Sunday, May 31, 2015

Failed Inspection, and why that's OK...


So lots of people have been asking what the outcome of our inspection was, and as I had expected, we did  not pass the first time.  However, this is not uncommon and it's all totally fixable and OK!  I thought I would explain a little bit of how this process works because I've had a lot of questions about why we even need an inspection, why we didn't pass, etc.  

Whenever you build a home certain parts of the building process have to be inspected.  For instance, our first inspection took place right after our foundation was poured.  Our second inspection took place once the shell was built, the wiring was done, and the plumbing was done, that's called a rough-in inspection.  It was during this inspection that we were told our bedroom windows did not have a large enough opening and were not up to code with the required dimensions of an "egress" window. Our house is not in town, it's outside of town in the county so we have more specific health and safety codes that we have to follow since we are farther away from emergency services.  We don't have a fire hydrant by our house so if there were a fire they would have to pump from the river or bring a tanker truck.  Because of this, the codes for the county are more strict.  So we went ahead and replaced the double-hung windows (which are not small by any means) in the bedrooms with casement windows that crank out.  It was frustrating and expensive, but we really had no choice since the windows did not meet the safety code.

For our occupancy inspection we had to meet a checklist of items and the inspector in our county is tough to work with and really seems to have some complex about the power he holds.  Unfortunately we have no other choice so we did everything that he had asked us to, but we still fell short of some of the codes.  We did not have hand rails on either side of the steps of the egress doors of the house (front door, back sliding door, and door leading from house to garage), our smoke alarms are all wired together but are not all sounding at the same time, a couple of our GFI outlets were wired backwards (Joe in a hurry to get it done), no lid on the sump pump, mostly easy fixes and we pretty much have everything checked off the list, there was about 10 different things, nothing serious, that we need to do in order to get him back out.  

Another thing we learned (or I learned I guess) is that there is a difference between and occupancy permit and final inspection.  When Joe called the 800# to schedule the inspection, he asked for final rather than occupancy so the inspector pointed out things like our siding not being 100% finished and that we don't have address numbers visible from the road.  When we call back this week we will specifically ask just for an occupancy inspection rather than a final.  

Although it was discouraging Friday to hear that we hadn't passed, we couldn't be any closer than we are now.  I am confident we will receive occupancy this week and be able to start moving in.  Of course we have 2 weddings this upcoming weekend, but in all the spare minutes that I have I will be cramming my car full of stuff and try to put a little bit of a dent into moving out of my parents basement.  We have been spending the last 3 weekends at the house and it's such a pain to transport overnight bags, laundry baskets, the dog, and everything else that you need to live back and forth between homes and I really just can't wait to start making our house a home!  Thank you all for the luck you had wished us, I know that it will only be a matter of days before we can finally call it done! 

Failed Inspection, and why that's OK...


So lots of people have been asking what the outcome of our inspection was, and as I had expected, we did  not pass the first time.  However, this is not uncommon and it's all totally fixable and OK!  I thought I would explain a little bit of how this process works because I've had a lot of questions about why we even need an inspection, why we didn't pass, etc.  

Whenever you build a home certain parts of the building process have to be inspected.  For instance, our first inspection took place right after our foundation was poured.  Our second inspection took place once the shell was built, the wiring was done, and the plumbing was done, that's called a rough-in inspection.  It was during this inspection that we were told our bedroom windows did not have a large enough opening and were not up to code with the required dimensions of an "egress" window. Our house is not in town, it's outside of town in the county so we have more specific health and safety codes that we have to follow since we are farther away from emergency services.  We don't have a fire hydrant by our house so if there were a fire they would have to pump from the river or bring a tanker truck.  Because of this, the codes for the county are more strict.  So we went ahead and replaced the double-hung windows (which are not small by any means) in the bedrooms with casement windows that crank out.  It was frustrating and expensive, but we really had no choice since the windows did not meet the safety code.

For our occupancy inspection we had to meet a checklist of items and the inspector in our county is tough to work with and really seems to have some complex about the power he holds.  Unfortunately we have no other choice so we did everything that he had asked us to, but we still fell short of some of the codes.  We did not have hand rails on either side of the steps of the egress doors of the house (front door, back sliding door, and door leading from house to garage), our smoke alarms are all wired together but are not all sounding at the same time, a couple of our GFI outlets were wired backwards (Joe in a hurry to get it done), no lid on the sump pump, mostly easy fixes and we pretty much have everything checked off the list, there was about 10 different things, nothing serious, that we need to do in order to get him back out.  

