Some may think having vintage or antique bedroom furniture is boring, corny, or lifeless… Well I beg to differ.. In my latest video, I demonstrate how to add nostalgia to your bedroom without the dullness of antiques. Before I read this … Continue reading
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Change – make or become different or take or use another instead of – That’s what took place about a week ago. If you remember back in July when I had the opportunity to attend the BLU2016 Conference, I was excited learning more about blogging, how to make it grow and how to monetize it. The first step I had to take was purchase my domain, which ultimately was my birthday gift to me (a little late but it’s cool).. chuckles.. That, my friends, was scary as hell to me.. I couldn’t sleep the night before and was worried what if I’d made a mistake…
Some people can take “change” as if it doesn’t phase them.. (I envy that) but me.. I’m one of those who shivers inside about it while talking a good game to myself. It is one of my weaknesses but I’m work on it. But the good news.. the change happened and I’m ready to push ahead with this “BLOG STUFF” lol (insert BIG SMILE).. I really enjoy having it and I love, love, love the interaction and the concept of meeting new people. Through the transfer process, I’ve lost some followers and would love to have you back…. So friends, family and followers.. Please take a quick moment to re-follow me – same name just no (wordpress) on the end .. here’s the link to follow. I’ll be kicking it off with wonderful give-away to a lucky reader so stay tuned..! Thank you again for all your encouragement, reading and being a part of my blogworld!
Good morning everyone! It’s been a bit of a whirlwind week for me, but I must say well worth the hustle. Remember I entered a contest for a chance to go to the Blog Life University Conference in Atlanta, well I must say it was worth every effort of creating my dessert. Not only did I get to bond with other bloggers, but the conference was such a rewarding event. It was my first time attending one and the theme was “How to Monetize Your Blog”. Melissa, who blogs at Serendipity and Spice started the conference as a way for bloggers and social media influencers to connect, learn, and prosper with each other. She and her staff did a fantastic job at bringing in many inspirational and motivational speakers who taught you how to grow your blog, connect with brands, and earn an income all while having fun blogging. When I started my blog three years ago, it was just to have an outlet to share my DIY and decorating ideas. I didn’t realize it would turn into a passion (and a fun passion at that), but who knew you could make money (and lots of it). I learned so much and became motivated to kick things up a notch on my blog. It was also a pleasure to finally meet a few of my blog-buddies who I’ve become so familiar with . I connected with Marsha Jones through her blog MJonesStyle.com (above) and Shelly, through her blog Confetti Style. If you’re not a follower of their blogs, I urge you to and if you are, then you’re quite aware how wonderful they are.
Some of the bullet points I learned at the conference were:
- How to establish affiliate links
- The benefit of E-books & Newsletters
- The importance of good photography
- What brands are looking for to establish a sponsored post
- How beneficial Pinterest can be to your blog
- How to grow your blog and attract new readers
- Adding travel to your blog
- Working with brands
- Time Management
There are many obstacles I need to overcome to begin this process and I’m going to start by taking “babysteps” . In the words of Robert Culler: Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. This week I finally made up my mind to learn how to create my first YouTube video. Since I became motivated from the conference, I decided to use my Fruity BreadPudding recipe as the premier video for my YouTube channel:
I hope you liked it – if so – how about clicking that “thumbs up” button for me 🙂 and don’t forget to follow to see more of my upcoming videos.
Below is the line-up of speakers and each of them were well versed and very knowledgeable about their topic. They shared a plethora of information and answered all our questions whole-heartedly.
After the session, Chateau Elan provided a wine tasting
and the Dixie Crystal ladies were giving away prizes
I was one of the lucky winners of a silicone baking mat.. it’s definitely going to come in handy while baking
Afterwards – we all engaged in plenty conversation and idle chat and later gathered for dinner at Pappasito’s Cantina. It was “THEEEE FREAKING BEST” mexican food I’ve ever eaten
Dixie Crystals supplied treats and the opportunity to make our own sugar scrubs.
