Short write: 5 Questions & Answers

My friend and fellow blogger at And Then They... challenged me to answer the following. It was fun to talk about some of my recent projects (around the house and writing-related), and I'm super motivated to take on some more! (After I take care of this one other little thing growing inside me...)

1. What are you working on right now?

Right now I have two drafts in my blog list. One is a pregnancy journal I've been writing since sometime around 15 weeks. I am 39 weeks now. Might be time to publish that...not sure that I want to though. It's one of those blog posts that's really more of a journal, so I might just print it or save it elsewhere. Does anyone else do that?

The second draft is about all the things I like about being a working mom. I started it after reading a few other posts about how to "survive" being a working mother, or worse, how to get over the guilt of being a working mother. I was inspired to write unapologetically about all the great things about working and parenting. There are so many things to love, honestly, we need to stop pretending like we all really wish we could stay home full time, but -shucks!- we can't! The jig is up, working parents like to work too.

Oh I'm also working on growing a baby in my belly. In case that hasn't been made abundantly clear.

2. How long does it take you to create a project?

FOR-ever. Sometimes. Sometimes I'm inspired and I write it all down in one big explosion. This is what happened when I wrote about sometimes there's sad times. Even the title just sort of rolled out of me, and I didn't think too much about whether or not to post it. It had to be said.

Most often, though, I start a post and then I add to it and edit it for several days, sometimes weeks. I wish I were faster, but that's just my style I think. I'm always trying to throw a few fast/shorties in the mix to keep the writing happening.

Oh and if this question is about other types of projects ... well, the same kind of applies. I start it, wait several days, pick it up again, and hopefully at some point I finish it.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

Well, writing, obviously. I had fun taking on some home projects this summer too. "Pinteresting," I call it. I made a cool collage above our bookshelf. And reorganized the bookshelf in a fun way to show off the colors of the books.

Most of the collage was made with garage sale frames that I spray-painted white, and a garage sale Van Gogh poster that I cut up cleverly, I think. In the bookshelf you can see a few little porcelain animals, also spray-painted white. The baskets are also white. Really ties the whole thing together.

Most of the collage was made with garage sale frames that I spray-painted white, and a garage sale Van Gogh poster that I cut up cleverly, I think. In the bookshelf you can see a few little porcelain animals, also spray-painted white. The baskets are also white. Really ties the whole thing together.

I put up another bookshelf in a corner to house Little O's toys and make them visible. Also re-surfaced the back of yet another bookshelf with fabric. Basically the answer here is, I do weird stuff with shelving. 

This Craigslist find put me back $15 bones. Not bad! At that price I figured we could try this organizing strategy and THEN decide if we liked it or not. So far so good! Who needs those fancy toy organizer bin things after all?

This Craigslist find put me back $15 bones. Not bad! At that price I figured we could try this organizing strategy and THEN decide if we liked it or not. So far so good! Who needs those fancy toy organizer bin things after all?

So COOL, right?! And it was so easy. (Pardon the mess too) I found the geometric fabric in two colors that seemed fun but simple enough for the room. It takes this bookshelf that we use for storage to a much more decorative level and distracts from the boring function of the piece.

So COOL, right?! And it was so easy. (Pardon the mess too) I found the geometric fabric in two colors that seemed fun but simple enough for the room. It takes this bookshelf that we use for storage to a much more decorative level and distracts from the boring function of the piece.

We also got new floors and painted the living room blue. So projects abound in this house. 

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Until recently. Now it's all baby-growing all the time. 

4. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

Blogs, Pinterest, articles I find on Facebook. My answer is the same as Carolyn's. It's relatively easy to find inspiration, and no shortage of things to do. It's hard to stay inspired long enough to see new projects through. I'd like to learn to sew, but the combination of not owning a machine and the scary learning curve...well, let's just say I'm taking baby steps. Step 1 was watching Carolyn sew something for me. I learned a lot that way. And it got done 1000% faster that way!

5. What is my signature style? 

I'm not sure what this means or if I should really answer it. If it's about writing style, I hope that is clear enough from my writing. And explaining it is a bit like walking someone through a joke. It's like, you'll understand it, but it's not really funny anymore?

My decorating style however ... hmmm, I would call it modern/classic-affordable. Well, ok...affordable. That's what I'd call it. I really like to find great deals on furniture, I like do-it-yourself crafts and re-purposing projects. It's fun to flip through Wayfair.com and find a perfect piece of furniture (a shelving unit most likely). But it's even more exciting to find a used piece and upgrade it, make it all perfect for what I want to use it for, and pay very little money. I'm totally that girl that gets a compliment and is like "I know, I found it on SALE!!"