Another thing we learned (or I learned I guess) is that there is a difference between and occupancy permit and final inspection.  When Joe called the 800# to schedule the inspection, he asked for final rather than occupancy so the inspector pointed out things like our siding not being 100% finished and that we don't have address numbers visible from the road.  When we call back this week we will specifically ask just for an occupancy inspection rather than a final.  

Although it was discouraging Friday to hear that we hadn't passed, we couldn't be any closer than we are now.  I am confident we will receive occupancy this week and be able to start moving in.  Of course we have 2 weddings this upcoming weekend, but in all the spare minutes that I have I will be cramming my car full of stuff and try to put a little bit of a dent into moving out of my parents basement.  We have been spending the last 3 weekends at the house and it's such a pain to transport overnight bags, laundry baskets, the dog, and everything else that you need to live back and forth between homes and I really just can't wait to start making our house a home!  Thank you all for the luck you had wished us, I know that it will only be a matter of days before we can finally call it done! 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Faves!


Woohoo it's Friday!! I just LOVE short weeks!  Today is an extra special day because we are having our FINAL inspection done this afternoon.  Although I'm not usually one to allow any kind of negative thinking in my life, I'm not real optimistic that we will pass the first time around, it's more the attitude, personality, and history that we've had so far with this inspector, but I will jump for joy if he does pass us because that means we are free to move in!  Not only that but today is 6 weeks from IVFx4 baseline ultrasound & labs!  I can't believe we're only 6 weeks away!


Favorite Pin:
Hooray for a pin that actually leads somewhere!  I love Kei Jewelry but have yet to buy myself any pieces, although I definitely have my eye on a few things!
Favorite Recipe:
I haven't actually tried this yet, but I've heard great things and the ingredients are all on my shopping list for next week.  Do you guys meal plan?  I always have and really find that it helps me keep my grocery bill down and eat a healthier diet.  Of course I don't always stick to it and sometimes I crave a Chef Boyardee pizza, but for the most part, I try stick to my plan!
Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet

Favorite Workout:
Still focusing and practicing my yoga daily...

Favorite Movie:
I watched Fury this past weekend, actually on Memorial Day and if you guys haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.  It had an all star cast of Brad Pitt (if he's not enough to make you watch it, then I give up), Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena,  John Bernthal (for you Walking Dead fans, he played Shane in the 1st & 2nd season) and Logan Lerman.  Great movie, highly recommend it! I mean... if nothing else, watch it for the eye candy.
  
Favorite Link:
Max Greenfield aka. Schmidt from New Girl is joining the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel this October and I cannot wait!  Love me some Schmidt!

Favorite Thing I'm looking Forward to:
This is tough to say, it's all going to depend on the outcome of the inspection today!  Fingers crossed & wish us luck!

Friday Faves!


Woohoo it's Friday!! I just LOVE short weeks!  Today is an extra special day because we are having our FINAL inspection done this afternoon.  Although I'm not usually one to allow any kind of negative thinking in my life, I'm not real optimistic that we will pass the first time around, it's more the attitude, personality, and history that we've had so far with this inspector, but I will jump for joy if he does pass us because that means we are free to move in!  Not only that but today is 6 weeks from IVFx4 baseline ultrasound & labs!  I can't believe we're only 6 weeks away!


Favorite Pin:
Hooray for a pin that actually leads somewhere!  I love Kei Jewelry but have yet to buy myself any pieces, although I definitely have my eye on a few things!
Favorite Recipe:
I haven't actually tried this yet, but I've heard great things and the ingredients are all on my shopping list for next week.  Do you guys meal plan?  I always have and really find that it helps me keep my grocery bill down and eat a healthier diet.  Of course I don't always stick to it and sometimes I crave a Chef Boyardee pizza, but for the most part, I try stick to my plan!
Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet

Favorite Workout:
Still focusing and practicing my yoga daily...

