taking a break.

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image via adventures with ellie

 

Hi! I didn’t really mean to take so much time off blogging, but we’re trying to enjoy these last few weeks of summer. I promise I’ll be back with lots of house updates soon. I hope you’re enjoying this time too – it seems like fall is just around the corner!

xx-H

Lessons from Angelina Ballerina

I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging lately; why I do it, why I read so many, and how they influence me. I was chatting with a good friend (Kristin from Chou Pommé) about the kind of blogs we like to read and why and the main factor seemed to be the person and personality behind the blog, not necessarily the “coolness” of the blog. I read TONS of different blogs and lately I’ve realized that some of them just don’t hold my attention any more, but yet I still consume them daily. Some of the blogs I love the most seem almost effortlessly written and put together, but I realize, with a little help from Miss Mimi (see video above), that those bloggers are working really hard to create original and thought provoking content. I think a lot of bloggers feel pressure to post every day and I think it sometimes shows. I like seeing curated lists from different style bloggers, contributor posts, sponsored posts, etc. but I sometimes feel like it’s all I see, when I used to read that person’s blog for a glimpse into their life and thoughts. I realize too that my own blog is a little, well, flat. I think that my writing is a little stilted – I’m not sure if it’s because I’m concerned about my real life readers (hi mom!) or because I just haven’t really found my own voice, as it were.

I blog because I like to have a place to collect my thoughts, and to document this really awesome time in our lives. Raising Lucy, fixing up this little house, and going through the journey of building a family. As I approach my 30th (omg!) birthday – I also think the blog is way for me to think about ideas of womanhood – being a wife, mother, a grown-up. Sometimes that means posting about our house, infertility, our dog, trying to have an adult wardrobe… it’s all a part of the process for me and I want my voice to be clear throughout. I want my blog to be an honest, positive space and not a den of negativity and frustration (ie “my husband is always traveling! I’m a lonely SAHM!”. So, I’m going to try to do a better job at writing from my heart and being more brave (both in writing and living.) I think that this blog should still be a space where I collect the thoughts, projects, things, and ideas that inspire me – sometimes that’s posting a list of stuff, other times its documenting the little nonsense things my 2 year old says. That’s not to mean I won’t use it as an occasional space to vent (we all need that!), but I wan’t to make sure it isn’t only that. I want to make sure that this blog and the others I read are sources of inspiration and engagement, not just something to passively consume.

For those bloggers who are already creatively maintaining that fine balance between personal and public, creative and contrived  – I realize now that “making it look easy is not as easy as it looks.” Thank you for inspiring me and your other readers with your words.

Ooof. That’s enough navel gazing for now.

Have a fantastic weekend!

xx-H

AB Chao Design Camp

Y’all, as AB herself would say, camp is so fun! On Saturday I got to spend the day with the designer and blogger AB Chao and other like minded decor obsessed ladies.

IMG_3880Here we are gaining pearls of decorating wisdom.

You can read more about what the camp is here, but suffice to say, it was super fun and too short. We also had a surprise visit from another favorite blogger of mine, Nicole Balch from Making it Lovely.

IMG_3885Nicole chatted with us about local resources and about mixing patterns- which she is super good at (hello cute tights!) There was much guzzling of coffee and champagne, a lot of Q&A, and a fast and furious flower arranging session.

IMG_3914AB is making those flowers submit to her will.IMG_3921Next time she comes to Chicago you should all go to camp too (unless you aren’t from Chicago in which case you can check out the 2013 camp locations), but in the meanwhile go check out AB’s blog and her incredible portfolio.

IMG_3902Look at how much fun we’re having!

Hope you had a good weekend too!

xx-H

thrifty thursday

My thrift store finds from this week… (AKA things I’ve been doing to avoid painting)

This stunning crystal plug in sconce – $8. I hung it in the living room near the bar. It needs a new shade and bottom finial, but it’s absolutely gorgeous. It glams this place up a bit.

 

Speaking of glamorous, I found these amazing Loeffler Randall Flats for, get this- $5!!! (originally $295 – they clearly didn’t know what they were practically giving away!)

 

My favorite of the bunch – a treasure trove of books for Lucy, just $8.75

Not a bad haul! It’s much more fun to poke around thrift stores than work on the porch. Here’s a sneak peak of another project I started to avoid painting.

 

Making a zillion self covered buttons is much more fun if you do it while watching a recap of an interesting blog talk chat. Here’s a link to Joy (from Oh Joy!) Cho’s chat with Naomi from rockstar diaries about the business of blogging. Interesting to hear to different perspectives on blogging and now I want to check out Joy’s book, Blog, Inc.

Here’s what Lucy has been doing to keep busy.

She LOVES watching videos of herself, especially dancing. If I need a minute, all I have to do is turn the Ipad camera on so she can use it like a mirror. We also started a tradition of listening to top 40 while we do the dishes, which is honestly the highlight of my night. We record her sometimes so she can watch it later and it never fails to make her smile ( even when she watches them a million times!) It was a little disarming to hear her sing along to Taylor Swift though…

Hope you are having a splendid week.

xx-H

Monday, Monday

A certain little someone woke up unbelievably early this morning, and no amount of cajoling could convince her to go back to sleep. We’re snuggled up on the couch watching cartoons this morning and I’m enjoying browsing through Babble.com ‘s list of Top 50 Design blogs for Mom, 2012. There are a lot of old favorites, and some that are sure to become them. I love finding new blogs and inspiration. What blogs are you all loving these days?

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. We spent an afternoon at the beach on a windy fall day and the sky was beautiful.

Happy reading!

-H

p.s. I just realized that yesterday was my first blogiversary! Thanks to all of you who have stopped by to read and comment over the last year.

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