Tour Through Blogland – A Little More About Me

Hello and Happy Labor Day!  I hope you are enjoying your day off!  I am gearing up for a BIG project which I’ll be sharing soon, but, I’ve got something a little different for you today!  I’m going to share a little more about myself and this blog!  Sound good?

If you follow a few creative blogs, then you’ve probably seen others post something called the “Tour Through Blogland.”  The Tour is a way for readers and other bloggers to get a glimpse into the blog and learn a bit more about you.  And I’m so excited I get to be involved!

I was invited to participate by my friend Amanda from Dwelling in Happiness.  Amanda was one of the first blogger friends I made – we started our blogs only a few weeks apart!

Amanda Collage

Amanda is super sweet and has some really unique ideas.  She has created the sweetest mint and peach DIY nursery for her baby girl, and I LOVE the chalkboard lampshade makeover she did on a thrift store lamp.  You definitely need to head over to her blog and have a look-see and give her some love!

There are 4 questions everyone is supposed to answer, but first I thought I would tell you a little about me, my family, and our current living situation.

family CollageMy husband Ryan and I are both Doctors of Physical Therapy.  A year after we got married, he started grad school, and then I followed behind him a year later.

That journey lasted 4 years, and now he has been out working for a few years.  I worked for a year while I was pregnant with my son, Sullivan,  but I have been off of work most of this year staying home with him.  I am going to be returning to work part time soon (*tear), and full time by the end of the year.

With all that said, we have had to put the dream of owning our own house and land on hold for a lot of years.  We are beginning to save for it, but it’s difficult on one income.

Enter my generous in-laws, who offered to let us stay with them for a while (an indeterminate amount of time), so that we can save up to buy our own home.  I am so lucky though, in that she lets me play around in her house like its my own. :)  I get to rearrange and decorate and remodel, so it works.

Now to the questions:

1) What am I working on?

 

LOL, what am I not working on??  As I’ve said before, I usually have 5 or more projects going on at once.  I guess one of the big ones right now is finishing up our DIY bathroom remodel (it’s almost done!).

I just have a bit more paint and trim to finish, and then I’d like to build some floating shelves to go over the toilet, and maybe a small standing shelf to hold towels and such.  I recently finished some large wall decor and installed the chandelier.Tour through Blogland with Shelly from TheDomesticHeart.com

Also, I am planning to start building a solid wood farmhouse storage bed and headboard for our bedroom.  I will definitely be sharing that project with you!

I’m also putting the finishing touches on my son’s nursery (he’s only 7 months old, LOL).  Really, its done, except for two walls and I need to make something to go over his crib. Oh, and a rug.  Well, its 90% there.

Of course I am already planning lots of autumn projects and printables because I’m in love with autumn!  I just finished these easiest ever fabric pumpkins made out of ticking stripe and drop cloth.  You can see the full tutorial here.DIY ticking stripe and dropcloth fabric pumpkins with tutorial from TheDomesticHeart.comOther than that, I have a few little projects going on in our bedroom.  I am in the planning stages of some pendant shade lights and a coffee station, and I just finished some super simple drop cloth valance curtains (post coming).  I’m sure there’s more, but that’s all I can think of right now :)

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This is definitely are hard one to answer, but I would say that I have a variety of skills and interests in the realm of DIY projects and home keeping.  On this blog you will see tons of DIY decor projects, furniture remodel, furniture builds – like my $100 farmhouse dining table-, crochet and sewing crafts and patterns, tips and recipes on natural living and essential oils, – like my DIY baby wipes with essential oils-, and home decor ideas and inspiration.

I also love to play around in Photoshop, so you’ll see lots of free printables  {especially chalkboard!} and party decor.  I love to update outdated pieces, especially ones I get for free or cheap.  My aesthetic really leans toward anything with age – the chippy-er the better!  I just love anything that evokes an antique farmhouse {preferably white}, but relevant to today.

3) Why do I write/create what I do?

I started this blog because I love updating and beautifying my home with easy, doable DIY projects on a budget.  I am not an interior designer and I don’t have big bucks to spend on decorating, so I think what I write and share is really for the average person who just wants to make their home as beautiful as possible with limited means.

4) How does your writing/creating process work?

Ha! I don’t really have a process yet – I’m working on it.  I have ideas and plans and projects, and as I have time to get them done, I share them.

Also, I am very susceptible to the spark of inspiration, so when I get inspired by something, I tend to drop everything to create and then share it.

I would also say that the writing component of blogging is more challenging for me, especially because I have a hard time finding a quiet place and time to concentrate on writing.  I am working on finding a time when I can do this.

My favorite part of the process after actually completing a project is editing the photos and creating graphics for the post.  I think I missed my calling in a way – I think I would have really enjoyed graphic design as a profession…but I digress.

Once I have my images ready I upload them and begin writing.  I usually write while referring to the photos I’ve taken, especially if the post is a tutorial; the images help me focus on what I need to share.


Now I direct you to some other fabulous ladies who will also be sharing more about themselves and their blogs.  

Lisa from Mabey She Made It has an awesome array of craft projects on her blog – anything from sewing projects, to paper crafts, to DIY home decor.  And she has three little girls and is always sewing up something adorable for them and sharing it.  She really has something for everyone, so definitely go check her out!  I especially love this little muslin dress and her beautiful stenciled curtains.mabey Collage

Megan from Latte Everyday is a new blogger friend and I enjoy reading her blog so much.  I really love her “currently” posts, where she shares her thoughts and experiences on daily life.  Her son is a bit older than mine, so I can really relate to a lot of what she shares.  Also, I am in love with her breakfast room makeover and am enjoying following along as they continue to update their home.latte Collage

Well that’s it!  I hope you enjoyed this little tour and will head on over to check out these other lovely ladies.  Have an excellent week!

From my {domestic} ♥ to yours,

Shelly

 

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