“I am excessively fond of a cottage; there is always so much comfort, so much elegance about them. And I protest, if I had any money to spare, I should buy a little land and build one myself, within a short distance of London, where I might drive myself down at any time, and collect a few friends about me and be happy. I advise everybody who is going to build, to build a cottage.” L. M. Montgomery
Hello All! Have you heard of the Tour Through Blogland – it has been circulating for some time and is quite fun and interesting. I was delighted when I was asked by Lauren at Mom Home Guide to join her in this tour. Lauren was the first blogger I met at the Haven Conference. In fact, we ‘lived’ next to each other – though I never really ran into her there. The first thing I noticed was her infectious smile – she carried that with her all the way through! She is extremely friendly and nice – It was a pleasure to meet and to spend some time with her.
Lauren is a self described ‘homebody’ who loves to her family, creating a beautiful home on a budget, gardening and travelling. Lauren hones here creative style and shares wonderful ideas and tips on how to create wonderful decor, crafts and for her family and her home.
Like this Scrapbook Paper Art Gallery –
Mammoth Sunflower, her raised vegetable garden and patio…
O.K. Now to the questions – I’d really like to know who started this – these questions are quite something!
1) What are you working on now?
I am working on so many things at once – which can be quite interesting – that is why I’m a list person! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’ve been transforming my dining room – I have two projects that have been stalled for differing reasons – so, that’s one thing I’m working on. I’m also making the transition to fall – I just can’t wait until the weather joins in! I’m working on downsizing that garden spot I mentioned a while back – very, very hard work – but I can see it already, what it will look like! I’m trying to come up with a good flavorful pineapple – coconut cake recipe – three times may be the charm! I’m also working on making my blogging better, photos better, social media sharing better. These are just a few of the things I’m working on.
French Country Kitchen
2) how does my work differ from others in my Genre?
one of my first tea posts.
Well you know, this is not an easy question, because I’m not exactly sure how others do what they do!
From the beginning, I have wished to evoke the sentiments I found in one of my favorite magazines, Victoria. I love the bliss and beauty shared there. That is what I wish to instill in our homelife and in what I share. I found several bloggers who are Kindred Spirits and enjoy Victoria and that blissful hour, teatime. By nature, I am a quiet person, but through the written word I find my voice. I chose the word ‘Delightsome’ because that is what I enjoy about our life – country living is delightful; our family ministry is delightful – Dearest is a Preacher – we came to Sparta to start a church. Our children are all grown now, with one still at home, but busy with school and work, so now I can explore more the attributes I have inherited from my parents. I am fortunate that I inherited the best talents from my parents – my mother was an amazing artist – I take my artistic nature from her; my dad was an avid gardener and writer as well as awesome cook! I take my love for the land from him, my love for the written word and joy in cooking! He taught me how to experiment. So in essence – in my work I combine all that makes me – first of all a believer in Christ – so I generally share encouraging thoughts the beginning of the week; I share tea time and then home and garden interests through blog parties. I also am blessed to live in a 1914 Craftsman Home – our final and dream home. So, in essence, I have gone around my elbow to get to my thumb so to speak and say – I bring what makes me into what I do.
3)Why do I write and create like I do?
‘Some people like to make a little garden out of life’ Jean Anouilh
Do you ever get the can’t help its? Well, that’s it. I just can’t help it. I think I speak better through the written word – by nature I’m a shy person – (I know, I said that already-but I am!) I have been working on that and am a lot better than I was many, many moons ago – all the same, my nature is to let someone else take the spotlight! But, in blogging – those things I love and knowing there are Kindred Spirits who love the same thing – I get the can’t help its – I have to share! I first began blogging as a whim – I’d been reading several bloggers of differing interests – food bloggers, garden bloggers, DIY bloggers and home decor. I found a connection in them all. Then one day I thought, I could do this too – as my children were growing I could now focus my attentions to creating things, to decorating, to cooking and to gardening. The bonus is – I can share world wide – who knew there were so many wonderful like-minded people! Blogging has been such a fun blessing!
4)How does my writing creating process work?
an earlier photo that I just love – seeing the laundry ‘dance in the wind’ thrills my heart!
‘The idea of beauty is simplicity and tranquility’ – Goethe
Like most of my work, it begins formulating in my imagination. I see the project finished (sometimes I’m not exactly sure how I’ll execute it-but I see the end result) I know how I want to share or to express myself. I actually dream about my projects and start working on the writing almost as soon as I get up – I have a time of devotion first – must keep the main thing the main thing! Once I have the idea I want to do – I may write first, create first – it is never always the same. Thank you for visiting! I hope this gives you a glimpse into how I create what I share on A Delightsome Life…and the why.
Now I get to intruduce to you Linda with Bushel and a Pickle
Just like meeting Lauren at Haven, I also met Linda there too – we shared dinner on the last night of the conference. I had met her through Tea Time on the blog and was so delighted to meet her in person. Linda is a world traveller having been in the Army and met her husband there – as she puts it, ‘her heart belongs to Jesus’ and she shares her love of family, home and faith on her blog – a true Kindred Spirit!
These photos share a lot!
Linda will be sharing her Tour Through Blogland on Monday, September 22 – stop on by to learn more about this amazing blogger!
I am sharing this post with these Delightsome blog parties: