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It was a lot of fun meeting aerospace engineer/DIY blogger Jamison from Rogue Engineer at the Haven Conference in Atlanta last month. I first ‘met’ Jamison online when he built one of the projects I collaborated on with Ana White: the Rekourt Dining Table. Didn’t his table turn out beautifully?
I’m thrilled that he invited me to join him on a Tour of the Blogosphere, where fellow bloggers share a few of our favorite blogs and take you on a virtual tour of the blogosphere, so to speak. Makes sense, right? Okay, then. Here we go!
Jamison asked me the following questions:
1. What am I working on?
I usually have several different projects going on at once, which absolutely thrills my husband. Makes me think of this Ryan Gosling meme floating around:
Ahhh… Ryan Gosling. Just gimme a minute…
Okay, I’m back. Wait, what was the question?
Oh, right! What am I currently working on… right now, I’m building a foyer console for my parents, a printer table for my dad’s office (his printer currently sits on the box it came in, which is totally unacceptable), and a dresser and nightstand set for a photographer friend of mine, as well as keeping up with my ongoing projects, like these wood name signs and growth charts, which I sell in my Etsy shop.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I create the lion share of my projects from scratch. Though I do enjoy a good repurposed/refinished piece, I am usually most inspired by creating something completely new from a pile of lumber. So many possibilities!
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Okay, it’s gonna get real up in here for a second. This is an issue I really struggle with. So much of my self-worth is intricately and absolutely connected to what I create. Instead of finding my worth and my identity in Jesus Christ (like I know I should, and whole-heartedly believe), I get hung up on my own insecurities. By creating something and saying, “here, look what I made.” It’s like I’m saying, “I’m worth something now, right? Here is tangible proof that I exist.” We all have our issues and this is one I really have to work on. #endtherapysession
4. How does your writing/creative process work?
It usually starts out with a need. For instance, when I built Evie’s toddler bed, she was not only ready to make the transition from crib to big-girl bed, but we needed her crib for the new baby. I suppose we could’ve bought another crib for Liam, but where’s the fun in that?
And when the movers wrecked my dining table, I decided to build a new one. I could’ve just repaired the old one, sure, but again, where’s the fun in that?
I recently met Kelly at the Haven Conference as well and she was every bit as charismatic, funny, and warm as I’d expected. I just love the beautiful, budget-friendly DIY projects she takes on (along with her dynamo hubby Andy!) and her blog is friggin’ hilarious. The girl should do stand-up. Not even joking. But she would be. Telling jokes, I mean. Okay, I, however, should NOT do stand-up. Because I would fall flat on my face. Okay, I’m done. And I’m sorry.
Here are just a couple of her projects that are my favorites:
This is her office, you guys. YOU GUYS. Totally swoon-worthy, amiright? I can see this room in Elle Decor, Domino, House Beautiful, or *insert any other uber-stylish high-end decor mag here.* Those built-in bookcases? She DIY’d them. Yep. Nailed it. That desk? That light fixture? That rug? ERMAHGERD. Seriously?! Gorge.
Next up, we have Brittany from Brittany Makes. She’s got style for miles, y’all. I wanted so badly to meet her at Haven, too, but she couldn’t make it because she was busy, you know, having a baby. No big deal. Some people and their priorities. I mean, really. Pssh.
Here are a couple of her projects that I am totally in love with.
Even though she sold her coral-dresser-turned-tv-console (blasphemy!), it still haunts me in my dreams. Coral + stained top + gold pulls = absolute perfection.
Thanks for stopping by and joining me on this little tour of the blogosphere. I hope you leave inspired! If you don’t already, be sure to keep up with Kelly and Brittany; you’ll find them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and the like. Have a great week friends!