Favorite Movie:
I watched Fury this past weekend, actually on Memorial Day and if you guys haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.  It had an all star cast of Brad Pitt (if he's not enough to make you watch it, then I give up), Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena,  John Bernthal (for you Walking Dead fans, he played Shane in the 1st & 2nd season) and Logan Lerman.  Great movie, highly recommend it! I mean... if nothing else, watch it for the eye candy.
  
Favorite Link:
Max Greenfield aka. Schmidt from New Girl is joining the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel this October and I cannot wait!  Love me some Schmidt!

Favorite Thing I'm looking Forward to:
This is tough to say, it's all going to depend on the outcome of the inspection today!  Fingers crossed & wish us luck!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I'm sorry for what I said when I was on fertility drugs...


Well I'm 11 days into the progestin and it's been interesting to say the least.  I never experience many side effects from any kind of medications.  I've always responded well to any meds I've been on and have never had any problems with anything like weight gain, nausea, loss of appetite, none of that has ever been an issue for me when taking medications of any kind.  I can't say the same for the Aygestin that I've been taking!  I figured with something that was going to be rebalancing my hormones, I wasn't going to get by without any kind of side effects this time.  

So far I'm tired more often (especially for someone who seems to always be tired!), I am eating and craving sugar and sweets like no other!  I finally had to throw away what they refer to as a "share size" bag of Skittles (share my ass), and actually ate a container, an entire pound, of strawberries for lunch one day this week.  I have a hardcore sweet tooth as it is so this has been horrible.

Mood-wise, I've been a crab ass and I have moments of pure rage when I want to throw my brand new iPhone 6+ because something isn't working.  It's one thing to be bitchy to your husband, at least he knows that you're being fueled with mood changing fertility drugs, most people that you encounter or speak to during the day may not know that, I should post this exact ecard on the door of my office to warn people prior to entry. 

Other than that, we are moving slowly within this cycle.  Taking the progestin every day at least makes me feel like there is some progress being made.  Next Friday I take my second Lupron Depot injection at exactly 5 weeks away from baseline scan & blood work!  The time really is flying and I can't believe we are so close to June already!  My 29th birthday is fast approaching, June 8th I will officially celebrate my last year in my twenties and I can't believe it!

The house is really going to be the biggest distraction.  Right now we are soo close to final inspection that it's starting to feel like its dragging.  We are down to the very minor details as Joe was able to get the replacement windows in this weekend.  We spent 2 nights there and it was amazing.  We watched  some scary movies, enjoyed some cocktails, cooked out just the two of us, cooked out with our family, did some work on the house, and it was amazing.  I'm chomping at the bit to start moving stuff, but Joe is hesitant about calling for the final because he wants us to pass the first time.  I think that's pretty wishful thinking, but he says that he will try to get the inspector out at least by Friday so that if we don't pass, we know what we need to spend the weekend doing.  Or if the odds are in our favor, he does pass us, then we can start the moving process!

It can be, at times, a little overwhelming, and my mood and my overly energetic, go-go-go moments can really make me feel flustered and frustrated on top of the crazy hormones I'm having.  My daily yoga practice has helped this tremendously.  I've been spending at least 30-60 minutes per day and really working on my breathing and taking time in each pose and being in each moment.  It's amazing how much better I feel after each session, totally relaxed, focused, and refreshed.  I'm really hoping I can keep this motivation going and continue to practice every day.

Sorry that I have been MIA lately, there has been little going on in our world of infertility and we are kind of in a lull with the house and the rest of life in general which is fine by me!  We've got another quiet, commitment-free weekend coming up, the last before the month of June kicks off weddings, several Ridley family birthdays, and the start to all things summer!  I thought I'd give you guys an update and let you know I'm alive and crabby! ;-)

I'm sorry for what I said when I was on fertility drugs...


Well I'm 11 days into the progestin and it's been interesting to say the least.  I never experience many side effects from any kind of medications.  I've always responded well to any meds I've been on and have never had any problems with anything like weight gain, nausea, loss of appetite, none of that has ever been an issue for me when taking medications of any kind.  I can't say the same for the Aygestin that I've been taking!  I figured with something that was going to be rebalancing my hormones, I wasn't going to get by without any kind of side effects this time.  

So far I'm tired more often (especially for someone who seems to always be tired!), I am eating and craving sugar and sweets like no other!  I finally had to throw away what they refer to as a "share size" bag of Skittles (share my ass), and actually ate a container, an entire pound, of strawberries for lunch one day this week.  I have a hardcore sweet tooth as it is so this has been horrible.

