You know the fun thing about blogging? You get to “meet” all kinds of cool people. And they’re people who like the same things you do! How fun is that? So a couple weeks ago, Bre from Average but Inspired messaged me on facebook. Turns out we live in the same town in actual real life! We talked a little and she invited me to join a tour through blogland which is just what it sounds like. Each blogger takes a minute to tell you a little bit about themselves, and then sends you on to discover a couple of other new and interesting bloggers!
A lot of the bloggers on the tour have been taking you on a literal tour through their homes. But we just moved. I still have boxes all over. So my tour’s going to be a little bit more selective. But I will tell you that my husband, Aa and I just relocated, with our almost-four-year-old, O, from a new contruction condo smack dab in the middle of downtown Chicago to a 125 year old house in a sort-of suburb. To say it’s a little different would be an understatement. But despite the lack of closet space, we are loving it so far! (But seriously, where am I supposed to put things like brooms? Or boots and umbrellas? Help me!)
We have a small yard now but our faaaaaavorite part of the new house is this:
The chairs totally came with the house, how lucky was that?!
We’ve done a few small projects around the house so far like removing a weird closet in O’s room
But the best part for Little Red Window is that I have a real life office/craft room/studio!
I previously wrote about where I used to work when we lived in a condo, and honestly, this is so much better I can’t even fully express it. Which of course, leads me to the point of the blog tour. Where I answer some simple questions about Little Red Window…
First up, #1: What am I working on?
I always have things I’m working on or thinking about for my etsy shop. I draw when I have time and sometimes think of ideas in random places so I carry my notebook with me a lot.
For the blog, I’m kind of in between projects. I have a few small things I’ve made recently, but nothing major. To be honest, I’ve been using up a lot of my creative energy trying to get the house in order. (I mean really, picking rugs is like a black hole, I stop by the Rugs USA website and the next thing you know, it’s three hours later!) I did recently inherit a TON of craft supplies from my late mother-in-law so I have lots of new materials to try but I haven’t really dug into them yet.
#2: How does my work differ from those in my genre?
Well, I hope I bring a nice balance of super easy projects that anyone can do, and kind of crazy complicated ones that are more of a challenge. Because that’s how I like to create. Sometimes you need an easy no-fail project and sometimes you want to dig in and make something spectacular.
But beyond that, I have a Masters in Architecture and I hope it shows in my focus on good but simple design.
#3:Why do I write/create what I do?
I’ve actually answered this question before, but to summarize, I create because I HAVE to. It’s like breathing to me. But why do I write about it? Well, you can only hear “you should have a blog!” so many times before you just kinda have to do it, know what I mean? But in all seriousness, after two years at home with O, I desperately needed a more serious creative outlet and after a not so great experience at my last job, I knew I didn’t want to be in an office anymore. So I started the Etsy shop and then the blog a little while later.
#4: How does your writing/creative process work?
Ugh, well since it’s summer and there’s no preschool, it doesn’t! Ha! I’m kidding, I do most of my crafts and things on the weekends because on Saturday and Sunday when Daddy’s home, all O wants to do is play with him and I am of no interest to him! And then when there’s no school I write and edit photos and things like that for a little bit in the mornings and then again during “quiet time” after lunch. (O doesn’t nap anymore, so so sad!) In the fall, O will be preschool for a couple hours four days a week and then I will be able to get A LOT more done! I can’t wait!
I also am totally a type A planner kind of person. I usually do crafts in spurts doing 3 or 4 projects in one weekend and then sort of bank draft posts until I need them. Boy has that helped a lot during this summer when we’ve been so busy and I haven’t had much time to work. I know a lot of bloggers who create, photograph and write posts all the night before they post them, and that works too, I think it’s just a matter of personality!
Anyway, if you’re new to Little Red Window, thanks for stopping by! (and if you’re not new, hi! love ya!) I’m sending you along to two other lovely bloggers next, I hope you’ll visit them and say hello!
First up is Julie at Confessions of a Cooking Diva (so much yum!):
And Katie at Clarks Condensed (a little bit of everything, all of it awesome!):
Visit them, say hello and have a fun Tour Through Blogland!