Learning to build, fix, paint, and beautify things in my home, for little to no money, was the most empowering thing I have ever done. Everybody deserves to feel that!
Just a few years ago, I was afraid of using a hammer. That’s the girl I write for. That other “me” who is somewhere out there, reading blogs and flipping through magazines, knowing exactly what she wants for her home with no idea how to get there. She wants to create a beautifully decorated house, but diapers are higher on the shopping list than window treatments or throw pillows.
In a moment of stubborn inspiration, I learned how to fake it. I borrowed wisdom and tools from my handsome husband, added to the collection with yard sale finds (and a precious few new gadgets), and have used them to transform our home with handmade and re-purposed furniture. I’ve made things from wood that was dug out of a dumpster, painted almost everything under our roof, and earned a tetanus shot and a few Mickey Mouse band-aids along the way. I even stumbled into creating my own retail business.
I’ve learned just about everything the hard way, and I’m sharing all those lessons in the hopes that, hopefully, you won’t have to!
The empowerment that comes from filling your home with things made (or made pretty) by your very own hands is incredible, and you deserve to know that feeling.
Our house became a home when I let go of the rules, embraced what I loved, quit wishing and started making.
I know nothing about that other kind of weed, and little about gardening.
A name can be deceiving. I named my blog and business after a conversation with my husband. He was mowing the lawn and I asked him not to mow a little corner where my “pretty weeds” grew. He teased, inspiration struck.
I got to thinking about how all flowers are weeds, people just work harder to grow some than others! If you are willing to get dirty, look hard, and work to play up its beauty, a weed can be a wildflower. Are you sensing a metaphor here?
I have a small retail business in the tiny town of Overgaard, AZ.
If you live in Arizona, hop on AZ Highway 87 (also known as the Beeline) and head toward Payson. A quick jaunt east, and you’ll find yourself in a picturesque little town that looks like everybody there is visiting. That’s where I live! Right now, I sell my wares at Tin Pan Alley (visit their Facebook page HERE) and am working on a very fun next step for my retail business (read more about that HERE!).
I use a Canon T3i camera (similar) with a 50mm lens, a 18-55mm lens, and sometimes a 75-300mm zoom lens.
I am just getting my feet wet when it comes to my photography. I have learned a lot and have come a long way since my iPhone days, but I am still very much a rookie. Bear with me while I keep growing and doing my best!
Read more about how I learned to use my camera here.
Coffee. It’s breakfast, it’s dessert, it’s medicine… It’s an all day, all year, every season, every occasion kind of thing for me. My answer will always be yes. (Unless it’s weak, then show me where the pot is and I’ll show you how to make it right!)
Football. I come from gridiron people and love football in the don’t-talk-to-me-the-game’s-on kind of way.
Old stuff. Old wood, old metal, old furniture, old buildings… I genuinely believe things get better after every year and each storm.