Hello there. Its been nearly 5 months since my last post. I’m not proud of that fact but I’m still here. I started & stopped writing on several occassions over the last few months. Honestly, I struggled knowing if/what/when to post. On one hand I would remind myself that I started this blog as an outlet to write whatever, whenever I wanted. On the other, I felt like I was in a creative rut and my normal content felt trivial amidst everything going on. Yes, there is still a lot going on, but over the last few weeks I have been feeling the creative pull again. I look forward to sharing more soon.
I hope you’re doing well and stay well my friends, thanks for sticking around.
On Sunday it was beautifully Sunny and unseasonably warm. We took the dogs for a nice long walk and chatted about our plans for Spring including our first scheduled trip to the cottage this year over Easter weekend. However, as I write this today we’re in the midst of a 24 hour winter storm/advisory/whatever. The weather this time of year can be quite a tease here in the Midwest.
As we walked we talked about how much we miss our little home away from home. We miss being close to family & friends in Michigan. I miss “my” spot on the couch and Mark “his” recliner. During the Spring/Summer months and through the Holidays we are able to visit more often. There is always a lull this time of year and it is when we are the most cottagesick…its like homesick but I just made it up. I find myself going back through my posts and photos fom the renovation and daydreaming about family dinners with a lake view, pontoon rides & bonfires. It can’t get here soon enough.
On the bright side it is almost March and the first day of Spring is just about 3 weeks away. As much as I truly love winter, I am starting to develop a serious case of Spring fever. I know I’m not the only one. What are you looking forward to most this Spring?
I’ve been a little quiet on here since my last post , but for good reason…
I finally did it. I hoped an Etsy Shop. I’ve been toying with the idea for about a year and decided there is no time like the present.
If you’ve been following along with me here, on social media or know us in real life you know that Mark and I love going to antique auctions, markets and vintage shops. We have accumulated quite a colection from our treasure hunting over the last several years. Often we buy pieces because we intend to decorate with them in our own home but there are plenty that we’ve snatched up solely because they were unique, in great condition or needed to be rescued (that may be a bit dramatic). Now its time to release some of these pieces back into the world.
I spent a good amount of time over the last month researching about selling on Etsy. I have learned a great deal so far through various articles & blogs but I know there is room to learn much more. You have to start somewhere right? So that is what I’m doing. As of yesterday I clicked on the “open shop” button and By The Poole is officially open for business. Below is a preview of my first listings, I’ll be continuing to add more.
Even if you have no intention of buying anything, but could spare a minute to check it out, I would greatly appreciate any constructive feedback!
“feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful” ~ dictionary.com
If you are reading this, THANK YOU. If you have read any/all of my posts in the past, THANK YOU. This feels like the perfect opportunity to express my gratitude for every time you have taken the time to stop by my page.
The internet can be a scary place to put yourself out there but I have been fortunate enough to experience only kindness and support from those who follow along with this little blog of mine. This isn’t something I take lightly. I appreciate each and every one of you.
I have completely slacked on my blogging as of late. It’s been over 2 months since my last post. My excuse? Summer. In my attempt to play catch up, here’s what we’ve been up to…
We spent a week at our cottage
We had already made a couple weekend trips but over July 4th we were able to stay for a full week. This is the 2nd summer vacation we’ve spent at our cottage after 2 the two previous summers spent renovating it. Every drop of sweat and penny spent is well worth the time with family, pontoon rides, bonfires, quiet morning walks in the woods and everything else that comes with it.
We visited Manistee, MI
A few years ago we started a tradition during our summer vacations in Michigan of picking a new destination for a day/overnight trip, this year we picked Manistee. This was a first for Mark and what felt like a first for me. From what my parents’ told me there is a good chance we visited there when I was too young to remember. We spent the day exploring, eating, sipping and shopping our way through this little lake shore town. We were also lucky enough to be there to watch the Manitowac cargo ship come all the way down through the canal.
