Posts tagged ‘blogging’


{blog lovin’} + Interviews!

I’ve been getting hits from a site called “blog lovin'” lately, so I decided to check it out…Guess what I found? What the what?! A beautifully designed blog reader?! I didn’t know they made those! It also has iPhone and Android apps available. I’m in love, and I know you will be too! I just finished transferring all of my Google Reader blogs over to blog lovin’ and I can’t wait to get started!bloglovin

Apart from good site design, blog lovin’ beats Google Reader by letting bloggers “claim” their blog and manage their own blog lovin’ home page! Fabulous! Be sure to let me know in the comments when you’ve signed up and subscribed to my blog. I’ll be sure to subscribe to yours in return! Just click the “bloglovin” image in this article or in the sidebar to check it out!

Also, this coming week I’ll be sharing several posts I’m really excited about. First, if you haven’t already visited her incredible shop, I’ll be introducing you to Vaida of {Kaleda} on Etsy. She’s from Lithuania and makes beautiful wreaths and nature-inspired decor that make my little heart go pitter-patter, and she’s going to tell us a bit about her creative process. I can’t wait for you to meet her! Then I’ll be showing you an awesome new store that just opened in downtown KC called Black Bamboo. *swoon* Stay tuned!


Pride Comes Before…Getting Cut with a Soup Can

Yesterday I found a fabulous blog called She’s very crafty (the creative kind, not the scheming kind). I’m very jealous, but anxious to glean any kind of awesomeness that might fall in my general direction.

I’ve always imagined myself to be crafty (the Natalie Jost kind, not the one-stroke painting kind). When creating a social media profile, I inevitably try to craft the “About” section to read as though I waltz through life dropping globs of genius like a self-realized pigeon. But! Then I delete all of it and tell the truth: “I am like a pigeon (the poop on landmarks kind, not the globs of genius kind).”Natalie Jost's Globs of Genius

Being regular while imaging that you’re awesome used to be easy. In the good ol’ days, awesomeness was relative. You could carrying on thinking you were relatively great compared to your neighbors X, Y, or Z. But not today! Thanks to Al Gore and his internet, I can’t Google anything without feeling like I’m not worth much more than a toot-in-a-can. And just look at Etsy! *gasp* They’re like demigods!

Once upon a time, Natalie Jost recommended painting old baking pans to use as organizers (To store what, you ask? Oh, just her amazing line of Olive Manna textiles and paper goods). Sound crazy? It is not! Inspired, I decided to pretend to be awesome. Here’s the story:

Today, I brought for myself a can of gourmet, super fancy, as-cool-as-anything-wrapped-in-craft-paper-and-colored-twine…Campbell’s Chunky Soup. Delirious with pride–because I’m amazing just for reading her blog, right?–I peeled back the metal lid of my Campbell’s and poured the soup glob into my bowl. I proceeded to (careful, I might blow your mind) rip off the label paper, and wash the empty can. Good gracious! Why ever would I do this? I’m going to PAINT IT! And I will put pencils in it! Or buttons! Or a plant! Or…other things that fit in cans… (I’m already out of ideas.) Just when I thought I couldn’t get any more great, someone asked me what I was doing. Yes! A chance to share how cool I am. “Oh nothing, just something no one else would ever think of!” And off I went about how part of my identity is cleaning and painting things that everyone else would just throw away, and how I use them to hold my globs of genius, blah blah blah.

And just as I’m thinking, HaHA! Take that, Natalie Jost! I thought of something to paint first!, I start to dry out my gleaming masterpiece with a paper towel. And then I cut my hand on the top of the can. So that  is why she’s never painted a soup can…I am apparently more demi than god.

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