I think I take the expression ‘better late than never’ a little too far. As always, I’m late to the blog tour party, but I’ve been having fun learning about new blogs and getting to know a bit more about bloggers I already know as well. I was invited by Tammy who blogs over at One More Time Events. Tammy and I cyber-met when we started doing weekly blog hops over a year ago and I’ve been a fan ever since. Tammy has super creative ideas that she loves to share with her readers, so be sure to check her out.
Before I get into the nitty gritty, I have to ask, aren’t these ‘feet’ adorable? This picture was taken last September while staying with a friend in Montauk. We took the rocks home and I’ve recreated it on our deck (sorry, I don’t have a picture at the moment. Just trust me).
You know the drill, so here goes!
1) What are you working on right now?
I think it would be easier to answer the question, what am I NOT working on right now!
I’m always working on a something. Sometimes it could be something small, like organizing the pantry, trying something new like this bowl, or sewing some easy pillows. Other times it could be a more time consuming project like this plaid, painted dresser or my favorite project so far, this brooch bouquet. Right now I’m focused on getting the space under our deck enclosed so it can be used for much needed storage, and I’m excited that this past weekend we started the process of having the area leveled. Since we retired in April and essentially had to combine two households into one, I’ve become somewhat obsessed with organizing and getting the most out of the space I have and I’ll be sharing what I learned in upcoming posts.
When I’m not working on a house project, lately you can find me glued to the computer trying to learn as much as possible about LightRoom. It’s a huge learning curve for me! I’m convinced the technology Gods have it in for me. It’s like they all got together and said ‘what can we do to make Doreen’s life more frustrating?’ But I’m gonna keep on truckin!
2) How does my work differ from others in this genre?
Is it any wonder this question was a tough one for a lot of bloggers? I don’t ‘work’, at least not in the traditional sense, and I don’t consider my blog ‘work’. My blog is a crafts/home decorating/lifestyle blog. We all know there are thousands, no, actually tens of thousands of blogs that fall into that category so let’s face it, the only thing any blogger can claim is different about his/her blog is that it’s a reflection of them and their personal style. I enjoy sharing my life and my projects with my readers and can only hope it inspires some of my readers to stop thinking about doing projects and ‘just do it’, because as cliche as it sounds, if I can do it, anyone can!
3) Why do I write/create what I do?
I started the blog as a hobby in the spring of 2012. It has since grown into something that means much more to me than just a hobby. I’ve always enjoyed writing as well as decorating. Blogging gives me the opportunity to combine the two, and as a huge added bonus I get to meet like minded people out in cyber space that I never in a million years would ever have come to know. I love sharing my life at our little cabin and diy adventures with all of you, and really, are there any nicer people out there than bloggers? I think not!
4) How does your writing/creating process work?
When I first started blogging two years ago, I was far more regimented and organized about the blogging process. I wanted to make sure I was posting at least 2-3 times a week because that’s what the ‘experts’ recommended, but that started to feel more like a job and was getting, well, old.
I’m not monetized nor do I necessarily have the desire to go in that direction so I’ve become much more relaxed about what I blog about and how often. Sometimes I will know what I will blog about if there’s a particular project I’m working on, but oftentimes I blog spontaneously. That’s actually counter intuitive for me because I’m typically a huge list maker and planner but when it comes to blogging I think it would take a lot of the fun out of it if I over planned things or worse, was pressured to pump out a certain number of posts a week. I know if I ever want to make money off of blogging that mindset will have to change, but for now, especially in the good ol’ summertime, I’m taking it nice and easy.
The enclosed porch, pictured below, is one of my favorite spaces at the cabin. It’s while hanging out here that I get much of my inspiration, read and comment on other blogs, check my email and maybe Facebook. I’ve pretty much given up on Twitter (never could quite ‘get it’) and Google+ is a bit of a puzzle that’s missing a few pieces to me so I’ve moved on and rarely post there or interact. It was actually liberating! At other times sometimes I’ll watch some tv, read or talk on the phone in this space and with the possible exception of my craft room, it’s what I cherish most about living at the cabin.
So, now that I’ve shared a little bit about myself. It’s time to make room for two of the loveliest bloggers I know. They will participate in this tour next Monday, July 21st. These are blogs that I love to visit and I know you will too.
Jane, who blogs over at ‘Blondie’s Journals’ is a a Midwestern sweetheart of a lady, who now lives in a quiet & beautiful neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. She loves to garden, read, try new recipes, go antiquing, decorating, and needlework crafts. Jane has a year round home in the country on a huge lake in Southwest Michigan where you will find her doing all these things and more, and telling her readers all about it as only ‘Blondie’ can do!
Cindy, who blogs over at Cloches and Lavender, grew up and lives in New Jersey. She’s been happily married for 24 years and is a Momma to two miniature dachshunds, Peanut and Reeses, which are the love of her life.
Cindy and her husband recently built their dream home, and she’s thrilled to have a blank slate to decorate, and from what I’ve seen so far, she’s doing a fabulous job! I’m sooooooo jealous!
I hope you enjoyed the tour everyone, and don’t forget to check out Cynthia’s and ‘Blondie’s’ tours next Monday, the 21st!
Till next time…