This week I am featuring blogger and foodie, Holly Vine. Follow Holly on a Sunday in her life.
How do you start off your day?
Today is a Sunday, so my day starts with a lie in. Apparently that’s a British term, so for you Americans: I start the day by being incredibly lazy and staying in bed whilst my cat tries to suffocate me with his love.
Depending on whose rhetorical game is at it’s peak, either Charlie (the husband) or myself will lose the battle of whose turn it is to make the tea (again, so British) and finally the day will begin.
Sundays are the day I get a lot of work done. As well as running my lifestyle and cookery blog: Holly Likes to Cook, I do a lot of freelance marketing, design and writing work which has me in the office during the work week. This makes Sunday my GSD day, the S usually comprising of blog post writing & brain storming, recipe testing, research for writing assignments and a shit ton of laundry. Quite how we create so much I don’t know, but it always seem to be on my list.
What was your big project for the day?
With the weather starting to buck it’s ideas up, my big project for the day is kitchen garden planning. This is entirely at the doodling and lusting after stuff from homedepot.com stage but we did pootle down to the store to have a look at some fencing which, as it turns out, is as good as a huge dose of actual vitamin D in terms of make me feel summery.
As we pass Savers on the way to ‘the depo’ it seems rude not to pop in for a quick thrift. I LOVE thrifting for vintage kitchenware- I wrote about it on my blog recently (shameless plug). There’s so much eclectic awesomeness and great quality bake, cook and tableware it’s tough not to get too carried away- in the end I head to the register with a vintage white Pyrex dish with a green floral pattern; a mini apple green crock pot; and an teal, handled soup bowl, for the princely sum of $11. ELEVEN DOLLARS.
Was there anything big you accomplished?
To be quite honest, at the moment I feel quite accomplished on any day I get up, dressed and do anything. This year has given me quite a kicking so far and it’s taken a bit of time to get back on my feet and enter the world again.
One thing I realized whilst on the way out of that shitty period, was that the person who was hardest on me about getting ‘back on my feet’, ‘in control of my life’ and ‘achieving something’ was me.
I’m not saying I expect a gold star for not being a total slob, but sometimes if getting up and getting on is going to be your biggest achievement of the day then that’s alright, and in fact sometimes that’s fucking awesome.
Did you face any challenges today?
My biggest challenge today was not feeling overwhelmed. That sounds like such a busy brag, maybe it is but I don’t think I’m any different from anyone else that’s got a lot of stuff going on, and us girls seem to pile it on ourselves constantly!
I’m a perfectionist which doesn’t help with my ability to know my limits, but I do know that I’m my toughest critic, so my challenge is not being such an arse to myself.
Did you do anything fun?
Did you not read? ELEVEN DOLLARS.
But seriously, I got to spend a whole sunny day with my very hardworking husband, faff about planning our garden by spending a billion imaginary dollars on plants and a pool (because, America), and now I’m sitting down to a nice cup of tea and a cake. And everyone knows cake makes for a very nice day.
Today for Tip Tuesday we have a guest post from organizer Lauren Silvera.
I admit I am a chronic furniture re-organizer and a compulsive re-decorator. From the moment I was old enough to move furniture I started rearranging my bedroom. For me it’s about editing, redefining the space, breathing new life into it and creating a new look without spending a dime. There are times that the $5 perfectly matching candle I found at Pier 1, that is tucked away on a shelf, may constitute an entire living room furniture rearrange. I love to witness moving a picture from one wall to another and see the transformation take place. The colors in a photo can appear differently in its new home depending on how the light hits it during a certain time of the day. All of the decorative accents surrounding that picture might even have colors in them that really come through, all because of moving one photo.
“Sometimes there are pieces we would love to highlight in a space but they have gotten lost among clutter and lack of flow. Edit the things that aren’t working”
Changing the layout of a room and recreating a space can be just as exciting as heading to the store and purchasing a new furniture set. Clear out the space completely, sit in the middle of the room and close your eyes. Take a moment to decide what isn’t working in the space, decide on how you want it to function, more importantly how you want to feel, and then slowly move the pieces back in. Sometimes there are pieces we would love to highlight in a space but they have gotten lost among clutter and lack of flow. Edit the things that aren’t working. They may function better in another room, or they may be the perfect item to let go of.
Clearly defining how you wish a space to function is the key to a successful furniture and decor rearrange. Deciding on the focal point in the room will allow you to determine where the furniture will be best placed. Always avoid overcrowding and blocking entrances. Think simple and light. If you have made a decision to embark on a journey of rearranging and redecorating chances are there is something lacking in the space for you. While it may never be perfect, it will absolutely offer up feelings of calm and peace of mind as it gets closer to functioning the way you want it to.
There are endless benefits to rearrange, redecorate and edit our homes. You will always benefit from having a new and fresh perspective. When moving one piece of furniture or wall art to another room it shakes up the design and the urge to run out and buy something new fades away. Redefining a space will re-energize you and bring a fresh outlook into your new space. It does impact your mental health in a positive way. So when the urge to rearrange and redecorate hits you I say go for it. It will take you on a journey of rediscovering your space, falling in love with its potential and embracing your space in a new way.
Saturday, April 18th will be the third Lady Project Summit. Over 250 women will come together at The Vets in Providence, Rhode Island for a day of learning and networking. I am presenting a workshop on how to use Instagram for your brand. I'm really excited (and nervous) but I know it will be a great class and I have a lot of information to share. Since I have the summit on the brain, I'll be focusing on some fellow Lady Project members on my blog this week.
Taken from the Lady Project website:
The Lady Project connects, inspires and showcases awesome women doing amazing things through membership, events and community engagement.
I have met so many close friend's through the group so if you are interested in joining or starting a group in your own city, definitely check out their site and join!