Q & A

Thank you to all of you who played along. I had so much fun reading all your questions :) Here are some of them……

Q1: Ok, since summer break is here : What was your favorite game to play as a kid :) AND for the people without kids, what is your favorite game to play now?

A1: As a kid I lived out in the country and we made up most of the games we played. Most of them were outside games and if I tried to explain them they wouldn’t make any sense! But we also loved to play board games in the winter. We loved Pictionary and Scattergories. No as an adult, I love to play any game. The favorite on we play as a family is called Sequence for kids. We love it because it can be played by almost any age. Even my two year old can play it when we do it the easy version way.

Q2: What is your daily routine? Where do you get such cute clothing????????????

A2: This question made me giggle… out loud! I laughed at the clothing part. I have like 5 “good” shirts. Most of the clothes I wear on TV are my sister’s clothes that I borrowed because I had already worn my 5 cute ones on TV already. The navy and white striped shirt in my profile picture came from a thrift store for $2. I spotted it when I was looking for furniture to refinish. I also like to look at Target, Ross, and TJ Maxx. I am cheap. And I hate shopping. :)

As far as my daily schedule it varies but most of the time I get up (6:30-7:00) and get the kids fed then hop on to make sure my post that was scheduled actually posted and check email. While I am on the computer I am also making sure the boys do their morning chores. I am only on the computer 20 minutes max. During the school year I then get the lunches ready and kids off to school. Then I get ready (aka brush teeth and put hair in a pony tail). I don’t get a ton done during the morning usually because I have a 2 year old. I try to play/tidy the house. Then after lunch I put little guy to bed and THAT my friends is when I go crazy. Project time! I usually have a good 2 hours. Then the little one is up and the bigger ones get home from school. The oldest will help with the 2 year old if I am still working. Then I help the kids with afternoon jobs. Make dinner, eat, put kids to bed, edit photos, write blog posts, TV on couch with hubby, then bedtime around midnight. Obviously baseball games, school volunteering, ect changes the basic schedule.

Q3:  I’d like to paint circles on my kids’ bathroom wall. Any ideas how I could get a nice crisp edge?

A3: Use a stencil of some sort. I used a polka dot stencil for my hallway and it was amazing! If you don’t want polka dots, but just some circles here and there you could make your own stencil by tracing a bowl or glass. The use an x-acto knife to cut it out. I would use contact paper that was clear. When stenciling, the most important thing to remember is not to load up your foam roller with too much paint and not to push too hard when rolling. Good luck!

Q4: When did u start blogging? and when did u start earning real money from it??? :D

A4: I started blogging about a year and a half ago in September of 2010. I did not start making money off the blog until about April of 2011. I didn’t start this blog to make money. I started it to share ideas and get to know other DIY minded people :) I do not make a ton of money, but it does help me justify to the husband all my projects!

Q5: How do you keep up with advertising for your blogging: taxes, bills, invoices?  I want to monetize my blog more, but I don’t even know how to start from fear of taxes and having to send out professional looking invoices and stuff.  And I worry that keeping up with all that would take too much time away from my working on projects.  I am a teacher, so I have a full time job except in the summer.  And on another note, do you ever create projects just to put on your blog?  Or do you always create projects for a specific reason?  Random questions, I know.

A5: I think that is such a good question! This last February was my first experience with having to file taxes on my earnings. I had no idea what I was doing. I am sure I made the lady at H&R whole night when I showed up with my zip lock baggies full of receipts!!! She told me (while trying not to smile) that I did not have to bring in all the receipts next time. I do need to keep them in case of being audited but I could just bring in the totals next year. I need to be better about this. I have receipts all over the house right now. I am right brained for sure!

As far as the second part of your question, I have a HUGE to do list in order to fix up our 1938 home. I don’t think I will ever run our of projects. I do occasionally do a project that was not on my list because a company asks me to use their product for a sponsored post. But I try to stick to the list.

