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JoEllen  Transforming our Wyoming Home one DIY at a time. Follow along as we spend less to make our fixer a home and work hard on our dreams.

TBH I don't even know what number of #rusticfarmhousetruths I'm on anymore cuz I'm pretty much just spilling the beans here.. This one is a doozie! It's like I'm admitting my deepest darkest secret in front of the world πŸ˜– This video is of my Christmas tree last year showing you my homemade ornaments from curtain rod finials. Btw, That's not the secret! Stay with me here... Every year I want new Christmas decor but I can't afford all new stuff so I buy a couple new pieces and then make the rest. THAT'S STILL NOT THE SECRET! The secret is this:
Friends, I am a "working class" gal. I live in a "working class" house, drive my used Kia, pick up a second job, wear Mary Kay makeup (Ulta who?), use store bought shampoo and every pair of expensive thing I own was bought second hand or passed down to me. We haven't had cable or satelite for 2 years (I keep hearing about some show called "This Is Us"?? πŸ˜‚) We could never imagine paying $1200 per dining room chair (like the site I was just checking out) or 90k for a new car or $10,000 for outdoor music themed Christmas lights! But just as it's part of who we are, how we grew up, it's all we know and love, everyone in other places in life feel the same. You probably would hate my way of life and that's ok! In no way am I glorifying being a certain class in society nor am I bashing those who can afford those things. What I'm saying is this:
I'm so glad that I've been broke and had to struggle up the ladder, for it made me ever so thankful for this home, for the talents I've HAD to develop in order to create this place. And just like in years past, I plan to make new Christmas decor and I cant wait to share with you my plans! But for now I'm sharing some of my "Christmas Past" projects on my stories.. Go check them out!!

#rusticfarmhousetruths #7: ❄❄
I'm pretty sure I wanna kick my own butt for not letting myself decorate for Christmas yet. πŸŒ²πŸŽ…πŸŽ„ I picked up shifts at my second job the next few weekends and so I knew it would stress me out to try and get it all done before Thanksgiving so I decided to wait it out... But this 12" of snow we got would've been soooo perfect with twinkle lights and pine trees! 😩 So now we're just knee deep in white piles and I won't be getting any decor out until this stuff melts away β›„ Let's all take a moment to mourn the loss of outdoor Christmas cheer this year @therusticfarmhouse
I'm other news: How cute is my pup with his "Mom, lets go inside, I'm freezing" look?? 2Β° is just too cold for this boxer!
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#rusticfarmhouse #winterishere #snow❄️ #winterwonderland #christmasiscoming #dogsofinstagram #bhgpets #countrylivingmagazine #mydogiscutest #thatswy #boxerpuppy

It's the first time in a long time that my bedroom (aka bed) has been made up...
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#rusticfarmhousetruths #6:
When your family all lives far away, life is crazy busy with the Mr away the majority of the time and the icing on the cake is that I'm a MAJOR introvert, no one cares if your bed is made well because we haven't had company in months! πŸ™Š .
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I keep telling myself we should entertain, invite some people over and then I remember I have to wear pants and I'm like, nah! Ha ha! Although I wish we could do more, finding people with similar interests is hard in our tiny little town and our kids keep us busy. What would you rather do? Enjoy an evening alone or hang out with friends? Love the chaos of a crowd or wish for the soltice of silence? I'm somewhere in between but if I had to choose, it would to be alone. Maybe that's why I always need a break from social media. It is the introvert in me ❀ Sources tagged.
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#countryhomemagazine #countrylivingmag #bhghome #cottagesandbungalows #bedroomdecor #shuttertreephotos #romanticbedroom #cozyhome

#rusticfarmhousetruths #5:
Never judge a book by it's cover and progress over perfection!
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The exterior of our home has also been a work in progress yet still isn't complete as you can see what it looked like when we bought it vs now. (We are currently building new awnings, need to finish 2nd story trim and put in a new porch railing, gah!) Living in Wyoming means we have about 4 months of good weather to get all our outdoor projects and "fun" in, which never ends up being enough for either one. But it's better, right???
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I also embarked on fixing up my own "personal exterior" this summer by taking on running. (The truth is, I was a physical mess!) I've never been a runner (I mean not even around the block, kind of runner!!) But I desperately wanted to start hiking and I knew running would help! I started slow (the first time I was so proud of running 1/2 mile!!!) and I kept workin my tail off! (I average 2-4 miles a time now) I usually run 3 times per week and have completed two 5k races with more in my future. I still have some finishing touches to do on myself (eating a little healthier wouldn't hurt and working on these nonexistent abs πŸ˜‚) but I'm happy with the progress, just like I am with the exterior of our house 🏑 (Also one more proud moment: we don't have a brick porch, I faux painted them!)
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#therusticfarmhouse #capecod #diy2018 #mydiy #wyominghome #fauxbrick #greenexterior #beforeandafter #homeinspo #beforeandafterhomeedition #bhghome