Mood-wise, I've been a crab ass and I have moments of pure rage when I want to throw my brand new iPhone 6+ because something isn't working.  It's one thing to be bitchy to your husband, at least he knows that you're being fueled with mood changing fertility drugs, most people that you encounter or speak to during the day may not know that, I should post this exact ecard on the door of my office to warn people prior to entry. 

Other than that, we are moving slowly within this cycle.  Taking the progestin every day at least makes me feel like there is some progress being made.  Next Friday I take my second Lupron Depot injection at exactly 5 weeks away from baseline scan & blood work!  The time really is flying and I can't believe we are so close to June already!  My 29th birthday is fast approaching, June 8th I will officially celebrate my last year in my twenties and I can't believe it!

The house is really going to be the biggest distraction.  Right now we are soo close to final inspection that it's starting to feel like its dragging.  We are down to the very minor details as Joe was able to get the replacement windows in this weekend.  We spent 2 nights there and it was amazing.  We watched  some scary movies, enjoyed some cocktails, cooked out just the two of us, cooked out with our family, did some work on the house, and it was amazing.  I'm chomping at the bit to start moving stuff, but Joe is hesitant about calling for the final because he wants us to pass the first time.  I think that's pretty wishful thinking, but he says that he will try to get the inspector out at least by Friday so that if we don't pass, we know what we need to spend the weekend doing.  Or if the odds are in our favor, he does pass us, then we can start the moving process!

It can be, at times, a little overwhelming, and my mood and my overly energetic, go-go-go moments can really make me feel flustered and frustrated on top of the crazy hormones I'm having.  My daily yoga practice has helped this tremendously.  I've been spending at least 30-60 minutes per day and really working on my breathing and taking time in each pose and being in each moment.  It's amazing how much better I feel after each session, totally relaxed, focused, and refreshed.  I'm really hoping I can keep this motivation going and continue to practice every day.

Sorry that I have been MIA lately, there has been little going on in our world of infertility and we are kind of in a lull with the house and the rest of life in general which is fine by me!  We've got another quiet, commitment-free weekend coming up, the last before the month of June kicks off weddings, several Ridley family birthdays, and the start to all things summer!  I thought I'd give you guys an update and let you know I'm alive and crabby! ;-)

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Week of Favorites & a Blogiversary

Hooray for Friday!  And an extra hooray for 3-day weekend!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of those who have bravely served our country and sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  That is really what Memorial Day is about, remembering & standing for those who stood for us.


Also, I have to toot my own horn a bit here, it's my 3 year blogiversary today!  Can you guys believe it!?  It's only been within the last year or so that I've really evolved my blog into what it is today, in the beginning I didn't share or even allow followers, I treated it more as a journal, then I decided that it was imporant to start sharing my story and finidng others who could relate to my situation.  I'm so glad that I did because I have made some wonderful blogging buddies and seriously have the sweetest, most supportive readers and followers!  The little success that my blog has (which I consider to be more than I could've ever imagined!) is all thanks to you guys!  You all have been such a source of support and inspiration and I cannot thank you all enough for that!  Cheers to 3 years!


 Favorite Moment:
Shout out to one of my very best friends Jessica and Mike on their very unexpected engagement this past weekend on Saturday and thanks to Mike for letting me be there!  I don't even think he knew he was proposing until it actually happened!  Can't wait to start the planning!

I opened up a 3 year bottle of Norton wine from our favorite winery to celebrate their engagement and our first night in the house, it was DELISH!

Other than that, it was another relatively quiet week, the best moment was actually Sunday I started my medication for IVFx4!  I have to take it until July 8th which is roughly 49 more doses, and 51 more days until baseline ultrasound.  Although I am going to enjoy these next 7 weeks and not wish my time away, I am glad that I am moving within this cycle already and taking steps to correct what we believe to be the issues.  If you guys recall, I tested negative for Beta 3 Integrin Protein which is essential for the adhesion of an embryo to implant.  It simply boils down to a hormonal imbalance which we can thankfully correct!


