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So here’s the thing…

I’m not going through a blogging dry-spell, and I’m certainly not feeling uninspired.  I’m actually the complete opposite of all that!  I have like a gazillion projects I want to work on right now and the craft supplies to prove it, but I’m not feeling the little crafty and small DIY projects.  We’re working on finishing our basement – 2 projects there: Alex’s recording studio and revamping the scary basement washroom (possibly also laundry room [yep… that makes 3 basement projects alone]) at the same time.  We’re also working on landscaping the front of our house.  There are plans in the works for refinishing the deck.   The kitchen pantry is still waiting to be painted.  Oh and have you SEEN what I did to my stairs on Instagram yet?  Yep…another project on the go – ripping up carpet.  It’s a lot of stuff (seven projects, in case you were wondering), and you’ll be seeing all of it on the blog for sure, though some of these may be a while because I have things like this to distract me:

Oh LutherAnd some days I’m just too busy showing my husband where we can put furniture like this:

daydreamingThat’s me pretend-sitting on a pretend-couch.  I fake texted to make it seem more believable, duh!  Just so you know, this was the day we got the keys to our house, hence the mini champagne bottle in my hand (which tasted so gross I didn’t even drink it).  I don’t make it a habit to go around my house sipping out of champagne bottles!  Also, this is THE basement before we even touched anything in it.  Doesn’t look so bad right?  Wrong… just wait until the reveal.  It’ll be sooooooo good!  Back to the point.

 

I gotta keep it real with you guys…

I don’t want to just make crafty things for the sake of having images pinned, or to have something to share at link parties, or just because they’re pretty.  I want to be purposeful and mindful of what I make and I wanna be real about the things I share – like, I want to actually use the stuff I make, you know?  So is it ok if just for a little while you put up with me sharing some grainy iPhone pictures of the madness happening at my house?  And is it ok if for a little while I share links of people and things that inspire me?  And finally, is it ok if both of those things happen fairly regularly on this little blog?  Because I gotta say, sometimes the pressure to be perfect is too much.  And that pressure doesn’t just come from the ever so picky Craftgawker peeps urging me to have no text, use better cropping, or just be a better photographer in general.  No, they don’t help with the pressure, but neither do I.  That’s right… I put pressure on myself.  I didn’t start blogging for fame and fortune, and I certainly didn’t start doing it so that I could be exactly like some other amazing bloggers out there with impeccable vignettes who do this professionally, with like REAL cameras and stuff… no, I started blogging because this little adventure of being a new home owner/wife/DIY enthusiast/dog owner is actually a HUGE adventure and I wanted to document it.  That’s all.  Well, maybe not all, but that was how it all started.  I just needed to remind myself of that a little, so… sorry you had to be part of my ramblings!

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If you have made it this far, here’s a snippet of something I added to our home on a whim this weekend.

Home is wherever I'm with youI will share this here, and maybe even pin it, and maybe even submit it to Craftgawker only to be rejected again… but not yet.  I don’t want to post something that’s not totally finished just so I have something to blog about.  I’m going to wait, and if you know me at all, you know how difficult of a thing that is for me to do.

Here’s hoping you’re more patient than I am!

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Thalita

23 Comments

  1. Reply

    Lindsey Brock

    July 16, 2013

    Thalita, this is what I love about you. You do keep it real and it is fantastic to follow you on ALL of your adventures. I am not surprised at all that you are staying true to yourself and keeping this blog as it was meant to be from the beginning. That’s what makes it so awesome! We get the REAL you! :) So I for one am SO looking forward to the adventures of your basement and the landscaping and anything else you decide to do! Also: I love the pictures of you and Luther. Priceless! XOXOXO Linds

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      Thalita

      July 17, 2013

      Aw Linds thanks for the encouragement :) And thank you for being such a wonderful friend and blog reader. It honestly means the world that you are so supportive and wonderful!!! Oh and I wouldn’t be keeping it totally real if there weren’t super silly pictures of me and our crazy dog, right? :)

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    buckle4up

    July 16, 2013

    I totally agree with you, and am in the same boat as you are. I want to encourage you to follow your heart, and let all else fall by the wayside. :)

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      Thalita

      July 17, 2013

      Those are such beautiful words to read! I can’t express to you how wonderful it is to have that kind of encouragement. And it’s always good to know someone else is feeling the same way as you, right? Well I want to give you that same encouragement back and tell you that I read several of your blog posts, and you have a lovely way of making a reader feel like they already know you!

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        buckle4up

        July 17, 2013

        thanks for your encouragement.

