Monday, October 13, 2014

Tour Through Blogland

It's been the loveliest of weekends. We had a downpour of rain Friday that finally blew in that chilly, crisp weather that coincides with the cozy, tartan feelings of fall. We relished in it. 

This is the perfect time of year to cozy up with a deliciously decadent drink and catch up on all your favorite blogs (cough... hollands reverie), while hopefully finding some great new ones.

On that note. . .  I have been invited to participate in a Tour Through Blogland by Lyndsay from Prosecco in the Park. Her blog is so great- full of wearable and accessible styles, with a few amazing cocktails thrown in the mix, combined with wit and a comfortableness that makes you think you're old cronies. It's a good one. I will be answering some of her questions so you can get to know my mind a little more, and also introduce you to a few blogs I thoroughly enjoy, and know you will too.

What am I working on?
Well, I'm still quite new to the blogging world, and it's definitely got a learning curve. I feel like I'm just starting to figure out the direction I'm wanting and pinning down what I would like to see happen with this little adventure. Plus, I will always continue to work on my photography and editing, and still feel like I have so much more to learn there.

How does my work differ from others in it's genre?
I think it's always hard to find your own voice and portray your true self. I work to simply stick with my own personal style and I try so hard to not compare. What I'm putting out there is me, and to quote good ole Dr. Seuss "there is no one alive, who is youer than you." 

Why do I write/create what I do?
I've always needed a place to be creative and maybe, in some ways, had denied myself that since having kids. I was seeking something that would force me to get out the camera, to actually edit my photos, to document our little lives and I truly wanted something that would be mine. A blog seemed the perfect bit, and it has been the most beautiful process for me. Challenging my creativity and pushing me to be brave and proactive.

How does my writing/creativity process work?
I would love to say I have blog posts done weeks in advance, but in truth, I sometimes struggle to come up with content. I just hope and pray that something will come to me and when it does- I run with it. I wake up early in the morning, before anyone else is about, and that is my blogging time, my moment to myself to work on something I enjoy.

Now, enough about me- let me introduce you to three really lovely and talented gals.

First is Cassie of farmbrews. She was one of the first to comment on my blog and I was beyond excited. I love her space- it's homey and sweet, and her kindness for animals and others shines through in her writing.

My blog is about homebrewing, hobby farming, and good times in northern New England. 

My (new) husband (ah! we just got married on 10/4) and I decided to start a hobby farm when we moved into our first home back in April. Neither of us grew up on farms, but we are originally from semi-rural areas so it's not really one of those "city girl turned country" stories either. On our little farm we are raising lambs, hens, and meat birds. We hope to be somewhere around 85% self-sustainable at some point in time. We also brew beer and are always up for any sort of concoction or experiment you throw our way. Aside from all that crazy stuff, we have a rescue doggy who has us wrapped around her paw and love to be tourists in our own backyard. 

I hope that maybe my blog will serve as some weird tutorial for those who don't really come from "this type of thing" either, but have some interest in becoming just a bit more self-sustainable. If that's not for you, then I hope it is at least entertaining!

Michaela of Michaela Jean Blog- She is lovely! Her writing varies between funny to artistic to inspirational with great style always as the backbone.

Michaela Jean, my self-entitled blog, bloomed out of the bones of a post college fashion blog and the need to virtually organize my creative interests. Although I post a fair amount of personal style I refuse to limit myself to all things worn. Instead, by narcissistically dubbing my blog I have the freedom to write about anything I so please.  In truth, I am all over the place, not quite a contrarian and far from a conformist. I don't swear on my blog out of courtesy to those who might be offended, but my family and friends would say I have the mouth of a sailor. My syntax is solid, yet my spelling ability is questionable, auto-correct is my crutch. Lastly, I often blog about fashion but if you saw me on the street I would most likely be sans makeup wearing my Lulu's and a sweatshirt from my alma-materMy constants are art, love, the ocean, and a great pair of shoes. I hope you better understand what's going on here, because honestly I am even confused by that convoluted description of MJB.   
xo Michaela

Anya of The Peppermint Pencil - I actually just discovered her blog recently and instantly fell in love with it. Her photography is first class, and the writing is so soothing. It's a beautiful space she has created.

'I'm Anya an illustrator, foodie and creator of the blog The Peppermint Pencil.  I first started my blog as a creative outlet after I finished at University, but in the year and a half I have been blogging, it has evolved into a lot more.  I share posts about lifestyle, adventures and my travels around the UK and beyond, lots of recipes including ones that are gluten and sugar-free, as well as creative DIY projects.'
Alright, what are you still doing here, go explore!


  1. Your blog looks lovely - looking forward to exploring it more! I'm intrigued by the hobby-farm!

    Cecilia x

  2. I just adore you! Thank you again for including me! Also, you look utterly GORGEOUS in that pic!



  3. You are the sweetest, I love reading more about you and why you blog (and I'm so happy that you do)! It's so funny to hear that you sometimes struggle to come up with content, I know we all do, but it's not something you think about, especially when you always have such beautiful posts. Love Cassie and Michaela's blogs! Looking forward to checking out Anya's!

    prosecco in the park

  4. Nice including other blogs as well.
    Agree with you, it's hard to find your own voice..
    Wishing you a beautiful week!
    Stella from a A Shiny Place

  5. Thank you for asking me to participate and for saying sweet things about me/my blog! :)
    I'm looking forward to checking out Michaela's and Anya's now too.

  6. This was beautiful! Always write about what YOU love! No matter what it is! Readers will come that like the same thing. Be true to yourself and that will keep you happy! You have a great blog. So glad you're blogging.

  7. I enjoy the rain. It really calms me. I agree with you, it can be hard to find your own voice, so much inspiration out there and I know I get aught up in it sometimes and start to lose track of me. Wonderful blogs you have shared, I can't wait to check them all out! Thank you for visiting my blogs and leaving such lovely comments, they make me smile! xo

  8. Love reading your post and your photo's are stunning!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  9. hello! I love this photo of you... you're beautiful! :) it's really nice to reading your posts.

    love, xoxo

  10. fab ;)

  11. Every new post of yours that I read, I find myself wishing for more. You truly do have a beautiful page!

  12. Loved getting to know more about your process, doll! And don't worry- we're ALL still learning + struggling at times with what to write about! Happens to the best of us. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  13. Aww this is such a wonderful post - you're doing well considering you're new to the land of blogging and with your quality of writing I believe you're going to go very far! :)

    Love how you're sharing other bloggers on here too - will be checking them out as soon as I finish writing this comment.

    I also want to say thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, I only write what I feel and I mean everything I say about you and your blog…..hope you and your gorgeous family are well!

    Looking forward to seeing more from you sweetie :)

    Layla xx

  14. Lovely post. I always wish you'd write more and more! So good to get to know a little more about you! Thanks for guiding us to those blogs to (all new to me): all wonderful too! So glad we discovered each other's online spaces! I always sit down to read your posts when I'm having my morning break, and they're always so refreshing and inspiring! [I went out to take some portrait photos this weekend - amidst a rainstorm, nonetheless - so will be popping some photos on my blog once I've got a minute to organise them]...

  15. amazing. thanks for sharing

  16. Thank you again so much for featuring me! x

    The Peppermint Pencil

  17. i like your blog - it's honest and gives a happy and warm vibe :)

  18. <3333 lovely post !

  19. <333 lovely post !

  20. You know all about why I'm blogging after this week, haha! I love what you write about this being your little space for creativity and to challenge you to get out the camera and document life. :)