Griffin, from The Design Itch, asked me to partake in a tour that's making its way through blogland. Even though I'm pretty swamped, and I just participated in the Canadian Bloggers Home Tour (see the juicy new lakehouse pictures I shared here), I'm always so touched when someone says, "hey, you're swell. Can I tell people how swell I think you are?" Speaking of swell, take a look at Griffin's beautiful dining room:
Blogging can be weird. Over the weekend someone read an older, tongue-in-cheek post of mine but didn't get the joke at all, so they decided that the only thing to do was to leave a character-attacking comment - anonymously, of course. Le sigh. I manually approve all comments (to catch rude spam), but I swiftly deleted that one too. Truthfully, it was kind of funny because the person was very uninformed about the matter in question - but very opinionated, as the uninformed tend to be - and I almost wanted to approve and highlight the comment because anyone who has read more than one post of mine would have seriously chuckled, but I just don't need that kind of negative juju. Constructive feedback is always welcome but any type of name-calling, character defamation, or attempts to make someone feel bad get a big "nope" from me. I'm not one to complain about blogging because, uh, it's totally voluntary. Negative comments don't ruffle my feathers anyway, but I'm sharing this to help remind myself not to take for granted the kind, sweet, supportive folks out there who make blogging so much fun.
Before I get too misty-eyed, I'm just going to get right to the questions posed of everyone who partakes in this tour:
1. What am I working on?
Right now I'm working on a bunch of different DIY projects, feverishly trying to complete them before the snow (which I'm certain is just around the corner) rears its ugly head. I've partnered with Canadian Tire for a huge series of projects and I'm tackling some of those this week, but I've also got some of my own projects on the go. I've been trying for weeks to stain the deck and couldn't land a sunny stretch, but I think Tuesday might be my magic day! Sometimes you can catch a glimpse of what I'm working on via Instagram, like this sneak peek I shared of a super cute office accessory I painted and stained yesterday - details soon!
2. How does my work differ from those in my genre?
I learned a long time ago that I shouldn't compare myself to others. I really do believe it's far more valuable to compare current-me to past-me, than to anyone else. Have I learned something? Have I developed a skill? Am I improving? Have I stopped leaving the dishrag in a sink of scungy dishwater overnight?
Past-me (townhouse-me) blogged more often and took fewer design risks. Current me (lakehouse-me) has been trying to blog a little less, but produce more interesting, thoughtful posts. I'm taking more design risks and tackling more daring DIY projects. I submit the townhouse kitchen and lakehouse kitchen as Exhibit A.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I was passionate about DIY projects long before I started blogging and probably will be long after I hit "publish" on my last post. I'm not really into DIY to save a buck, although that's a nice perk - like when I made my framed agate art for a fraction of the price of the professionally framed agate I lusted after.
Mostly I just like things my way - I DIY because I'm bossy! Often I can't find exactly what I want (like my weird truck bed or the washing-maching hiding curtains), so I make it. I also have this horrible affliction: I have too many ideas! I sometimes wish I could just say them out loud and see them magically materialize, because I have way more ideas (especially for art!) than one person can ever use and never enough time to see them all come to fruition. But, I do like learning new skills and trying new things, so maybe a magic idea-maker wouldn't be for me after all. Sure, I wasn't the best at it - and it was a ridiculous amount of work (I'm talking weeks and weeks) - but it feels pretty awesome to say that Hubby and I painted my 1992 Dodge Colt lime green...
I've always enjoyed creative endeavors, and I hope the well never dries up!
4. How does my creative writing process work?
I have a notebook designated for blog post ideas, but usually I end up writing them down on everything from gas receipts to my Hydro bill. Once I accidentally wrote down something on a student exam I was marking! I hope they don't steal my idea...
I used to post five days a week but these days I aim to produce a blog post 3 days a week. Truthfully, I reject half of what I write because I start to doubt the quality. I think I have more abandoned draft posts than published posts. I recently sat down and penned a personal essay for a writing contest which I at first thought was really funny and moving, but in the 11th hour couldn't submit it because I decided it was crap. I hope future-me either improves my writing or confidence, because I spend a lot of time clicketing-clacking away at my computer for my own health.
Now I'm passing the tour on to Shannon, from 8 Foot Six (with whom I share a love of Pyrex). She's currently decorating and renovating on two fronts: her already gorgeous home has undergone some renos and she has the cutest summer place.
Jae won me over with a stunning kitchen makeover - seeing the process unfold was incredible! I definitely recommend taking a peek at Design OCD. I'm passing the tour through blogland onward, so Jae and Shannon will be sharing their answers to these questions next Monday and then they'll each pass the questions on to another blogger. And so on and so on, until the end of time. The end.