Friday, June 17, 2011

We Repurpose for a Purpose

Nest:  a place of retreat, (n.) rest, or lodging. 

Welcome to "The Not So Empty Nest"!  This is our first post and we're glad you found us!  Doesn't this picture, just say it all?  Right after I took this picture, they all flew away, but not before buzzing my head!

We are a mother/daughter team who love to repurpose others' discards and turn them into treasures for your own nest, whether it be your home, lake cottage or beach retreat.  This blog will showcase our finds, and we'll also share why we chose the name, "The Not So Empty Nest".  We have lots to share so keep coming back.

You'll be hearing from both of us, Debbie (mom) and Tiffany (daughter), so you'll get our perspectives from both of our seasons of life.  

Let us introduce ourselves.  I'm Debbie, the empty nester.  I have been married 31 years and have 3 adult children, 2 of which are married.  I turned 50 last year and dreaded it as much as being an empty nester.  But after it happened, I chose to embrace it and use it to my advantage!  And the best thing is, it works!  Oh, and did I mention that food is my love language?  I bet there'll be some yummy posts too!

Hubs and I live on a farm, where I enjoy tending to my veggie garden and mowing our 4 acres.  We are expecting 2 granddaughters in November (1 from each of the married couples).  Pink has never been my favorite color (I'm a redhead), but I am embracing that too and got my toenails painted a coral pink to celebrate!  We are a blessed nest indeedy! 

And I'm Tiffany, the first one to fly the coop! I married Steven right after graduating from college and 8 days later, we had 19 kids from 6 different countries. We directed an international children's choir for several years, so we have a total 78 kids that mean the world to us.

Right now, we are getting our nest ready for a little one of our own- she will be coming to us all the way from China, through the miracle of adoption. In fact, we should be finding out who she is any day now... I cannot wait to write that post to introduce her! I turned the big 3-0 last year, which I was not looking forward to at all... until I found out that you have to be 30 to adopt from China!

Tiff is painting a vintage table we found.
Headboard turned into a too cute message center!

This is one of our fave pieces and sadly, it's sold!

This is a rare steamer trunk.  Wouldn't you love to know where it's been?
Remember we said, "We Repurpose for a Purpose"?  We are using all the proceeds from our sales towards the adoption to bring home a precious daughter/granddaughter.   We'll be doing a lot of before & afters, so we're excited about that part in our blog.  This will include stories about everyday life in addition to our "finds".

We're still learning the blogging ropes so hang in there with us.  And please become one of our "Peeps", so we can stay, "The Not So Empty Nest"!


  1. Love this! Can't wait to hear about your referral and to follow your journey! :) Blessings to you guys! We will be traveling to Ethiopia for court July 18th to meet our own little amazing! LOVE your hearts!

  2. Love the new blog! Can't wait to visit "The Not So Empty Nest" when I am back in town! Tiff, I am so excited about your adoption. I can't wait to meet your sweet baby girl!

  3. Hey girls! I miss you both too. Even though I'm having fun with my friends here in GA, ya'll will always hold a special place in my heart. You have to come visit me too. So excited for your new venture & I can't wait to see all the finds you uncover. You will have to join my Thrifty Treasures party on Sunday nights & highlight some of your finds.

  4. Tiff, I don't know if you remember me but John and I worked with the youth at SMI when you where in the youth group. You were one of our favorite students. I was struck by your wisdom at such a young age. I am so excited that you are adopting! We are also in the process of adopting from the Congo. This is a great way to raise money for your adoption. Can't wait to hear more! Blessings to you and your family.
    Karen Piwetz

  5. Great work Deb and Tiff! I am so proud of y'all. Keep it up. Its really fun to watch stuff you've "repurposed" sell. Once you get the fever, you can't stop. Congratulations!!

  6. Hi Deb & Tff,
    How exciting is your new blog? I have loved reading every word! You two are doing a great job! I too am a new blogger and am just learning the ropes! I love to repurpose but never have enough time for it! Looking so forward to following you guys!!!