A Martha Moment & Giveaway

A Martha Moment & Giveaway

Ok, now girls (do I have any guy readers? I think not, or they are too afraid to admit it), you KNOW I am not crafty. You know it. There is no hiding that fact. I don’t knit, sew, glue or stitch. However, I did have a proud moment to share with you. Now, I know this is going to seem SO shameless and self-serving to share this, but since my crafty moments are so far and few between I hope you will indulge me in this one moment of crafty glory.

So I am pouring over my coveted copy of Victoria Magazine, drooling over each and every romantically delightful page. When suddenly I see MY CRAFT IDEA from a page in my blog duplicated in the glorious pages of Victoria! Now granted, it is not my photo. And they used different fruit and a fresh wreath, which is obviously so much better, but I didn’t have a fresh wreath in September nor did I have those exact fruits.

Point is, I thought my idea was ridiculously too simple for it to be worthy of mention in such an esteemed place as Victoria! But now that I see it there, I am thinking hey, watch out Martha, there is a new crafty goddess in town! My self-esteem is soaring and and I have a new attitude. Give me a call, Victoria if you need any further ideas. I will see what I can whip up for the next issue. Stay tuned for The Inspired Room, the craft blog of a domestic genius. This could be good!

A Martha Moment & GiveawayA Martha Moment & Giveaway

Since my inner domestic diva is now awakening to its fullest potential, my new friend Erin at Design for Mankind has asked me, ok she begged me, to participate in a little Pay It Forward craftiness and you know I need more to do in life so I’ve agreed. Here’s the deal, don’t all rush for my comments at once because I KNOW you will want a handmade gift from me, you need to read this first:

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. If anyone is interested in joining in, I will send a handmade gift to the first three to leave a comment with their promise to pay it forward.

Because I know that everyone will want to receive a handmade gift from me (everyone needs a good laugh now and then), and only three will have this privilege, blech, I’m gonna make you a deal. IF you leave me a comment here with a link to a SIMPLE BUT GLORIOUSLY WONDERFUL HOMEMADE GIFT IDEA that EVEN I COULD DO, one of you at random will also get the gift. You don’t have to participate in the pay it forward to be included in the bonus gift. (And don’t forget, my BIG 100th POST GIVEAWAY is coming up soon!)

I need help people! This is a desperate cry for help! Don’t desert me now!

UPDATE: We have two eager crafters and one dreading the idea like me! Hooray! So, we have our crafty three! But, we STILL NEED IDEAS ! Especially Julie and I, the pathetic non-crafters. We need simple ideas, lightweight (cheap for mailing!), and super cute. So, keep the ideas coming or Julie and I will be up a creek! Remember, one lucky idea giver will receive one of my crafts, and if that isn’t enough to make you comment here, I don’t know what is.

A Martha Moment & Giveaway

Wreath photo #1 from Victoria Magazine, wreath # 2 is my own creation, other photos from Martha Stewart and JCrew

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!

A Blissful Day

A Blissful Day

Well, well, well, my dearies, I do have some things to share! Do you see what is in that photo? Yes, something very very blissful indeed. My new Victoria Magazine came, FINALLY. Hip Hip Hooray! But that wasn’t the only bliss my mail person brought today. No, no, no…I had a little box at my doorstop. The one in the photo marked THE BLISSFUL. Remember my little introduction to my tres chic friend and her formidable boutique The Blissful? If you missed it, check out the post here! Well, not only has Abby indulged me with a special gift, bless her heart, she has sent one along for YOU as well! YES! In that box, wrapped up in tissue is a French delight for the winner of my 100th post give-a-way! I took a peek at it and it is TOO DIE FOR. The most chic of accessories and I know you will want it for yourself. Want to know what it is? All in good time, my pretties! All in good time.

A Blissful Day

Also, I want to thank each of you who shared your thoughts on domesticity on my last post and in personal emails. If you didn’t comment yet on that, feel free to still add your thoughts here. Not everyone desires to knit or make quince jelly (I am one of them, although I could be tempted if I knew what quince jelly was!), but I think most of us creative women have a heart for our home and how we want our life to be. How to balance the demands of this crazy world with the simple joy of creating a home is something many of us wrestle with. We’ll talk about it more soon. I am no Martha Stewart, that is quite obvious, but I too want a little Martha moment here and there. I want it all! I may not be able to tie a French knot while making pate brisee like my friend Alicia, but we don’t all have to define domestic bliss in the same way. We can pick and choose what works for us and just visit Alicia for everything else. I’m just jokin’ with ya, she is more down to earth than anyone, she just happens to be a domestic goddess (and a blogging wonder woman) and I love her for that.

Alrighty, a few more things to share with you! Speaking of Domestic Genius, here is the kind of thing all of us have to do AT LEAST ONCE in our life. To keep us humble. A little mix up between the hand washing dish soap and the machine dish washing dish soap. Luckily I was in the room when I noticed the soap coming out the bottom of the cabinet and flowing across the floor. It could’ve been much worse had I not been there to stop the cycle. Let’s just say it wasn’t me this time. Really! It wasn’t. I know a Domestic Goddess would not do something like this.

A Blissful Day

Lastly, I wanted to share a sneak peek of my in process dining room makeover! It isn’t all the way done, painting is not done, not everything is on the walls and set in place yet, but just because I want to keep it real here, so you can see I am still working on it! Little by little, the way working women have to operate! One way I try to have it all in life is I don’t obsess too much about the choices in decorating. I love it, but it usually just has to come together using what I have or what I can find for a deal. If I have to plan it out too much, forget it. I don’t have time! I want it to look good but I have a life full of things to do and decorating is only one of them. I want to get on with USING the dining room!

You can kind of see in the mirror my cute chandelier shades from Tuesday Morning, a red toile with gold liner. One of the light bulbs is burned out, typical! Anyways, found all 12 of them in one day, that is a miracle in itself. They set the stage for the room and I went from there. Then you can see my new yellow/gold curtains also reflected in the mirror. I am hanging a collection of mirrors over the buffet to brighten things up across from the window and it has really helped. I have the funkiest combed plaster walls and ceiling, and I am keeping them antique white because I would be nauseated if they were a color. They have enough going on in their texture, they don’t need color to add any more pizazz. So, color has to come from everything else. I am probably eventually going to paint the wainscoting a palest buttery yellow. It is a pretty big room, with a baby grand piano in one corner. I will reveal a full room shot soon!

A Blissful Day

Stay tuned, more info on the 100th post extravaganza, more decorating and Christmas ideas, and a few more surprises headed your way! OH! And fungi, I am definitely finding a way to include fungi. I want everyone to feel at home here and if fungi is hip for decorating in some circles, we are going to have fungi. I’m working on it.

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