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Vanessa Pogreba πŸ‘£Life experiences/ LessonsπŸ“–/TravelsπŸ—ΊοΈ/Straight Up Struggles! Still trying to keep a ☝️ on the pulse of a Simple Life! JW πŸ“–

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

#customlighting
My one-of-a-kind light fixture. Handmade by me from an antique pulley and lighting components. I was ecstatic when it actually worked #industriallight #industrialart #handywoman #artsy #customwork #needgreaterhouse #upcycleart #upcycling #jw_witnesses #seekthesimplicity #oursocalledsimplelife

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

#stickywaterfallthailand
Sometimes it's good to wear stretchy pants. And if you don't have stretchy pants ........really puffy Hmong pants work also.
This was our last full day in Thailand we spent the day on mopeds riding to the top of Misty Mountains visiting remote Hmong villages and climbing sticky waterfalls. #takemeback
#hmongvillage #jw_witnesses #jworg #jw_photography #needgreating #oursocalledsimplelife #ChiangMaiThailand #thailife #thaimountains #visualambassadors #jw_inspirational #jw #teentravel #Parenting101 #teensthatlovetheirparents #stretchypants #puffypants

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

#customfloorstain
After spending most of my morning trying to get the right color mix I am in love with these floors!!!. Unfortunately no photo shows it clearly but they look so good. I'm so happy. #Woodfloorrefinishing #customcolor #greybarnfloor #driftwoodfloorstain #potterybarn #shermanWilliams #150yearoldhouse #modernfarmhouse #renovation #renovationideas #renovationideas #rehabaddict #firsthomeoffreedslaves #historichome

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

Lots of interesting little pieces. I definitely feel my creative juices starting to flow! I will share with you soon my creation.
#antiquepulley #rehabart #rehabproject #renovation #remodel #upcycle #antiquelights #customlighting #industriallighting

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

Trying to decide on a logo option. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Designs by @leighmaxim just to clarify the whole play on it is that we are trying to have a simple life but our life is anything but simple so I'm not looking necessarily for what is the most simple logo but what is the most eye-catching

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

#touchedbynature #touchingnatureback I've always heard that elephants and humans share a special bond. I was privileged to experience the sentiment on a misty day we traversed the mountains with elephants in the Thai forest. Our sons felt it deeply. It was a moment in time we will never forget. One moment where we could see how small we are in this world yet how loud of a voice humans have become. It reminds me how important it is to be the quieter voice, the voice that allows other have their say. The voice that lets nature speak to us without words.
#elephantwalk #ChiangMaiThailand #HugAnElephant #paradisesneekpeek #visualambassadors #parenting101 #teachwithoutwords #homeschool #jw_witnesses #jwphotography #jwtraveler #jw_photography #oursocalledsimplelife #jworg #jw_inspirational @wanderteentravel #thailife

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

#chairmakeover #chalkpaint
On my way to having the dining room table all finished. the last two chairs I painted the putty Gray. We are just a couple weeks away from having the house complete before we fly out.
#Furniturerehab #renovation #oursocalledsimplelife

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

#industrialbathroomfixtures #upcycling
I've always loved the industrial meets modern. My favorite decor has always been something repurposed. I made these for our master bath from piping from Lowe's. I can't wait to hang fluffy white towels from these bars. The toilet paper holder I'm so pleased with how it looks. I wish I would have hammered the towel ring a little more before I bent it into the T . #modernbathroom #copperandfrenchdrainpipe #homerehab #renovation #handmade #lowes @loweshomeimprovement #repurpose #repurposed #upcycle #upcycleart

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

Do you ever feel like a place you've been "Calls to You?" Where is that place to you? For us it has been Asia. Mainly Cambodia and Thailand. In a few weeks our #thailife begins. Thank you for following us in this journey!
#socalledsimplelife #thailife #phuketthailand #needgreaters #jw #jw_inspirational #jw_photographers #jworg #jw_the_best_life_ever #jwtravel #visualambassadors #wanderlust #schaper #surfing #surfthailand

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

#afunnymomentwithAbrahamLincoln
After reading the story of this amazing woman's life, Madame Tussaud, in France during the revolution I've wanted to go to one of her wax museums. So I finally drug my youngest and with me. He was the photographer and let's just say he was very under impressed with my antics. #sometimesIgetToBeTheKid #socalledsimplelife #Parenting101
#needgreaters #jw #visualambassadors #jwlife #jw_photographers #jw_inspirational #preachworldwide #familylife #familybonding #seekthesimplicity

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

#rehabproject Our little Gem
You won't be able to work on the exterior till the weather is better but it is full of potential
#socalledsimplelife #remodel #renovation #historymeetsmodern

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

#greatfind I just scooped up these chairs off of Letgo. The gentleman I purchased them from told me he thought they were from the 70s which was fine with me since I was planning on painting them as part of my modern Farmhouse kitchen that I'm working towards. However once I looked underneath looks like these lovelies are from the 1920s
#homerenovation #socalledsimplelife #furniturerehab #letgo #treasures

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

Before and after. It was left in the house. It wasnt antique but perfect for the bathroom corner. #Furniturerehab #chalkpainting #freemakeover #socalledsimplelife

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

Flip to see the treasures I found in the fireplace!
I was rewarded for not giving up on my old friend.
The first is a ring the was under heaps of powdery black ash I was removing from between the old plaster and the hearth. #antiquejewelry
The bottle is from Dr. Wayt in Staunton. He was an assistant surgeon during the civil war. After he opened a medical practice and Pharmacy in Staunton on Beverly street. Obviously the previous home owners were patients. #civilwardoctor #waytandbrothers
The third is some kind of wooden trinket.
I also found numerous buttons and small bones and a piece of cloth.
Graesen is convinced the bottle contained poison and these are "remains" from the victim.........I feel a book coming on.
#murdermysterynovel #whodoneit
These last are my progress with Clarence. (I felt he deserved a name.)
#restoreclarence #savehistory #poormanshistory #socalledsimplelife

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

My newest project. In our 1870s house under the plaster was this old friend. So many people tell is to tear it out and to get rid of it but in the mortar I see the finger grooves of the people who put this chimney up almost a hundred and fifty years ago it pains me to think of ripping it out especially since to them it is creation is from the hands of some of first free people after the American Civil War and I can just imagine what this project meant to them to have their first very own home. A home that no one else could force them to do anything out of. So my restoration project begins. I will keep updates along the way.
#oldspeakeasy #potashbrick #1870cabin #freedslavehome #touchthepast #socalledsimplelife

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

#childrearing101
@wanderteentravel
sometimes the bittersweet Part of raising your children is watching them spread their wings and fly on their own. My son has recently embraced his musical talent and is opening up to others and playing music live. I couldn't be prouder because that tells me somewhere along the line I've helped instill the confidence in him to believe in himself that's the best payback as a parent ever.
He will be playing tonight at Barren Ridge Vineyards from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
#parentattachment #socalledsimplelife
#childhood #teenagers

Our Family's Story ~Pogreba~ (@oursocalledsimplelife)

This is one of the renovation projects in our 1870s home. This floor was badly water stained and in general ruined. I started with a oil based Kilz paint, covered with a white latex semi gloss trim paint and then finished with the gold foil mandalas. Final step was sealing with polyurethane.
#bringinglifetoastainedruinedfloor #kilz #paintedfloor #stencil #mandalas #thisoldhome
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