Last week I was invited by Dorrie of Simple Southern Charm to take place in a little “get to know each other” tour of blogland. If you haven’t seen Dorrie’s site yet, you are missing out- be sure to stop by her “before and afters” section to get a feel for who she is and what she does (and prepare to be amazed!)
So, if you’re new around here (or you’ve been here a while and noticed I don’t share personal stuff a lot), read on….
- What are you working on right now?
Project-wise, I hop around quite a bit. Right now I’m thinking up some media console ideas (one for our bedroom and one for my husband’s classroom), as well as focusing on my garden. I’ve also had unfinished basement stairs for ooooooh about 2 years now, so maybe some day I’ll get on that. In the bigger picture, I was invited to a party at HGTV next month (!!!!!!) so I’ve been busy building up my social media presence and getting business cards and outfits together.
- How does my work differ from others?
I focus on fixing up our house knowing that in 3-4 years we’re going to sell it. This means I do a lot of cosmetic updates and home decor projects and not big renovations, and I’ve always got an eye for return on investment. Here’s 3 of my most popular low budget/high impact projects:
- Why do I write/create what I do?
I started this blog as a way to let my family follow along with what I’m doing, but then it grew into a creative outlet and place to connect with other people with the same interests as me. I’ve made some awesome friends through this site, and gotten lots of amazing inspiration. I am a regular person that had literally zero experience in home updates/painting/DIY before I bought a house, and I hope this blog lets other women know that they can do literally anything they want to, even if they don’t know how and they’ve never tried before.
- How does your writing/creative process work?
That’s a surprisingly difficult question. I think I just see something, my brain clicks, and off I go to get my supplies and get to work. Some of my projects were done at 10 at night because I had an idea and I had to do it right this second, some of my ideas got mulled over for months until I found the absolute perfect way to do it. My pictures on the blog are always lacking because I get so into what I’m doing that I forget to stop and document the process, and my posts get written pretty quickly because I feel like I’m sort of a natural writer and I’d rather my posts show my train of thought then be articulately mulled over and updated.
And now, let me pass off the torch to 3 of my real life blogging friends …
Colleen and I have been friends since high school and she very recently launched her site, Being Your Change all about her journey to fitness as a real actual woman with a real actual body. In 2012 she was diagnosed with melanoma and had surgeries and treatments, which led to fitness being not quite the priority anymore. In 2013 she found motivation to get in shape and now she’s sharing what works for her, what might work for you, and a big wide internet space where it’s safe to share and talk about body image struggles.
Ashlie is a college friend of mine that recently redesigned and renamed her site to Be Your Own Lady. She wants to encourage women to do whatever it is that makes them shine, whether it’s sporting red lipstick or rocking potter’s clay under their fingernails or staying in tonight, thank you very much. It’s a spot that should never make you feel bad for doing things differently and will highlight adventures in motherhood, education, marriage, family, and life.
I had the pleasure of working with Ann of Such a Mama about 4 years ago (has it really been that long?!) and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. Ann is a working Mama with serious Pinterest-Party execution abilities and a great eye for gardening. She shares lots of activities for pre-preschoolers and younger, great healthy recipes (and how to sneak good stuff into a picky kid’s diet), and is in a fantastic Wordless Wednesday Link up.