Haven, You Exhaust Me (In a Good Way)

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Today, I'm back from the exhaustive DIY conference known as Haven. Thankfully, this thing is held in Atlanta every year, so I don't have to deal with the whole travel thing quite so much as the rest of the attendees. But if you've never been to a conference before, trust me when I say that I am tired. I spent all of yesterday (the first full day at home afterward) sprawled out in bed with Charlie, dealing with what should be dubbed "The Haven Hangover" (it impacts even non-drinkers, but in my … [Read more...]

Where I’m Going, What I’m Doing

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Ok, so I promised I'd get you an updated post today and give you more details about the new job offer and moving plans (if you missed it, here is that first post from last week).  Because as far as this blog goes, both of those things will impact my future posts significantly.  And progress on the house.  And even, as this past day and a half has proven, ALL THE THINGS.  Including my cell phone service (why do simple things sometimes have to turn into a big complicated mess?.  Ugh). Anyway, … [Read more...]

Am I Ready for This? Nope. Maybe. I think so.

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Dear friends:  BIG EFFING NEWS. It's (almost) Friday, which means it's a day to talk about personal things (I don't know why I picked this particular day of the week, but it seems to fit).  So let's talk about ripping the band-aid off.  Figuratively speaking, of course.  I may share a few injuries here and there on Instagram sometimes (like last month, when Charlie ran around my ankle and gave me the absolute worst leash burn I've ever had), but actual band-aids are almost always gross.  So, … [Read more...]

Home Again

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Sorry folks, no Dueling DIY post for you today!  Just got in from Phoenix, AZ this morning after filming for SheknowsTV's 9th season of Homestretch.  I'm shocked they asked me back after the laundry room makeover chaos last time, but apparently they enjoyed my foul mouth and tendency to break power tools.  This time, I even pretended to lick a hammer, Miley style (as a joke, but I wouldn't be surprised if this crazy/awesome crew used it as my head shot). I can't wait to show you the full … [Read more...]

Add That To The Resume: SheKnowsTV’s Homestretch

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Hi everyone!  Intense week coming up for me, with LOTS of updates to share.  But first, I just wanted to let you know that my little stint on SheKnowsTV's Homestretch is up! At the end of August, I was flown out to Arizona to help make over the (TINY) laundry closet room of a fantastic couple named Heidi and Jon (several photos courtesy of SheKnows).  The first day, Heidi invited me to stay after shooting while she made beer cupcakes.  Those producers really couldn't have picked a better … [Read more...]

New Things

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So, let's start this post with a great big HOLY CRAP, WHAT A WEEK. Last week, I mean.  You may have noticed I sort of dropped off the planet and failed to post anything other than a completely random story about all of the toys I found in my backyard cleanup project. I had other posts I meant to share.  But then I flew off to Phoenix, AZ to film five (yes, FIVE!) episodes of a TV show and arrogantly assumed I'd have time at the hotel to still finish editing them.  And then that didn't … [Read more...]

Ten Hilarious Things I Learned at Haven

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The Haven Conference was at the beginning of this month.  And since I immediately came home and hit the ground running with my kitchen makeover, I haven't had much time to reflect on a lot of the things I learned.  So today, two weeks after the conference, I'm finally taking the time to do it. There's only one catch: if you were at all interested in what the Haven conference was all about, the classes, and how we all learned something important about blogging, you would have already read … [Read more...]

Business Cards, My Face, and Scary Steps

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It just so happens that tomorrow is summer finals for grad school.  So tonight, and likely tomorrow in the wee hours of the morning, I'll be studying.  But in all honesty, my mind is a little elsewhere. Next week, the one and only blog conference I'll attend this year is heading back to Atlanta.  Why is it the only one I'll attend?  Because I work full time.  So as fantastic as my boss is, we're understaffed, and getting time off to fly here and there for what he considers a conflicting … [Read more...]

Let’s Ramble a Bit (several updates that have nothing in common)

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My right eyelid will not. stop. twitching.  It's been going on since Saturday morning and I'm at the point where it is driving me bananas (which I should probably eat, since the potassium supposedly helps with muscle spasms like eye twitching). It's my own doing, really.  Between the caffeine, stress of the new semester, staring at a computer all day (& night, lately), and a lack of sleep, I'm simply combining all of the factors that cause eye twitching (I'm deliberately ignoring that … [Read more...]

Small Victories

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Ah, Friday. The perfect day for a brain dump and some blog updates. As some of you (might) know, I love this whole blog design thing. I taught myself how to do HTML, CSS, and have been learning how to do the more complicated stuff so that you can get the most out of navigating this site (I'm just like you; I get frustrated trying to navigate cumbersome websites too, even when they are my own!). Truth be told, I love the challenge, and I'm pretty darn proud of myself when I'm victorious. … [Read more...]

Is This Thing On?

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I hired someone to do a little housekeeping for me, but it's not what you might think.  As you may have read on Friday, this past weekend was THE weekend for making the big switch from the Blogger platform to Wordpress.  For many of you who read this through a reader or get this through email, it really shouldn't affect you much at all.  I chose to make the switch for a number of reasons, but primarily, the reason is blog growth.  There comes a point where managing a blog takes more time than … [Read more...]

YHL Book Signing, aka More Awkwardness in Front of People (I Think) I Know

(Some of you guys like hearing about behind-the-scenes blogging stuff; some of you don't.  This is basically a post about how awkward I am around other bloggers who I'm a big fan of.  So feel free to skip it if you aren't one of those folks.  A conventional DIY update will appear tomorrow.  Enjoy!)I've mentioned this before, but I don't really have many books about design.  I snagged a copy of The Handbuilt Home at a signing with Ana White a few months back, and when I found out that John & … [Read more...]