There were several supplies left over so the wonderful ladies at Dixie Crystal allowed a couple of us to take them home to donate to our local foodbanks.
Overall, the conference was a big success and I look forward to going again. One important tip I got out of the entire conference was: Don’t get stuck in a black hole.. follow what you enjoy and write about what you love…therefore, it won’t feel so much like work. Your blog is a business and you must treat it that way. Blogging is the new business model and if you enjoy it, you can actually earn an income. They provide you the tools and information needed to grow your business and it’s up to you to decide how to make it work for you. You can learn more about Blog Life University here. Again, I’d like to thank Blog Life University, Dixie Crystals, Chatteau Elan, the other sponsors and speakers for a rewarding event and the DoubleTree Hotel for their exquisite accommodations. Next up.. You know I had to take on a bit of thrifting while in Hotlanta.. The thrift stores were the bomb-diggity – I can’t wait to show you all what goodies we got. So until next time.. Happy hunting while thrifting your house into a home!
I’m on my minimizing kick and next up was the foyer. I’m taking my time going room by room and completing this task. I had hoped to have it completed by the time the i2i YardSale happened, but I couldn’t accomplish it. One thing for sure is I’m happy that I’ve at least began making every attempt to do this. Letting go is always the hardest part and I’m realizing that once I’ve gone through a space redecorate, starting with a clean slate was easier for me to weed out what I no longer wanted. Such is the case with the foyer, living room and dining room. I wanted the color of the foyer to flow into both those rooms so I chose Sherwin Williams “Morning Fog”. It’s a bit of a grayish/bluish/lavenderish color..
When I saw it in this picture, I thought it was a bit too gray,
Contrare to my thought, it was actually what I was looking for. I finished painting the rococco console table/mirror and it looks a thousand times better. If you recall it was shabby black which did nothing for it.
Initially I thought about metallic gold, but then I loved the Rose Gold I used for the living room mirror, and decided to go with that color again because the console table has a mauve marble top.
This mirror was a royal pain in the toosh to paint. All the swirly edges made the task of painting it was even harder. (as much as I papered and taped, I still got overspray on it, but nail polish remover took it right off.
This is a closer view of the details that were on the console legs. Here is how it looks inside with the new wall color
Major difference right! Looks a lot more elegant! I also changed the light fixture and decided on the Jamee chandelier at Joss & Main
I loved the chandelier, but I didn’t care for the crystals it came with because – 1) I had to assemble them and 2) they weren’t real crystal. I had a bag of antique crystal prisms I had been saving and decided to switch them. The longer crystals did a bit more justice to the beauty of the fixture.
This small space has 5 doorways, and i felt it’s best not to put a bunch of items in here. I’m satisfied (for now)
I haven’t decided on an area rug yet, and I’m not rushing it either.. I’ll take my time and enjoy looking at the openness of the space. By not having a lot of items the area actually feels bigger.
I’m so glad I chose to keep it because now I’m forced to not keep a bunch of “stuff” that was filled in the drawers of the table.
I styled it simple with a set of Ikea Blomster candleholders that I picked up at Goodwill for $3.00, another one of my favorite female busts (which was a yardsale find $1.00), a bit of greenery and my favorite pic of hubby and I.
When the chandelier is on at night, there’s a soft glow of the reflection
and the rose gold changes the hue
On the other side of the wall, I brought in the bench from the bedroom. I needed a space to drop my handbag and workbag and thought that would be great place for it. I finally hung the birthday painting.
Another vintage swan (which I use as a planter) is perched right next to it
I’m definitely sure I appreciate the new space.
Although the sale of the console didn’t go through, sometimes things happen for a reason, because I truly am happy I have it and I love the new look. The foyer has been freshened up and I’m patting myself on the back because I was able downsize a few items.
To take the look of the foyer from this …
to this look
It’s a winner for me. The total cost of my new look was $150.00 ( with the bulk of it being the cost of the chandelier).
As always, it’s not how much it costs, but its’s how you style it. Happy hunting while you thrift your house into a home.