Dwell 605 Year in Review:
This year has been full of exciting opportunities, frustrating house flipping incidences, and a lot of saw dust! But through the highs and lows I have been so thankful for another year. Another year of sharing my wood signs with you (I am still so lucky that you all want my signs to hang in your homes!) and another year of getting to do what I love—house flipping!
It’s hard to believe that we are in the last year of this decade. The time flies by and that’s why it is always fun to take a moment to look back at the year.
In the early months, January through March, I was still in full #farmhouseflip mode. We hired talented sub contractors to help keep the project running smoothly and they did a wonderful job of bringing my design visions to life.
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April was the month that I found out HGTV Magazine was interested in featuring my modern farmhouse HOME sign in their summer issue. I was actually sitting in the salon chair when the email came through and you can just imagine how shocked I was to read it. And then came the thoughts of “this can’t be real” or “it’s probably a scam” when I didn’t hear back from the assistant editor for a couple days.
But it was true and it was a such a fun experience to be a part of. I am so grateful for this opportunity because it was definitely a highlight of my year. It also catapulted my Etsy sales, as the HOME sign has been purchased almost 100 times! Absolutely amazing.
May and June I was busy over at the farmhouse doing lots of finish work. Painting, wallpapering, and cleaning. It felt so good to be able to start making the house feel like a home by staging it for our Farmhouse Preview event. We had a great turnout and I loved getting to meet so many of you as you walked through the farmhouse.
July we said goodbye to the farmhouse as a new family moved in. I am so happy that they will get to enjoy all the hard work and special touches we put in to it.
Also, in July the HGTV Magazine hits the news stands! I was so honored to share the exciting news with all of you…keeping a secret like that was not easy.
August we relaxed after a crazy few months of the #farmhouseflip by boating in the Missouri River and by taking a family vacation to the Black Hills. We stayed at Under Canvas Mount Rushmore and you all loved that blog post SO MUCH that it was by far my most read blog post of the year. You can read it here!
Back to the blog…I took a leap of faith in August and finally decided to hit publish on my first blog post. I had been wanting to start one for a while, but never took the time to do it. Now here I am a few months in as a “newbie blogger” and I can say that it is a lot more work than I thought it would be!
I have enjoyed learning all I can from experienced bloggers, but there is still so much that I need to learn. I appreciate you sticking around as I figure this whole blogging thing out. My main goal of blogging is for my posts to be helpful to you as you make your house a home and fun to read, of course!
In September I was busy working on our upstairs bathroom renovation. I started gutting this bathroom in May, but with summer activities and business responsibilities it definitely took longer than I expected. But I for one am LOVING the finished product and I would gladly go through the dust, mess, and taking a shower down in the basement for the bathroom that we have now!
October was a very busy month. I was a guest participant in the One Room Challenge. I made over our powder bathroom in six short weeks. This would’ve been fine if I wasn’t also trying to simultaneously finish the remodel of our upstairs bathroom. But all went well and I was happy I was able to complete the challenge. There were definite ups and downs, but in the end I had not one, but two remodeled bathrooms!
Watch the One Room Challenge Final Reveal video here!
This month I was also asked to be on Keloland Living; a local daytime talk show. I loved getting to see behind the scenes of KeloTV and it was fun to talk about something I really do love—flipping houses. As my first TV debut I thought it went good…you can watch the video here if you didn’t catch it the first time.
In October decided to buy another house to flip! Yep, you read that right 😉 A split level home that my husband and I had looked at before kept coming back into our minds so we decided to go look at it one more time. I put in an offer and now I will be busy flipping this house in 2019.
I haven’t really shared much about it on social media just yet, because I actually didn’t start working on it till last week. I knew the Christmas season was close, so with trying to get Etsy orders made and shipped out it didn’t leave me much time to get over there to work.
November always seems to show up quicker and quicker. For an Etsy seller November is when you should start sharing your Christmas items for sale….and every November I feel like I woke up late for the party! 😉 But I usually come around and get something pulled together for you guys. Being a business owner/mom/wife who also works from home has it’s perks, but it also has its not so pretty moments too. My goal for ’19 is to be more organized, which it why I bough myself a pretty little planner. (Now lets just hope I use it!)
And here we are at the beginning of a new year. Last year brought so many opportunities, trials, excitement, and learning. I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Thankful that you read my blog, thankful when you purchase my signs, and so thankful when you LIKE or COMMENT on any of my social media posts. Not only do I do this business because I love being creative, but I love to share it with all of you in the hopes that I can inspire you to create the home you’ve always wanted.
As I look ahead to 2019 I am full of excitement as I know there going to be some amazing opportunities for my little business. And don’t worry, I will be sharing it all with you!
Thank you for supporting Dwell 605, for cheering me on with each new adventure I took on and for supporting my family through your love and purchases over the year.