Q6: Do you ever offer advice for a “makeover” of sorts?  We have a room (about 500 square feet, complete with a garden area) off our house that is made of rough cedar and has a brick floor – two of the walls are sliding glass doors (a total of six), one wall is the cedar (which has closets in it) and the last wall is the brick of the house (this wall also has a built-in cabinet and an upright freezer, as well as the door back into the kitchen).  Everyone who comes over loves this room, but I would really LOVE to make it a place that is a true getaway – comfy, cozy and hang-out worthy.  Right now it is a glorified “dog house” for our three little dogs, that we frantically clean when company is coming over.  I would love to send some pics and pick your brain!  :)

A6: I would LOVE to do this and it is on my list of goals.  I am so frazzled right now trying to balance everything and summer is always hard with kids home and sports games. But as soon as I get the kids a little older and figure out a good working routine/schedule, I am going to offer those services :)

Q7: What’s your favorite color?  What’s your favorite room in your house?

A7: I am going to sound like the biggest cop-out but I don’t have a favorite color…..  I LOVE color.  And as far as my favorite room in my house? I like them all for different reason. (ack! kind of another co-out) I love my bedroom because it is soft and soothing. The lighting rocks. I like to read and relax in there. I love my family room because it is warm and cozy. It is where we spend the most time together as a family. I love my office because after 5 years of the room not functioning at all it is finally a functional space. And the color makes me happy :) I love my bathroom because I think it fits the style of my home. It has a good mix of new, old, and collected.

Q8: Do you ever use circular saws, especially hand-held ones?  Are they hard to handle?  What do you need to take into account when you use one?

A8: I have used them. I built the crate in my family using one. My dad didn’t have a ton of power tools but he did have a circular saw so that was the first power tool I ever used. I don’t think they are difficult if you use it correctly. Here is a good article on it: http://www.powertoolinstitute.com/pti_pdfs/PTI_Safety_circularsaws.pdf

Q9: I “have” a blog, and am really stuck. How often should I post? I have furniture and architectural things, but I also am an avid paper crafter. I could really use some guidance.

A9: It depends on what your goals are for your blog. If it is just a hobby and you are just posting thing to share and for therapy then it doesn’t matter how often you post.  But if you want more and you are trying to grow your blog then you should probably be posting 2-4 times a week.  I know many bloggers who have one foot in the craft world and one foot in the DIY world. You can totally do both.  Feel free to email me with any more questions :)

Q10: What do you feel is more important liveability or quality? I mean, liveable in the sense of functions for the  whole family that they can use or do you wait and by something that will last the test of time? And what are your must have high quality pieces?

A10:  I have had hand-me down furniture most of our marriage but the best thing I ever did was buy a good quality couch. I think if you are going to splurge on something it should be a good couch and a good bed. You spend so much time on both and comfort and strength are a big deal.  The other things can slowly be replaced along the way.

Q11: What is your favorite quality of your husband and each of your children?

A11: My husband has so many amazing qualities but one of my favorite ones is that he is such a communicator. He listens and can express his thoughts well. Our “fights” are short because of that :) My oldest is so responsible. More than I am! He is such a good helper with his younger brothers. My second son is very affectionate. He is always telling everyone how he feels about them and gives the best hugs. My third son has a very subtle whit. He cracks me up! He is also a big rule follower which helps. And my youngest is so FUN! He sings at the top of his lungs all the time and has the cutest crooked smile.

Q12: What has been your favorite project since you’ve been blogging? What is your favorite inexpensive or “free” way to decorate your home?

A12: I don’t think I could pick a favorite project…. And my favorite free way to decorate my home is to bring nature inside. I LOVE  cutting flowers from the yard and bringing them in. I also have rocks, pieces of wood, and even photos I took of the outdoors in my house right now.

Q13: I remember a long time ago you posted about Gel Stain.  I thought I remembered that you didn’t need to strip, sand, etc. before staining…is that true.  What have you used gel stain for and how is it different than regular stain?

How did you break through in the blog world?  I notice many of my favorite bloggers seem to be in each other’s blogrolls.  It seems many of the blog hops and parties feature their “friends” things.  It just seems really hard to get their attention and make it.

What did you have to do to get featured in magazines and on TV?  Are their auditions or do they just come to you asking you to do something amazing?

Ever have a project fail, or not turn out the way you planned? If so, what was it?

