Why I Love Blogs

First, I want to thank Beckie from Knockoff Décor for featuring my Pottery Barn Kids Whale Art Knockoff and my Wisteria Spring Art Knockoff on her website.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit her site,  it is a great source for finding inexpensive ways to DIY brand-name style.  Check it out!

Which leads me into my title of “why I love blogs”.  I haven’t always loved blogs.  The first time I ever remember hearing the word blog was in August of 2004. My husband mentioned that a co-worker had recently broken up with his girlfriend and was reading his ex-girlfriend’s blog to see how she was handling the break-up. “A What?” I said. “Well, a blog, it’s kind of like an online diary,” my sweet husband tried to explain. “Why in the world would anyone want to ever have a blog!” I retorted. I was bothered by the idea of it, people baring their souls to the whole world, anyone being able to read it, even strangers, or worse like in her situation, ex-boyfriends! It blew my mind.

Fast forward 5 years. By this point I was much less horrified with the idea of blogs. Many of my friends had started their own blogs where they shared snippets of their family life and happenings. I enjoyed reading my friend’s blogs from time to time, especially friends that had moved away. It was a nice way of being able to stay in touch. But would I ever have a blog? NO WAY!

It was about this time that I was introduced to my first DIY/Design blog. I had joined Facebook a few months prior and as I perused my tiny, just starting out newsfeed a photo of a friend’s jumped out at me.  It was this picture below.  My friend had posted a link to Centsational Girl saying how she loved this idea.


new rug

via Centsational Girl

What a clever idea to stack pumpkins in a planter, I thought.  I wonder if this Kate from Centsational Girl has other clever ideas.  Sure enough she did, and she had a blog roll full of other creative people with great ideas too!  I must say, I have never been the same since!:-)  Thanks, Kate! 🙂  So why do I love blogs?

Well, it was Chris From Just a Girl who first taught me how to paint furniture.  Her heaven sent step-by-step tutorial provided me the information and confidence I needed to transform all my outdated oak furniture and cabinetry (in our condo) to a much more pleasing color.  What a huge difference it made to the space and to my level of contentment living there!  Thank you, Chris!

Paint with a smooth finish

via Just a Girl

And then from Andrea at Oak Ridge Revival I learned that you could paint upholstery.  Who would of thought???  It saved my bum because I had bought an ottoman off of Craigslist for $40.  It was a gold-ish color that clashed with what was already going on in our family room.  I had found exactly the fabric I want to use for the top half of the ottoman but what was I going to do with the bottom half? Andrea’s post gave me the idea to paint it.  Thanks, Andrea!

Ottoman painted

The list of blogs that have been a source of inspiration and instruction in helping me create a home I love are innumerable!  I love learning from others and I love sharing with others which brings me to where I am now.  I am writing a blog!  HA!  It’s a bit laughable considering 10 years ago the idea provoked feelings of shock and horror!:-)

But my hope is to be able to give back in someway to the DIY/Design online community.  It’s fun and I love it!  And yes, I want to blog (bare my soul to the world) about it!:-)  What do you love most about reading (or writing) blogs???

2 thoughts on “Why I Love Blogs

  1. Tammara

    Love the look of a painted sofa. I have my parents 1960 sofa and I would love to try this project on. How’s the sofa color holding up? Did you paint the sofa cushions with the stuffing still inside? If so, did stuffing become stiff? I was thinking of painting the cushions but removing the inside stuffing to prevent it from being saturated with paint.

    1. Tamara Post author

      Hello! There hasn’t been any changes in the color. I painted it with the cushions still in and I don’t think that the paint soaked in because the fabric on my couch was a heavy one. I don’t think it’s a bad idea to remove the stuffing then you could re fluff them while you’re at it.:-)

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