Favorite House Update:
Last weekend we actually got to stay in our house for the first time.  Although we can't technically live there yet, we stayed over night and it was amazing to sleep in our big new bed and shower in that ginormous shower with a beautiful view.   I'm really hoping that we, and by we, I mean Joe, can get the replacement windows in this weekend and then we can get final inspected and hopefully pass the first time and move in!  I can't believe how close we are to finally making this our forever home.  Our furniture is in too and ready to be delivered at any time!  Woohoo!

Favorite Pin:

 how stinkin' cute is this suit?

Favorite Workout:
Still going strong on practicing yoga every day and trying to take at least 5 minutes to meditate and clear my head each day.  I've also been working hard on perfecting my handstand.

ps.  I meditate first, then take the picture when I'm done, if anyone was wondering.


Favorite Thing I'm looking forward To: 
Really crossing my fingers hard that Joe can get the windows done this weekend!  He told me that he is planning on calling in the inspection for Tuesday so if we pass, next weekend is moving weekend!  Also, getting fresh highlights and a head shave on Saturday along with a 3 day weekend!  We only have one goal this weekend and that is get the house ready for FINAL inspection!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend blogland!

A Week of Favorites & a Blogiversary

Hooray for Friday!  And an extra hooray for 3-day weekend!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of those who have bravely served our country and sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  That is really what Memorial Day is about, remembering & standing for those who stood for us.


Also, I have to toot my own horn a bit here, it's my 3 year blogiversary today!  Can you guys believe it!?  It's only been within the last year or so that I've really evolved my blog into what it is today, in the beginning I didn't share or even allow followers, I treated it more as a journal, then I decided that it was imporant to start sharing my story and finidng others who could relate to my situation.  I'm so glad that I did because I have made some wonderful blogging buddies and seriously have the sweetest, most supportive readers and followers!  The little success that my blog has (which I consider to be more than I could've ever imagined!) is all thanks to you guys!  You all have been such a source of support and inspiration and I cannot thank you all enough for that!  Cheers to 3 years!


 Favorite Moment:
Shout out to one of my very best friends Jessica and Mike on their very unexpected engagement this past weekend on Saturday and thanks to Mike for letting me be there!  I don't even think he knew he was proposing until it actually happened!  Can't wait to start the planning!

I opened up a 3 year bottle of Norton wine from our favorite winery to celebrate their engagement and our first night in the house, it was DELISH!

Other than that, it was another relatively quiet week, the best moment was actually Sunday I started my medication for IVFx4!  I have to take it until July 8th which is roughly 49 more doses, and 51 more days until baseline ultrasound.  Although I am going to enjoy these next 7 weeks and not wish my time away, I am glad that I am moving within this cycle already and taking steps to correct what we believe to be the issues.  If you guys recall, I tested negative for Beta 3 Integrin Protein which is essential for the adhesion of an embryo to implant.  It simply boils down to a hormonal imbalance which we can thankfully correct!


Favorite House Update:
Last weekend we actually got to stay in our house for the first time.  Although we can't technically live there yet, we stayed over night and it was amazing to sleep in our big new bed and shower in that ginormous shower with a beautiful view.   I'm really hoping that we, and by we, I mean Joe, can get the replacement windows in this weekend and then we can get final inspected and hopefully pass the first time and move in!  I can't believe how close we are to finally making this our forever home.  Our furniture is in too and ready to be delivered at any time!  Woohoo!

Favorite Pin:

 how stinkin' cute is this suit?

Favorite Workout:
Still going strong on practicing yoga every day and trying to take at least 5 minutes to meditate and clear my head each day.  I've also been working hard on perfecting my handstand.

ps.  I meditate first, then take the picture when I'm done, if anyone was wondering.


Favorite Thing I'm looking forward To: 
Really crossing my fingers hard that Joe can get the windows done this weekend!  He told me that he is planning on calling in the inspection for Tuesday so if we pass, next weekend is moving weekend!  Also, getting fresh highlights and a head shave on Saturday along with a 3 day weekend!  We only have one goal this weekend and that is get the house ready for FINAL inspection!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend blogland!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Skull Bliss...



I have always been a fan of all things Southwestern.  I love fringe and turquoise, I love big belt buckles, Aztec print, feathers, arrows, serapes, dream catchers, cow hide, leather, you name it, if it’s Southwestern I love it.  I think my admiration and slight obsession came from my aunt Allison who we refer to as Walks with Smoke in her Eyes.  She always has on lots of turquoise rings and earrings, she has a giant, wooden carved Indian in her basement, she is just free spirited and her style and taste has inspired me since I was a kid.











