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I’m still flattered . . .

October 29, 2009

. . . even though it was one month ago that Jeannine at Small and Chic in Cville bestowed the honor of the “Honest Scrap”  blog award on me.

[honest_scrap_award.jpg]I feel guilty for waiting this long to pass on the honors, but I wanted to take time to tweak this blog post ‘just so.’  (For more on that neuroticism, read on…)  I was totally psyched that Jeannine mentioned my blog.  Her blog rocks.  I feel like there’s so many fancy-schmancy (and useful) blogs out there, and that mine is just a puny little thing that keeps me inspired.  But I love my puny little blog almost as much as I love doing projects, thus I’m always excited to hear someone else has enjoyed visiting it.  Like the day one of my BFFs, Reebs, stopped by and left not one, but two, comments.  I squealed with joy.  But I digress. . .

Here are the rules I must follow, upon receiving this award:

Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award.  Share “10 Honest Things” about myself.  Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me.  Tell those 7 people they’ve been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving.

10 Honest Things about Me

  1. I have two large dogs, two cats, and am fostering two kittens.  The kittens have helped me decorate, using their kittenesque powers to break things weekly.  Now that I’m on to them it’s put a [temporary] twist on my decor.   I’m fortunate that the worst thing my dogs do is sneak onto the couch when I’m gone. It’s washable.
  2. I believe you can own pets (that shed) and still have a clean and beautiful home. You just have to put a bit of extra thought into what fabrics you use on your furnishings, and how you decorate.
  3. My idea of a fun after-work activity is working on a project – like organizing, building, or painting something.  I often have to tear myself away to go to sleep. Yep.
  4. I absolutely love thrift stores and flea markets – maybe a bit too much.  Be careful – those “great deals” can really add up if you go too often. . .
  5. Focus is something that I both have and lack – concurrently.  I am always in the midst of multiple projects because when I get a new idea I am too eager to finish one project before starting the next!
  6. Fortunately for me, I have a wonderful boyfriend who not only has great decorating ideas (which sometimes trump mine, even though he doesn’t inhabit my abode), but also truly enjoys suggests the occasional thrift store/flea market/yard sale weekend.  How cool is that??
  7. I don’t own a TV.  Primary reason: it looks ugly in the living room.  Secondary reason: it’s no fun without cable, and I don’t need to waste money or time – both of which I’d rather spend on projects.  I do adore my Netflix, though.  Foreign films and cheesy sitcoms (currently Melrose Place) keep me company during projects.
  8. As I said, it took me a month to pass on this blog award, because I take too long to compose blog entries – my inner grammar freak just hates the idea of posting something that is less than perfect.  I’ve been trying to beat that habit lately, and just write what pops into my head.  Let’s face it – this is not a college entrance essay!
  9. My borrowed abode is about 950 square feet.  I love small-space living, and believe that life with few material belongings is cleaner and stress-free.  But I do love my clothes and craft supplies.
  10. I am currently trying to blend my love of mid-century modern furniture with my appreciation for tastefully decorated, modern cottage-y decor (like my favorite thrifty-cottagey-chic blog, A Beach Cottage).  I believe you can mix styles, but think it’s tough to create a cohesive mid-century modern country cottage!

The 7 Blog Awardees

The first to come to mind is my new blogfriend (is that a word?) Julia.  When I discovered her blog and read about her thrift store-meets-redecorating obsession this summer I was hooked.   She’s absolutely real and honest in her blog, and she can squeeze the last drop from a budget like you wouldn’t believe.  Not to be a total sap, but she was the first stranger from the blogosphere who commented on my blog! (And now I can’t hang art without using her method.)

As mentioned above, this is hands-down my favorite blog for all things beachy and cottagey.  Sarah has a fun, interactive writing style, and I can’t help but grin at her British-meets-Aussie jargon.  You give this woman a can of white paint or a thrift store and she will make magic happen.  Magic, I tell you.   She seriously schooled me on the power of white.

Y’all, Rhoda’s home is fah-bulous.  Her style is very different from mine, but still very inspiring.  She, too, has harnessed the power of the thrift store, and isn’t afraid to blog about it.  I really enjoy seeing her decor, and have gotten many an inspiration from it.  I just love what she did with her little lime green office nook.

Centsational GirlAs her blog title suggests, Katie is sensationally thrifty.  She can transform even the ugliest little duckling of furniture into a swan of a piece like you wouldn’t believe.  If you need proof, check out her guest bedroom dresser transformation.  She’s got even more examples under “Rescued and Revamped.”

Making This Home – One of the newer bloggers I’ve discovered, Katie is an American whomaximizes her 480-square-foot apartment in Germany.  She and her husband seem to share many of my values (small-space minimalistic living, eco-friendliness, and vegetarianism are three, though Katie’s better at all) and her blog definitely keeps me inspired to continually trim down my life to only the bare minimum.

Fauxshionable – Completely unrelated to home decor, I’ve been digging this blog simply because I love fashion as well as DIY projects.  And thrifty fashion is kinda like a DIY, now that I think of it. . .

For those of you who haven’t already discovered Sarah’s very thrifty blog, now is the time!  She caught my eye when I caught her prattling on about her
love affair with her compound miter saw.  ‘Nuff said.
6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2009 10:56 AM

    Thank you so much for the very kind mention! I’m honored to be in the same group with these other fine bloggers, most of whom I adore and know too. We thrifty girls have got to stick together.

  2. October 29, 2009 1:05 PM

    Who me? Awwww shucks. So very flattered – and thanks for putting me in such amazing company.


  3. Rebecca permalink
    October 29, 2009 8:43 PM

    I couldn’t even mention 7 bloggers! But I digress – :)….Thanks for the shout out! I had no clue you didn’t have a TV. How very “tree hugger” of you :) I really should just own a radio since I LISTEN to the tube but rarely actually sit down to watch….And I think I must also concurrently lack and have focus. Never really thought about it that way….interesting. Anyway, love you and your Janie blog…..remind me occassionally to check it out bc I often forget (must be that focus thing)

  4. October 30, 2009 11:04 AM

    You rock! Thank you so much. I’m very flattered! Your blog is amazing too. You have such a great eye for decor! I need help in that area :)

  5. October 30, 2009 11:14 AM

    Ack Jane! You make me smile. What an awesome comment (well, two comments) to see this morning! I will totally post on that award ASAP – and I totally feel the same way as you about people forcing beliefs. Especially when people are uneducated. I think that man will be receiving a book for Christmas with a note on the inside – Read this, and talk when you know more than one side of the issue!

    Thanks again for the award and sweet words!


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