What I know…

Back Porch

It’s been a really long time since I blogged…

Sometimes, or maybe a lot of times, I feel like I can’t balance all the parts of me, like the different things I want to do are all competing for attention, or pulling me in different directions all the time.

But recently, towards the beginning of the year, I was struck by the idea that all these things aren’t different and competing things, they are all part of my life. And I only have one of those.

So maybe it’s not many things pulling in different directions, but a matter of balance and rotation to enjoy all the things that are important to me. I can’t do all of them in any given day, but that doesn’t mean I can’t rotate through them, while keeping certain things a part of every day.

Here’s what I know:

I know I value beauty. Because of this, I want to continue on my quest to organize and minimize the contents of my home to make it easier to clean up and maintain in less time. We have made great strides in that direction on the first floor, and recently I’ve expanded that to the shed and the back porch. The back porch is our main entrance and like any high traffic area, was a clutter magnet, especially in the corner by the door. Solution? I deep-sixed the mildewy chairs, and put the table in the corner by the door, then I scoured craigslist for about a week until these awesome chairs popped up. Not only are they painted mustard (most recently), but they are old and well built, and match the style of another chair we have already.

More on that later…

Back Porch

I value hand-made. I started making more and more myself because I discovered that I could often make high-quality items for less than I could purchase them. In the case of this play tee-pee however, I’m could possibly have purchased something similar from Etsy for about $20 more than I spent on materials. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but I am so happy with how this turned out, and I learned some sewing techniques along the way that will help me create more beautiful things for our home. And I got to use fabric I designed :-) Bonus!

Play Tent

I value art. So I incorporate it where ever I can, like in this retro truck design for Eli’s 2nd birthday next month. I’m going to put it on bunting and cupcake signs etc. And… more on that later 😉

Retro Truck Tee

I value writing, which is a part of making art. But I’ve spent too much time talking about that on this site when I have posted.

And one other thing I know… I know my life is too changeable right now to make declarations about when I will post, what I will post about and so forth. So, no guarantees. I’m going to take that pressure off myself (and if I know myself, which I sometimes do, that will mean more posts). And I’m not looking for a rhyme or reason anymore. This is simply about my life. That means I’m going to write about what I’m doing for friends and family (and extended internet friends too, of course 😉 ), and that’s it.

The theme is beauty in life and everyday art, in all kinds of different manifestations.

I hope you’ll stick around as I hop around and figure out what that means.

Blogger Book Fair Day #2: If this helps ONE indie… a guest post by S.M. Boyce

I’m thrilled to have S.M. Boyce here today. Boyce is the author of the Grimoire Trilogy. I’ve read the first book, Lichgates, and loved it! I’m eagerly awaiting the release of Treason, this fall. In her guest post today, Boyce talks about her journey to self-publishing, and the Indie Author Index she’s created. So without further ado, I give you, Boyce!

When I started researching self-publishing last year, I had no idea what I was doing. I was like that meme with the scientist dog. Yes, even with the glasses.
All my research at the time focused on blog hopping and learning bits here and there. I spent weeks debating as to whether indie was better than traditional. I hung out on J. A. Konrath’s blog a lot, visited various independent publishers, and watched forums. I was a lurker, but I didn’t feel I could contribute to the conversation.

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All's Fair in Blogs and More: Blogger Book Fair, Day #1

Be sure to visit the ! There’s some fun character interviews and much more!

Welcome, book fair goers, to my humble booth! *insert sweeping bow*

I’m so glad you could join me here today. For this first day of the fair, I’m here to tell you a little bit about my book, Flight of Blue, that was hot off the presses just two days ago!

But before I go on, have a seat here on my comfy floor cushions, and take in a wee video:

Now, as you help each other up off the floor… oh, you there, beware of that floor fan, thanks. It’s old, but it was getting stifling in here…

Anyway, I’d like to hand out these free, downloadable Flight of Blue bookmarks while you take a look around the booth and I give you some reasons you might want to read Flight of Blue.

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