Snapshot Look Behind Time With Thea – Blogland Tour Around The World ~ Hello dear reader and visitor! Thanks for stopping by! Today’s post is a little bit different because I am sharing a snapshot look at what I am working on and the process I go through when I create a blog.
This post is also part of the Blogland Tour Around The World that has been going on in blogland. It’s a fabulous blog hop where bloggers are introducing their readers to other fabulous bloggers. I can only say that I am in awe of so many amazing talented people who so willingly share their wonderful ideas, inspirations and information.
That being said this is a perfect time to introduce you to two of my favourite bloggers who have been so kind to feature my blog as part of their Blogland Tour Around The World. I want to extend a huge thank you to Sondra Lyn and to Sheryl. Even though both bloggers have very different blog genres I love them both. What they do have in common is a really great sense of humour and are very approachable as you will see when you stop by their blogs.
Sheryl is the blogger behind Flowery Prose where she blogs about gardening and plants. I have learned so much from her. I have to chuckle because Sheryl and I actually live about 20 minutes away from each other but we have never met. We have been following each other ever since I started my blog and have been supporting each other all that time.
When I first discovered Sondra Lyn At Home I felt a connection right away and love everything about her and her blog. Her ideas are fabulous! Sondra Lyn lives in the US but if we lived closer I would love to be her coffee buddy! She presents herself as so classy, fun and talented!
Now for a…
Snapshot Look Behind Time With Thea
I have been assigned four questions to respond to…
What Am I Working On?
I am working on LOTS of different things. I have all kinds of blog posts on the go at different stages of completion. I have some finished but I am waiting to post them during the right season. There’s no sense posting about the Christmas stockings I made in during the month of June when everybody has summer on their mind. But I will be posting the tutorial very soon. I have blog posts sitting in draft form that still need tweaking before I publish them. I also have ideas for blog posts that are waiting for me to get started on. Here are some of the them waiting in the wings…
- The blue polka dot fabric is an ottoman I picked up at the thrift store and is waiting for a much needed new look. I just bought the fabric and I am super excited to get this project done!
- I bought the self adhesive labels in a multi coloured package for a previous organizing project. I am not crazy with the colours that are leftover so I have an idea for how to turn them into a different kind of label. Not sure if it will work but if it does I will definitely share it on the blog.
- I removed this awful looking birdbath from my garden and plan to give it a whole new facelift. I couldn’t leave this out for the birds anymore.
- Now that fall is here and the weather is cooler Sundays will be Soup For Supper nights in our home. I have a favourite tasty recipe that I plan to share using clams.
- I picked up the gold tray at a thrift store and will be sharing how I turn it into a lovely Autumn/Thanksgiving table centrepiece.
- I bought these two rolls of removable trim accents for a storage idea and an autumn fall decor idea. I love anything with a little bit of sparkle and they are so easy to work with!
- I think I need more than 24 hours in a day to get to all of the things I have planned! I can honestly say that I am never bored with so many fun things to work on.
How Does My Work Differ From Others Of Its Genre?
This is an interesting question that I had to put some thought into sharing. There are so many wonderful DIY/Lifestyle blogs out there and I have read that in order for yours to stand out it has to offer something different. I guess what makes my blog different is the goals I have set for it when I first started blogging. Time With Thea is based on the common saying “What you see is what you get”. I strive to create a blog that represents who I am and what I am interested in. Everything from the blog design to my content and my writing style are reflective of me. I like a nice clean look so the content and photography of each blog post are the focus. I also try to write in a conversational writing style as if I am sharing a cup of coffee, tea or maybe a glass of wine with my readers.
Everything I share on the blog is original and created by me. I have a lot of different interests and my blog reflects that by all the different topics I write about. Much of what I share I have learned myself through trial and error, I have come up with the idea myself or if it was inspired by something I saw in a magazine, store or online. I never completely copy anything. I use the inspiration as a springboard to make it my own.
For example, the content I shared in this post Tips For Making Your Own Compost was information I learned through my own trial and error experiences.
I created the recipe for these Protein Rice Cereal Bars based on a fabulous tip from my daughter’s fitness coach when she was a competitive synchronized swimmer. What is the tip? Add vanilla flavoured protein powder to make the bars more nutritious.
