Freezing Perch Shop Blogging

Blogging is just not my thing lately. But, instagram is. Find all the latest deals and news over @perchshop.

Oh, and we'll be switching to a quarterly newsletter starting in January. We'll have lots of pictures, ideas, deals and more.

Thanks for all your support for Perch Shop!

xo
Ali

Guest Bathroom Renovation

I am so bummed that I didn't snap a really good before picture. Just imagine cabinets from the 80's with a missing cabinet door, a frameless mirror that sat propped up on the vanity leaning against the wall with a lovely hazardous jagged edge and walls that needed patching (oh, but kinda hidden from random wall art I strategically placed). So there--got a good vision yet?

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The previous wall color was one of my favorites to date. It was just a leftover gallon of paint that my parents gave me and I can't seem to figure out what color it was. All I know is that it's a Benjamin Moore color. Not very helpful! Choosing to go with a navy color was a bold move, but I am so glad we went for it. Dark colors in small spaces seem to be a good match. The white accents and shower curtain help break it up a bit.

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We hired a contractor for moving the pipes, patching the nasty holes and laying the ceramic tiles. The ceramic tiles had to be cut and we only had 3 leftover tiles to work with so we didn't want to risk making a mistake.

When we originally decided to renovate the bathroom, we immediately were hooked on this one particular vanity, but quickly learned that it would not work for our space with the way the pipes were positioned. Trying to keep costs to a minimum we opted for a pedastel sink which was much more affordable. We still had to move the pipes, but with the lower cost of the pedastel sink it still came out cheaper than vanity + pipes.

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After everything was in place and the walls were painted, I had to figure out where to hang shelves and hooks. I let the bathroom be for a few days to kinda think through where I wanted to place everything. It's so nerve-wrecking to drill holes in freshly painted walls!

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Everything was complete before my brother and his girlfriend came to visit. So glad to have it all wrapped up! I'll share the guest bedroom makeover next.

Happy Friday, friends!

Escaping the Whirlwind

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Last week was a dream. Literally nothing was planned and nowhere to be other than home. It was exactly what I needed and I feel so refreshed. My mind has been going on warp speed for about two months--everything from Renegade Craft, camping trips, friends in town, and processing my Poppy's recent passing. Life has been throwing me all sorts of adventures and testing my emotional stability. I've learned so much about myself and how I handle stress -- which is not as good as I thought! Seriously, this was a huge revelation. I always considered myself as a planner, but still pretty easy going and able to adjust to whatever is thrown at me. Which I still believe that is me. But what was missing during all of that was my relationship with Jesus. I completely shut him out and tried to handle it all on my own. It's incredible that I can't learn that lesson...! Reading through the Psalms gave me this overwhelming amount of peace and just reminded me that it's not through any work of my own that these fantastic opportunites have come my way. This whole "I'm not in charge and need to surrender to God's perfect plan" is always going to be a battle for me but so glad my family and friends are top notch and can keep me on track.

So, here's to another lesson re-learned. Happy Tuesday my friends!
xo
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Behind the Scenes + Making Lists

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My mind seems to go on full speed at all times but lately, I haven't been able to corral that crazy speed and keep it from spinning out of control. I took a day off last week and spent some time just organizing my thoughts and scheduling out the next month. Planning days to work, days to rest, days to play and days to do all the above!

After getting all of this on paper, I feel like a new person. That sounds a little dramatic but it is so true. And yes, there is a crazy amount of stuff going on but it's not anything that can't be worked out. Turns out I just needed to use my new Micron pen and fun journal to write it all down. Funny how that makes all the difference.

One of the fun to do's is a little branding work for Perch Shop. I have a few fun designs and stamps coming in the next few weeks. I'll share all the details on where I shopped and who I worked with...some crazy talented people out there!

Enjoy your Wednesday, friends!

Renegade Craft Fair / BK

It's official--Perch Shop is headed to Brooklyn / May 18th for the Renegade Craft Fair Mini Market.
I am SO excited. One of my goals for 2014 was to stretch myself a little further and put my product out there. I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of the Renegade Craft Fair. I'll keep you posted on progress and share some fun behind the scenes photos too.

Happy Monday, friends!

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