If you read lots of blogs like me, then you’ve probably seen the tour that’s been taking place throughout blogland. I have been enjoying learning more about the bloggers that I already follow and also discovering new ones, which is always fun!
I would like to thank my sweet friend Julie for inviting me to take part in the tour.
I was so excited to meet Julie at Haven this year! We became instant friends and I truly enjoyed getting to spend time with her at the conference. Julie’s blog, Lilacs and Longhorns has long been a favorite of mine! Julie has the most beautiful home that is filled with warmth and charm and is the perfect blend of both her and her husband’s decorating styles. She also shares wonderful project ideas, tasty recipes, organizing tips and so much more! If you haven’t discovered her blog already, be sure to stop by for a visit and say hello. Just wait until you see her newly remodeled kitchen, wow! I just know you will adore Julie and her blog as much as I do!
Here’s a peek at Julie’s gorgeous family room!
Ok, so now it’s time for me to share a little about myself by answering a few questions that Julie also answered on her blog. I have to be honest and say that this part makes me a bit nervous because I am much more comfortable sharing projects than about myself. I know this may sound odd for a blogger, but I am super shy, introverted and get major anxiety in large groups, so here I am getting ready to talk about myself in blogland, yikes! Ok, deep breath, let’s get started!
What am I working on right now?
I always seem to have a long list of projects that I need to either start or finish around the house, but right now I am focused on the porch and deck. My favorite season is just around the corner and I am looking forward to taking a trip or two to the farmer’s market to pick up some pumpkins and fill the flowerpots with fall colors. In anticipation, I have been looking through all of my favorite magazines, blogs and Pinterest for inspiration. I plan to keep the decorating simple on the porch, but I have been on the hunt for a small coffee table, a pretty outdoor rug and accessories to add a few pops of color. I am also working on a few painted pieces for the porch.
How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Let me start out by saying that I love being a part of this genre, it is such a supportive and inspiring group! Long before I started blogging I was a blog reader. Over the years I have lost track of how many I follow and I am constantly finding new ones, but even with all of the blogs that are out there, I do think that we each have our own unique voice and style. I mostly blog about decorating (my passion), but I also like to share projects. I know and embrace that I am not a professional interior designer, power tool pro, furniture painter or an expert when it comes to crafts. My perspective on the things that I share is that if I can do it, then you can do it too! My projects usually include a list of easy to find and inexpensive supplies along with simple to follow instructions and lots of pictures. When I share room reveals or decorating ideas I always try to include shopping sources to show that you can create a home you love on a budget from shops you have nearby or online without prices that break the bank. I also love to repurpose things that I already have around the house.
Why do I write/create what I do?
Blogging is my creative outlet and I find so much joy in sharing all the projects I am constantly working on. One thing that I have learned over the years is that it is important to listen to your own voice when it comes to decorating. Don’t worry if a particular color is out of style, if you like it, then go for it! There was a time when I wasn’t very confident with decorating our home. I was always second guessing my choices which often led to a room never being finished or feeling quite right for our family. Once I learned to stop worrying about what I was seeing in magazines and keeping up with trends, decorating became a heck of a lot more fun and I hope to inspire others to do the same. One of my favorite things about blogging is being able to connect with others. I truly appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blog, leave a comment or send me an e-mail, it’s what inspires me to keep blogging.
How does your writing/creating process work?
I consider myself to be a very detail oriented, organized person who enjoys making lists and following a schedule. However, when it comes to blogging all of that seems to fly out the window. I guess it’s the creative side of me that just enjoys being carefree. So, for me I enjoy blogging the most when the entire process just happens naturally. I get inspired to work on a project or create something new, take lots of pictures, sort through and edit all of the photos and then write my post. Writing for me is the hardest part, my writing skills are definitely lacking and with every post I also make myself a bit crazy over proofreading. This is the one thing that takes me forever to finally get to the point where I can hit the publish button. Due to my struggle with writing and proofreading I tend to keep the posts short and to the point, but I do like to include lots of pictures. Photography is a big part of blogging and I love taking and editing photos even though I still have so much to learn. Blogging can be frustrating, feeling like you are constantly trying to keep up with everyone else and I realized I just can’t do it. So I do my best to post once a week and every now and then on social media.
OK, so enough about me, now it’s your turn! If you have a blog or one that you enjoy following, then I would love for you to share it in a comment! You know I love blogs, so I can’t wait to check them all out and hope you will too!
Have a great week everyone!