I don’t know if you know this but the blog posts I write about organizing are by far my most popular. This one I wrote about Inexpensive Ideas For Storing Craft Supplies has ideas I came up with myself and is my most pinned post on Pinterest!
I also read somewhere that in order for your blog to be more popular that you should write about trending and popular topics. I guess I should but as a creator/writer I want to stay authentic and stick to sharing what I am passionate about and interested in. If my readers enjoy it too, then that’s a real bonus and I am thrilled.
Why Do I Write/Create What I Do?
I do it because it is FUN! I love creating projects. I love organizing. I love learning new things. I love writing, photography and working with technology. Blogging lends itself so well to allowing me to do all the things I love to do. Plus I like any excuse not to do the housework!
How Does Your Writing/Creating Process Work?
All of my blog posts start with an idea. Usually that idea is filed in my brain for a while before I actually take action on it. I will even brainstorm idea possibilities or even write a blog draft in my head if I am having trouble sleeping. Interestingly it really helps me get back to sleep. Very strange… I know.
After I have thoroughly formed the idea in my head I will start to work on it. The order that I do things is create, photograph, edit photos, write, edit writing, post on WordPress blog site, edit blog post and finally hit publish. I use my edited photos as my writing outline. This is a very simplified version of my creating/writing process. If you are a blogger you know that each blog takes a lot of work and a lot of time.
Now comes the really fun part and that is to introduce you to three of my favourite bloggers in the Blogland Tour Around The World. We are really hopping around Canada and the US! These three bloggers are very diverse and unique but what they do have in common is that they are all talented.
Let the introductions begin…
First introduction is The Dreamhouse Project!
I have a lot of admiration for this ambitious and young couple. Tash & Kes are 2 average Canadians who 3 years after setting up shop in the ‘burbs,’ sold their first home, went in search of the perfect property and, toddler in tow, moved back in with their parents. Their goal? To create the best of both worlds by blending the sleek open-concept loft aesthetic with a comfortable home in the suburbs. Over a year later, they’re now in the midst of construction, building what they affectionately refer to as their ‘Dreamhouse Project.’ Through their blog, they’re taking us all along for the ride as they document their ups and downs through moving, construction, design, DIY, life with kids and everything in between.
Next is Lory from Designthusiasm!
I am thrilled to be friends with such a talented designer! Her style is simply stunning!
Hi, I’m Lory and I’m brand new to blogging. A recent empty nester and a former fashion designer, my life has always been centered around creative pursuits. I “retired” twice from the fashion industry but kept getting pulled back in. Finally, a few years back, I gave it up for good and started a small graphic design business, doing event graphics out of my home. My passion, however, extends to other areas of design and I began posting my personal table settings to my friends on Facebook. As the settings got more complex, everyone kept telling me I should “do something” with them. With much encouragement and after several iterations, I decided to start the blog, Designthusiasm. It functions as both an outlet for my creative pastimes, as well as a website to showcase my event graphics to my clients. The blog is really dominated by home styling, particularly table settings, but it also reveals my love for travel. So, this is what I spent my summer immersed in, while everyone else was taking it a little slower than usual!
My final introduction goes to Vickie from HorseMark Cards Blog.
I kid you not. I look forward to each time she posts a new card that she has created because I am always amazed by her fabulous custom card making talents. She even has a little online shop where you can buy her creations.
Vickie shares …. I have enjoyed making handmade greeting cards for my family and friends for several years. The encouragement of my sons, husband, and family prompted me to offer my special cards to others, so I created HorseMark Cards.com. Reading other creative blogs inspired me to create my own blog, HorseMark Cards Blog in 2012 so that I could contribute my little bit of creativity.
I love to share some thoughts and ideas about creative paper designs and techniques, re-purposing items, and other fun or interesting stuff that may pop into my head! I love anything creative. I have started making quilts again, which is also very enjoyable! I always seem to be working on at least two or three projects in my ‘creative’ room!
I have been married to a wonderful man (30 years in November!) who supports me in so many ways. Our two twenty-something sons inspire me. I am a very lucky lady.
And now we have come to the end of this Blogland Tour Around The World. I want to thank Sheryl and Sondra Lyn again. Maybe we will meet some time!
To my readers, I invite you to start clicking away on the links provided to stop by and visit all of these talented ladies.
Till next time,