Reasons why I suck at blogging + 3 ladies who don’t

Honest to blog…

Here in the blogging world, it’s easy to feel like I don’t measure up because I’m not just like other bloggers. It’s a weird comparison–blogging is all about being yourself, but there’s a big pressure to be just like bigger, more popular blogs. It is tough sometimes, but I’ve learned that it’s good to blog about things that are different than other people. I may have less readers but those readers know they can’t find a blog just like mine anywhere else. And yes, this is more than slightly tongue-in-cheek.

So here are four reasons why I suck at blogging, followed by a few ladies who don’t suck at blogging. 

1. I don’t make DIYs all the time. If you’ve been around here long enough, you know that I made one diy, once–envelopes made out of magazine pages. That took about ten minutes. I don’t sew my own clothes, much less publish pictures and patterns for them. And I don’t make all the decorations for my house out of mason jars, god forbid.

Anne makes, well, everything. Especially this finger-knit love pillow.

2. I don’t take beautiful pictures of my food. Come to think of it, no food that I make ever looks beautiful. Let’s just say that I’ve lit toast on fire before and put silverware in the microwave more times than I care to admit.

Amanda K by the Bay makes ice cream, every Sunday. Most recently, Kahlua Chocolate Chunk with Caramel Swirls!

3. I don’t take pictures of my outfits. It’s not that I don’t dress cute, I just can’t figure out how to (a) take pictures of myself using just an iPhone or (b) not be awkward in pictures. (Side note: I really would like to start posting pictures, because you know, I have great style and all. Anyone have advice for doing it on an iPhone/without a photographer?)

Jessica at Jeans and a Teacup, looking adorbs, as always.

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4. Also, I don’t even have a camera (other than my iPhone), so I can’t post pretty pictures of every single thing I do. I use stock pictures or things from Pinterest, but they’re rarely my own. (This is the one exception when I took pictures.)  For any of you bloggers who also are not too camera-handy, here’s a great source for pretty stock pictures! Also, Flickr’s creative commons are great too.

What makes you different than other bloggers–why do you “suck” at typical blogging? Any tips for me to on reason number 3? 

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Catching My Eye.

This week: I finished school (for the year)!♥celebrated the boy’s sister’s birthday with dinner & cheesecake♥started my half marathon training plan♥started my summer reading for European History♥went on many Roo runs!

Now, for the best of the interwebs.

♥Do cabins make you nostalgic and warm and fuzzy inside? If so, Cabin Porn has pages and pages of beautiful cozy cabins around the world.

Cabins in Hólar, Iceland. Contributed by Shawna Nelson.

♥Slightly profane, this gallery shows pretty much every hilarious post on tumblr.

♥This list of 100 best American movies needs to be somehow incorporated into my summer to-do list. I have to say, I’m quite proud that I have seen 13 of these movies–even if most of them were in my Film Studies class.

♥Carrie at Dream Green DIY make these awesome gold and neon DIY bookends out of rocks. Definitely a project I’d love to do! Only problem–bookends take up room that I need for more books. Tragic. #litworldproblems

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♥Fun and semi-useful, this chart for better understanding your haters is both simple and resoundingly true.

♥As a girl who doesn’t plan on having kids, this article about the life of childless adults showed me two sides of the issue I thought I knew well.

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Love, A.

 

diy to do list.

Every year on the first day of summer, I get ambitious. I make a workout plan and all these lists of things to do over the summer. Here’s one of them:

1. Make decoupaged map trays for jewelry and little knick-knacks. Maybe I could use a plastic dollar store tray?

2. Make a wall pennant out of various patterns. Maybe old clothes from Goodwill or just fabric scraps.

4. Wall art out of an old thrift store painting. Make by taping out letters and then painting a thin (to be semi transparent) coat of paint over it.

Those are my diy plans for the summer! I’ll be sure to post pictures if I ever do make them.

Love, A.

diy patterned envelopes.

I’d like to call myself crafty but I’m the first to admit that I like to keep it simple. These beautiful envelopes are just that–easy and quick but something I can still be proud of! I know this says it takes five steps, but honestly it’s only so easy. Make the pattern, trace, cut, fold, glue.

1. Find an envelope the size of the one you want to make. I used the small 4x6ish size. You of course can try larger but the long business envelopes won’t fit on one standard sheet of paper so you’ll have to make your envelope out of scrapbook paper or a similarly large piece of paper.

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2. Carefully unfold the envelope, trying not to tear any edges. I’ve also heard that steaming works quite well to loosen the glue–try holding the envelope over the dishwasher when you open it! If you get any rough edges, just trim them off the closest to wear the edge would have been.

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3. Find a pattern to use for your envelope. I used pages from old NatGeo Traveler and Nature Conservancy magazines. Old coffeetable books also work great for large images. Also try scrapbook paper/printed cardstock or newspaper reinforced with cardstock.

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4. Lay your envelope pattern carefully on the back of your magazine page. If you want to, plan out which part of the magazine you want to be on the front or flap of your envelope so that the image isn’t upside down. If not, it still looks cool. Then trace the pattern onto the page and cut it out.

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5. Fold it up! If you need a little guidance, place your cut out on top of the pattern and fold the cut out along the same creases as the pattern. Swipe a little glue stick on the bottom of each flap and you’re good to go!

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6. Admire your beautiful envelopes and send them to someone who will appreciate them! To send, either write with sharpie (if you have a lighter envelope) or put a blank white address label in the middle and write the address on that.

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Love, A.