Blogland Tour

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Over the summer, I attended the famous “Haven Conference.”  This is a conference full of DIY pros and blogger legends. I could not wait to go and learn from these talented ladies. It was such a great experience to meet women with similar interests.   I was overwhelmed, but fortunate enough to meet some wonderful ladies that have been willing to email and coach me from all over the country.

 

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I was invited by Megan Rapp from http://rappsodyinrooms.com  and Leslie Davis from http://paperdaisyme.blogspot.com, to participate in a little tour that allows me to share a little about myself and invite you to meet some other creative bloggers too.

I consider myself an “accidental blogger.” What the heck does that mean? Well, I have worked on art projects, DIY projects, recipes, home decor, sewing, crafts…..etc., for years.  I would share projects on my personal FB page, while running a separate business  for custom artwork I was creating.  I had built quite the portfolio in pictures over the years in both home ideas and art/design . That turned out to be very helpful when a local daytime TV show needed someone with my specific “talents” to be their “Lifestyle and Design” expert.  I started creating segments for the show and then following up with instructions (a blog.) My personal interests and business interests merged into one.  The photos, the instructions, the work associated with the blog was a job in itself. Therefore, I decided to make the blog a large part of “The Lindee Tree.”

1. What am I working on?

I always have several projects going on at the same time. My husband just loves that. How could he not love to be to be “surprised” with a newly painted wall or a garage full of thrift shop treasures? It keeps our relationship exciting! I have several furniture projects I am working on now. Where they are all going? I don’t know. I get a vision, create it and then figure the rest out later.

This armoir was my first big, grown up,  furniture purchase. I was in my early 20’s and it was a major splurge for me.

 

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I paid $400. It is still a very heavy, solid nice piece. It just needs updated with paint and some new hardware. I have great plans for this. You will have to check back and see the transformation. Give me a couple of weeks..

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

During Haven, I found many other ladies that love power tools, paintbrushes, thrift shops and delicious food. I did ask myself…what makes me unique from these gals? There was so much talent! I believe my strong artistic roots do make my work differ. I come from a long line of craftsman and professional artists. Also, being from the United States and married to a man from India, adds an interesting mix to our home. (Even more interesting?.. I am originally from West Virginia….talk about a mix of cultures. Yikes!!) I enjoy incorporating the eastern decor and Indian cooking into our everyday life.

 

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My handsome (and patient) husband and I. We attended a wedding in Washington, DC over the weekend.

 

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I can’t help it. An idea strikes me and I really cannot relax until I make it happen. It is a part of who I am. I love that accomplished feeling after completing a project and I LOVE seeing a creation I have envisioned become a reality. It is the best feeling. One reason I like to write and share or host events, is because I want others to tap into that creative side. Sometimes you just need a little push with the idea and the steps are simple. Having viewers or readers email me questions or pictures of projects they have done makes me feel great. I am happy to have helped spark an idea and happy that the individual is excited to share.

4. How does my creative process work?

I am a fitness lover. I love spin cycling, running and lifting weights. I jokingly say it is my “mediation time,” but actually….it kind of is. I go to the gym almost every morning and workout alone. I need this quiet time to think. This is usually when all of my ideas come to me. When I cycle or run, I usually work out the steps of how a project will work. This also helps me get through a tough workout. I need to keep going to complete the idea and that time without the other life distractions helps me focus.

So, enough about me. I want to introduce to you three bloggers that I met during the Haven Conference. Megan Rapp from http://rappsodyinrooms.com, Leslie Davis from http://paperdaisyme.blogspot.com, and Vidya Sukumaran from http://whatsurhomestory.com/

Megan actually lives here in the Roanoke Valley too. After Haven, I went to her website to see what she does. I love all of the bright colors she uses in her designs and decor. I am a bright color lover myself.  Splashes of bright color throughout your home definitely make for a cheerful atmosphere.

 

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Megan Rapp from Rappsodyinrooms.com

She has many projects to view, but this one stood out to me. She actually painted this outdoor rug herself. Doesn’t it look incredible? Check out her page to see all of her fun uses with color.
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I love the colors on her porch. The painted rug changes everything. Click on the photo to see how she made it!

Next is Leslie. She does a little bit of everything too. She crafts, cooks, bakes and furniture rescues too. She writes her blog with the hope and purpose to encourage creativity in everyone. Her blog feels very cozy to me and I almost feel like I sitting right there with her.
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Leslie Davis from http://paperdaisyme.blogspot.com

She, like me, is a big fan of the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. Check out her website to see all of her projects. This is one of my favorites because not only is it a beautiful piece, but it was made purely out of a kind heart. She created this beautiful table for a community service project to help deserving families live in beautiful spaces.  She found the table, created it, and gave it away. See? I told you…there is something special about this lady.

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Check out how she created this table filled with hope. Click the picture for details.

Finally, meet Vidya. Vidya has been exceptionally helpful both during the conference and returning home. She is very creative and very techno savvy. I have really appreciated her help. She is also from India so I find her designs to be very inspiring.
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Vidya Sukumaran from http://whatsurhomestory.com/

She has a variety of art, design, gardening, home decor, etc. on her blog. She has so many projects to choose from it was challenging to choose one. I chose this pillow to share because I thought it was really beautiful and so simple to do on your own.
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Click the picture to find her tutorial.

I hope this post answered some questions for you and encouraged you to get out be creative.

 

American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com

7 Comments

  1. Sondra @ Sondra Lyn at Home

    August 20, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Oh, Lindee, I enjoyed this post so much! What an honor it was to meet you at Haven!! I love your blog and I can’t wait to visit the blogs of the other lovely bloggers you introduced. And it’s so wonderful that you were able to merge your 2 ‘jobs’ into your fabulous blog (I’d love to see you ‘on air’)! ~Sondra

    • Lindee Katdare

      August 20, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Thank you Sondra! I enjoyed meeting you too. It has been nice seeing what everyone else is doing since Haven. What an interesting group of ladies!

  2. Jeanette

    August 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Lindee, I’m happy to have found your website. I love that you took your passion for art and turned it into a new direction with a blog and home design. I wish I could be inspired while exercising! I’m always just counting down the minutes till I can stop! Have a great week. ~Jeanette

    • Lindee Katdare

      August 20, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Thank you so much Jeanette. Yes, if I did not put my mind elsewhere, I would be counting the minutes too!!

  3. Candace

    August 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I am so glad we met at Haven! I love your style and have been following your projects. I feel like we are similar in that we have one younger child and one older…their needs are very different and so my focus can be seemingly split, too! Thanks for sharing your work process and I look forward to reading and seeing more!

    • Lindee Katdare

      August 26, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Me too! It has been so great to learn about everyone after Haven. Yes, I do feel like our time is split and it can be challenging…especially for my older son. Thanks for checking out my page! I really appreciate it!

  4. Shannon

    September 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Great post. I say with you at the first mixer then didn’t see you much after that. I had just arrived, threw my bags on room, came down to mixer, and you were so sweet. I left because my 2 roomies I had never met arrived. Sorry. I love what you do. I enjoyed visiting with you at the mixer. I was overwhelmed at Haven but am finally getting a grasp on a few things. I may need to email you.

    Shannon – bohemianjunktion.com.

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