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