Recently I met Pauline from My Altered State. We had lunch together then we showed up at the same table making class at Haven. We totally clicked like we knew each other for a long time. When I went up to demonstrate how to drill with a Kreg jig, I just threw my phone at her and told her to take photos like we were old friends. And she did a great job! Took about 104 photos of me in action, ha!
So when she emailed me and asked me to participate in a Tour Through Blogland it was a no-brainer.
So here is a little bit about Pauline (taken from her blog):
I’m a woodworker, crafter, and fix it myself-er. I support the belief that things can be altered to fit our needs,
and I’m always looking for opportunities to send something back into circulation.
My dad built the house my family lived in with his own two hands after work and on the weekends, and I grew up
around the tools and the construction. I’m a daughter who was taught by her father.
I have become aware of the resources that are all around me, and I lean heavily towards the type that go unnoticed.
I’m a supporter of compulsive remodeling decisions, and I’m not just talking about my house.
(my neighbors can tell you all about that.)
There are four questions she asked me so here we go:
1) What am I working on?
Currently this is what I’m working on. I took a sanding break to work on this post. It’s a beautiful sunny day and when I see the sun shining and I get an itching to do some sanding (possibly weird, I know). When I work on a piece of furniture, it usually takes awhile before you see it on my blog. I rarely get it all done at one time but then I also hum and haw over what to do with it. Sometimes I have a firm idea of what I know it’s going to look like and other times I just go with the flow.
2) How does my work differ from others in my (DIY) genre?
Hmmmm…I think DIY bloggers are all the same but all very different. I think our game plan is the same and we often feed off each other for inspiration and collaboration but often times how we get to our finished results is very different. I also think what we post on our blog is very different. We may carry the same thread of DIY projects but the extra stuff that make each person unique and interesting is what also make us different and draw in different readers. That’s why we’re all special, right?
3) Why do I write/create what I do?
At this point in my life, I create because I HAVE TO. I have always done some creating in my life since I was a teenager but it was always a hobby or out of necessity. I never thought it was a path of mine to take. I worked as a Medical Office Assistant for about 14 years working for various specialists and surgeons thinking my path was always to be in medical (like I missed out on choosing to be a doctor or nurse). Now I know that I’m here where I am because this is where I need to be. I love being organized (MOA training) but I also love painting furniture, baking from scratch, sewing curtains and pillows for my home and have absolutely no problem at all in visualizing how a room or piece of furniture can be completely transformed with a few (okay a lot) of tweaks.
4) How does your writing/creating process work?
Because I’m organized, I check over my calendar to see which projects have a deadline. I get on those right away. Sometimes deadlines don’t work with the flow of creativity but I find that once I get in a groove, it’s fun. If I don’t have a deadline, I have a list of post ideas that I’ve compiled that’s about a mile long so I just look it over and see which one I could do within the time frame I have, supplies I have on hand, and if I’m feeling up to it! Those three things create a post 😉
Now let me introduce you to some amazing bloggers. Next Monday they’ll be sharing their blog tour with you so be sure to check them out 😉
1) Rachel from Maison de Pax
Rachel from Maison de Pax shares DIY design and decor (with a little good food sprinkled in) for those who want a beautiful and functional home – not for show, or accolades, but because those attributes can be stepping stones toward the ultimate goal: pursuing peace in our home. She shares her 1940 colonial (aka Maison de Pax) and the challenges it provides as she and her husband strive to restore, remodel, and redecorate. From the gorgeous new whitewashed attic to last week’s dinner menu, Maison de Pax is filled with beauty, love, and plenty of chaos.
2) Shayna from The Wood Grain Cottage
Hi there! I’m Shayna from The Wood Grain Cottage! My handy husband and I live on our farm in Colorado where we just built our new home. One room at a time, we’re adding those custom touches and cottage/ farmhouse style that we love. When I’m not sweet talkin’ my handsome husband into helping me with my latest DIY idea, you can find me on our back patio sippin’ sweet tea, watching our crops grow or giving a bit of TLC to one fixer upper at a time!
Hope you enjoyed this little tour today! Have a happy Monday 😉