What skills or trait to do envy in others or wish you had?

A13: Gel Stain rocks my socks. And yes, you don’t have to sand down to the bare wood or strip it. But like any other stain or paint you do need to clean the surface and apply it according to the directions. I like DARK wood so I apply a lot of it to get that dark look. It is thick like pudding so it is especially good for vertical surfaces because it won’t run.

I don’t consider myself a huge blogger.  I think we all find our little group of like minded people that we feel comfortable with. For me some happen to be bigger than me and some are smaller. It really isn’t about the size, but the person. You know when you read someone’s blog and you feel like you know them? You want to hang out with them? I just started contacting bloggers and asking them questions about blogging. The big thing for me was meeting them in person at conferences and blogging events. Some I met and we hit it off and some I met and we didn’t. I think it is a good idea for ALL bloggers to find a group of bloggers to create a support group and a friendship. NOT because I think blogging should be about cliques, but because we all need a group that gets us, that we can share our frustrations with and our triumphs.  As much support as I get from my husband, he isn’t a blogger and won’t really get it when I crack the css code on my blog and do some wordpress changes all my myself. But I could tell another blogger and they would.  I don’t know how to answer the question about how one goes about breaking out into the blogging world. I think it is different for everyone.  I think it means something different to everyone. And to save time and space with some of the other questions about TV and growing my blog I will leave a link for my blogging story because it covers a lot of that.

I have had fails. More of them in the beginning as I was learning everything through trial and error. I actually have one project that I didn’t execute very well that I still need to blog about after I hinge the top on and another one that is a fail I am trying to make work. Both will be blogged about soon. I think for the most part I know what I can handle and what I can’t. That helps eliminate some of the “fails”, knowing my limits and 12 year experience. But they do still happen :(

I wish I were more left brained! I wish I could stick to one project at a time and not suffer from project ADD. I wish I could keep everything neat and organized all the time. I wish I could stick to a schedule better….. I wish I liked to exercise. I wish I was more patient, I wish I could sing. I wish I was more coordinated (okay, okay I wish I WAS coordinated) I have a million of these wishes and traits I would love to have. But I try to focus on what I CAN do.

Q14:  What’s your advice to another mom raising boys? :)

A14: Stock up on air fresheners!!!  Hahaha! Seriously. Boys don’t have as many emotions flying around as girls. But they have So. Much. Energy! I try hard to keep them busy and wear them out. I also try to teach them how to clean and cook. I never want them to think there are such things as “girl” jobs and “boy” jobs. Everyone needs to pitch in and be a team.  I was a major tom boy growing up so to me raising boys is a piece of cake. I like to get dirty and do the things they like to do. If you don’t….. fake it. Play legos, make mud pies, catch bugs, have grass fights, and THEN you can teach them some of the thing YOU like to do.

That was fun. Thanks again and if you ever have a question please feel free to email me.

 

Comments

  1. Anna Jones says

    Thanks for including my question! I love that you don’t fork over a lot of money for clothing! I am the same way! LOL I also enjoyed what you said about blogging. it is totally 100% true!!!!

  2. heather says

    I liked the last question the best. I also have four boys 9 and under. Air freshener is correct!!! ;) Our mudroom/laundry room always smells like a farmyard and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  3. says

    Money for projects or not, I love following your blog! You are definitely the kind of person I feel like I could hang out with. Too bad you don’t live in Idaho. Keep up the great work!

  4. says

    I love this post…I think you should start a series like this…just answering your fans questions :)

    xoxo
    Rasha@mychampagnetaste

  5. says

    #14 was going to be my second question lol I’m a tom boy too, fortunately my daughter is too….we’ll have to see about daughter #2

  6. says

    Cute idea, and your answers were SO thorough! You have a lot more patience than me, that’s for sure!! Fun getting to know you a little better! I hope you were able to recuperate a little bit today from all your labors. No break for me till Sunday.. oh well, the price we pay.. LOL!!
    Big Hugs!

  7. says

    This was awesome!!! You answered all of my questions (even though I didn’t post any) including how you learned how to use power tools :) You should totally do this again!

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