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“Blogging Is The Devil” Lesson Learned

Recently a friend I know said to me, “Blogging is the Devil!” I was a bit stunned with her statement but after a lengthy conversation she further explained that visiting blogs always makes her feel very inadequate and unworthy. That it seems if you don’t have some incredible house or incredible DIY project or incredible photography or been on an incredible trip to post about, why bother? Basically her take was the fairytale world of bloggers was filled with narcissistic personalities that wouldn’t know the real world if it bit them in the ass. Ouch right? I tried to justify to her that my reasons of blogging were to connect, inspire, market the business and mentor.  And how I’ve always been grateful for the friendships and opportunities that have come my way because of blogging. But wait, did her view of blog land have any merit? Did my own blogs fall into that same fairytale world she described? Probably to some extent, but that’s because I’m very conscious about putting out the best content I possibly can on my blogs. I owe that to the people who take the time to visit me on my blogs and have been supportive over the years. Also, understanding that blog readers usually are looking for two things, information and inspiration. That there is enough ugly in the World we live in and being able to escape in blog land for a bit is OK.
Why you blog and the content you offer is a decision that is ultimately yours. But as my friend reminded me of in her assessment about blog land, don’t get caught up in the smoke and mirrors of blogging that you feel the need to constantly produce to obtain favor. The internet has fostered a wave of instantaneous gratification and short term memory loss. Basically any fame you receive from the internet can be very fleeting so remembering that and taking things in prospective when you post should be a lesson for all of us bloggers.

 

  • Sharon Penney-Morrison - Hi Carol. I met you at Bird Song I last year and loved your class I could not make it this year, but plan on next year.

    I can agree somewhat with your friend. It does appear my daily reads, on my fav. blogs, are somewhat far different then my daily life. However, there are many bloggers who are honest and tell their life like it is.
    I guess I would say I enjoy both the beautiful, fantasy life, and the real nitty gritty life. I live in both worlds.
    I am an artist, quilter, decorator. Love to re-purpose about anything!! I seldom show the interior of my home as I prefer to have some things private. I will do snippets now and then of a collection I have, but by no means do I ever want anyone to feel inferior.

    I love looking at most of the blogs, and feel very inspired by their designs.

  • Anonymous - Hi Carol. I met you at Bird Song I last year and loved your class I could not make it this year, but plan on next year.

    I can agree somewhat with your friend. It does appear my daily reads, on my fav. blogs, are somewhat far different then my daily life. However, there are many bloggers who are honest and tell their life like it is.
    I guess I would say I enjoy both the beautiful, fantasy life, and the real nitty gritty life. I live in both worlds.
    I am an artist, quilter, decorator. Love to re-purpose about anything!! I seldom show the interior of my home as I prefer to have some things private. I will do snippets now and then of a collection I have, but by no means do I ever want anyone to feel inferior.

    I love looking at most of the blogs, and feel very inspired by their designs.

  • Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY - Thoughtful assessment all around. Good words to keep in mind to maintain some perspective on blogging and why we do it.

    By the way, I popped over here last night while researching blog design and I remember visiting this blog a while back.

    It’s great to re-discover your site and browse all your wonderful photos and ideas which are pretty and inspiring.

    Enjoy your day.

  • Laurie - This is a great post to think about, Carol, and I can relate to what your friend was saying. I started blogging nearly 3 years ago to let family and friends know about a medical condition I have and the surgery I was going to go through, but it quickly changed to being more about family and faith. There were times I thought about quitting when I compared myself to other bloggers, but that is no longer a problem and I enjoy other blogs for inspiration and encouragement. I may not have a large “following,” but it doesn’t matter to me, as I just blog as myself.

    I am glad that you blog what you do – we downsized into a much smaller, new cottage that we are transforming into a home that is welcoming, and your photos and information are a great inspiration!

  • Rachel Noelle Pallas - Loved this! ;)

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Deconstructed Furniture

The other day I received the always anticipated Restoration Hardware 2012 Design Source Book and was completely smitten. It is actually 992 pages consisting of three publications. The Home Book’s opening letter from Chairman and Co-CEO Gary Friedman speaks to the brand’s evolution to date – Paying homage to Steve Jobs’ legacy of following one’s heart and intuition in the quest for innovation, this philosophy similarly guides Restoration Hardware and drives its creative process. “These pages are filled with examples of our vision to create an inspiring and irreverent style movement,” says Friedman. “Our new collection consists of new pieces that have been carefully curated, reimagined and composed to push the established boundaries and stimulate ideas of a new and evolving way to furnish our homes.”  

Of course I was drawn to their new Deconstructed Furniture Line~The collection consists of 16 reproductions featuring distressed walnut frames, exposed hardware, and rich burlap and antiqued cotton upholstery secured with tailor’s tacks.

 

I’m sure there are many in Decorating Land that are appalled by the unfinished and unsophisticated nature of RH’s Deconstructed look because “tisk tisk” it is a reproduction attempt.  But for those of us that appreciate the “As Found Style” we get  it! Cheers to Restoration Hardware for continuing to push the design envelope.

This is a photo of a vintage chair that Shelley featured on her blog recently. The deconstructed look may not be right for everyone but I think it is a piece of textural art and fabulous.

