Ugly Updates!

Helllllllllllllllllloooooo Ugly-ites!

We’re back in action!  It has been a crazy TWO month hiatus from our last update! OMGosh!

Since we’ve spoken:

We hit a new debt landmark: Four digits!  Unless “murphy” moves in, we should be out of debt except the mortgage by the end of 2016. Yeah, baby!

We had some plumbing issues in the old bathroom (now the guest/Airbnb bathroom) that prompted a small (on our scale) renovation.  More on that soon.

A deck!!!

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And, Bertha made an appearance on the show, Dexter (sarcasm).  But, don’t worry, she’s still kickin’!

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More about Bertha and the small reno update coming soon! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Launching Into Blogging– YeeHaw!

The time has finally come and I’m as giddy as a kid on Christmas Day, y’all!  Welcome to our first blog!  We’re excited you’re here!

We’ve already been asked several times, “What the heck does ‘Upcycled’ mean?”  The term was coined in 1994 in this quote by Reiner Pilz, discussing a city’s demolition plans :

“Recycling…I call it downcycling. They smash bricks, they smash everything. What we need is upcycling- where old products are given more value, not less.”

My first experiences of Upcycling were in finding hidden gems with my dad at the old “Trash and Treasure” store in my hometown.  I assure you, there was a whole lot more “trash” than “treasure” (and maybe some rodents, snakes, etc.)… but my parents are very thrifty and turned some basically free items into household staples with a ton of style!

Once I moved into my first apartment and re-styled some hand-me-down furniture, I was hooked on Upcycling Ugly!  I’ve been making “ugly” into “slightly-less-ugly” ever since!  My sweet husband, Aaron, has always supported my risky creative endeavors…which let us to our new object of Upcycling Affection: Continue reading