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Welcome to my Tour Through Blogland!!
I was asked to join by Nicole from Meet the B’s.
Nicole is a DIY/Home blogger that writes about all of the projects she is currently undertaking in her journey on making her new house a home. She has been blogging for a little bit longer than me, and her blog is everything I wish mine was–focused on home decor, decorating, and making a beautiful, functional living space. AND, she’s about as obsessed with teal and gray as I am! Take a virtual tour of her beautiful house, and read all about what you can expect to see from her in the future!
So what is this Blog Tour I speak of? Well, basically, it’s a way for bloggers to write about what goes on “behind the screen”. Each blogger is asked the same 4 questions, and then at the end chooses up to 3 other bloggers to carry on the tour. It’s a great way to learn about other bloggers too!
On to the questions!!
1) What am I working on?
I am working on a lot of things, but don’t seem to be actually finishing many of those things. No matter how organized I try to be, I am still so A.D.D. that actually sitting down and finishing ONE thing is very tough for me. One of the most exciting things I am currently in the middle of and will be posting this week, is a freezer cooking post. I have always wanted to try my hand at freezer cooking. I’m not talking about making an extra casserole to freeze for later, or making breakfast burritos (although those were on my list). I’m talking about spending an entire day making a month’s worth of meals!
I am also planning to give my office (or tiny corner of our living room) some sprucing up. I can’t keep waiting until we have a home of our own again, I need to start loving the space I’m in now. And, if after I have my office how I like it, my husband tells me to pack up the next day–who cares? That just means I get to design the space all over again!! After all,I love starting from scratch.
I also have some furniture rehab projects planned. That little end table I picked up thrifting with Veronica–some body needs to give it some love! I also settled on a fabric for a new entryway bench I’ll be making out of our previous “coffee table” so that project will soon be under way. I’m finally feeling good about starting new DIY projects after my DIY deprivation earlier this summer.
I also have a few little projects in the works, like new pillow covers for the living room couch, and an initial door hanger. Maybe this time I can actually sew the zippers in for the pillow covers correctly 😉
The “I Made it from Pinterest” series has been suffering as of late too, so I plan to resurrect it. I’ve been doing a lot of my own experimenting in the kitchen instead of trying new recipes others have come up with. I can’t say that a lot of my experimenting has turned out very good though 😉
My husband also recently switched my site over from a shared webhosting to our very own server! He’s so smart and techy, it’s nice to have him around. Anyway, now that the move is done and working (although it gave me a scare yesterday) I want to give the blog a new look. Bear with me as I do some theme, layout and style changes!
2) How does my work differ from others from its genre?
With so many niche bloggers out there, it’s hard for a newbie like me to stand out. If you look, there’s 100 different ways you can make taco seasoning, or 50 ways other bloggers have come up with to save money. That’s OK though. What makes my blog different, is everything I write about comes from MY OWN personal experiences, and is written in my own voice. There’s not just one way to do something, whether it be cooking, home renovations, re purposing items, or saving money–I write about the way I do things, and the lessons I learned along the way.
The best part about blogging, is the network of other bloggers you find on your journey. There’s so much creativity out there you can’t help but be inspired by them.
3) Why do I write/create what I do?
Why do I write? I’ve always enjoyed cooking/baking/crafting/decorating, and I’ve always enjoyed reading blogs. I thought it would be great to be able to combine the two. When my friends started asking me how to make a certain recipe, how to get started gardening, how I saved money doing this, or just how I did something in general, it gave me confidence that I could be a successful blogger. I knew that if my friends were all interested in what I’d been doing, then why wouldn’t other people who share my interests also want to know? I love being able to be one of those people that gives advice and helps others.
Why do I create? I have always loved to create new things. Even when I was a kid, I was constantly playing in the kitchen, coloring, painting, or taking scraps of wood from my dad’s workshop and trying (unsuccessfully) to turn them into something. I remember for a little while I was really into sewing and embroidery. For my mom’s birthday and Christmas I would take scraps of fabric and make homemade gifts for her. It’s just something I do.
I’m also someone who is very
frugal cheap, and I hate paying full price for anything. I know that I can get whatever it is I’m looking for at a fraction of the price. And as far as saving money on home decor goes, I’m always trying to figure out how I can make it, rather than buy it. Luckily, I have a very very handy hubby who can make just about anything.
4) How does your writing/creating process work?
Ha! I can’t say that I really have a process. While I try to stay organized with my blog binder and planner, I still have about 50 different notebook pages, sticky notes and any other random scrap of paper scattered around on my desk with an idea here, a to-do list there.
In school, I absolutely hated writing anything. I would drag my feet and procrastinate until the last possible minute, before I finally just had to sit down and do it. I would always turn out an acceptable paper, but it was such a hassle and stressor for me. Funny how my part-time job now is essentially full of writing?
Some days I have a lot to say and can easily write down 30 ideas (hence those 50 random scraps of paper), but other days, I can sit down and stare at my screen or binder and not come up with a darn thing. Or, even when I have those great ideas, when I actually go to sit down and write, nothing comes to mind. I have tried to write as the mood strikes me, instead of writing an entire post start to finish in one sitting–While that method is helpful in making sure sentences flow and nothing is misspelled, I still prefer to just sit down and write everything at once. I guess old habits die hard.
Now on to the bloggers I have chosen to pass the torch to
I have been linking up with Erlene on Merry Monday’s for a few months and recently was asked to guest host, which was a lot of fun. She writes about DIY projects and recipes inspired by Pinterest. She also hosts a few Link Parties and does some great recipe roundups. She’s actually getting ready to do one on bacon–mmmm bacon. Erlene is also a huge Walking Dead fan, so of course, she’s OK by me!!
Kate writes about anything, and everything, pertaining to home. She has recipes, DIY projects, printables, and of course, organizing solutions! I just recently discovered her blog and I am glad I did! We have a lot of the same tastes when it comes to organizing, although I have to say, she is MUCH better at actually executing those ideas 😉
Make sure you check out these lovely ladies and be sure to read their tours next week!