Not everybody who has a sibling has a friend. I can say I have both and that makes we blessed beyond measure. I am close to both my brother and sister. Not exactly because we have identical perspectives or belief systems… but because we all love and respect each other and our creativity has created a common ground that we can always meet on. When we’re together, whether it be in person on the phone, we’re always discussing our latest projects and sharing ways to improve or expand them.
On the last couple of occasions that we sat in eachother’s houses, my sister and I contemplated ways to share the projects and recipes we’ve done in our own homes. We considered our unique perspectives.
Naomi’s husband Jason is a realtor in Wichita Kansas (the prairies). As any veteran of the realty business knows… income drastically fluctuates and it’s always feast or famine. She lives as though she’s permanently in a famine even if she isn’t. It’s one of the things that makes their family truly admirable. They don’t do anything without careful consideration of the cost. But she has great fashionable and classy taste, so she’s thought up incredibly intelligent and crafty ways to get what she wants on very little money. The unique spin she brings to this blog is that she’ll be able to show you crafts, recipes and renovations that cost very little. Whether it be parties for her 3 adorable kids, or a kitchen remodel on $200 (yep!)… she’s going to shatter your expectations of what you (yes YOU!) can do in your own homes, for your own families.
My take on the world is slightly different. I married a river guide in Flagstaff, Arizona (the pines) who made under 20K a year. He drove a 20 year old truck. I was a graphic designer so fortunately I was able to supplement our income to the floating point in his very expensive home town of Flagstaff. It turned out that the “laid back hippy” I got hitched with however had buried an extremely ambitious side to his personality which only emerged after our daughter was born. The days of being gone all summer were getting old as milestone after milestone was missed. After one failed van tour business, he aggressively pursued the idea of getting a bike rental shop into Grand Canyon National Park. In 2010 hard work paid off and we were awarded a contract to operate the Canyon’s first bike business. My perspective is a very fortunate one… while I love the challenge of doing more for less… I definitely have more monetary resources, so my blog posts whether they be recipes or renovations will speak more to those who have a looser budget. My favorite projects of furniture up-cycling which will be speak to everyone and I’ll also be doing some photography tutorials and showing you ways to help brand market your small businesses.
The Bigger Perspective:
It was with a lot of prayer and contemplation that we considered our common and unique skill sets and decided that this was a way to share them with our friends. This is how we can fund trips to spend more time together. We both know that our God-given commission is to be great Christians, moms and wives . Anything that lands on top of that has to compliment the latter and never exceed it in time or effort. So this blog will be for the times where we have a spare moment to share our projects. We will do so always giving God the glory for the resources and health to be able to accomplish our goal of helping our families financially. And also purely for the joy of sharing our hearts and our skills. We both believe that ANYBODY who has breath can make their homes and lives a little more beautiful with a bit of imagination. We’ve been blessed to be raised with the door to our right brain wide open… so we’re going to try and help those of you who need a little oil in the hinges to find your own inner creator.
What Will This Blog Be About?
It’ll be all over the map. Literally and figuratively. As moms we both love cooking and home making so it’ll be recipes and house projects mostly. On top of that, Naomi loves parties (be they showers or birthdays) so you’ll see a lot of that. I have a bit of an obsession with free bulk-pick-up-day furniture finds so you’ll see a lot of pieces being revived. We both have family businesses that we do a lot of marketing for so we’ll share practical ways to create your own marketing materials. We both have photography businesses… here’s Omi’s and here’s mine. So you’ll likely hear a bit about that. Lastly, or should I say mostly, we are Christians and that’ll underscore everything we do – we look to Proverbs 31 as a template for what we can and should be as wives.
Our guest bathroom needed a serious facelift, but it’s hard when the previous owners had renovated only 5 years ago to justify completing tearing out the new (slightly dated) cabinets. I chose to do light-update. New mirror, new lights, new fixtures and then there was that awful medicine cabinet. Initially, I removed the door, use a screw driver to remove it from the wall and realized it was a completely dry walled hole underneath. I asked my hubby if he could do some nice build it shelving and he agreed. But with the list of business commitments I knew he had coming up decided I needed an interim plan.It turned out so well that it might be the permanent plan.
I had all the light switches laying out in the garage ready to be sprayed with Rustoleum hammered bronze spray paint and as I transformed my old beige plug covers into beautiful new updated ones, I pondered what that ugly plastic cabinet might also look like newly painted. I had nothing to lose, so I went ahead and sprayed it. I wasn’t sure, I’ll admit when I started. But after two coats on the box and shelves, I waited for it to dry and reinserted it into the wall. I was amazed. For a $7.99 bottle of spray paint and about a total time investment of under an hour, I had a really nice alternative to the nasty, dated, mirrored medicine cabinet that hung there before. I bet there’s a lot of you out there with the same one who could use this technique. And Rustoleum carried a large array of colors, so you can create a lot of different looks. Remove your plug and switch covers and spray them with the same color for a bathroom with a cohesive look.