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A while back, I was laid off from my job and the tag line “OMG….I was laid off!” kind of fits how I reacted.  After all was said and done, I look back and joke that I went through the 5 stages of grief over it. 🙂  The second stage, anger, is where the furniture comes in.  I think the kitchen came in somewhere around the last stage….acceptance.  LOL.

My husband and I had been in our new home about a year and a half at the time and had made several renovations to it.  The outdoor patio was still a blank slate and I had looked around at outdoor furniture to fill the large space.  The amount I wanted to spend on it and the size we needed to fit the space were not matching up in my head, so I started looking around for a better solution.  I just wasn’t prepared, neither before nor after the lay off, to shell out $3,000-$6,000 on furniture and quotes for the outdoor kitchen, which came in around $12,000.

The pallet furniture came first.  I saw an example on Pinterest of a sofa and from that image, I created a rough sketch of what I wanted for our sofa.  I sent my husband out to purchase the pallets and got to work.  I learned a lot along the way, both good and bad, about what to do on future projects and what to change, but all in all, I was very happy and proud of what I created.  Along the way, maybe most important, I learned how much I loved what I was doing!  In fact, I told my family I wished I could do this full time.

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A few weeks later, while my husband was away on business,  I seized the opportunity to build the outdoor kitchen around the stainless steel pieces he had chosen for his Big Green Egg and other components.  Another big accomplishment for me!  He was thrilled with the result…..and lets face it:  it may not be quite the masonry quality of many outdoor kitchens, but it also cost us 1/12th the money!

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And so begins the new direction…..of dreaming up the ideas and making them come true!

“You build on failure.  You use it as a stepping stone.  Close the door on the past.  You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it.  You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”   Johnny CashIMG_5495

My moral support crew, lol!