Do you see where I'm going with this?  Getting my point?

A couple of my favorite decorating pieces that we own that fit this style are bull horns.  We have a huge set and a smaller set.  The smaller set had its permanent home on the front of my husband’s motorcycle that we wrecked on; luckily the horns were not hurt during the accident!  We have even ridden in a parade with the big 6’ set on the front of the bike and boy did we turn heads!  So naturally, when I found a page on Instagram called Skull Bliss I was an instant follower.  Their products are AH-mazing!  Not just the horns, but the hand-carved skulls of cows, buffalo, ram, and horse!  They are stunningly beautiful and you can clearly see the attention that is given to each skull in the detail of the design.





 Here's the bike after we wrecked, the horns survived!  You can see how twisted the bike is though.

This is the one I chose and I love it!  It's so amazing!


 Buffalo
 Cow
 Ram
Horse

I had such a hard time picking the Skull Carving I wanted.  I really like the Eagle and the Indian carved ones, but the tribal prints were also really pretty and intricate.  I ended up with a small skull in Tribal #1.  It was my first instinct so that’s the one I chose!  Their skulls are 100% handcrafted and come from Bali.  Carving bone is part of the Balinese culture and the artists spend a decade of their lifetime gaining the skills it takes to produce these extraordinary pieces.  Each piece that Skull Bliss sells goes to support the Balinese artists and their families—these artists usually aren’t recognized for their talent so they are forced to quit since it does not pay enough money for food or to support a family.

I love everything about this company.  I love that these are authentic pieces created by astoundingly talented artists.  I love that this company is making it possible for these Master Crafters to do what they love and make a living off of it and be recognized for their amazing talent.  In my eyes these things all make these pieces well worth the money.  They make perfect conversation pieces for any home and I cannot wait to hang mine up in my new house!

Skull Bliss...



I have always been a fan of all things Southwestern.  I love fringe and turquoise, I love big belt buckles, Aztec print, feathers, arrows, serapes, dream catchers, cow hide, leather, you name it, if it’s Southwestern I love it.  I think my admiration and slight obsession came from my aunt Allison who we refer to as Walks with Smoke in her Eyes.  She always has on lots of turquoise rings and earrings, she has a giant, wooden carved Indian in her basement, she is just free spirited and her style and taste has inspired me since I was a kid.











Do you see where I'm going with this?  Getting my point?

A couple of my favorite decorating pieces that we own that fit this style are bull horns.  We have a huge set and a smaller set.  The smaller set had its permanent home on the front of my husband’s motorcycle that we wrecked on; luckily the horns were not hurt during the accident!  We have even ridden in a parade with the big 6’ set on the front of the bike and boy did we turn heads!  So naturally, when I found a page on Instagram called Skull Bliss I was an instant follower.  Their products are AH-mazing!  Not just the horns, but the hand-carved skulls of cows, buffalo, ram, and horse!  They are stunningly beautiful and you can clearly see the attention that is given to each skull in the detail of the design.





 Here's the bike after we wrecked, the horns survived!  You can see how twisted the bike is though.

This is the one I chose and I love it!  It's so amazing!


 Buffalo
 Cow
 Ram
Horse

I had such a hard time picking the Skull Carving I wanted.  I really like the Eagle and the Indian carved ones, but the tribal prints were also really pretty and intricate.  I ended up with a small skull in Tribal #1.  It was my first instinct so that’s the one I chose!  Their skulls are 100% handcrafted and come from Bali.  Carving bone is part of the Balinese culture and the artists spend a decade of their lifetime gaining the skills it takes to produce these extraordinary pieces.  Each piece that Skull Bliss sells goes to support the Balinese artists and their families—these artists usually aren’t recognized for their talent so they are forced to quit since it does not pay enough money for food or to support a family.

I love everything about this company.  I love that these are authentic pieces created by astoundingly talented artists.  I love that this company is making it possible for these Master Crafters to do what they love and make a living off of it and be recognized for their amazing talent.  In my eyes these things all make these pieces well worth the money.  They make perfect conversation pieces for any home and I cannot wait to hang mine up in my new house!
 
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