Welcome back, friends! Has it really been two and a half MONTHS since my last post?!? Jeeeeeezzzzzz!!! Time has flown by crazy fast these last six months of my blogcation and it has been FULL of progress.
It was definitely hard to distance myself from my little corner here, but I am so glad that I made the decision to focus on getting things accomplished here in countrybumpkinville. We took on a whole lot when we bought this place and it requires our constant attention if we want to bring it to its full potential. And let me tell you, there's a whole lotta potential. A whole lotta potential and not enough hours in the day or money in the bank to handle all at once!
|We moved in to 4' weeds. Though I have to say, I LOVE this photo - it almost makes the weeds pretty. Which is an asinine thought when you've actually dealt with them. I can't believe I even said that...|
We have been so lucky to be able to take on and complete most of the projects ourselves with the help of our families (you know who you are) and things have changed so much! When we bought this place in August of 2010, there was a laundry list of repairs that needed to be made just to make it livable. After about a month of hard work, we were able to walk on new carpet, bordered by new walls with fresh paint and shiny white baseboards. Higher ceilings, an awesome pantry and new kitchen, and even a new studio for me!
After that, Eric moved on to the shop, and by shop I mean horse barn that he ripped apart to make into a pretty awesome workspace for himself. A year and a half later he finished that and it's a good thing, too, because this little girl had a whole list of projects to tackle back at the house. Not that I nagged or anything...
Did I mention that we are on five acres?
|Yep, that's us. The house is the yellow and the barn is the blue. And all the rest is the bain of our existance.|
Plus there was the whole inside of the house that still looked like we had just moved in.
|Just a smattering of the schtuff I've been up to...|
Of course, the sewing, painting, repainting, building, organizing, crafting, and furniture-shopping wasn't all that I did these last six months. No no, not at all. I also took on a new job as a nanny, work one day a week for my husband's company, have continued to work for EK Success, and have been designing SRM's Summer CHA workshop. AAAAANNNNDDDD, like crazy people, my mom and I started working on a new business that we'll be unveiling early next year. We're nuts.
Oh, and guess what else?
My Etsy shop.... IS OPEN!!!
I've been procrastinating for so long getting things made and posted in my shop, and I finally have it all done. Well, at least I have it started. Lots more to get added soon. Yaaay! And just so you know, this is a kind of co-venture with my mom, who the the artist behind most of the canvases in the shop and a great buyer of vintage findings!! So hop on over to our little shop and check it out!
And as a reward, you shall have 10% off until Midnight PST on Monday, June 4th. Just enter the promo code GRANDOPENING at checkout.
Oh, and one more thing.
All this organizing and cleaning I've been doing means I have a whole lotta stuff to give away!!
So let's welcome back Freebie Friday, shall we?!?! I've decided to make this a monthly thing from now on, so be sure to check back for lots of fun stuff!!!
This month, the lucky winner will get a $10 credit to spend in our Etsy shop. Use it now, save it for later, whatever you want!
In order to win, leave me a comment with what you've been up to this year - any fun projects you've done? For an extra entry, repost this on facebook, tweet about it, or repost on your own blog. The deadline to enter is 11:59 PM next Friday, June 8.
Have a great weekend!