Archives for the month of: August, 2011

Hi, Everyone!

Bearmonkey and Badger here… with a new little member of our pack in tow:

He already has good taste... reading the Portland Mercury on my favorite chair!

We brought this teeny guy home from the shelter yesterday, so needless to say it’s been pretty busy around here! He’s a 4-month old Manx kitten. His name is yet to be decided, but he’s stolen our hearts with his antics and purrs! He adjusted to his new pad pretty easily, and loves to cuddle on the couch with us. He definitely likes to be with his “people” and cries every time we leave the apartment… that sound is so heartbreaking, but I know soon enough he will be used to our routine and probably going on lots of indoor-adventures while we are away.

Contemplating what his new name will be whilst gazing at the drapes...

Contemplating what his new name will be whilst gazing at the drapes

More pictures (and a name) to come…

Hearts and Hugs,

Bearmonkey and Badger


Hello there, intrepid readers! We hope you all had a great weekend and a (…dare we say it…) awesome Monday!

Bearmonkey had a few days away from work last week and decided to go on a mini-vacation to. So, while Badger was hard at work building the “Wild West” table, I was relaxing here:

Indian Beach at Ecola State Park

I went to Indian Beach, just south of Seaside, Oregon, to celebrate my 2-year “Oregaversary” (…get your mind out of the gutter!). I can’t believe that I made the move from my home state of Kansas to Oregon two years ago. The time has flown by and I become more enamored with my new home each day. Sometimes I have to pinch myself and say “This. is. where.!” because it’s hard for me to fathom being an hour from the coast and the mountains all at the same time. Growing up in Kansas, I had the spirit of a salty dog trapped inside of a land-lover’s city with no means of getting to the coast without $500 and an airplane. (Unless you want to call the Lake of the Ozarks a beach…ha!) I did somehow manage to spend a semester of college living on Daytona Beach, but Florida beaches are a lot more muggy and I didn’t really feel like spending the rest of my days living in an MTV Spring Break destination.

One thing there is an abundance of in my home state? Sunshine. And 100+ degree temps in the summer. Oregon really doesn’t have either of those things, and I have been notorious for complaning about the grey weather ever since I moved here two years ago. Kristian grew up in Gold Beach, which is a coastal town about six hours southwest of Portland, so he is very much used to our normal weather and actually likes it. He used to surf year-round (crazy, I know) when it was 45 degrees and raining outside! He likes to remind me of how good Oregonians have it because we barely have to deal with snow, and the summers are idyllic. I may be a grumpy gus most of the year, but each time I get to enjoy a perfect day on the beach and know my apartment is only an hour away, I start to think that maybe all of those rainy days are sooo worth it.

Next step: figuring out how to get more beach days into my schedule. And, how to bring Badger along with me next time.

(Sidenote: I got a horrible sunburn from falling asleep in my lounge-chair. Amateur hour, I say.)

For now, I will leave you with that gorgeous beach photo, but stay tuned because we have lots of updates this week. And I mean LOTS!

Hearts and Hugs,


Happy Tuesday, everyone! Bearmonkey here…sorry for our week-long hiatus; we’ve been super busy getting things ready for our Etsy store opening, and Badger was filming for the 48-Hour Film Festival this weekend (he was on set from 6 a.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday. Wowza.)

Thinking back over this past weekend reminds me of when I was a kid and I would look forward to Friday nights at home. During school days, I eagerly counted down to Friday, because it was pizza and board game night with the fam. I’m not quite sure when this tradition started, but without fail at 6 o’clock every Friday night, the doorbell would ring. I would scamper up to our foyer and there would be the Pizza Hut delivery guy, with a fresh melted pile of pepperoni and cheese just for us. Looking back on how much Pizza Hut I must have eaten as a child makes me a little queasy, but I still have fond memories of schooling my parents at Balderdash and the three of us laughing together over a meal.

