Friday, June 1, 2012

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.
I mean, five acres of weeds, dirt, ramshackle outbuildings, and wasps that needed dealing with. I would say half of the green you see in that picture up there are palm trees that happen to be my least favorite thing in the world, so needless to say, they have since been yanked out, chopped up, and burned. Not to mention the 82,000 storage containers that we are letting our neighbor store "temporarily" on the back part of the property that aren't in the picture, or the random farm animals that keep wandering into the backyard. So it's a lot. A lot of projects that were staring at us in January, demanding that we get back to work immediately!

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...
So I've sewn, painted, repainted, built, cleaned, organized, crafted and furniture-shopped my heart out for the last six months to get as  much accomplished as possible. Of course I also took some time to enjoy the new kitchen, made up a bunch of fun stuff with my mamala to sell at a craft fair, and even got in some quality Izzy time.

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!


  1. I for one am soooo glad you are back! I've MISSED YOU! The last 6 months have been a whirlwind of activities! My oldest little has finished kindergarten, had several class parties, played soccer, softball and finished up with a dance recital! We are finally just chilling and visiting family and friends!!!! :D

  2. So glad you are back, Britt!! I've missed you, too. Your shop looks GREAT!!!

  3. girl you have been busy! welcome back!! :)

  4. oh so happy to get to read your awesome personality again!!! Yes, I get to enjoy the live version but the blog shows a different aspect that is equally cool! Welcome back!!

  5. Just reading about everything exhausts me... I can only imagine! I want to see more pics of the inside of your place! ;) Hint hint!

    Love that you have an etsy shop! :) Woohoo! Good luck with it!

  6. Wow, that's a lot of ground to cover! Love the items in your Etsy shop.

  7. Welllll, there are these AMAZING sections of white picket loveliness I now call the garden and the mantel along with a dismantled and lovingly recreated arbor... from a wonderful stretch o' land in the middle of Podunkersville... :) <3

  8. I am so glad you are back! I can't wait to spend my summer following all your newest ideas and inspirations.

  9. Have fun at the Happy Anniversary Party! :)

  10. Yaaaayyyyy Britt is back! So nice to see you back Britt. It sounds like you have been a busy wee bee of late. Your house seems to be coming on leaps and bounds. I'd love to live back in the country again. Hope all is well with you. Lee x