How are you all doing this Monday? I’ve got the Monday Blues! I don’t want to be back at work, because I want to be at home getting some projects done! I’m in full on project mode and I can’t get’er done here at work.
Today is a fun post because I was asked to participate in a tour around blog land. Fun! I get to tell ya a little about me, and introduce you to a few other blogs. I’m so excited to share some blog love with these ladies.
First up is Christine from Let’s Get Crafty. I met Christine when she became my roomie at Haven. She was so much fun to get to know and become friends with. Love this girl. She is an army vet (yes you read that right) who has a crafty side! Plus now she’s a road trippin’ gypsy like me. Here’s to the open road!
This summer Christine and her hubby took a big road trip out west from the North Georgia to Seattle, Washington. She filled my gypsy soul with lots of awesome pictures from her trip on instagram. Follow her here on Instagram so you can see all the great pics!
But this army girl has crafty side that you won’t believe. Look what she did with this apothecary cabinet. Ummmm….Love It!
So here are the questions Christine asked me to answer.
1. What am I working on right now?
Tons of stuff! I have projects sitting all over this house, shed, and land. But let me keep it real for you. Don’t judge me on these pics, remember they are BEFORE pictures.
Clean my desk! Yes, many times a month that sucker looks like this. I need some organizing help!
Yep, I know that is a HOT MESS! The next “come on girl get this done” project is to finish my crap room to craft room. You follow this progress in the Part 1 and Part 2 posts. My goal is to finish it so I can post about it next Monday! Here is a sneak peek, plus if you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen some other sneak peeks.
Then the next big project will be our master bedroom. What was I thinking when I painted 4 walls red! That sucker is getting planked on all 4 walls! It’s going to be a big change from dark to brighter hopefully. Maybe I can get it done by Christmas! Boy am I optimistic.
And finally I’m trying to go from this……
To this……But it’s hard in this TX heat!
Check out last years awesome fall decor….Fall Fantle, Fall Pumpkin Topiary, Fall Porch, Fall Coffee Filter Wreath, Fall Bottles. I’ve got some things in the works for this years decor because I’m trying to not do the traditional pumpkin, corn, orange and yellow type theme. I decided I wanted something totally different. So keep checking back to see what I come up with, or follow me on Instagram for some sneak peeks.
2. How does my work differ from others in the same genre?
Heck if I know. I just do what I love. What do I love? Junk, salvaged items with a story, things handed down through our family, cowhide, denim, rusty and chippy, fringe, flea markets, metal, making my what I’ve dreamed up in my head happen, and LOTS more. Let me show ya some so you feel my love!
This Vintage Bedroom of My Daughters. We built this knock-off Pottery Barn Stratton bed and I love it!
This 6-ft Vintage Gas Sign in our Son’s newly redecorated room!
This Screen Door we bought at a Flea Market.
3. Why do I create/write what I do?
Because we are cheap! Because it makes me accountable in getting stuff done! Because I dream up a style in my head and I want it! I won’t settle for nothing else. I want others to just try to make what they want instead of buying everything. To make others aware that it’s not always trash, it can continue it’s story somewhere else. To show some love to unique decorating. I could go on and on and on. Take this TV/Media stand for example. This is my first blog post. I wanted to start a blog because so many have inspired me, so this was the starting point to get me off my butt. We lived without a TV stand for 2 years until I could finalize what I wanted in my head. I drew it up one day in a training session at work (I may have been a little bored). Then G and Bracken made it come to life with some old windows, old wood, and rusty sheet metal.
Then we lived without the “couch I wanted” and just made do because I couldn’t find what I wanted. Finally I found the size couches I wanted at Pottery Barn Outlet for a steal of a price. Then I thought about how I wanted them upholstered, and came up with these couches we LOVE! Yes, we have two and they are fantastic. Never pass on a good deal because you can create it into something fantastic.
4. How does my writing/creative process work?
I can be a lifetime student because I enjoy learning new things all the time. If something inspires me, I’m going to try to teach myself how to do it. Thank you YouTube! Usually, I can’t find what I want so I create it. Like in Question #3, it takes me years sometimes. I refuse to settle for something if it isn’t what I want. I’ll search and dig to create what I have in my heart. Thanks to G and Bracken and Revyn for helping me make these things a reality. I just go for what I feel, what inspires me, and what touches my soul. In writing posts the hardest part for me is editing pictures. I take crappy pictures and have to perform magic on them to get them to look decent. Learning to take better pictures is on my list to do this year. Then when I write a post, I just write like you were sitting here with me sharing a big ole’ glass of sweet tea. Just friends chatting it up.
I hope this gives you a little more insight into what makes me tick! Next Monday September 15th, visit these two bloggers I’m nominating and see what all they have to say. I know I can’t wait to see how they answer these 4 questions!
First up is Maggie from MaggieVillamaria. I found her through Instagram, from another person I follow and she was tagged in their pic. I clicked over, she has AMAZING pictures, and then realized she was in our church HS group. I had her sister in my small group last year, and remember Maggie from when my son was in there. Plus I remember her and her family coming to church at the VA ever since she was just knee high to a grasshopper. This cute lady is very talented, and get this she is a 19 year old sophomore in college! She just started blogging this summer and I’m already addicted to her blog and what she does. She is just the cutest thing.
She had me at fringe…… (Maggie, you have to let me know where you got that amazing purse!)
Then at her sewing abilities.
Ain’t she just the cutest thing! Plus super talented! Go show Maggie some love!
Next up is Jessica from 1-2-3 Neat & Tidy. This girl has some great organizational ideas. You can even follow her on Instagram. You know I need some organizational ideas because you just saw my desk! Take a tour through her blog and see all the great organizational tips she offers. I’ve pinned several to get me rolling in that area. Plus I found this post she did by sprucing up some old vintage doors. You know I love giving something old a new story to continue on. What better way to continue the story than at a wedding. Isn’t it a cute idea! I love how they left the original hardware and the glass. Super cute.
My kids are all driving themselves now, but I wish I had this little fun bag for them in the car when they were smaller. Check out how she keeps her daughter entertained on car trips. What kid wouldn’t love this? This is one creative mom.
So go over and gather you up some organizational ideas from Jessica at 1-2-3 Neat & Tidy.
And my last blogger is Teri from The Freshman Cook. Don’t let the name fool ya, because she is actually a professional chef. However, she blogs and provides recipes that are easy to follow for even the beginning cook. Who doesn’t love easy recipes!
I mean check out this delicious fall recipe using waffles. It’s her Waffle Crust Apple Pie Parfait. And you know I love it in a mason jar!
Now look at these absolutely adorable Chrysanthemum Cake Pops. Wouldn’t they make the cutest party food. My daughter Revyn loves flowers, so when I saw chrysanthemum I was all in.
So follow Teri on Instagram for more yummy recipes. Or just check out her blog at The Freshman Cook.
Maggie, Jessica and Teri will be posting next Monday, September 15th, so don’t forget to check them out.