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January 2016

Decor, DIY Project, The Living Room

Minnesota Decal Pallet Wood Sign

This Minnesota Love sign was not our intended goal, but sometimes the outcome is better than what you expected. On our most recent trips to Hobby Lobby, Brett and I found this wooden sign with a deer decal on it. After much deliberation, we decided not to purchase because we could probably make our own for a fraction of the cost. That evening, Brett went up to my parents’ house and put together a sign from scrap wood they had laying ...
Decor, DIY Project

Upcycled: Thrifty Lamp

This past Saturday, my mom and I went on a mini shopping adventure and decided to hit up a few thrift stores. I was on the hunt for a standing lamp for our living room and a desk. The first spot we went to was a small thrift store in Cambridge and can you guess my luck? Right there was a standing lamp, looked to be in good condition and it had a lamp shade (it was pretty hideous, but it also looked to be in good condition). So, it took all ...
The House Buying

The Number Eight

Eight. That’s the number of houses we looked at before we decided on ‘the one.’ I have thoughts and worries about whether or not we saw enough houses. Did we jump the gun too quickly? Did we choose something that isn’t the right fit? Most of all, how do you know? The first house we walked into was in western MN and Brett was really excited about it. It was a split level that had been moderately updated. As soon as we ...
The House Buying

Starting the ‘Process’

We met in the summer of 2012 at a resort on Lake of the Woods, Minnesota (aka true North Country). Brett was a fishing guide and had been working on the lake since he was a kid. I didn’t have a job lined up yet after college graduation and my college roommate said she was spending the summer working at her parent’s resort. I asked if they needed any more help and fortunately they did! I started Memorial Weekend and, well… ...