#rusticfarmhousetruths #4:
I've been dying to get this kitchen Reno complete, I mean, we started the project almost 2 years ago and still, not done!! (but as you know, we're doing it all ourselves on a teensy tiny budget) we've saved and worked extra (and the fact that our dishwasher was about to die motivated us) to get these coveted stainless steel appliances in this past weekend πŸ’ͺ and now I'm like "meh"... πŸ™Š They steal all the light and make my kitchen feel dark 😞..
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Do you ever wish and hope for something to only then be a little disappointed? Some of my biggest stumbling blocks in life are my high expectations that things will go as I planned in my head (sometimes to the point of high anxiety and paralyzing fear to move forward)... Even when I think I'm getting ovet all these "control issues" and giving it up to God, I don't like the appliances near as much as I thought I would.. Here I go, back on my knees again! πŸ™ (honestly, I do love them and it makes the kitchen so fresh, its just going to take some time) Next: counters and sink! Swipe left for the 1980's Almond specials!
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#rusticfarmhousetruths Truth #3:
We have spent time away from Instagram to get re-aligned with our goals. πŸ’ͺ We have loved creating this home for our family but the "raising of children" season will be ending soon.
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We love the mountains, it's in both of our blood. We've camped and rode motorcycles, we've fished and hunted, we've hiked and roughed it, we've done all things "outdoors" while we were growing up. While hiking and camping the past few years we've realized our true passion and now have a dream of owning a cabin in the woods! πŸ—»πŸŒ²πŸ‘ We can't afford this big house and a cabin so therefore we'll be pinching pennies, working overtime, maybe going without and surely every change you see here @therusticfarmhouse will be to improve resale, yet riding that fine line of what the market can handle, so that we can turn our profit into a little fixer upper and a cabin! Everyone needs goals, right? πŸ’‘
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I can't wait to find the perfect rustic cabin to makeover and make memories in! (And to share the journey with you!) What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years? #themountainsarecallingandimustgo
#cabin #cabinlife #homeideas #diystyle #homegoals

#rusticfarmhousetruths #2: We have been hiding lots of dirty secrets around here!! Like popcorn ceilings, messed up wood floors, mismatched trim, horrible formica countertops, almond appliances and lighting from the 1980's in most of the house (and there is so much more πŸ™Š) Although I never meant to deceive anyone, that's kind of what it feels like I do when I post the best angle, the best light, crop out the negative and only show you my best parts. I know we all have dirty laundry and we hide our messes for IG worthy photos, I just didnt want you to think we had it all put together over here. Not only is our home a constant work in progress, so are we ❀
I actually started scraping the ceilings room by room about a month ago and I'll tell you why soon!! This is the next room to get turned into a dusty mess! It probably wont look one but different in photos but at least I'll know I have nothing to hide anymore πŸ˜‰
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#DIY #diy2018 #fixerupper #decorideas #mystyle #decorating #homeinspo #diystyle #remodel #oldhouselove

I've been being asked "Where did you go? We miss you, hope you're doing ok!"..
Well thank you friends! I have missed you all so very much! I could never explain in one post the how's and why's of the past 6 months off of IG but I think I'll try to explain some things over the next few weeks by giving you some #rusticfarmhousetruths .
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Truth #1: Nothing around here has changed.. Like seriously, nothing! The house looks the same, the pictures are in the same place, the rugs: still here, the same curtains, same, same, same!!!! Why??? Because for the first time in a very long time, I really do love my house just the way it is!! ❀ I have wanted to enjoy my hard efforts and just let it "mingle" with my heart. It was time to be thankful for what it is and not what I wish it was.. .
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So here's the honest truth: I don't plan to change my decor to get likes anymore, just to please my soul.. Tell me your favorite part of my house 🏠

For Mothers Day all I ask is that they give me a little break from being mom 24/7 and go ask someone else! Who's with me? πŸ‘ If you're looking for a great Mother's Day gift or even one for yourself, head over and check out my friends @typeleaguepress and all their cuteness coffee mugs!
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I've been gone for almost a week on Instagram and I have to admit, it has been a very welcome break from the hustle and bustle of always trying to have fresh new decor ideas. 😴 I applaud everyone who works so hard at having a thriving home decor account because honestly, it not only wears you out physically and artistically but definitely financially!! My summer goal is to stop all the small little spending for redoing rooms that already look decent (because I just need change) and save it all up to finish the big projects (like my kitchen!) (And maybe get a few new light fixtures and scrape the dreaded popcorn ceilings 😩) So while everypne is getting new kitchens and redoing bathrooms, I'll be here scraping (literally and figuratively) πŸ˜‚ .
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We head off tomorrow for another 550 mile round trip for volleyball.. Goodbye bed 😭 I'll miss you most of all...
Y'all, hotel bed sleeping ain't for sissies! And I'm a sissy πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰ .
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We have now entered what I like to call, travel sports marathon madness! Practice 3x a week and tournaments every weekend in far off places with late Sunday night returns, hotel sleeping, cooler eating, dog sitting and generally feeling as though I live on the highway.. It means I don't have near as much time for social media or for restyling my house and ya know what? For the first time in years, that's ok with me! These kids only have a few years left at home and its starting to hit home that it will all be over soon. I don't want to miss a moment of this! So thats taken me to a word called "mindfulness". I'm being mindful by enjoying living in the here and now. Although home decor/interior design is such a passion and outlet for me, it can always take the back burner while we put the important stuff first. Like kids ❀
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So if you don't see me every day or I fall out of your feed, come visit my page every once in awhile because I'll still be around 😘

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