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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Touring Through Blogland

Victoria from the blog Slightly Shabby has invited me to participate in Touring Through Blogland.  It's been a while since I've done this,  so please bear with me and I hope you won't judge me too harshly for how this post turns out.  LOL

First off, I'll show a photo I took recently to give everyone something to look at and break the ice.  Everyone loves pictures and it will lighten up my answers to the questions posed.

View from Pier Park, Panama City Florida

1.) What am I working on now?

     I just recently took a hanging driftwood mobile that I had ordered that had been damaged in the
     shipment to me apart and re-purposed it by re-stringing it into one long row instead of a mobile.
     Because it was damaged, the company I purchased it from told me to keep it.
     I couldn't bear the thought of tossing it so I decided I would hang it on a hanger until I could figure
     out what to do with it.  Well, I was visiting a blog one day a couple weeks later and I saw where
     someone had taken predrilled driftwood pieces, painted them, and strung them in a long row.  (I
     wish I could remember the name of the blog to give proper credit, but the name escapes me right
     now).  I painted each piece and wiped off the excess to give it a whitewash look and strung it
     on a long piece of hemp twine, re-used the ring it was hanging on and added a pre-drilled
     starfish to the end of it.  Voila!  Here is how it turned out:

Please excuse the lighting, the room this is hanging in doesn't get any sunlight.

Here is a close-up of the beginning of it:

Much better view.
It was any easy re-purpose and I love how it turned out.  I will be making another one for a friend of mine.  Living in Florida, this piece of artwork fits in nicely with my beach themed home.

2.)  How Does your work differ from others in this genre?

     Well, I'm not sure how to answer that question???  I often try to do new projects on a smaller scale
     than others in the DYI or craft field.  I'm no expert but love a challenge and if I can use something 
     I already have to make it all the better.  It's amazing and inspiring what a bit of paint and ideas 
     you find through blogging can lead you to.  I also love taking photos and trying my hand at 
     drawing although, I'm not very good at it, I've learned not to be so critical of what I try my hand

Here is a photo of two drawing I recently did...not perfect by any means but it looks as good as some
of the prints I see available for sale on other websites.  Again, not perfect but my take and vision of
the objects I draw.

Am I a self-proclaimed artist?  Not on your life but still it was worth the effort, at least to me.

3.)  Why do you write/create what you do?

     I started out blogging, gosh, 7 or 8 years ago.  When I first started blogging I thought it would be
     fun to write and share different aspects of my life, a diary of sorts.  I didn't have a "genre" per say,  
     but would write stories about my childhood and favorite interests. As I became a bit more sure of 
     myself, (YAY, finally) I started having posts that included homes and rooms that I found inspiring.
     Adding to that, items that I was making and selling in my Etsy Shop. (which I've since closed)
     I found after a while, I started to become "burned out" i.e. trying to visit and comment on 
     everybody's posts ('cause everybody loves comments just as much as I liked receiving them)
     along with trying to keep up with my shop and trying to write interesting and informative
     posts was too much and the enjoyment of having a blog soon became work instead of the FUN
     I started out with.  So, I backed away from it and now only post when I want to or have
     something to add of value.  I still visit and comment, but just not as much as before and only
     with others who I've built up a friendship with.  Whenever something becomes WORK instead of
     fun and you begin to "go through the motions" without enjoying what you are doing, it's
     time to stop, take a deep breathe and ask yourself is this what I really wanted out of this?

4.)  How does your writing/creating process work?

     I generally have a "light bulb" ( or as others might say "I fly by the seat of my pants") moment that 
     leads me to write or try something new.  I used to think that I "couldn't do something" but then I
     thought if all the world felt that way, nothing would be created or written.  Sometimes,
     you just have to put yourself out there and give it a whirl anyway, you'll never know what you can
     achieve until you do.  I find much of my inspiration these days comes from nature.  I've been
     taking photos of the beach and printing them to sell in a craft show that a friend of mine has 
     paid to have a space in.  By far though, my biggest pleasure is watching the birds
     eat from the feeder.  If you have ever watched birds feed, they have a pecking order of sorts. The
     larger birds i.e. blue jays, woodpecker, and doves tend to dominate the feeder and bully the 
     smaller birds until they are finished.  Just watching them is inspiring to me.  I can view them from
     outside the window where my computer is so there is always a new bird that pays the feeder a

I would like to thank Victoria for the invitation to write for Touring Through Blogland and all of you who stop by for the opportunity to share with you my thoughts and ideas for being creative.  Here are some shots I recently took that will be shown at the craft fair.  I would have never guessed that I would love photograpy as much as I do and all it took was taking that first couple of shots and liking
how they turned out.  Which goes to show you only have to give it a "shot".  You never know what might come out of it!



  1. Kris,
    I enjoyed reading your answers to the familiar questions that I just took part in not long ago myself. I could totally relate to number 3 about being burned out with the whole process of blogging, so I did what you do, which is go to a few chosen special friends and comment, and I always return comments to those who take their time to visit me. It's hard to step away from it though, isn't it, as the friendships we make are so special?

    And by the way, these pictures are truly wonderful. I know what you mean about Photography. Sometimes pictures don't even need words because the picture says it all. And bird of my very favorite things to do.

    We are such kindred spirits, my friend, and I enjoyed hearing all your thoughts today and what you've been working on lately. Keep drawing, wil you? I always wanted to draw and paint, but no such talent haha.


  2. This was so much fun to read Kris! Thank you so much for were much faster than me, it took me weeks to get around to it.

    Funny but immediately after looking at the first pic you posted up top I was going to comment on how beautiful your photography is and you could easily sell it!

    I think a lot of bloggers have suffered burnout at some time or another. Like you, I would exhaust myself trying to visit and comment to the point it became more burdensome than enjoyable. My MIL is the one who mainly inspires me to keep my blog updated, she just loves it and will show it off to friends and family with such pride cute!

    I have dreamy visions of painting or drawing also! It seems like such a peaceful thing to do. I think your drawings are lovely and practice makes perfect right!

    Your driftwood project turned out beautifully. I do the same thing, if something arrives broken or flawed, I find a way to make it work or re-purpose it!

    Thank you again for doing this Kris and I hope you have a wonderful weekend:) Hugs!

  3. I love your photos. What a beautiful place you live in.
    I completely understnad the 'blogger burn-out'. Until recently I hadn't blogged for almost a month simply because I have had no time and really felt felt I had nothing worthy of sharing. I am enjoying my 'return' but don't beat myself up about blogging regularly any more.
    Keep up the drawing ... it is a wonderfully creative way of relaxing.
    M xx

  4. Kris: I'm a little late to reading this post..but it's timely. Have you read Decor8 yesterday, about blog burnout? She based it on the NY Times story earlier this week. Very interesting indeed. Why do we blog? Does everyone get burnout? What to do about it? Paid vs. unpaid blogging. etc. etc. Anyway, take a look and we can discuss. Hmmm: maybe a post about different bloggers takes on it?


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