We adopted another dog
His name is Woody and he was an unclaimed stray that we discovered through the same rescue group we adopted Ruby from. Our first attempt at fostering was a “fail” in the best possible way. He’s been recovering from surgery and he has a lot to learn and experience but he is sweet as can be and is already part of our family. I have quickly learned how difficult it is to get a good photo of 2 dogs at once…I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.
We completed zero projects around our house
Unless buying new cushions for our patio furniture counts? (not pictured) Other than that we did nothing by way of DIY/home improvement projects. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of projects I have in mind. However, evenings on the patio, long walks with the dogs, nights out with friends and various other summer activities have been the priority. I’ll have plenty to keep me busy this fall.
I hope you’ve wonderful summer so far and enjoy what is left of it. I promise it won’t be another two months until my next post.
I have to give full credit to my mom for this post. She texted me a few weeks ago to let me know she had an idea and sent me a few photos. I loved the idea and decided to work on it while we were in town for Memorial Day weekend.
I know plenty of parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles, etc. are interested in ways to display kids’ artwork in a way that is a step above the tried & true refrigerator/magnet method. My great niece made the 4 seasonal paintings ( pictured above and below) and Mom liked them so much she decided to pull together some supplies to create a display that would not only showcase her art but still blend in nicely with their decor.
This is the perfect time of year for a project like this since kids are bringing home plenty of artwork as the school year closes. Also, this would be a perfect summer project to do on a rainy day.
Mom already had everything on hand for this project…artwork, scrap cardboard, scrap wood, paint and/or stain, brush, glue gun & pop tabs.
All it took was a few simple steps…
Quick, easy, and basically free depending what supplies you already have.
Much better than a magnet on a refrigerator if you ask me 🙂
Today is the first day of May (crazy right?!) which means Mother’s Day is right around the corner. If you are looking for gift ideas for a special woman in your life I have some great options to share with you. Even though these ideas are geared towards Mother’s Day, they are also great for other occasions like graduations, birthdays and hostess gifts. Or maybe even something for yourself?
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First is a small sampling of gifts available from Hello World Paper Co. They not only have beautiful pre-made designs in a variety of items, but they offer several custom options as well. I think my favorite item (if I HAD to pick just one) would be the laser engraved wood bookmarks…I have ordered several for myself and gifts.
Want in on a little secret? All of their cutting boards are on sale for 20% off using the code: 20OFFMAY. Mother’s Day orders need to be in by Sunday, May 5th. Also, you can always use my coupon code: BYTHEPOOLE for 10% off your order.
I was introduced to Nature Supply Co through a friend on Instagram. She was wearing a monarchs matter tee…which immediately made me think of my mom who is both a wonderful & conscientious gardener. I first learned about the threats to the monarch population from her. Aside from having the cutest merchandise to pick from, “your purchase helps us plant one acre of wildflowers each month through the Bee and the Butterfly Habitat Fund”. I’m not sure if my mom was more pleased by the tote bag (pictured below) I gifted her or the positive impact my purchase had…probably a little of both 🙂
I have my dear friend Lindsey to blame for my Plunder earring addiction. Not only do they have unique statement pieces, they also have a variety of jewelry that can go with anything like the options below. Those “Taelynn” earrings are my new favorite. They also have a whole collection of items that can be personalized with photos, quotes, etc. You can browse the entire catalog through her website or you can also join her VIP Facebook group to stay up to date on the latest specials.
Once again, I have Instagram to thank for introducing me to Krystal, the incredibly talented Coast To Coast Artist. I already have a few of her floral paintings and stalk her Etsy shop regularly to see her latest and greatest. She has the most beautiful assortment of wildlife, botanical, and even structural paintings. Not only that, she also does commissioned paintings of pets, livestock,etc. I can’t think of a better gift than a one of a kind piece of art.
If you are a procrastinator (no judgement here) and need a last minute gift you can always count on Amazon in a pinch. This neutral buffalo plaid throw or Burt’s Bees tips and toes kit and these hand painted wine glasses are all Prime eligible and under $25.
I know I’m a week and a half early but I’ll say it anyway…HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!