Hello everyone! I am so excited to be part the Blogland Tour. Angie from The Altered Past was also at Haven and invited me to part of the tour. You should definitely check out her posts on her repurposed window turned chalkboard calendar, and her patio cafe set makeover!
A little bit about me… I work for a non-profit organization as the Director of Events & Outreach. I do work full time (and then some), but being creative and making ‘pretty things’ is my passion. Other fun facts about me: I’ve been on an Operation Smile mission trip to Peru, my Meyers-Briggs personality type is INFJ, I’m a Leo (which surprises no one), I try really hard not to buy products that were tested on animals, I went to thirteen different grade schools growing up, I am a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and I have two cats named Toby and Falala. Yes, I said Falala (smile).
What am I working on?
This list is endless! The dining room has been getting some much deserved TLC. I really hadn’t done anything with it since I moved in 10 year ago, aside from painting it twice and tearing down some heinous vertical blinds. I recently painted the built-ins and brick fireplace, replaced the ugly ceiling fan with a chandelier, and we’ll be replacing the ugly burbur carpet with dark pergo wood flooring flowing in from the kitchen. Oh and I did I mention the holidays are coming which means I’ll start thinking about Christmas… oh tomorrow.
I actually use the Wunderlist app on all of my devices to keep me organized. I gotta tell you, this app has saved my sanity and to-do list!
How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Umm, this is a tough question! The other bloggers who do contemporary-traditional/midcentury are so amazing, that including myself in the same circle as them seems surreal. I think the style of my home (30 year old basic split level starter home) present a different set of challenges. I’m also still a bachelorette, so my home is just for me, versus a family home. I’m pretty resourceful and tend to find a lot of good stuff for free. I also tend to be fearless when it comes to doing things with my home, so I’m more apt to try to create something myself, versus buying it finished or paying someone else to do it.
Why do I write/create what I do?
This is an easy question. This is my therapy. It’s my version of running. When I’m painting, my head immediately clears. I’m very much a project person and seeing the end result of my work is so fulfilling.
When I moved into my house years ago, I really struggled with it. I really thought about selling it. It didn’t feel like home. Essentially, I didn’t have the money to do anything with it to make it feel like mine. I am always craving that haven, that little place of happy to call my own. A place that brings out the best possible version of me.
How does my writing/creative process work?
Things usually start one of two ways. The first being that something broke and needs to be replaced. Or, I saw a picture of something that got my imagination going.
Since I have my master to do list written down to every last detail and task, I tend to strive to accomplish one whole project (room/area/etc) at one time before jumping to the next project. The only exception being when the tasks are really expensive or I have to rely on someone else to help me. For example, I am taking a mini-break from my dining room make over and painting my front door right now because I’m at a standstill saving up money to finish my dining room floor.
Now onto the good stuff… I’m so excited to introduce you to a new blogger you are going to love!
I met Kristy of Robb Restyle when we were leaving Haven in July. We ended up on the same shuttle from the hotel to the train station. Such a bummer we didn’t meet during the conference. We were both Haven rookies and discovered we are both on Blogger (instant bonding factor for bloggers). We started sharing our blogging experiences and could easily relate to each other. She has an incredible home – the chevron stairs that you’ve seen on Pinterest are her’s! Um yeah, girl has talent 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and learning a little more about me!