This month is the 1 year Anniversary of ‘Musings on the Pretty’….does a blog have an Anniversary or a Birthday? Ponder.
‘Musings’ had more of a gradual start – my first post was about the White Bedroom in June 2011; but it wasn’t til July 2011 that I really got going, so I’m declaring July as the ‘Musing’ AnniversaryBirthday.
I started to “Muse” for a couple reasons….first, because I encounter so many people who would tackle some home DIY projects with some direction. And I know there are many amazing & fantastically creative Design & DIY bloggers out there, so I was not exactly blazing a trail.
And that leads to the second reason, which is that I am NOT a professional DIY-er or Design Blogger.
It is my willingness to fail combined with the enthusiasm to try it anyhow that leads to many a DIY project in my own home.
I am very lucky to have a talented and handy Mister, who often brings the patience and logic that I do not possess to projects, minimizing the failure rate.
As a full time Interior Decorator & Home Stager, I also have renovation and re-Decorating projects to share – stories of Real People, with Real Budgets, and how we made choices that accommodate both budget and beauty.
Here’s some of the highlights from the first year of ‘Musings’:
Features at these blogs:
Remodelaholic (5 times!)
Projects from my little blog have been pinned over 6000 times.
A DIY tip of mine appeared in House Beautiful magazine (#14, which refers to my dining table turned coffee table).
Get the magnifying glass, it’s there.
All in all, a pretty incredible first year….. All way beyond my expectations.
Blogging for the last year and reading/following many other blogs has helped me define what I hope ‘Musings’ is, AND what I hope it isn’t:
Here’s what my blog will never be:
- blatant self-promotion and/or continuous posts about ‘what I made fabulous’
- arrogant or pretentious – I don’t approach design this way, and I think beautiful spaces have nothing to do with huge budgets.
- anything but real – I’m juggling family, a career, bad hair days, Angry Birds, a budget, and a home just like most of you….Life interrupts the best laid plans and projects get delayed….and sometimes me and my house are a hot freakin’ mess.
What I really hope is that it’s inspiring, down to earth, sometimes educational & informative, a bit random, a bit funny, and kind of like chatting with a kindawackybutinagoodway friend….
So because we chat often, and if you lived near me I’d totally have you over for cupcakes and champagne, I hope you’ll celebrate with me.
We would also be having this CheddarBacon Pull Apart Bread because, well, look at it….sort of a silly question.
(Here’s the link to the recipe. Totally fine if you make it without me. Or make it and send it to me. Either or.)
Link parties I participate in:
The DIY Showoff Project Parade; ~ Metamorphosis Monday ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia ~ Domestically Speaking ~ Somewhat simple ~House of Hepworths ~ Show and Tell Friday ~ Chic on a Shoestring decorating ~ At the Picket Fence ~ Stuff and Nonsense ~ Redoux ~ Vintage Inspiration ~ Finding Fabulous ~ Youaretalkingtoomuch ~ Under the Table and Dreaming ~ TodaysCreativeBlog ~ BetweenNapsonthePorch ~ Addicted2Decorating