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Welcome to Pen & Hive!

Do you sit at your desk at work thinking of the project you are planning for Saturday? Are you thinking about starting a garden, or getting some beehives, but wonder if you can do all that in your suburban backyard? Have you ever stopped to pick up a piece of furniture off the street?  Can you just not stop making things? Are you intimidated by blogs that have Instagram husbands and paid assistants? 

Then you are my people, welcome home.

 I'm interested in helping you find positive ways to enjoy every part of your life. 

I'm a former homeschool mom and lifelong gardener turned blogger, beekeeper, and Master Gardener with a love of photography and vision boards.  I enjoy, no. I LOVE writing and speaking about these topics! I work for a Jolie Paint and Miss Mustard Seed stockist and can talk paint colors til the bees come home.  I am living my creative adventure in the land of Elvis with my husband two dogs, a cat,  and several hundred thousand bees.

I'm a major ginger beer fan and failed minimalist. Who the heck wants one pair of shoes?

Find inspiration for your next project on the blog at penandhive.com

Come join me as I share simple ways to improve your home, garden, and life a little bit every day.

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