I was graciously invited by Cathy over at My 1929 Charmer to join Touring Through Blogland.
I’ve been reading Cathy’s blog for several years now. I was first attracted to the blog because she too, had an older home, and it is, indeed, a Charmer. But she also charmed me with humorous posts such as her adventures in stealing hydrangeas! ( HERE ) So she’s funny..that keeps you coming back. She’s also practical…need a refresher course in canning or want to try your hand at it? Even if you know what you are doing you’d have to admit that this has to be one of the all time best posts about canning tomatoes on the Net. YES I CAN .
Cathy is also incredibly creative…when she’s not out there stealing hydrangeas or at home canning tomatoes you can find her renovating, decorating, sewing, cooking, gardening, and a host of other things. She’s had a Master Gardener series going on and her recent posts about her July gardens are amazing. It is just beautiful there, inside and out. And yes, I trimmed my lilac bush when she said I should :)
Touring Through Blogland has four questions to answer. I will try to be brief and send you on quickly to the next three bloggers :)
What am I working on ?
In the spring, summer and fall, an ongoing project is always something involved with gardening. When I purchased this house 14 years ago the outside was bare. Over the years I surrounded it with bushes, flowers and vines…all planted myself with much hard labor, and then for the last two years I’ve worked on adding raised beds for vegetables ( Nothing fancy…it’s a hodgepodge :)
Later on in the summer I’ll probably be canning tomatoes and making some jams, just as I did last year. I made several varieties of jams and am still enjoying them now and I’ve given plenty away as well.
I like to quilt, and have several long term projects that I pick up and work on here and there.
How does my work differ from others?
Well, I am a pretty average person here, and while I am trying to learn and improve my skills, I’d have to say that most quilters are far better than me, and I look to them for inspiration. I haven’t killed anyone with my canning or cooking, so I am ok there…and as to gardening, while my home has no to-die-for landscaping or the cottage flower garden of my dreams, or anything fancy, gardeners are all the same. We just love it. We get a thrill from seedlings pushing up through the earth, dirt under our nails, the first tomato, and every bloom.
Why do I create / write what I do?
I decided to see if I could get a blog up and going on a whim of sorts..and when I did that I was completely clueless about blogging, linky parties, the friendships one could make through blogging, etc. I continue to do it as it is an outlet for photography, which I enjoy and because of the wonderful people and friendships formed in Blogland :)
How does your writing/creating process work?
I take a lot of photos. Basically I just take pictures, sort through pictures later, and do a post around them. Some weeks I will put a post up for several days in a row and other weeks just a few..I don’t have a schedule or anything in particular going on :)
Next up on the tour : I think that you will find a nice variety :)
First, Joyce at “What Happens at Grandmas” is not doing this tour because it’s the busiest week of her year right now. I decided to include her anyway….though she’ll not be doing a post about the tour. I am including her for the shock and awe factor. What she’s doing is putting on a carnival. The carnival is on the 25th and she’ll probably have a few posts up about that after she collapses. Here’s a photo that I ‘lifted’ from her blog from last year’s carnival. Bear in mind that this is just one booth.
Joyce does things such as making dinosaurs out of paper mache that are as big as a house, then she hides them in the woods behind her house and takes her grandkids out for a walk to find them. So while you are at her blog, search for her dinosaur post. She does have a post up now about one of the attractions that will be at this year’s carnival and it’s not only amazing but hilarious! ( She’s not normal…just about everything on her blog is like this :)
Moving right along, there is Audrey from Quilty Folk. Audrey’s been blogging for four years and I am still in the process of going back through her older posts here and there looking at all of the quilts she’s worked on. The woman is a wonder-woman quilter. Audrey is quite the writer too, which is one of the things that makes her blog so interesting. She has a series on her blog about the courage to feel and be creative, she’s moving into pattern designing, her quilts all have an unmistakable mark of her personality and I just love the way that she uses color in her quilts. She’s also fairly convincing..after all she’s why I just started my eagle quilt project :)
Here is one that I just fell in love with…she showed it to us around the 4th of July.
There’s only about 1000 more lovelies like it there :)
Last but not least, Deborah from The Beautiful Matters. Deborah just started her blog in November 2013, and I found her not too long after that, but was amazed that she’d not been blogging for several years! It’s a beautiful and polished blog but I go back there because she’s the epitome of what I consider to be a great lifestyle blogger. Variety, and all of it well written. A recent post, “A Tribute to My Son” had me in tears. Yet you might also find a post all about nails and biotin and cuticle oil and polish. Next up a book review, or a tablescape, or a trip to an ice festival, or a post about tea with a friend. There’s always a wonderful variety and she lives up to the name of her blog with every post :)
Cathy, thanks for the invite. Audrey and Deborah, thanks for accepting mine. Joyce, ha ha even if you turned me down due to making carnival booths and huge paper mache cats that take weeks to create and will spit hairballs out for your grandchildren’s entertainment, I couldn’t take no for an answer / I want people to enjoy your carnival whether you can do a tour post or not :)
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