I thought there was a good chance I would escape social media altogether. My sweet daughter, Katie, has been gently encouraging me for a while to start a lifestyle blog; but up until a few months ago, I had never tweeted, Instagramed or Facebooked. In fact I wasn’t even interested in finding out what any of that meant. Boy, I didn’t know what I was missing!
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my daughter (and two nephews) encouraged me to get on Instagram. They set up an account for me, and then, even after we’d parted, they continued to email and text me with corrections, tips and ideas. As I write this, it has been two months, and I have more than 2,100 people following me on Instagram—yippy! It is so much fun and a bit of an obsession to boot … I love the #tbt and #fbf … great fun!
Okay, so that’s how I came to the world of social media … but what about this blog? Let’s back up a little first…
I am the youngest of four children, all raised by a single mom. Of course, there was never any extra money, but my Mom
was extremely creative. If she wanted something, she would use whatever was on hand. She would make bedside tables by contact papering several cardboard boxes together, or build a bookcase with cinder blocks and planks of wood. She would take a painting that was already hanging on the wall and paint on a sunrise, or coat the whole thing in Mod Podge (a crackle glaze) to make it look like an antique.
I remember several times we moved from one apartment to another in the same complex just so she could change it up and have a different floor plan. I have a sneaking suspicion that much of this was the beginning foundation for who I am today. I love making something from nothing – painting a room myself or moving the furniture around to make it feel fresh and new to me. This sometimes throws my husband off. Then again, I guess he’s probably gotten used to it after all these years together.
I met my husband when I was just 19, and I didn’t know how to do anything. My mother had always worked, leaving my siblings and I to be the housekeepers. So cleaning I could do. But cooking, entertaining, making a house a home – those were all things I knew nothing about. My point in sharing this is that EVERYTHING can be picked up if you have interest and desire to learn. That’s all you really need!
From sewing and quilting classes to jam or ice-cream making workshops, I have always sought out ways to learn the things I wanted to do. Years ago, I found a class called Fanatic Gardener at the Los Angeles Arboretum, and I took that for several years to learn how to cultivate a beautiful garden.
When my children were young, we would go on family trips with other families. While there, the moms would have cook-offs – making whatever was in the latest cooking magazines we picked up at the airport. If fact, every dinner party I had in those early years seemed to be the “perfect opportunity” to try all the latest recipes that had inspired me. This, of course, meant a full day in the kitchen, plus lots of last-minute running around to get ready before the guests arrived.
One year my husband Michael gave me the most valuable advice, “Why don’t you make something you have made before, something tried and true?” Why had that never occurred to me? It does make for a less stressful evening for sure.
I love to have family or friends over. I love to go the extra mile and make it special … make my home a warm and inviting place that people look forward to coming back to. When my kids were little I would have Sunday evening parties with three close families; and I secretly loved it when everyone was crying as they were leaving. No one wanted to go – a sure sign of “a good time had!” Now that it’s just adults I think if we are flamenco dancing by the end of the night it was a success!!!!
The idea for my new lifestyle blog, PLANK, is to be a platform for ideas – little extras and inspirations to make “your” world a little more fun, bright and beautiful … a place for my musings on life, friends, family and adventures, which I can’t wait to share with you!
Speaking of sharing with you – be sure to check out my current favorite pick, the Potterseed Ramekins from Maude Woods.
Cheers to the journey … I hope you follow along with me!
All the best,