Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hey Y'all!

Well hello! Thank you so much for visiting my little blog! This is my first post, so I'm feeling the pressure a little bit. Pressure to be entertaining and interesting, and also pressure to hurry this thing up because the baby is currently snoozing in her swing. 

I thought I would share a little bit about myself and why I'm even writing this blog to begin with. I resisted the idea of starting it for a really long time. There are eleventy billion DIY and home decor blogs in this world, and I have no experience, no power tool skills, and no idea what I'm doing. Also, I'm a wife, momma, and self-employed business owner, which doesn't leave tons of time for all the work that a good blog requires. But, alas, here I am. All I know is that I have a crafty project on my mind at all hours of the day, and I can't stop decorating my house. I figured if I had this blog to come to and share with, the whirlwind in my brain might subside a little bit. 
She matches the decor

I have always been crafty and a maker. As a kid, I built elaborate condos out of shoeboxes for stuffed animals, decked out with wallpaper and handmade furniture. When I was teenager I taught myself (with my grandmother's help) how to sew. I altered my clothing and made stuffed dolls to represent my friends and me. I once made a skirt from an old New Kids on the Block pillowcase. 

In 2008, I was a recent college grad, and working as a high school teacher. I was desperate for a creative outlet, so one of my best friends and I opened an Etsy shop together. We sold quirky jewelry made from all kinds of funky stuff: cupcake toppers, Monopoly pieces, Legos, and buttons. We were fairly successful in a small town way. We went to several craft shows together over the years, and had our jewelry in a couple local shops. 
By the time my babies came along, we both were ready to do something different. We closed up our shop and gave away a lot of our inventory as gifts. Now I'm feeling that creative itch again, and our home is like a huge blank, beige canvas. 

I know none of these rooms will ever feel truly done. That's practically impossible outside of a BHG photoshoot. I mean, we live here. Life is not perfect, and neither is my house. But I find so much satisfaction in finding a beautiful arrangement of tchotchkes on my sofa table and getting my [one of many] gallery walls just right. I love the planning and daydreaming, I love the doing, and I love the admiring. I love crafting our life here, even if it's never perfect and sometimes the pictures hang crooked. 

I hope I've held up under the pressure here in this first post. I know it ended up long and kind of rambly, so bless your heart for reading it. The baby did grunt a few times over in the swing, but she's still out, so I guess I did ok. I hope you will check back as I share my daydreams, plans, and updates for our little home. 


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