A fun thing has been happening in the “blog world,” where a blogger provides a behind-the-scenes peek into his or her blog by answering a set of predetermined questions, and then passes the baton along to some other bloggers to do the same.
I was honored to have been asked to participate by the amazingly talented Bre of Brepurposed. In addition to having a fantastic first name, Bre is incredibly skilled at refinishing furniture in unexpected ways, as well as at designing beautiful printables and other graphics. If you are unfamiliar with her blog, I suggest you check it out as soon as you’re done reading this post!
Yes, so before you do that, I want to welcome you to my home – the place where all of the Average But Inspired *magic* (HA!) happens.
(Sorry I don’t have a family pic to show you here. My husband is the most private person on Earth (he doesn’t even have Facebook), and I promised him I wouldn’t put his photo on my blog. So here are my cuties to greet you, waiting for you on the front porch.)
My home is a constant work in progress. Because it was built in the 1920’s there is always something wrong with it (take, for example, the clay tile roof, which is currently failing (think water coming into the living room during a heavy rainstorm), and is a total beast to repair.). It also has none of the features today’s buyers look for in a home. No open floor plan, no walk-in-closets, no spa-like bathrooms. You get the picture.
Nonetheless, I LOVE it and find that, despite all of its shortcomings, it has many wonderful qualities that make it my home and the place I want to live as long as is possible. Qualities that truly are little details like the built in bookcases and arched alcoves flanking the fireplace in the living room.
(Who cares about arches? This lady.)
Qualities like the original breakfront in the kitchen, which has glass doors that allegedly came from the old Chicago Board of Trade building.
(Who sacrifices having a better layout in her kitchen just to keep this original piece in the home? This lady.)
So yeah, it’s all of these little things that come together and make me love my house even when I wish I could see the kids in the living room while I’m cooking in the kitchen, and when I’m cramming clothes into random closets in other rooms because mine is the size of a shoebox.
And now that I’ve given you a mini tour of my house, I’m supposed to answer a few questions to help you get to know me better. So, here we go!
1. What am I working on?
I feel like this should be rephrased to “What am I not working on?” I have about twelve million projects ongoing at all times. It makes me feel very scatterbrained and stressed. I honestly don’t know why I do this to myself, but I do. I cannot sit still.
Right now there are two projects that are taking precedence to others. The first is the makeover I’m giving my dining room. I’ve repainted already and am working on some finishing touches. Here’s a little teaser pic in which you can see some potential new curtains I’m pondering. (I promised my husband that I would repaint the room a color that would not require me to buy new curtains. I am a liar.)
The next project is refinishing this little butler tray coffee table that I purchased for $5 last September. It has been taking up space in my garage since that time and must be gone from my life ASAP.
2. How does my work differ from those in my genre?
This is a really hard question. This blog is a hobby; I don’t consider it, or the projects I share on it, to be “work.” I just don’t think I take it that seriously.
But, pretending for a moment that my projects can be called that, I suppose they are different because they have been created by someone with no real artistic or design skills at all. There are so many incredibly talented people writing blogs and sharing totally amazing projects – I am not one of those people.
So what sets my work apart is that I think I show others just like me – – average people – – that they can make decently pretty things if they’re willing to put some time and effort into it. Average But Inspired is hope for the common woman (and man – we don’t discriminate around here)!
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Last year I stepped back from my job as an intellectual property attorney in order to spend more time with my children. It was a sacrifice I willingly made for my family, but it wasn’t the easiest to transition from working in an intense, professional environment to wearing jeans every day and playing Doc McStuffins all the time.
I had to keep myself occupied to prevent regretting my decision, so I decided to use some of my time to explore creative interests that had been shoved aside for years. I took a sewing class and also began creating all kinds of random stuff. I really enjoyed it and found my projects getting better with time. So, I started a blog and then found that, in addition to creating, I loved learning all about blogging and sharing my projects (even if they aren’t always so good).
Creating and blogging gives me a nice way to keep my mental skills sharp, learn new things, have something just for myself, and to be home and actively engaged with my kids. It is a win/win situation in my book so that’s why I do it!
4. How does your writing/creative process work?
Okay, I do not have a “process.” This sounds so official. In any event, my creations are usually born out of necessity. I don’t really make things for the sake of making something. I usually need or want them for some purpose. So when that happens, I create.
And I get interrupted no less than five gazillion times because I have these two little helpers with me at all times. They are totally attached to me. Seriously, my husband swears that the little guy would climb back inside the womb if he could.
But later, after they go to bed, I sit down and write my posts. On the couch, in front of the TV. I am never ahead of schedule, and everything is usually written the night before it’s posted here. If I’m feeling good and not too tired, my posts are a little sillier. If I’m tired and feeling like blogging is a chore, my posts are more straightforward. That’s just how it goes.
Phew, well, that’s the end of the questions, thank goodness! They stressed me out a little bit – they are all very intense.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my home and learning about how disorganized I am when it comes to what you see here on Average But Inspired.
Next week, be sure to check out the blogs of the lovely ladies to whom I’m passing the torch:
Carmody from Paper & Fox
and Cassie from Little Red Window.
These ladies both have wonderfully clever style and delightful blogs. I can’t wait to see more of their homes and their answers to these questions!