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You might have to pinch me as I am still in shock that this has really happened. For the last 2 years we have been working and dreaming on making this a reality.  We have been hoarding and filling our garages, spare bedrooms and basements just waiting to one day fill a store with our favorite vintage treasures .

It all started through social media  when I “met ” Katie. I was on my way to Fargo, ND to visit family when I sent Katie a message asking if she wanted to go junk hunting together . It just happened to be throw-out week in Fargo, a week where people put their unwanted items on the curb for others to take before the city dump trucks go around and pick up items for “free” —  It’s a junkers paradise.

Our friendship grew from there. We collaborated together over the last couple years  hosting a Be Crafty workshop out on the girls family farm to vintage sales in the studio .  We even opened a pop up vintage shop last Christmas.  This spring we officially joined forces to open a real brick and mortar shop, a dream we all have had.  It’s been a long journey but we are so excited to finally open the doors to our very own shop!!

Photography by: Northern Stories Photography 

We had a full celebration weekend with a family and friends on Friday night before we opened the doors to the public on Saturday. It was a night to thank everyone who’s come to  support us from helping with a paint brush ,lending a helping hand unloading the many u-haul trailers to giving a random hug in support and cheering us on.

We are all so excited for this next adventure together  !!! If your ever in the Fargo area make sure you stop in to say hello!!!

We are open Thursday-Saturday from 10am-6pm : 14 Roberts street N. Fargo, ND.

If you want to follow along you can see our weekly shop updates on Facebook: thewhitehouseco and Instagram @whitehouse.co

Here is a little peek into the store. Every Thursday we change things up so it never has looked the same since we opened . We bring in new product weekly and create new displays full of  vintage treasures . I am pretty sure our chippy mint metal cabinet is a favorite to everyone who walks in the doors.

My talented friend Lesley Zellers re-designed our logo for us. Her hand-lettering skills are amazing and I just love seeing it throughout the store on all our product !!!

We are completely in love with our space , but mostly we feel so lucky to be surrounded by such amazing neighbors. Right though the French doors on the back brick wall is our friend Christy of Love Always Floral. It’s so fun seeing all the pretty floral arrangements she creates . On the other side of us is Twenty Below coffee.. I mean could it get any better !!!

I am so excited for this next adventure, and hope you’ll continue to follow along !!! And  don’t worry I will still be sharing craft projects and DIY here on the blog when I am not working at the store!!!

  • March 3, 2017 - 6:51 am

    movita beaucoup - Congrats a million times over! The shop looks absolutely perfect. Best of luck as you all embark on this new adventure!ReplyCancel

  • March 3, 2017 - 9:14 am

    Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling - I’m ready to move in!ReplyCancel

  • March 6, 2017 - 7:33 pm

    nicoline bingham - Congrates Amanda and friends.Wishing i didn’t live thousands of miles away. Your store reminds me of a favourite of mine incase you wanted to check it out online. They have local artists and a rental component to theres. They also have a second store that they somehow rent out to about 10 vintage collectors that create there own area within the store. Anyways, thought you might like to check it out….they also use to do workshops in the back room. Ok, enough, check it out:https://spruce-collective.myshopify.com

    Best of luck to you girls, your style is contagious, I am sure this will be a great chapter in your lives 🙂

    NicolineReplyCancel

    • March 8, 2017 - 10:14 pm

      amandarydell@gmail.com - Thanks Nicotine, means so much !!!
      loving the spruce collective girls, thanks for sharing.
      xoReplyCancel

  • March 13, 2017 - 9:53 am

    Kari - 1. Definitely visiting when I get back up there.
    2. Did you move to Fargo?!ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2017 - 8:19 am

    Macey - Congratulations, the shop looks amazing. Wish you ladies the best. I’m sure it will be a roaring success! Just sad I live on the opposite side of the states from you. MReplyCancel

Well friends, you are in for a fun surprise today !!!

Remember a few months ago when Katie and Sam from The White House Co. and I decided to buy a vintage Shasta camper to renovate!!! I know it’s been awhile. If you missed the before photo’s take a trip back here .  After many cans of spray paint the final reveal is here !!!

Photography by : Elisabeth Eden Photography 

vintageshasta-47We went in circles trying to decided what color we wanted to paint the exterior . After lot’s of discussion we decided we wanted to keep it simple and clean.  White with a gold accented wing.  I couldn’t love it more.

Once we had everything pretty much done we decided to add a pop of color on the interior of the door by painting it pink.

vintageshasta-48With the camper only being 14 ft long we knew creating outdoor seating area was a must !!! As much as we love the inside, you can’t beat sitting outside enjoying  and soaking in the fresh air.

We found this  hammock chair over on Wayfair and just LOVE IT !!!!  It’s extremly light weight making it easy to pack in the camper to bring along on trips . We also got a metal stand for the chair for when we are not near a big tree or to bring along to the lake!!!  swingchair

Door floral swag by : Love Always Floral 

Let’s take a moment to soak in all the white !!! The kitchen area along with the exterior were the two main area’s to get the biggest transformation.  We painted everything white including using appliance paint for the stove . The stove brackets were  brought to get powder coated. Powder coating is a painting process that is a more durable paint then spray paint and will hold up to hight heat from the stove.

