to share great news when some days there seems to be a lack of it! :)

  46. The fabulous Elizabeth K allegedly said:

    My house has been on the market for nearly 4 months, which isn’t all that long in this economy but it’s still breaking me. I’m listing it with a new agent tomorrow so I’m going to print out JoeJoe and color him up tonight. Thanks!

  47. The fabulous Jeanne B. allegedly said:


    I feel your pain AND your excitement and relief. I’m in the same boat myself but with two houses! One is mine–abandoned when I hurriedly moved in with my suddenly widowed and ill Mother during the last months of her life, and the other was a rental property–inherited and recently vacated (it was Grandma’s).

    Grandma’s has been on the market since 2006.

    Mine was on the market for a year before I gave up and there it sits. I’ve given up as well. But now, I’m making my own St. Joe’s and I’m SELLING the gosh-darned things RIGHT AWAY!

    Do they have to be sewn? Could I print out and color them in, paste on cardboard or something? Thank you so much for the patterns and YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY on the sale!

  48. The fabulous Candace allegedly said:

    Monica, you’re a saint yourself! Thank you so much! Hello Joe-Joe is already working his magic!

  49. The fabulous Melissa allegedly said:

    That is so cute!!! Tell your husband the Hooters girl said Hi… LOL… gosh, that was 13 years ago.. I wish I still looked like I did then..
    (3 kids later).. Yeah!!! Right!!!

  50. The fabulous amandajean allegedly said:

    congrats on selling your house finally! a year and a half is a long time to wait. i’m thrilled for you! hurray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. The fabulous anina allegedly said:

    Congratulations Monica! I can imagine what a relief this must be.
    Hello Joe-Joe is wonderful! I think I’ll make myself one for some good luck.
    Thanks for the pattern!

  52. The fabulous Nan allegedly said:

    HELLOOOOOO indeed to Hello Joe-Joe!! WOO AND A HOO, MONICA!!! What wonderful, wonderful news!! Your new Joe is adorable, and I’m glad he did the trick! I also think your shelf-o-joy is responsible, too. Joyful thoughts work wonders in every thing, don’t they?
    Congrats to you and T!!!

  53. The fabulous margo allegedly said:

    well there is hope for me. I must make a joe joe. My house on market since fall of 08…all modern glass, wood, nE, privacy woods, and not one offer. Now I hear there may have been an offer coming but the potential buyer has called it quits with his potential buyer in price haggling. We are going nuts and cannot afford to move on without a sell. My sell will come in for over 100k loss for what i bought it in in spring of 2005. It should be interesting…………..

  54. The fabulous Grommie allegedly said:

    Congrats on your sale. Can you sell me some ambition cuz I seem to have none at this time?

  55. The fabulous pamela allegedly said:

    just found your blog and love it! your sewing room is so great. high level of jealousy! thanks for sharing. pamela

  56. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    Monica, I’m so happy that your house sold!!! And now Joe-Joe is one busy JOE finding me a buyer. Love the new version too. One can never have too many Joe’s.

  57. The fabulous Alison allegedly said:

    Ooohhh yay, congratulations! That is fab news!
    Yay Joe-Joe!

  58. The fabulous Lisa allegedly said:

    I LOVE the Hello Kitty sewing machine. My 5 yr. old daughter got one for Christmas (her only present) and she was thrilled with it. She’s excited that she doesn’t have to hold the threads when she first starts to sew, and loves that it’s a Janome like her mother’s!

  59. The fabulous SoBella Creations allegedly said:

    Congrats on the sale of your house.

  60. The fabulous Jona allegedly said:

    Congratulations on the home sale (such a relief I know)! We tried a St. Joe at our last house and we should have called him St. Slow. I even traipsed all the way to the Catholic store to get him. I like your guy much better (including his little comb-over)!

  61. The fabulous Lauri allegedly said:

    Sounds like there was too much bad/previous Karma with the old Joe-Joe. You definitely needed a new one. And you made him so cute, how could he turn you down???

    I’m so glad you sold your house!!! I know several people in your situation, and it’s not fun.

    Now I’m going to go download Joe-Joe and make him (very reluctantly) for my next door neighbor…who has had their house on the market for about a year, and 2 buyers who have fallen through. I DO NOT want her to move, but she thinks I put a hex on her house (LOL!) so maybe this will make her feel better.

  62. The fabulous kathleen allegedly said:

    Hello Jo-Jo is such a cutie! I’m so happy to hear your house nightmare is over! Yay!!!!

  63. The fabulous Dee Pavay allegedly said:

    I am in love with your Hello Kitty sewing machine! Where did you find it?


  64. The fabulous Patty allegedly said:

    I just realized how long it’s been since I read your blog. I remember your first St Joseph. I was going to make one for my cousin whose house was up for sale but he pissed me off so I said forget that. I love this St. Joe even more — I heart anything that lets me use my Crayolas. Thanks for the pattern! I’ll be making him soon. And, congrats on selling your house!

  65. The fabulous Sandy allegedly said:

    Love your site!
    And can’t wait to try new embroidery thread!

  66. The fabulous Nikki allegedly said:

    This is the cutest thing ever! I just love your style.

    We still haven’t sold our house in IL. I buried the statue this week, although like you I feel that it’s sort of wrong. Maybe I should dig it up. Anyway, I’m making one of these guys for my mantle. I love it!

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