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Hello everyone!

Well, after about a month-long hiatus, I am pleased to say we are back! We have been so busy over the past month, and will be writing little mini-posts about our adventures soon, but wanted to give you a quick update.

In the past few weeks, we have:

*Adopted a precious kitten, Pokey

*Hosted Bearmonkey’s parents on a long vacation to Bend and the Oregon Coast

*Moved offices (yes, both of our employers moved in the same month… yikes!)

*Gotten stung by a bee (poor Bearmonkey)

*Repaired a broken down car on the coast (thanks, Badger!)

*Purchased a 1980 VW Caddy Truck… Badger’s latest project

*Toured the Oregon wine country

*Moved to a sweet new loft downtown

and… I went to DC to walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure! That’s 60 miles in 3 days, folks (video and full recap to come soon!). The above list has worn us out and I think we are both excited for fall’s arrival…lots of nights in being crafty, making soup, watching footy, drinking red wine, and snuggling up under a nice, soft blanket.

Also, as we are now live on Etsy, we’ve been busy responding to customers and maintaining the store. Thanks to your support, Badger is looking for a larger and more permanent work space to focus on all kinds of woodworking goodness.

Look for our next post soon! In the meantime, here are a few of our favorite photos from our vacation:

 

Hearts and Hugs,

 

Bearmonkey

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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 style-files.com)

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.

Cheers,

Badger

Bearmonkey here! I just wanted to say a quick “thank you” to everyone who has been throwing support, kudos, and positive vibes our way as Badger and I embark on this crazy journey of business ownership.

Kristian just hatched this baby two weeks ago when he was inspired to start building tables out of reclaimed cabinet door scraps found (on a whim!) at The ReBuilding Center in Portland, and I immediately jumped at the chance to put my social media hat on and partner with him to promote his work. The response we have gotten from our pieces so far has been overwhelming and people are (literally?) crawling out of the woodwork to encourage us. Sidenote: it’s so awesome when your next door neighbor drops by to borrow some baking soda and the first thing they say is “That coffee table is awesome! Where did you get it?” (and I get to tell them that my partner made it!!).

We truly appreciate the kind words, laughter, and support we have received from our families, friends, and complete strangers. We also have been very grateful for your patience as we work on our inventory and finding a more permanent work space. I’ve been posting sneak peeks here and there, but we both want to make sure that you get to see Kristian’s handywork in the best display possible (read: clear, professional photos not taken in our dark apartment) when our store goes live.

 

Again, from bottom of our little hearts, thank you, thank you.

 

…Aw, what the heck, I’ll throw in a dark, unprofesh photo of our numero uno table for good measure.

 

Hearts and Hugs,

 

Bearmonkey

(L to R: Optimistic Elm BowlSmall Lotus Bowl; Vintage Danish Stacking Bowls; Mini Berry Bowl; Natural Live Edge Wooden Serving BoardWhite Pomegranate Vase. All images found on Etsy and Svpply.)

I love the clean and whimsical combination of white with elm wood.  And, I think Wednesday is an appropriate day to mix and match what you’ve been  loving over the work week, don’t you?

Monday and Tuesday felt a lot like the white ceramic pieces above… with the sun in hiding, I was seriously craving some bursts of color and could imagine putting fresh picked berries into those gorgeous bowls. I’m hoping that the elm wood will carry me into the weekend… so many foods I could serve to friends on the wood board (and I’m envisioning a homemade salsa in the stacking bowls). Ole!

Hearts and Hugs,

Bearmonkey