Hi, I’m Rachel!
I began blogging back in 2013 as a way to share my passion for DIY crafts, home decor and renovation. At that time, my husband and I owned a small, post war ranch that we lovingly brought up to date, one weekend at a time, hence my first blog name, Fifty Two Weekends of DIY.
In late 2015, an exciting job opportunity moved us from Omaha, Nebraska to Topeka, Kansas, where we purchased a beautiful 1945 colonial style house. We spent about two years there where we also did quite a few projects and small renovations. I didn’t manage to blog much during those years, as my husband was traveling a lot for work every week, we had a small child starting school, and I just didn’t have the time to keep it up.
About two years ago, another job opportunity moved us closer to the Kansas City area (I swear, it’s the last time I’m moving until I retire!). We were fortunately able to purchase our dream home on a quiet cul-de-sac in a great school district with friendly neighbors – we truly feel as if we are living the American Dream. The fact that the house had barely seen any updates since it was built in the 1980’s, was a plus for us! We’ve never wanted to live in brand new construction, or a home that someone else has updated. We love to put our stamp on our homes using secondhand, vintage, up-cycled, and hand-made solutions.
When I’m not scouring the city for salvaged items, haunting thrift stores, flipping furniture, or painting rooms, I can be found at my day-job as a Marketing Director for a gift and home decor company .
My goal for this blog is to show folks that it doesn’t take tons of money to improve your home, and you certainly don’t have to go out and buy a lot of new things, in fact most of our home furnishings are second-hand. If you are willing to put in the time and elbow grease, you can make it happen!