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#MyFirstStudio Challenge

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#MyFirstStudio Challenge

In June of 2014 Matt made his first wine rack. That same summer I branched into wood stain art and we sold our first piece. Though Simply Pallets was not even a thought in our minds at that point, we needed a work space for our new hobby.  Our first studio? Matt's parents' garage! Of course we never thought that pallet decor would become a full time career, so we never thought about making a more permanent space. We made the garage work, just like we made the apartment, the tiny house, and another garage work. To date we have...

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Our (Not So) Secret Place in Maine

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Our (Not So) Secret Place in Maine

Every once in a while you come across a place that changes your life forever. For me, that was a family cottage in Maine.   Very early after meeting Matt he invited me to a place in Maine. He described it as a small cottage that was not winterized, with no running water. So in my head I pictured a one room shack with a fireplace. I still don't know why I agreed so readily (his mom still can't believe it either!), but I went. I figured I had slept in some ridiculous places during my military training and I wasn't...

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The Ups and Downs of Working as a Married Couple

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The Ups and Downs of Working as a Married Couple

As two people who live and work together, we frequently get asked how things are going? What is it like to work as a married couple? We decided to take some of the most common questions and give you the answers!   Matt and I have been living and working together since we first met, so it is possible that we had an easier transition than most people. On the other hand, working together in an office is incredibly different from working as equal partners in a business. As co-owners we not only invest all of our time and talent, but...

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Moving to North Carolina Sight Unseen

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Moving to North Carolina Sight Unseen

A lot of people ask us how we wound up living in North Carolina even though our families and most of our friends live in Connecticut. Well... it's a funny story...   About three months after we started dating I told Matt I was applying to a PhD program in North Carolina. It was the only school I was applying for but I was determined to get out of Connecticut and try something new. By the spring I got the news that I had not been accepted. Instead of doing what many people would do and just apply for the...

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Grandpa's Blue Bird

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Grandpa's Blue Bird

Every so often we get to create something that is really special. In a few days my grandpa turns 85 and as he is in New England and we are in North Carolina I will not be there to celebrate. We knew this would happen when we made the move, but sometimes it is still sad not to be with family and friends on special days.   So instead I called up grandma and asked what he might like. You may be surprised to hear that after two years of getting Simply Pallets gifts for every holiday, some people aren't...

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