Tour through Blogland: Fresh Crush

Hello! I’m so glad you’re here! The amazing Christina over at the DIY Mommy invited me to join in on the, Tour Through Blogland. She is one busy lady! Mom to three, wife, crafter, seamstress, decorator, blogger, knitter… did I miss anything? Oh ya, she’s also got a background in graphic design (something we have in common) — I think it’s fair to say she’s “a creative”. I’m so happy we’ve connected this year through our blogs, and I always look forward to what she has on-the-go next!

She made all of this! (babies included). Girl has range!

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Thanks for the invite Christina!

Now, a little about me (this feels weird). I’m married to my college love. We were married 10 years before our daughter arrived through adoption — by far the best adventure we’ve ever experienced, and we’re on the list for #2. The Kiddo is the Best, with a capitol B! She’s spunky and loves life on our acreage, west of beautiful Edmonton, Alberta.

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Photo by T.Bolinski Photography.

I’ve worked in Graphic Design for 17 years, going freelance shortly before our daughter was born. Since then, its been full-time Mommy on-the-go for me.

I have been sanding, painting, and updating pieces as long as I can remember. I love all my projects big and small, and it never feels like there are enough hours in the day. My purse is constantly full of old to-do lists, paint swatches, and toddler snacks (and probably 5 shades of raspberry lipstick that I NEVER wear).

What am I working on?

More like, what am I not working on?… I currently have a half-renovated kitchen, a dug up front yard, a bunch of chairs and an antique cabinet in the garage waiting for their makeovers (still deciding exactly what to do with them).

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

That’s a tough one. I think blogs focusing on home decor and design are a bit like snowflakes. Similar, but no two are exactly alike. I think I break out my belt sander a little more often than the average bear! I’m a rescuer. My happy place is when I can find the beauty in a forgotten wooden piece, a chipped garage sale find, or repurposing something I already own. Giving new life where something may of otherwise ended up in the landfill. Beauty is truly everywhere, it just depends on where you’re looking.

Why do I write/create what I do?

In a word? Passion. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like I was meant to do this. I’ve definitely put in my “10,000 hours”, and I’ve loved every one of them. That’s how I know I’m on the right path… and, there is ALWAYS something new to learn — that’s the fun part. I am never without a project on the go, and I would be lost without one.

How does my writing/creating process work?

Hmm. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a little scattered. Inspiration hits — and I start moving. But “real life” still takes priority. It makes for an interesting mix. My full time job is being a Mom. My part-time job is freelance graphic design, and every other minute is basically spent working, researching, hunting for, painting, sanding, planning, and doing, some sort of DIY project — and blogging about it all.

My actual writing often starts while my better half is putting our daughter down to sleep, and looong after dark. It can be challenging to find the time for everything — and I’m definitely still learning. I’ve been honoured to be included on fantastic sites, like, Design Sponge, and Apartment Therapy. And, feel the most accomplishment when I step out of my comfort zone with projects like this mid-century beauty.

Inspiration – planning – action – photography – writing. Mostly in that order, and usually with a bunch of different projects at one time. The writing is the most challenging to find the “quiet time” for, hence, the late nights. Morning coffee is my friend.

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Now it’s my turn to pass the torch to another “touring through blogland” blogger — Jillian, over at Jillianastasia. She’s a designer, who handles everything from recipes, to graphic design, to DIY — with a vintage flare.

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Jillian covers a lot of ground (with killer photography),  and she’ll have you hosting a stylish party with the perfect cocktail, or DIYing your new favourite centrepiece. Not to mention the girl finds time to run her own Designer Paper Etsy shop! Thanks Jillian!!

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Thanks for checking out my little, Tour Through Blogland, be sure to follow along the chain, and discover all the incredible talent out there!

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