Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Small Things

We've been living in Las Vegas area for almost nine months now. And we will only be here for another three before heading back to Arizona. When we first moved into the house, I was super motivated to hang things on the walls. I got everything unpacked quickly and had a plan for exactly what I wanted.

But then our air conditioner started leaking after only being here for one week. Our landlord wanted to get a second opinion after being told that the unit would need to be fully replaced. Then he wanted a third opinion. Meanwhile, the leak continued. I tried to keep everything dry, but one day we noticed a giant bubble in the ceiling of our guest bedroom. It was damp. The bubble grew and grew until we finally realized we would need to pop  it before it popped it self. Gallons and gallons of water came hurtling out! Luckily, we had our mini pool under it to catch most of the flow. When our landlord finally admitted that the entire unit would have to be replaced rather than just repaired, a week had passed. And there was sooooo much damage. We had workers in our home every day for 4 weeks. Some to replace the air conditioning unit. Then we had to have mold inspectors. Luckily, there was no mold--yet. But to avoid any mold, since the insulation was soaked inside of the walls, we had to have men come and cut open our walls, dry out all the wood, replace the insulation, new drywall, new paint, repair the gaping hole in the ceiling, etc. It was crazy! I literally felt like my home was not my own.

Once everything was finished, we had been in the house for almost 2 months and nothing was up on the walls. And I had lost my motivation. I made a mirror and hung it, thinking that would motivate me, but it still didn't. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I was fed up with staring at blank walls and hung the bare minimum. I needed something on those walls! Haha. So with less than 4 months to go, I hung some pictures and called it good.


And you know what, my mood instantly changed. I didn't realize that I had maybe been the slightest bit down. But hanging pictures on the wall made it feel like I was actually home, even though this has always felt more like a stop off on our way to home. Anyways, it's a small thing for sure, but it made me happy.

And then today, I received the cutest piece of string art from String Fling Design! So I finally hung some things in our bedroom. I really love having a wedding picture up, and it instantly made me feel more at home.



Hannah from String Fling Design was so wonderful to work with. I sent her probably 5 or 6 different images of some designs that I liked and she sketched out the perfect mock up! I fell in love with it and when I opened the actual piece of art, I was even more excited about the final product! The colors were just what I wanted and the design was perfect. I wanted two love birds and she added the Mr. and Mrs. when I couldn't decide what more it needed. I couldn't be more happy with the final product!



Hannah can make pretty much anything you can dream up! One of her specialties is LDS Temples. I wasn't expecting it, but she surprised me with this cute recreation of the Mesa Temple where Brad and I were married. Now I just need to find the perfect spot for it!


I had never tried string art before, but I am really pleased with it. It's definitely popular right now, so make sure to head on over to String Fling Design and place your order! Hannah is offering my readers 20% off custom orders now through May 31st using code WIFETRIBE20.

And if you are a member of my Facebook group, make sure to find our giveaway for your own custom string art!




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