 

 

  • Carol Spinski - Yes it is a challenge to keep it clean but I still love it:) Blessings and Thank You:) Carol

  • Gail - The moment I saw R.H showcase this line. I loved it too!
    I have a few pieces of my own deconstructed furniture just loving the way it looks until I find the perfect fabric. Y’all know how that is…I am not in a hurry to cover it just yet!
    The only thing I ponder is… because I’m miss clean, is you can’t really clean it as well….
    Thanks for the lovely post, glad I found your blog!
    xo,
    http://www.casualloveselegance.blogspot.com

  • Carol Spinski - Thank You Shelley~Such a beautiful chair:) Hugs, Carol

  • Carol Spinski - I so agree Des! Just love those pieces that tell a story:) Thank You~Carol

  • Des - I know a lot of people are “upset” at the new direction RH has gone but I for one LOVE IT! Depending on where you live,antique pieces are not always an otpion and even when they are finding an upholster can be quite the task. So, I’m quite happy I can buy reprouduction pieces and not have to worry about an old spring poking me in the @ss!!!! I’m not sure I would do a whole room with deconstructed pieces but I think one piece in a room would be so divine :o)
    ~Des

  • sweet pea home - wow, so flattered that you included my pic in this post! thanks my friend!

    hugs,

    shelley

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Canon 85mm 1.2 Lens Crush

Well I did it! I finally purchased the lens I’ve been crushing on for the last several months-the Canon 85mm 1.2. It arrived last week and I’m already smitten with the image quality and buttery bokeh this baby produces. Here is a sample of one of the first images I took with it attached to my 5D MK2~

Baseball Cuff’s by Meloney Russell of The Seedbox Antiques


The lens is super heavy and because of the narrow depth of field has a steep learning curve. But I can already see why it is one of the best portrait prime lenses Canon makes. I have several upcoming photography jobs and can’t wait to try it out in my work.

Thank You for letting me know your favorite Flea Markets from the last post~I’m looking forward to checking out some of the ones I’ve never visited:)

 

  • Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY - Oh, lucky you. I’ve had my eye on that lens for the last few months. I’m right on the edge of the cliff, almost ready to take the plunge-lol. Love this photo and it makes me want the lens even more.

    Popped by from Sadie Olive to see your blog design. Everything is a pleasure to browse.

  • Traci - you are going to love that lens!!! i have it and love it more with every use. enjoy!!

  • Carol Spinski - Thanks Darlin Anne:) Yes I do agree with Warrenton and Round Top of course:)

  • Anne Lorys-Fiona and Twig - Well, of course, Warrenton and Round Top would be number one for me. But we also have a nifty little monthly here in Fredericksburg called Trade Days.

    Oh, and your new lens? Perfection!!!!!

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What Are Your Favorite Flea Markets?


Do you have a favorite Flea Market or Vintage Market that you never miss? I’m planning a couple of Spring buying trips and would LOVE to visit some new venues. Please let me know:) Thank You!

Blessings, Carol

 Photography by Carol Spinski

  • Tracey Buxton - Out here in the Pacific Northwest we have the Funky Junk Sisters Show that makes it’s ways down here to hillboro from the Seattle area. We also have BarnHouse which is a great show each summer.

  • Carol Spinski - Hello

  • Carol Spinski - Without a doubt the BEST of the BEST Show Shelley;) You know I Love Marburger:) Hugs, Carol

  • Carol Spinski - Hi Ingrid, Did not know about the Nashville Flea Market~ I’ve been to the Heart Of The Country Show and it was fabulous:) Thank You:)

  • Carol Spinski - Country and quaint sounds wonderful~Sounds like the Burlington Show is a must see:) Thank You! Carol

  • Carol Spinski - Hi Laura:) I’ve heard wonderful things about Lucketts. I love road trips:) Thank You so much Laura:)

  • Laura - Hi Carol,
    I love the Lucketts Spring Market in Lucketts, Virginia. It is held every May, this year it is the 19th and 20th. Vendors come from all over the country. Awesome finds. I believe their Design House is open at the same time which is always a treat as well. I know it is quite a trip from Missouri…..check out their website at luckettstore.com

    Love your blog, thanks for sharing your creativity!
    ~Laura

  • Roxie Cain - The BURLINGTON ANTIQUE SHOW held at the Burlington Fairgrounds (country, quaint atmosphere) in Burlington, KY. The 3rd Sunday from April-Oct. Great prices and fine people! Always, Roxie

  • Ingrid Palmer - Nashville, TN Flea Market. Held every 4th Weekend except in December (3rd Weekend). Come and check us out if you haven’t already. Thanks

    Ingrid

  • sweet pea home - MARBURGER FARMS of course!

    hugs,

    shelley

  • sweet pea home - MARBURGER FARMS of course!!!!

    hugs,

    shelley

  • Karenlee - You must come to Art and Antiques at Osage Farm, just outside of CHarleston,Il…held on the last Saturday of April and the last Saturday of September. Wonderful primitive American antiquess, vintage galore and great music,too…here is the link:http://artandantiquesatosagefarm.com/

  • Kim Johnson - So far it is Rennigars in Mt. Dora FL. But, I am new to the state and still exploring!

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Sweet E And Dreams Do Come True

I absolutely LOVE when my friends do something that is so creative and wonderful it makes your heart sing. Such is the case with Sweet E (Elizabeth Maxson) who recently completed the photography and styling for the Tula Pink Quilt Book. When I saw the book photos, I knew without a doubt that it was Elizabeth’s work. The attention to detail styling combined with effortless layering of props not to mention gorgeous image capture is Sweet E to a Tee! Take my word and go see for yourself:)

  • Carol Spinski - Thank You Sweet Elizabeth! Hugs, Carol

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