Fast forward 15 years; Kristian and I have our own Friday Night tradition going, and it involves dressing like this:

Yes, that is Bearmonkey wearing a Rubix Cube costume...


Yep, whenever we can, we get all glammed-up and head over to 80’s Night at the Crystal Ballroom here in Portland. It’s a far cry from pizza and board games, that’s for sure! (Sidenote: dancing is a lot healthier than pizza for both of us… the obsession with glitter, leggings, and wayfarers? Not so much.)

We have such a blast dancing together and going out with our friends, and I’m hopeful this tradition will stick around for a little while.

I also went thrifting this weekend and scored some pretty fab finds for repurposing, another hobby of mine that I’m hoping to pass along to my family someday. My mom (or should I say, Her Royal Highness, Queen of Estate Sale Jewelry) is a very crafty lady and I am thankful we spent so much time together coloring and decorating together when I was young.

I love wearing vintage jewelry... it always reminds me of my mom.

I love wearing vintage jewelry... it always reminds me of my mom.

Jewelry found on Eco Bling Couture and The Antique Attic

What are some of your favorite traditions with family and friends? Do you have any heirloom pieces in your house that remind you of your family? We want to know!


Have a great week everyone. More to come soon…


Hearts and Hugs,





Good morning everyone!

This is probably the first time EVER that I’ve been excited it’s Tuesday! Why am I so happy that it’s my least favorite day of the week?

Well, because it’s time to see all of your creative work from the Pinterest Challenge!

Here’s our inspiration:

…and our awesome new headboard that Kristian made as a result!

So, whaddaya think?! Would you believe the materials were all reclaimed and under $50 total? What a steal for a beautiful piece that was relatively easy to make.

Feel free to start a conversation on your thoughts and stay tuned for the construction play-by-play!

Happy Tuesday,


Well, I figured it was about time that you heard from Badger, as up to this point I must have seemed like some mysterious and mythical creature conjured up by Bearmonkey to make our moniker sound more interesting.

Not the case, however. As you can see, here I am gathering the all important reclaimed materials from ReBuild for my piece that I completed this weekend, as well as some inspirational canvases for upcoming projects (stay tuned).

Lots of reclaimed wood to choose from!

Lots of reclaimed wood to choose from!

Selecting the perfect pieces

This weekend we made yet another important step to getting our name out there and our business off the ground by completing a project to submit in the Pinterest Challenge put on by Style by Emily Henderson, Young House Love, Bower Power, and Making a House a Home. Fantastic idea, guys! You can see the original call for submissions video here, BTW (the outtakes are pretty funny).

When Clare brought this idea up to me on Thursday, and told me that @younghouselove had already responded to our inspiration photo on our twitter page, I was ecstatic. I wasn’t sure what it all meant, but I was excited! I quickly dropped what I was doing at work, went to our twitter page, looked at our tweets…and then it dawned on me. Up until then,  had no idea how twitter worked, who was talking to who, nothing. This was very much an “a-ha” moment. Maybe I will make an appearance on twitter every now and then, since I know how to use it! That is, if Clare ever stops tweeting about the Bachelorette finale so I can wrestle the iPad away from her…

But I digress. The challenge was to create something that inspired you from an image that you had on your Pinterest board. Here is what Clare and I had found that we thought was of particular interest:

(This photo was originally found on

Now, we already had a perfectly nice headboard, but I really liked the idea, and was excited to tackle this challenge for our weekend together.

Our unassuming old headboard...

So, Sunday morning, instead of being the day of rest, it was the day of frantic production for me so I could complete this before heading back to Seattle for the work week. It came together quickly and easily, and is definitely a piece that I am proud of.

Come on in...

Come on in...

Our new Pinterest-inspired headboard!

Well, writing a blog post wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be! If you made it through this post, liked it, and had a chance to check us out, let us know how we’re doing. What you like/don’t like, opinions, comments, and what you’d like to see from both of us in the future. Thanks for reading.