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    Rachel

    July 16, 2013

    Oh Thalita, I love following all of your posts and the craziness therein. I love the pictures of Luther doing ridiculous stuff (mostly because I can completely relate!) and it’s so much fun to read about your amazing home projects. There’s no need to be perfect, I promise that we’ll love you anyway! :)

    Rachel

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      Thalita

      July 17, 2013

      Rachel, you are too sweet!!! Thank you for your extremely kind words. Every day it amazes me that people are interested in what I have to say. It does not, however, amaze me that people want to know what my crazy dog is up to because he is hilarious and doesn’t even need to try! Seriously though, you are awesome :)

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    Steph

    July 17, 2013

    I completely identify with this post! My blog is so far from being huge or popular, but I do have followers and I feel bad when I don’t post anything for a week or two because if people are going to follow you it’s because they want to see your content. I find that I’m always working on stuff but don’t necessarily have time to post about it. I think I get too caught up in worrying about how it’s going to look too. I feel like maybe people don’t want to see little projects, they want the big stuff. I love the way you write, and I think you do awesome stuff, so whether you post once a week or once a month I’ll be reading :)

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      Thalita

      July 18, 2013

      Getting caught up on how it’s going to look is my number 1 reason for delaying a post, working on it to the point that I become irritated, or worse – trashing it completely! But really, people (aka me) do want to see your little projects! And don’t those little projects just all add up to a big one anyway? So they are never really that small, and are totally worth posting. I should take my own advice, huh? Thanks for reading, and commenting, and making me feel so darn awesome!!!

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    Leah

    July 17, 2013

    I’m about to start a big home renovation project and some landscaping too, so I can relate – it has taken over all of my brainpower! My DIY projects are all in colors I’m considering for my new room, and I spent an hour today trying to decide which shade of white paint is “the one”.

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      Thalita

      July 18, 2013

      Leah, what a wonderful feeling it is to be able to relate to other people, right? At least for me, anyway! Oh and spending an hour picking the right shade of white? Been there! My husband just doesn’t understand… but now at least I know you do! Thanks for making me feel SO much better about this!

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    Anonymous

    July 17, 2013

    I have done it and you know what? I have finished all my projects and felt sooo proud of myself. Creio que voce so precisa de uma maozinha (maezinha ….) It’s very overwhelming to look around and see to many things to be done and we feel lost and alone, but the pleasure and happiness and pride after all done is unbelievable . Believe in yourself. I believe in you.

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      Thalita

      July 18, 2013

      Thanks mama! You are my number 1 fan!

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    twopurplecouches

    July 23, 2013

    Of course it’s okay! Just keep on keepin’ it real! As I type this, there is an air compressor and just the very beginnings of crown moulding in my dining room, and a colossal MESS in my office/craft room. But, that’s life :D

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      Thalita

      July 24, 2013

      Oh my goodness, isn’t it though? It gets so crazy, but you know what? Who cares, right? Like you said, that’s life! It’s just nice to remind ourselves that it’s ok to be imperfect sometimes. And thank you for making me feel better – also, I can’t wait to see that crown molding!

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        twopurplecouches

        July 24, 2013

        I have to constantly remind myself of this, too. My husband probably does more of the reminding that I do. I’m trying to be okay with mess and work-in-progress and enjoy it instead of rushing to finish just so I can check it off my to-do list.

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    July 24, 2013

    Thalita, I love your openness and honesty…the ways you keep it real. It’s refreshing! And I totally understand about that pressure we put on ourselves. I feel it, too! Then, I have to remind myself why I started a blog in the first place. It was to have a creative outlet. Never did I intend for it to feel like an obligation or something pressured. Still, I know it comes with being an over-achiever and a hard worker. So, you’re not alone! Just remember that you’re probably your toughest critic, and we are all rooting for you. So, bring on the grainy photos! (Oh craftgawker, how you torment us so. Yet we keep coming back to you! Why?!)

    This rambly response was brought to you by your bloggy buddy,
    Lauren

    P.S. That pretend-sitting on a pretend-couch photo was AWESOME. No joke. Keep more of that coming. (That’s my kinda humor.)

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      Thalita

      July 24, 2013

      Lauren, Lauren, Lauren… you always have the right words to say! Rambly = awesome, by the way! It’s like you said – I am my toughest critic and I think a lot of people feel that, which is always a comfort. Thanks for rooting for me, always! I got about 6 more craftgawker denials last week alone! I laughed them off (perhaps slightly maniacally) but still, I laughed and thought of you! :)

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        Johanna

        February 17, 2014

        You gals are the bestest, and your blogs are both so fun and real and honest, you seriously have nothing to worry about – we all love you!
        I totally get wrapped up in this sometimes, but I think that as craft-bloggers, you have even more pressure to produce quality content, which basically just equals evoking “PIN IT PIN IT NOW” urges in people (no? Just me then? Okay…). Being such a perfectionist and harsh critic of myself as well, I’ve made it one of my big 6 months goals to a) stretch 5 mins every day (I can’t do meditation), and b) every night before going to bed, list 3 things I’m thankful for.. I think that just really being mindful and reminding ourselves of how well we are doing is super important.
        And if that fails, just email me, and I will happily heap endless compliments and adorations on both of you! :))
        Can’t wait to see all your big projects, Thalita!
        xxx

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          Thalita

          February 22, 2014

          You are the sweetest :)
          Craft bloggers do have a lot of Pinterest and Craft Gawker pressure to fight with, but if you can get past it and just do it for fun, it’s not so bad!

          I think that’s so awesome that you’re taking time out for gratitude in your day! It makes a huge difference, right?

          Thanks for being such a supportive friend!!! xoxo

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