We also covered the counter with marble contact paper and added hexagon tile back splash behind the stove which we also got from Wayfair !!!

The last big project we tacked was replacing the floor. We did a lot of research on flooring that would hold up to a lot of traffic and found this beautiful laminate over on Wayfair !!!  We love Wayfair for it’s high quality in products and range in products they carry.

This was the first time we installed laminate flooring and it was SO EASY!!!  I believe Katie has become the master pro !!  I would listen from outside of the camper for Katie to yell out measurements from inside the camper .  I would cut each laminate peice with the circular saw and she would piece them together inside  !!  It was a team work effort!!

With the temperatures acting like spring this week we can’t wait to take the Shasta out for another fun adventure!!

This post was sponsored by Wayfair . Thanks for supporting the brands that keep this blog rocking!!! To see more before photo’s  from our renovation be sure to visit the Wayfair Ideas & Advice page for more on our camper restoration.

  • February 21, 2017 - 7:37 am

    sandie - Amazing and beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 21, 2017 - 2:47 pm

    Erika - Hello! Love the Reno- looks so dreamy & gorgeous!

    Do you by chance rent the camper? I am getting married in summer of 2018 & would love this as a fun photography piece!ReplyCancel

  • February 21, 2017 - 6:54 pm

    texasaggiemom - Love this! Where did you get the blue gusseted seat cushion?ReplyCancel

  • February 21, 2017 - 7:40 pm

    Indya | TheSmallAdventurer - Oh my gosh, it looks INCREDIBLE! I would move in today if I could!ReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 10:11 am

    Jessica | Petal + Ply - I’m obsessed! It’s so adorable! Great job ladies. 🙂ReplyCancel

If your like me, there is something so exciting about opening the mail box and seeing a bright colored envelope or small package . Receiving “happy mail” is a day brighter but sending it is just as exciting.  I have talked about this subject multiple times, mostly because it is so dear to my heart. Sending a little happy mail note doesn’t have to cost a lot of money . Today I am sharing a super simple way to create cute pattern paper notecards using Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams paper collection.

First off, let’s gather our supplies. You will need —-

  1. Pattern paper. I choose to use the small 6×6 paper pad as the patterns are printed smaller and looks great on smaller sized projects.
  2. White card stock paper
  3. Double sided adhesive roller
  4. Scissors
  5. Typewriter or pen
  6. Envelope

Once you have all your supplies gathered begin by rolling your permeant adhesive onto one side of your card stock card.  Place your white card stock paper onto the back side of your pattern paper. I like to line my card up to the outside edge of the pattern paper,  this helps make sure my card straight. Pressing firmly, make sure your two papers stick together.  Once  your papers are stuck together, use your scissors and cut the pattern paper and card edges.

Before I begin to embellish my note card I used my typewriter to write a little message. If you don’t have a typewriter you can use a pen or pencil.

Now the fun part, decorating and embellishing !!!!  I love using card stock stickers as they add a little dimension to the card. When I typed my message I made sure I left a large space so I could place my butterfly on top.

Slip your finished card into your colored envelop and seal with a piece of washi tape !!! I am just loving how these double sided cards turned out and it took  less then 20 minutes to make !!!

Imagine if we all took 20 minutes once a week/ month  to send a friend a little note !! Imagine all the smiles we could create !!!!

 

 

Yay !!! Registration is now open for the BE CRAFTY workshops at the 2017 Farm Chicks show !!

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Join me along with  Sara Parsons and Lesley Zellers  for an hour of crafting in the Silo at The Farm Chicks show  . During our hour session together we will craft 2 inspiring projects that go along with the ” Home Sweet Home ” show theme.

Project One : Create a fabric wrapped frame using vintage fabrics. Attendees will have access to a wide variety of vintage fabrics to create a one of a kind photo frame. To complete our frames, attendees will get their photo taken from the talented Sara Parsons and can clip their photo to the frame with a gold glittered clothespin.

Project Two:  Each attendee will learn how to use a button maker and  make 4 buttons with graphics created by Lesley Zellers.

To top it off, each attendee will take home a swag bag full of goodies including exclusive coupons + giveways from the show vendors and handmade artists !!!

WHEN: SATURDAY, JUNE 3RD 2017

WHERE: SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

REGISTRATION: HERE

And of course we can’t have a workshop without treats!!

COST: $50.00  ( Attendee’s will need to purchase an admission ticket into Farm Chicks show to participate. )

5 WORKSHOP SESSIONS: (1) 10:00-11:00AM  (2) 11:30-12:30PM  (3) 1:00-2:00PM (4) 2:30-3:30PM (5) 4:00-5:00PM

* ALL SUPPLIES ARE INCLUDE, please bring a scissors .
Check out our last years event Here  + Here
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