Every picker has their story. Carrying a few bills in their pocket for an estate sale, their eyes are first scanning the neighborhood for something discarded. The perfect piece of trash along the side of the road or outside in front of someone’s house marked “FREE!”
I found this beauty across the street from a huge estate sale. With all the traffic on the street for the sale, the neighbors thought it was a good time to clean out the garage as well. We found this shelf thrown on the top of the heap and snatched it up!
After washing it off, I spray painted it two coats of semi-gloss white.
An hour later, my husband hung it in The In Between. Instead of using new pots, I used a bunch of jars, odd glasses, and old pots to replant some succulents I had growing around the house. Succulents grow like weeds around my house.
It’s a great addition to The In Between! Read all about the creation of the In Between here!
Why Travel, Cooking and DIY? A creative type, I have always loved painting and decorating as a hobby. Upcycling is a real passion. My mom was a Home Ec teacher when we were growing up. I learned a lot from her and because I love hosting get-togethers, I had to step up my game in the kitchen as well. And lastly, my love of travel comes from my Grandma Schmitt.
An Illinois native, I worked in the White House Communications Agency early in my career (President Reagan), prior to returning to Illinois State University to finish my undergraduate and Master's. After a couple of post-graduate internships (minor league baseball and Big Ten Conference), I then worked in college athletics full-time for more than 22 years -- first at the University of South Carolina for 15 years and then at Santa Clara University for the last seven years. We moved to Tampa, Florida in Dec., 2016 after spending 8.5 years in Northern California.