Last week, my friend Ursula at Homemade by Carmona shared a little smidge about me (and some other awesome bloggers) on her blog. It was the sweetest and, along with it, she invited me to talk a little bit about myself! If you have never had the privilege, Ursula has great taste and gives great tips. Two weeks ago she gave her secrets to painting free hand.
Now, I’ve gotten better at this in recent years (a.k.a. with the practice of repainting every.single.room.), but I am putting some of her tips to use as I touch up some close spots in our bedroom! It’s a possibility I am doing that as you read, actually. She also made some AMAZING business cards that she brought to Haven. They were a HUGE hit. Everyone I knew that saw her cards was so impressed!
Anyway, I had the privilege of sitting down with Ursula on the very first afternoon of Haven and just…chatting. It was right before all of the crazy began and it was probably the longest conversation I was able to have in the course of all of Haven’s busyness. I was sure that with all of the sessions, meals, parties, after-parties, etc. Ursula would forget about me, but then I got this fabulous email! So, thanks, Ursula for inviting me to be a part of the tour!
The next part of the tour is for me to answer 4 questions. I have to be honest, this was killer for me. It really made me analyze my “creative process” and stuff…those words are in quotes because I’m not sure I have a creative process. Truly. I just…do stuff when I’m tired of them being the way they are. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Question 1: What am I working on right now?
HAHAHAHAHAHA – If that isn’t a loaded question. Um. We are working on our living room. I painted my first ever piece of furniture and I can’t decide if painting furniture is the worst thing ever or the best. It will depend on the finished product. We are working on our kitchen, kinda. We have supplies, but haven’t started. We are working on (finally) finishing up our bedroom. It’s almost completely done, but a few little touch ups have to be made. We are working on our stairs since I ripped up the carpet at 11:30 one night and let them sit for a year and a half…OH…and did I mention that our roommate is moving out so we also have a whole new blank slate room (and bathroom) to consider?! Yeah…we have a few (too many?) things going on right now. But I love it because it finally feels like our house is “ours” since it looks more like us.
This wall is finally almost finished. Also, I don’t make my bed often enough.
Question 2: How does my work differ from others in this genre?
I am messier than them. No, really. I am the messiest. Like, ever. Ask my husband. Truly, I think that we all have different ideas, but we all also have similar ideas. The last few original (ha ha) projects I’ve been REALLY excited about have resulted in me sharing the idea with Chris and then clicking on an Apartment Therapy link the next day and seeing similar ones that are brand new. I thought FOR SURE that I was the only one thinking that! That being said, our house is coming together in a totally different way than anyone else’s. That’s totally not me bragging. It’s just that we have weirdo tastes and hand-me-down things and heirlooms and junk other people don’t collect. And also, I just don’t call it my work. That’s not to demean bloggers AT ALL…but other bloggers do seriously amazing things and I do not AT ALL feel like I am even in the same ballpark as they are! So, when you go through this tour (and you can go way back through the blog tours and see phenomenal bloggers), remember that they’re all really kick-butt and I am just happy to be a little considered in the same category. 🙂 And also, remember my house is messier.
Question 3: Why do I write/create what I do?
Well, basically, I’ve lived in this house for a long time. I’ve shared the house with 8 different people. It was a transitional house year after year for a long time and I copied my style from everywhere and nowhere and hand-me-downs. My first self-bought furniture was a bunch of stuff that coordinated from a furniture store. I liked it all, individually, but it never quite went together the way I wanted. It also didn’t really fit in the room correctly, yada yada. So, when Chris and I got married, I started replacing a piece or two at a time with things I really liked and eventually our hodge-podge started to form our style…and I use that term loosely. We’re definitely not done. One of the girls in our youth group said, “Your house has a lot of random things.” Yes. Yes it does. We are random. That’s the deal. But, we really like our random and we want to be able to welcome people into it. I guess that’s why I do what I do. I am trying really hard to create a home, not only for us but, for the people we love. Our kids and our teenagers and everyone else should feel welcome here. Hopefully we can welcome all kinds of friends, neighbors, and kids into our home at all times. Soon. 🙂
Random: handmade bench, brass bowl, glass head, flower frogs, bowling trophy, and GIANT METAL G. Love it. Feels like us.
Question 4: How does my writing/creative process work?
Do you hear those crickets?
They came in the long, undisturbed silence that took place while I contemplated the answer to this question. I have two really good examples of my creative process: my stairs and my kitchen backsplash. One night I was sitting on the couch and needed to go upstairs for something. On the way upstairs, I noticed (for approximately the millionth time) that my stair carpet was coming up. So, I pulled on it. And then I had pulled it all up. And the padding. And then I was taking out tack strip. Meanwhile, Chris and Michael had come to the bottom of the stairs to see WHAT ON EARTH I was doing. Backsplash? Similar situation. Chris went to a meeting. I read too many countertop/backsplash links falling down a blogging rabbit hole and decided we needed to tile our backsplash WITHOUT the laminate lip and then, a few bad phone pictures and a sharp blade later, we had no more laminate on our backsplash. That’s kinda how the creating part goes…I create a mess and we have no choice but to clean it up. As far as the writing part, I’ve liked to write for a long time. I used to help my sister write her papers. I started blogging six years ago (on a different blog) for fun because I liked to write. Then, I started writing (a previous version of this blog) in 2009 or 2010 before Chris and I got married. I just needed to get thoughts out of my head. Unfortunately for you, that means you’re reading them. 🙂 Really though, I don’t think I have a process other than I act on ideas when I get them and, more importantly, when we can afford them. This means I end up being cheap and resourceful (?) and we end up getting ourselves into messes. 🙂
Okay, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Here’s where I get to introduce you to another amazing blogger so that you can go to her blog next week!
The next stop on our tour is Dee from Cupcakes and Crowbars!
Seriously, if her blog name doesn’t make you want to be her best friend, I don’t know what will. Actually, I do.
This is Dee:
She’s so lovely, right?!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet Dee at Haven, but I did start following her on Instagram and Facebook (you should, too!) and she’s super funny. WHEN you go to her site, you’ll see the following bio:
Blogger, DIYer, Crafter, Amateur Photographer, Wine Drinker. Probably Wine Drinker should have been listed first, in the way that ingredients on food are listed in order by quantity. Basically I’m full of wine. I sometimes say inappropriate things. And I make jokes. Like constantly. They’re not all good. Fair warning. Still curious?
AS IF THAT BIO WERE NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU WANT TO BE FRIENDS WITH HER?! I think we would be instant friends if we lived closer to each other. You’ll have to wait until next Monday (August 25th) to find out her answers to these questions (and I, for one, can’t wait), but until then…
She makes amazing food. This is the most recent recipe she posted, but I promise, I wasn’t being lazy. I saw “Summer Corn” and stopped dead in my tracks (only momentarily…then, I looked at every recipe EVER) because SUMMER CORN IS MY FAVORITE!
She has food, crafts, DIY projects, and a GREAT story on her About page. So, start there (or with summer corn if you like food like me) and then fall in love with Dee and her blog! 🙂
Thanks for coming with us through blogland! Hope to see you back Wednesday for our random version of a “gallery wall” in our living room! SO many changes! 🙂